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The end of the beginning

The last day of the MKMMA Live Event we got a 30 day follow through program to help us deepen and enhance the experience. Together with the exercises we received some good news and some bad news…
The good ones being that this is easy to do 🙂
The bad ones that it is equally easy not to do 🙁

I instantly made the decision to DO them and, man, am I happy I did!

Don´t worry, I´m not going to ruin this for anyone by telling You about the exercise – just that they helped me thoroughly evaluate not only my MK experience, but my entire life experience so far and made it really clear to me how I got to were I am and where I´m heading.

Let me tell You a story:

A little over 15 years ago I got involved with Network Marketing for the first time, it was a health company and I was approached in my capacity of a medical professional. At some point during a training we were supposed to define what we wanted to contribute and my instinctive answer was that I wanted to affect 1 million people in a distinctly positive way. Needless to say I had no clue as to how to even get close to that number and at the time “how” was very important to me. So I got on with my life, got pretty successful selling the products, never managed to build an effective team and did my best to “forget” or rationalize away the idea of helping a million people.

Long story short, I got out of that company and over the years I worked with a few more, some deals turned out pretty well for me and a few (that were “ground floor opportunities”) folded and went south.

Having been into training a major part of my life and working as a manual medicin professional for years and years the next logical step was to expand into functional training and I started to plan a project where I wanted to provide teenagers with free access to a training and wellness website while financing this by selling the same service under another name to people over the age of 20. Needless to say this never got of the drawing table, just to many challenges at once while juggling the normal day-to-day-stuff of running a small business…

All the while I´ve seen the development in our society from the point of view of a manual medicin professional. Only 15 years ago I saw almost exclusively clients who had actually DONE something out of the ordinary to need my services. Today that applies to few people except athletes who train on a very high level.
Most people I met the last 10 years are in pain for living their daily life, going through their routine of work, commute, enjoying free time and leisure activities.
So what changed? Well the daily routines did, the way we live our life in the modern society did and most of all the way we move (or not) and fuel (or not) changed immensely.

And what does all this have to do with the MK?

Well, I honestly think that everything happens for a reason, that every time we make a choice it leads to the next opportunity for choosing and that every choice shapes how we will choose next and that habits are stacked onto habits until we are controlled by our habits.

Back to Og for a second:
“As a child I was slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all grown men. I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path, which threatens to imprison my future.”
Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, Scroll I

Everyone who´s been through the Master Key Experience knows that habits can be changed and how this is done. On the other hand we also know why we so often failed to change in the past .

“Work is necessary – labor, hard mental labor, the kind of effort which so few are willing to put forth.”
Charles Haanel, “The Master Key System”, Part 7:4

During the past four weeks of going through The 30 Days Thought and Action Plan my mind went back to the thoughts mentioned above time after time and I could not let go of the urge to really make a difference for millions of people health wise, what was still missing was the approach.
Everyone knows that it takes internal motivation to change our habits and I think You´ll agree with me that most adults of today are indeed to caught up in their daily lives to muster that motivation. Even if they learned that better health is actually quite easily achievable.
In his book “Outwitting the Devil” Napoleon Hill talks about what he calls “Hypnotic Rhythm” as the last state of habit that cannot be reversed or changed easily.

“Q: And if I did surprise you and publish it, how long would it
be until you lost your kingdom?
A: Just long enough for one generation of children to grow
into understanding. You cannot take the adults from me. I
have them too securely sewed up. But if you published this
confession, it would be sufficient to keep me from gaining control
of the yet unborn and those who have not yet reached the
age of reason.”
Napoleon Hill, “Outwitting the Devil”, Chapter 6

So the answer must be to influence the young to help them establish healthy habits instead of copying the behavior of their parents.
After all we´re right now, for the first time in known history, looking at a generation with a shorter expected life span than their parents – not really an ideal role model for the future, right?

I´ve got a few ideas down, some people to contact for assistance and support and a weekend of silence in front of me to do some deeper thinking on the subject.

Oh, and BTW, I could use some help here – it´s a pretty big task 😉 – so if You feel this endeavor is something You´d like to take part in, please contact me!

To be candid with You I´ve always felt a little envy towards people who got this “greater than them selves” cause to work for. I always thought that must be awesome – and now I know it is!
I hardly really know were to begin this and now idea how to complete it, I´m just filled with a very fulfilling feeling of gratitude to the process that lead me to this point and am committed to continue trusting that same process.
Equipped with the knowledge, skills and methods from the Master Key Experience I know that anything is possible and thats a good start! Now it´s time to follow my bliss and see where it leads me, looking forward to an awesome journey!

Which leads us right back to our old friend Joseph Campbell:

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I laugh with my world!

“Scroll VII of Og Mandino´s ”The Greatest Salesman in the World” is all about taking life and especially ourselves less seriously.

“I will laugh at the world. And most of all, I will laugh at myself for man is most comical when he takes himself too seriously.”

What I´ve found during the most recent weeks is how the habit of disconnecting my emotional state from circumstances has become automatic, basically it does not matter what goes on in the outer world, my inner world stays balanced and at peace.

Waking up in the tent at -6℃ or 25℃ (21℉ or 77℉) only makes a difference in what actions I chose to perform to start my day, not in how I feel about the day. Having a jack rabbit run in under the car, turning around and take it back to the Ranger station has become an experience to be appreciated the same as running out of gas on I40 and being helped by a weird, nervous guy in a nearby facility, who filled up my water bottles with gas without charging me a dime after I trespassed on his property.

In an earlier post (put link here!!!!) I wrote about how I stopped sweat the small stuff – experiencing how this has expanded into me staying emotionally immensely more stable regardless of what happens around me is border lining being a miracle in itself. 

A miracle induced by scores of tiny new exercises and habits introduced to me by the Master Key Experienced and by adopting these I made sure the miracle was performed by…me.”

I wrote the above words little over a week ago looking to get this post up there Friday April 17th…

Little did I know that my internet host in Sweden was about to tighten their security and started blocking quite a lot of foreign IP-adresses – among them apparently every AT&T wifi as well as mobile internet from AT&T as well (so I couldn´t even access the blog from my phone…)

Needless to say this would have driven me crazy with frustration not long ago and now only became a further confirmation of my relatively new found self reliance.

I remember struggling for years with these lines:

“O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
The courage to change what can be changed,
and the wisdom to know the one from the other”
Reinhold Niebuhr

And it´s just amazing how my mind has trained itself to execute them almost automatically.
Not having to control outer circumstances or even classifying them as “good” or “bad” (because, frankly, who can say if the one or the other is true?) allows us to experience the moment in more complete ways.

Being at LAX on my way to the MKMMA live event in Kauai, I hope You´ll take a moment to watch this beautiful video from that gorgeous island:

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Week 15 – Creature or Creator?

“I am a unique creature of nature.”
Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, Scroll 4

What if we change a few characters in that sentence?

“I am a unique creator of nature.”

A) Is this a typo in the book?
B) Did Mandino make a misstake?
C) Is it intended? To make the reader think?
D) None of the above?

Your answer is as good as mine!

Lets look at some additional information:

“11. It is love which imparts vitality to thought and thus enables it to germinate. The
law of attraction, or the law of love, for they are one and the same, will bring to it
the necessary material for its growth and maturity.”….

….”20. We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and
we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself
in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a
combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or
strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be
created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building
words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a
passport to success.”
Charles Haanel, “The Master Key System”, Part 15

In my understanding the combined meaning of point 11 and 20 is that we attract what we love by the process of thinking, consciously or unconsciously, of the things we love and wrap these thoughts in words that form the bricks of our temple of creation!

OMG, this is how important out habitual thoughts really are – am I happy for the mental diet, the flashcards, shapes, my DMP, POA etc…

“Life gives no one immunity against adversity, but life gives to everyone the power of positive thought, which is sufficient to master all circumstances of adversity and convert them into benefits. The individual is left with the privilege of using or neglecting to use his prerogative right to think his way through all adversities. Every individual is forced either to use his thought power for the attainment of definite, positive ends, or by neglect or design use this power for the attainment of negative ends. There can be no compromise, no refusal to use the mind.”
Napoleon Hill, “Outwitting the Devil”

“8. This, then, is the way we are consistently creating and recreating ourselves; we are today the result of our past thinking, and we shall be what we are thinking today, the Law of Attraction is bringing to us, not the things we should like, or the things we wish for, or the things some one else has, but it brings us “our own,” the things which we have created by our thought processes, whether consciously or unconsciously. Unfortunately, many of us are creating these things unconsciously.”
Charles Haanel, “The Master Key System”, Part 5

I could probably quote us all to boredom here and I hope You´re ok with me presuming You get the point.
We are creators of nature as well as creatures of nature and with that we are creators of us creatures of nature.

You, I and everyone else on this planet is unique, unexchangeable and irreplaceable!  

“…for why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of today?”
Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, Scroll 4

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