MKE Week 28 Mental Attitude

Your mental attitude determines everything about you. So, let’s dive in and explore this topic. Let’s look at what a mental attitude is, how to change your mental attitude, and what the byproducts of this change will be.

How can we describe what a mental attitude is?  According to the dictionary it is a complex mental state involving beliefs, feelings, and values along with the dispositions to act in certain ways.  For example, if you have a mental attitude that work was fun, your actions will display your attitude.  In the Master Keys, mental attitude is described as being our personality and is composed of the thoughts which we’ve been creating in our own mind.  The mental attitude is the magnet that will invariably attract such conditions as correspond to its nature.

If we wish a change in our mental attitude, which in turn will change our personality, our inner world, conditions, and the experiences with which we meet in life; then we need to focus on what needs to change.  Is it our negative attitude, the inappropriate words that come out of our mouth, our bad habits, or not meeting our goals, which means not being successful?  It isn’t easy to change the mental attitude, but by persistent effort it may be accomplished.  The mental attitude is patterned after the mental pictures which have been photographed on the brain.  If you don’t like the pictures, destroy the negatives and create new pictures through the art of visualization.  As soon as you have done this you will begin to attract new things and the new things will correspond to the new pictures.  To do this: impress on the mind a perfect picture of the desire which you wish to have objectified and  continue to hold the picture in your mind until results are obtained. The vital part of your new pictures will require determination, ability, talent, courage, and spiritual power, which helps to build the new thoughts, a new mental attitude, the competency, and dynamism that draws the things you require.  It gives your new pictures life and life means growth.  Do not hesitate to aspire to the highest possible attainments in anything your mental attitude decides to undertake, to create a purposeful will, and to crystallize into actions, accomplishments, and events.

Lastly let’s look at the byproduct that you will receive as your mental attitude changes and formulates into a new you.  First, you acknowledge that you are powerful; you are more important than any label; you are not your circumstances; you are more superior, more valuable, and greater than anyone tries to define you. Second, you are ready to embrace life, each moment, whether it contains an obstacle or an opportunity.  You learned how to stop fussing over trivial matter and focus on what you feel is important.  You’ve stopped complaining about things but looked at things through a positive overture.  Third, you now realize that you get to control your reactions.  You have a choice to let the world put you in bondage or use your new mental attitude to resolve the dilemma and have the victory.  You chose to be victorious.  Fourth, you now experience the belief that no one is better qualified.  You don’t identify with other people’s opinions but instead you value how you see yourself and how you are the self -directive thinker.  Fifth, you have the byproduct of love.  It is already within you and you already possess what you need to be happy and fulfilled.  Sixth, you have the skills to stay cool and not let the little thorns along the path prick you.  You obtained your responsibility regardless of how rude other people may act. Seventh, you are on your Hero’s journey accepting all the challenges as opportunities and exciting adventures as your byproduct for changing your Mental attitude.

Your mental attitude is the magnet that attracts the experiences which complement your world within. The mental attitude affects your whole thought process and it portrays by your actions your true nature to your surroundings, friends, and family.  Thomas Jefferson stated it this way: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  I guess the final scene is to decide if your mental attitude is aligned with your desires, dreams, and service to others?  Is your mental attitude open to change and are you creating new positive pictures in your mind that will enhance and inspire you along the way of life? Mediate on this as only you can manifest this answer.

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MKE Week 27 The Wonderful Gift of Imagination

Imagination is literally the workshop where everyone fashions and creates their great plans of discovery or handiwork.  In this blog we are going to peel back the layers of imagination and analyze what is imagination, how to revive your imagination, the types of imagination, and the Power of Imagination.

So, what is imagination?  It is the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.  It is the part of the mind that imagine things.  Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience.  It is the mighty instrument by which every inventor or discover opened the way from precedent to experience.

For most people being able to use their imagination is not as easy as it once was as a child.  The reason for this is that your imagination may have become weak through inactivity.  It can be revived and made alert through use, just as any muscle or organ of the body develops through use.  The more you daily mediate and focus in depth on what you want to create or manifest, the more your imagination will become alive and productive again.  Your daily routine must include a workout with your imagination.

There are three forms of imagination:  one is known as Synthetic Imagination, the second one is known as Creative Imagination, and the third one is known as Constructive Imagination.  Synthetic Imagination consists of the act of combining recognized ideas, concepts, plans, facts and principles in new combinations or arrangements.  Synthetic Imagination (according to S.Goel) can be extension and improvisation of ideas and thoughts already established.  This type of imagination is used most by the inventors.

Creative Imagination (according to S.Goel) is something of one’s own original thought and creation.   As Hill states it, “Through this type of imagination the finite mind of man has direct communicate with infinite intelligence”.  It is through Creative Imagination through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received.  It is through Creative Imagination that all basic or new ideas are handed over to man.  The Creative Imagination works automatically when the conscious mind is vibrating at an exceedingly rapid rate.  For example, the conscious mind is stimulated through the emotion of a strong desire like manifesting your Definite Major Purpose (DMP).

Constructive Imagination means mental labor, which is considered by some to be the hardest kind of labor, but it yields the greatest returns.  The greatest thing in life comes to both men & women who have the capacity to think, to imagine, and to make their dreams come true.

The last point in this blog is the Power of Imagination.  According to Remaz Session it is the ability of the mind to build intellectual scenes, objects, or events that do not exist, are not present, or have happened in the past.  Imagination makes it possible to experience a whole world inside the mind.  Through imagination you are able to look at situations from a different point of view and to mentally explore the past and the future.  Imagination is not limited only to seeing pictures in the mind.  It includes all five senses and feelings.  You can imagine a sound, a taste, smell, a physical sensation, a feeling, or emotion. Developing and acquiring a strong imagination does not make you a daydreamer, but it strengthens your creative abilities and is a great tool for recreating and remodeling your world and life.

Hopefully through this blog you’ve experienced the wonderful gift of imagination.  Now to use this gift you must practice the various parts of it until the whole becomes the sum of its parts.  As Albert Einstein expressed it in two quotes: “Your imagination is everything. It is the preview of Life’s coming attraction.” “Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.” Another quote, which is anonymous, fits in quite well with the other quotes. “Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life.”  So, exercise your Imagination, create mental pictures, release them, and watch your aspirations materialize right in front of you.   Now don’t just sit there, Go for it!

MKE Week 26 The Ingredients of Knowledge

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice” Anton Chekhov

In this blog we are going to contemplate the ingredients found in having knowledge: (1) the potential power that you receive, (2) specialized knowledge along with imagination, (3) how to organize and use knowledge, (4) the blending of the ingredients together by practice & repetition, and (5) the assistance of a Master Mind group.  All of these ingredients are essential in order to produce the knowledge needed for success and the fulfillment of your dreams.

Most ingredients are disclosed in a recipe, but these are found in chapter 5 of “Think and Grow Rich”, a very inspiring recipe book.

The first ingredient of knowledge is the potential power.  Many people are confused by being led falsely to believe that “knowledge is power”.  It is nothing of the kind.  Knowledge is only potential power.  Potential power  exists  in possibility.  It is capable of development into actuality, potential benefits.  It is potential energy & knowledge that is stored in our brain.  It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.    Your life or situation won’t change until you manifest that knowledge into real & decisive action.

The second ingredient is specialized knowledge along with Imagination.   Specialized knowledge is an advanced level of knowledge or expertise in the organization processes.  It includes a range of factual, theoretical, and practical knowledge, as well as, competencies and skills in a particular discipline, or profession.  Now that you have a definition of specialized knowledge in mind, next it is important to decide the kind of specialized knowledge you compel and the intention for which it is needed.  Your specialized knowledge can be determined once your goals are formulated toward your Definite Major Purpose, which is your road map to your success.   Your next move requires that you have accurate information concerning dependable sources of knowledge such as: special training courses, and the resources offered at a public library.  To constantly enrich your specialized knowledge with current break throughs, reading is essential to expand your awareness in a world of constant changing technology and sophistication.  Imagination connects with specialized knowledge by being the workshop where all plans are designed.  It has been said, “Man can create anything which he can imagine”.  Through imagination we acquire the impulse, the desire, a given shape, form, and actions that is needed in the architectural master piece of the mind.  Both are needed in order, for the blueprint to be complete.

The third ingredient is the “How to” organize & use knowledge.  Knowledge does not attract money, unless it is organized and intelligently directed through practical plans of action to the definite end, which is the accumulation of money.  As knowledge is acquired it must be organized and put into use.  Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application toward some worthy cause.  An example is a college degree and why one isn’t more valuable.  It represents nothing but miscellaneous knowledge, but the recipient lacks the vocational guidance needed to get them working once they have their degree or diploma.

The fourth ingredient of knowledge is the importance of practicing skills.  You can’t master a skill by just reading about it.  You have to practice the skill every day in order for it to become a habit, and for you to be able to see an improvement.  As the “Seven Laws of the Mind” reminds us of the 5 P’s, which are Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance.   Committing to practice everyday makes it a priority and tells your subconscious the importance of doing it and accomplishing the goal that one begins.  If you default a day of practice think of what an incredible missed opportunity it was.    Being aware of the ups & downs and how you feel about practicing the skill can help a great deal in other relationships.  It helps you know how to best manage your life as far as what we eat, the events of the day, or exercising etc.    Being persistent in your practice & repetition helps you learn the skill better.

The fifth ingredient of knowledge is the assistance of a Master Mind group. The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of Knowledge and effort, in spirit of harmony between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose”.   The two characteristics of the Master Mind principle are:   one of which is economic in nature, and the other is psychic.  Economic advantages may be created by any person who surrounds himself with the advice, counsel, and personal cooperation of a group who are willing to lend members of the group wholehearted aid, in a spirit of perfect harmony.  This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great fortune.  The psychic phase of the Master Mind principle is much more abstract because it has reference to the spiritual forces with, which the human race is not well acquainted.

Now that we’re aware of the ingredients of knowledge, let’s mix the concoction thoroughly with faith, desire, and persistence; apply it through a plan and set the plan into action.  Once this energy has been set in motion, you’ll discover that these components are your only dependable means of accumulating wealth.  Remember to always seek knowledge for it shall empower you.

MKE Week 25 Being an Observer

MKE Week 25- Being an Observer

 

Being an observer is a key ingredient in life for many valuable reasons.  In this Blog we are going to look at: (1) what is being an observer, (2) how our ancestors used this feature to help them, and (3) how to become a good observer.

Being an observer is about seeing the world around you, about having situational awareness, and interpreting what it is that others are communicating both verbally and nonverbally.  To be an observer you need to see your environment not through colored glasses but as it really is, to take the time to understand, and observe how people feel, along with your own feelings.  Being a good observer gives us the opportunity to test and validate thoughts, and to analyze clues that says something is wrong.  You have to be keenly observant in order to recognize what your inner self is sensing and perceiving.

Second what can we learn from our ancestors on being a good observer?  For them it was critical to be an observer because they relied on this skill for survival and getting along with the world around them.  They utilized all of their senses; touch, taste, hearing, and sight to detect, and to discern things around them.  They were able to know who was in the area and what they had eaten by the smell of their sweat and the vocalization of the animals or the scampering of birds.  They could also, from a distance, examine the posture, gait, arm swing, clothing, weapons, water vessels etc. and could discern if the person was a friend or a foe.  As people moved to cities and were in close proximity, people changed their observing abilities.  They seemed to have less time to observe.

Lastly, how can we improve our ability to become a good observer again?   First, by knowing the difference between being an observer and just looking.  Both terms use your eyes but have different actions.  Looking is when you see thing without the intent of using it later.  You don’t commit anything to memory or try to make meaning of what you see.  Being an observer is seeing what is around you and keeping it in your mind so that you can make meaning out of it or pose questions about it.  Second, Be mindful of your surroundings.  A good observer takes in their surrounds instead of taking them for granted.  You will start to notice things like the same cars that take the same route to work, or when a store changes its display, or the people that hang out in a nearby park. Third, Pay attention to detail.  Start noticing the details of things you pass, such as what kind of trees are planted in front of your favorite coffee shop.   What color of shirt does your boss where most often?  What type of cars are parked in the parking lot? Fourth, refrain from judgment.  To be a good observer, you must be neutral.  Being an observer doesn’t include personal feelings or judgements because those things are based on bias.  When prejudices get involved then you don’t observe what is there.  Fifth, don’t let distractions get in your way of being an observer.  Some distractions could be your cell phone, reading while walking, children running around, etc.  Sixth, slow down & don’t be in such a big hurry. Being an observer is not rushing through your day but rather taking some time out for observing your world.  Look for something that you can take a picture of or that takes your breath away.  Seventh, being an observer is learning how to use the scientific approach to your world.  It is learning how to keep a journal of what you’ve observed that day or the irregularities in your day. Eighth, form connections between what you see.  Part of being an observer is coming to conclusions. Don’t just observe without doing anything with the information.  Ninth, mediate. To develop more skills in being an observer mediation is a great exercise.  It helps you clear your mind of clutter and distractions, so you can focus.  Spend 15 minutes a day in this technique.  Breathe in and out along with focusing on everything around you like the sounds, what things feel like, and the smells.

Being an observer was not only beneficial for our ancestors but is crucial in our every day experiences of life.  It is an ingredient that helps us observe life, prevents dangerous situations, and makes us more aware of all humanity.  It makes us not take things for granted and give us a renewed vision of all the wonderful things that our world has to offer us if we are good observers.   Graham Chapman puts it like this “All ideas come about through some sort of observation. It sparks an attitude; some object of emotions causes a reaction in the other person.”  This reaction gives life and an awe of beauty.  Kathryn L. Nelson expresses it in another way, “Sometimes it is the quiet observer who sees the most.  I hope you will slow down and be the observer that you were meant to be.

MKE Week #24 The Fruit of Knowledge=Truth

It is the “truth” that makes men free, not only free from every lack and limitation, but free from sorrow, worry, and care.  In this blog we are going to scrutinize truth in four categories: (1) what is truth, (2) what is truth concerning yourself, (3) how you convince yourself of the truth and (4) the benefits of truth.

“What is truth”, a common question asked.  Truth is defined by the dictionary as, “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality; a belief that is accepted.”  In the Master Keys truth is not the result of logical training or of experimentation, or even of observation.  It is the product of a developed consciousness.  Truth is manifested in character and evident in the character of his possessions.  Truth is the highest and most perfect thought which anyone can think. Truth is absolute, and we must find it in the world within, not from the world without. When you think about truth your intent is to create that which is true.

Second, what is truth concerning yourself? It is accepting various truths concerning yourself and the world in which you live.  It is accepting people, situations, circumstances, and events as they are in this moment, not as you wish they were.   It is taking responsibility, not blaming anyone or anything for your situation.  It is recognizing that every problem is an opportunity in disguise.  It is being able to possess harmony and exhibit it in your life. It is being able to think health and demonstrate it.  It is being able to display abundance in everything you do and knowing that life, health, and abundance are Omnipresent, filling all space.  Also, it is acknowledging that our future world is being determined by our present.  If there is any injustice found in our present life we must look within for the cause which is responsible for our outward behavior.  It is by discovering this truth which makes you free and it is the conscious knowledge of this truth which will enable you to overcome every difficulty.

Third, how can we convince our self of the truth?  It is often very hard to reason out something and then expect yourself to believe you conclusion is the truth.  Your belief is a combination of both logical reasoning and emotion. This forms the rationalization for our actions and our fundamental foundation for truth.  Even if something seems logically true you still seem to have questions. Our heart has a tendency to disobey the head and denies the truth to avoid pain.  The faster you face the truth, the sooner you can heal and give your mind the peace it seeks.  Some methods you can use to enable you to realize the truth are forms of concentration, forms of mental imagery, and autosuggestions.  To train the mind to see truth only is to express true conditions, and our ability to do this will be an indication we are on the right path in finding it.  Your life, your actions, your influence in the world all depends upon the degree of truth; for truth can’t be manifested in creeds, but in conduct that demonstrates plausibility.

Lastly, what are the benefits of truth.  The first benefit of truth is that truth is the highest rate of vibration known and consequently destroys every form of error in exactly the way that light destroys darkness.  When the truth appears no form of error can exist.  The second benefit of truth is that you don’t have to remember what you told what to whom.  You won’t accidently contradict yourself.  The third benefit of truth is that it helps to build a good reputation as an honest person.  You can be trusted, and no one has to doubt your word.  The fourth benefit of truth is that people will follow your example and be more loyal to you.  The fifth benefit of truth is that your stress level will decrease.  You will sleep, eat, and look better.  The sixth benefit of truth is being able to look in the mirror without guilt.  Lying causes self- criticism and depression.  Honesty and experiencing truth develops self-confidence and pride.  The seventh benefit of truth is being more believable.   The last benefit of truth is being trustworthy.  When people can trust you; you earn their support and help in meeting your goals.

Truth is the conscious knowledge which will enable you to overcome every difficulty and shall make you free.  Rumi expressed his sentiments by this quote, “That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.”  Leo Tolstoy said it this way, “There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness, and truth.”  Truth is irrefutable and shall endure through the changes of your life.  So grab this pearl of Truth, and cherish its significance.

MKE- Week #23- The Blessings of Service

As we selflessly turn our hearts toward others by displaying our kindness and our love, we open the door for a special blessing. In this blog let’s look at:  what is service, how does money weave itself into the fabric of service, how does giving imply service, how can we be of more service, and what are the benefits of service.

What is service?  The dictionary describes service “The action of helping or doing work for someone. It is giving a helping hand to someone in need, showing kindness, a good turn, a valuable action, deed, or effort performed to satisfy or fulfill a demand.”   The law of success also is service.

Next let’s look at how does money weave itself into the fabric of service.  Basically, it opens the door to the arteries of commerce. Money weaves itself into the entire fabric of our very existence. It engages the best thought of the best minds. It in turn is built on integrity and justice.  It is the receptive attitude and is the source of all service projects.  Without a certain amount of money service can not be materialized.  For example, you can’t help build houses in Florida after the hurricane destroyed so many without some money, which buys the supplies for the people to do the service of building new houses. Money is therefore of no value except to bring about the conditions which we desire, and these conditions are harmonious. The way we make money to help others is to apply insight, utilize the opportunities, be aware of favorable conditions, and keep the channels open for the distribution of wealth. If we recognize the Omnipotent Power, which is the source of all supply, and adjust our consciousness to this supply, we will discover our money needs will be met.

How does giving imply service?  Giving implies service by the following illustrations: the banker gives his money, the merchant gives his goods, the author gives his thoughts, the workman gives his skills.  All have something to give, but the more they can give the more they get which enables them to give.  Our greatest success comes as we recognize that it is just as essential to give as to get.

Now let’s look at how we can be of more service?  We can be of more service by keeping an open mind, constantly reaching out for new junctures, recognizing opportunity, being interested in the race rather than the goal, and the pursuit rather than the possession.

Lastly, what are the benefits of the service.  First when you participate in the service, whatever it might be, the service needs to be enjoyable to the receiver and the giver.  You can see them light up and experience an excitement through their entire body. The receiver is appreciative of your efforts.  Second by doing the service, you get a chance to know other people and even might in time develop a life long friend.  Third, by modeling to your family a servant’s heart they acquire skills in kindness & see the importance of helping others.  Also, future generations can be impacted by your service.  Fourth, you become the frontline observer of the everyday miracles of life and grace that overflows and changes people.

I hope as you’ve read this blog that you’ve seen the blessings of service and how important it is in perpetuating our future world.  As Dieter F. Uchtdorf expressed it in his quote “As we lose ourselves in the services of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.”   So, take a deep breath, step out of your own comfort zone, and experience the blessings of service.

MKE- Week 22 A “Master Mind”, a Gift to Success

 

Everything that an individual creates or acquires, first begins with a thought.  From this thought grows a desire and this desire ends in the workshop of imagination, where plans for development  are created, evolve, and organized. In this blog let’s uncover the skill needed to stimulate your imagination, desire, and dreams, along with awaking new ideas for accountability and growth. Let’s examine this skill in the light of what it is, how it works, and seven reasons why it might work for you or your business.

The skill that this blog is dedicated to is called “Master Mind”, which was developed about seventy-five years ago by Napoleon Hill.

“Master Mind” is a skill that coincides with brain storming ideas; it’s a conference technique of solving specific problems, amassing information, stimulating creative thinking, developing new ideas, etc., by spontaneous participation in discussion.

How does this technique work?  It basically involves connecting yourself with a group of people who are committed to create and help to carry out your Definite Major Purpose (DMP- your life’s goals & desires) or plans for the accumulation of wealth.  Once you’ve established the people needed in your Master Mind Alliance, which is between four to six people, the next decision is to determine what benefits you have to offer the individual members of your group in return for their cooperation.  For after all, no one works indefinitely without some form of compensation, although this might not be in the form of money.  Now the next step is to figure out how often the alliance should meet to “Master Mind”?  Usually the group should meet a minimum of at least twice a week, and more if possible, until you’ve jointly perfected the necessary plan for the accumulation of revenue or the process in which your DMP shall be manifested.  The last important procedure in the “Master Mind” group is maintaining perfect harmony.  You need every member carrying out their part to the letter, otherwise your success may meet with failure.  Each member must carry out a set of instructions to do for the week such as: complete their “Oats” (which is a plan of action for each day scheduled on a calendar), read books like (Influencer or the Speed of Trust), and actualize ideas that could help implement your DMP.  The “Master Mind” principle cannot be manifested where perfect harmony doesn’t prevail.  You might have to ask one to leave if a person is causing friction and is failing to do his or her part.

Now let’s view the seven reasons why the “Master Mind” dogma might work for you and your business according to an article I read by Stephanie Burn.  The first reason she mentions that “Master Mind” is important is because you’ll be a part of an exclusive community.  Joining the Master Mind alliance is usually done by being invited by members or going through an application process.   The other members need you as much as you need them and that is why checking out experience and knowledge is crucial to all members in your Master Mind group.  The second reason she brings out is for advisement.  The members in the group help advise the group members on their business concerns, research resources, and helps keep everyone accountable in fulfilling your DMP.  The third reason is for collaboration, which is like having a dictionary full of creative ideas.  This approach helps to achieve more positive energy, in order to get more tasks accomplished.  You may discover another member in the alliance that is a perfect fit to work on another project with you.  The fourth reason to Master Mind is it helps to extend your network rapidly.  You instantly add to your network and typically gain the networks of those in the group with you.  The fifth reason is that you’re able to gain new learning expertise.  Every member is unique in skills, abilities, experiences, and connections.  By interacting and sharing your challenges it helps others to Master Mind possible solutions, connections, and procedures.  The sixth reason is for cross-promotion which is finding ways to help each other by utilizing your respective networks.  The last reason to “Master Mind” is because it helps you to think bigger.  It stretches you beyond your boundaries because you are surrounded by amazing people with creative ideas.  Master Minds are incredible and can do wonders for your business along with your personal life. Being able to grow in a group is definitely more effective, and makes your business more enjoyable.

John Rohn once said this quote which is a good summary-“I remember saying to my mentor, ‘If I had more money, I would have a better plan.’ He quickly responded, ‘I would suggest that if you had a better plan, you would have more money’ ”. You see, it’s not the amount that counts; it’s the plan that counts.   Thomas Jefferson put it this way, “If you want something you’ve never had.  you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”.  So be a part of a “Master Mind” alliance and watch your business expand its possibilities, and disclose your future dreams.