Michael Whitehead: In…Not Of Personal journal of life in my 40s and beyond

January 13, 2018

Week 16 – Kindness, Mental Diet, Masterwhat?

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A fruit of the spirit… “kindness”.  This is our focus for the week.  It’s been nice.  I’ve enjoyed doing a few small, unnoticed favors.  More often however, I’ve been on the receiving end.  A nice note from my wife, smiles from others, an extension of grace here and there.  I like it.

My mental diet is not good this week.  Fear of financial destitution and lack of income dominate my mind.  I try to stay positive, I try to make the sales. I’m looking at new opportunities.  I flash the cards. I feel frozen.  I must not be giving enough of myself.  There’s no value seen in what I have to offer. I’m not presenting it right.  Something is off.  I must change; Improvise, adapt, overcome.

I’m still not getting the Mastermind.  And there’s been emphasis on it this past week.  I’m open, resisting the old blueprint and cynicism, but the Mastermind aspect of this course, and the benefits thereof just aren’t sinking in.

I’m not giving up. I’ll press on. I’ll wait for it to click.

A new opportunity has come up.  It’s not exactly aligned with my Definite Major Purpose, but it’s relevant and has me very excited.   With a slight DMP revision, it could fit right in.  I’m pursuing it


January 5, 2018

Week 15 – Priorities & Realities

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 9:11 pm

I continue to enjoy the foundational content of this course.  It’s time consuming, but worth making time for.  That content being the reading of Charles Haanel’s “Master Key Experience”, and Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World”.  Mark J adds great value to these readings via the wisdom and insight he shares in weekly webinars.

I’ve been upfront that the mastermind groups are not for me, and that the Marco Polo app is a time consuming techno annoyance.  I’ve tried to be open to these, but it ain’t happening.  I’m moving on.

I am saturated with efforts to provide for my family.  So, I’ll continue focusing on the MKE fundamentals, but I’m done with the Marco Polo app, masterminding, and will stick to blogging when I’ve something to say.  I hope to go through the Digital Solutions webinars soon when I can get it on my schedule.  Peace out.

December 30, 2017

Weeks 13 & 14 – A Victorious Vacation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 6:34 pm

One blog must suffice for the week of Christmas and the turn of the New Year.   Heck, I spent 22 hours just driving.

I missed the webinars while away on vacation. My 3x a day habit slipped a little, but overall, I kept with the habits of reading the Greatest Salesman scroll and the Master Key Experience chapter. I love reading the Blueprint Builder, Plan of Action cards, the Giving card, and my Definite Major Purpose. These habits kept my mind in the realm of right thinking. Extended family tensions that have been so prevalent and irritating to me in the past were more on the periphery and rejected by the “gatekeeper” of my conscious mind more  than before. I feel like this is success.

I had to be honest in the comments section for Week 15 on the MKE website for members. I value keeping things real.

“Love the webinars, and the foundational material. I don’t like the Marco Polo app, and much of the mastermind efforts are just not my style. It’s a bit too personal for me and extremely time consuming. I simply have other things I’d like to be doing. I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Not a party pooper. All in all, this is great stuff.”

I press on, excited and nervous about 2018 and what my creative mind will manifest.

December 17, 2017

Week 12 – Mental Diet Mastermind Success

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 6:14 pm

It was a week like most others, many ups and some downs. As far as my commitments to read Og, my DMP (Definite Major Purpose), POA (Plan of Action) and Blueprint builder – well, each day started on the right foot. However, I failed to read a second or third time on many days. I ran or walked 6/7 days last week which is good! I’ve not had a SIT (15-20 minutes of silent meditation) at all this week, in spite of the fact that I read how crucial it is in Chapter 12 of Charles Haanel’s Master Key Experience. I will resume that this week! In spite of my failures, there was a victory this week of almost breakthrough proportion. And that was with the affirmation cards.

As expected, not sticking with my POA, or the SIT is directly the cause of the downs, and when I was down this week, my wonderful wife said, “Go read your cards.”  On last week’s webinar, we were instructed to write 30-50 cards stating personal accomplishments, and other positive aspects of our lives… things that made us feel good.  I did that, and I’m glad I did.  When I was down, I took my wife’s advice,  sat down and read those cards, and immediately turned my attitude and my day around!  The rest of the day was great.

Why?  Three Laws –

The Law of Dual Thought: I can attach any feeling I desire to any thought – my choice.

The Law of Substitution: I can instantly replace a negative thought with a positive one.

The Law of Growth:  Whatever I think about grows, and whatever I forget about atrophies, without exception.

So recommitment is in order, and it begins immediately!

December 10, 2017

Week 11 – Inductive Reasoning

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The process of our objective mind by which we compare one moment with another until we identify the common factor(s) that leads to those moments, is the process of inductive reasoning – at least in the context of The Master Key System, by Charles Haanel.
I’m trying to grasp this chapter 11 of Haanel’s book. It’s coming slowly. I know that “Fixed laws underlie all human action.” These laws that I’ve learned of are…
The Law of Forgiveness – I forgive everyone
The Law of Dual Thought – I can attach any feeling I desire to any thought… my choice
The Law of Substitution – I can instantly replace a negative thought with a positive one
The Law of Relaxation – My relaxed, calm state of mind helps me access infinite intelligence
The Law of Practice – I practice daily, including these laws, and perform amazingly, because of practice
The Law of Subconscious – My subconscious works 24/7 to manifest what I plant along with my Definite Major Purpose
The Law of Growth – Whatever I think about grows, and whatever I forget about atrophies

As we move into week 12/chapter 12 of The Master Key this week, I’m still digesting chapter 11. I should have spent more time thinking on part 11 of Haanel’s book during quiet sits throughout the week.
My wife thinks understanding this is the key to releasing what’s been holding me back. I’ve had a business idea in my mind for five years and got very upset with myself this past week, as I’ve done before, that I’ve not made the idea come to fruition. I ask myself and my wife as well asks… “What are you afraid of?” I’m at the point where this question infuriates me, because I’ve not known myself to be afraid of anything, and I can think of no fear that is holding me back. So there does appear to be something blocking me. And I say, I don’t know what it is…. I just don’t know what ACTION I’m suppose to take? I’ve done a lot, but it hasn’t led to the development of my business idea. I’m really hoping that continuing through this course with the effort I’ve put into it and will continue will provide the breakthrough, the release of what’s been holding me back.

December 1, 2017

Week 10 – “Busy ness,” “Lazy ness,” & “MMMKE Light”

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I’ve been slipping on the daily habits I’ve tried to establish while doing this Master Key course. The holidays seem the perfect excuse.  Thankfully, I recorded my DMP (Definite Major Purpose) and favorite Master Key excerpts, along with my Plan of Action a few weeks ago and have been listening to this as I walk.  Reading “The Greatest Salesman” scroll and listening to my recording have helped me keep my mindset positive.

But it’s like MMMKE (Master Mind Master Key Experience) light.  In the evenings I often lose the discipline.  Several evenings over the Thanksgiving week and the week following I’ve forgone the sacred hour of time reading my DMP and doing my quiet sit, and decided to veg or go to bed.

“Busy ness” and “Lazy ness” are where I lay the blame; the holiday, extra workload, irregular business hours, or my early morning work start the next day.  But it’s really due to a lack of discipline on my part.  I must strive to improve in this area.

The accountability plan was enacted today as I finally began speaking with whom I should have started checking in with  before Thanksgiving.  I can already see the benefits of checking in with one another for a few minutes each day.

I’ve a tendency to beat myself up for my failure to stick to my intentions. But I’m reminded of the “Mental Diet”, and I shouldn’t dwell on my failure, but rather, press on.  This is where Mandino’s line form Scroll 1 in Greatest Salesman applies… “Today, I begin a new life.”

November 25, 2017

Week 9 – Epiphany & Gratitude

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 10:30 pm

What a week, the week of Thanksgiving! I love how it has coincided with a personal epiphany… I’ll explain. For decades, I’ve been told and know that I should not entertain or dwell on negative thoughts, but this week, I learned something different insofar as how I have to apply this.

You see, all thought that is not constructive, that is not productive, and not positive, for me, runs the risk of eventually becoming some kind of negative thought. It may lead to anxiety about something, fear, or even sadness. And I want my conscious mind to guard against such ideas from entering my subconscious. My conscious mind is the “gatekeeper”. But for decades, I’ve failed often at preventing neutral or negative conscious thought from entering my subconscious.

This past week, I’ve scored a victory however! It dawned on me last week as I’ve blogged about, that I cannot just try to think positive thoughts. I must block any thought that is not constructive. This allows my conscious mind to awaken to its gatekeeper duty much earlier in the process, and more than ever, I’m avoiding dwelling on anything unpleasant or not constructive.

And part 9 in the Master Key System explains how this can work out over the long term. Some of my favorite ideas from Haanel’s, The Master Key, Part Nine: “Hold in the mind the condition desired….”By constant repetition, it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves; are making ourselves what we want to be.” After all, I’m reminded…. We are made in the image of God. And God is the supreme creator. “Thought is creative and will automatically correlate with its object”.

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  We had family at our home all the way from Costa Rica!  And the following weekend, my first cousin and his family with their five children stayed with us and it was a wonderful time for all.  So much to be thankful for!

November 19, 2017

Week 8 – Thought Substitution

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Thought substitution is a discipline. That is what I’ve learned this week.  Last week I felt like something was mistaken in this law, the Law of Substitution, which states that our mind can not entertain a positive and a negative thought at the same time.  This seems a fallacy in my experience. I can certainly think about two things at the same time, one negative and the other positive.

But this week I’ve begun to realize that I must discipline myself to focus on single constructive thoughts. I don’t just try to catch negative thoughts and change my thought to positive.  I must “substitute destructive thought for constructive thought.” – Haanel.  And as George Matthews Adams said, “Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.”  I’m not only trying to stop negative thought, but any thought that is not constructive.

I once read that there is no such thing as “neutral” thought.  For any thought that is not positive and constructive has a tendency to quickly become negative and maybe even become destructive.    I do not recall the source, but the truth of it has become  clear.  So I must guard my mind carefully.  And if I recall an earlier chapter from Haanel correctly, I use my conscious mind to guard my subconscious mind.

The apostle Paul said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8)

This has not been easy.  We were prescribed the “mental diet” whereby we start over once we realize we were dwelling on anything not constructive.  I’ve started over a lot this week, but applying this discipline is changing me for the better!

November 10, 2017

Week 7 – Moving Onward

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Love, love, love all that I’m learning.  Sometimes I actually like to read or listen to Haanel’s Master Key, the designated chapter for the week, twice a day!  And I’m starting to really grasp Emerson’s “Compensation” more profoundly than what occurs in just a once over.  Mandino is great, but here I have to admit that I often think twice a day is more than sufficient.

Not sure I agree with the teachings on Law of Substitution, whereby any onset of a negative thought can be substituted or replaced with a different thought.  I like the idea, and I want to apply it.  However, I can clearly have thoughts existing and developing while I read something entirely different from what I’m thinking.  And it doesn’t seem to matter whether I’m reading out loud or silently.  If something else is on my mind, and I don’t suppress it, then I go through the reading, fully comprehending it, while at the same time thinking away about some other idea, mood, or feeling.   This is sometimes a challenge when I’m reading Mandino.

Unfortunately, this week had been difficult for me to stick with three times/day habits of reading.  I can get the bulk of the readings done in the morning, and sometimes the sit in the morning or at lunch time.  But I tend to lose all discipline for keeping the last hour sacred, and on a good night, will close out with the Greatest Salesman scroll, and possibly review my Dharma.  I understand having a sacred hour, but it makes much more sense to me for the first hour to be sacred than the last hour.  The last 15 minutes of sacredness is more amicable for me.  I wonder if this is a big deal.  I mean does it make much difference?

I’ve learned so much, and I’m just anxious to apply it to my work.  But more and more, I’m feeling like I need to work (the work that leads to income) when I’m suppose to do an MMMKE reading or the Sit.   I’m looking forward to making my musical track with readings of my DMP, and will get that done next week.  Onward…


November 3, 2017

Week 6 – The Advantages of a Mastermind Group

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 5:45 pm

After a low mid-week last week and blogging about just that, I received so much support and discovered that many others also feel the overwhelm and defeat just as I do. But we press on with the knowledge we have gained, not letting an attitude of defeatism set in. It’s easy for me to quickly change my mental momentum when I catch myself and think, as a friend and mentor once suggested, “Lord, give me your thoughts.” It’s also easy when I put a blog post up venting my self pity and I get so many responses to approve that are encouraging me to press on. So thank you to all of you who did that!

This week has been better, with much more focus on the “I” that I am becoming, the “I” that I am creating. A finalized Definite Major Purpose… yeah! …Press releases, and a movie poster. Add to all that colorful shapes galore that my brain is searching for to associate with my Personal Pivotal Needs, SMART Goals, and DMP.

2 Nov 2017 Vision Board – Michael

Here’s a “movie poster”/”vision board” that will keep my mind focused on the future I’m creating, and that in some ways, is already here!

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