Master Key Week 13- Analysis Paralysis? Not Hardly!

In this day and age, we hear so many popular phrases such as “analysis paralysis”, “overthinking”, etc. I know I become guilty of overthinking and yet it seems that we are more guilty of lacking critical thinking. For example:

As obtuse an example as this “quote” is, it was certainly generated by someone poking fun about how so many “facts” are disseminating straight out of mindless fabrication.

In part 13 of the Master Key, Haanel discusses Lord Bacon’s development of the Scientific Method some 300 years ago. This, (…method of Bacon has seized the spirit and aim of the great philosophers of Greece and carried them into effect by the new means of observation… thus gradually revealing a wondrous field of knowledge…, ” in all areas of human thought and research. (Haanel 13-6)

A practical illustration of self-directed thinking based upon Sir Bacons Scientific Method.

In our present day, reaction seems to dominate logic. We are elicited to react from every angle and every source: the news, social media, coworkers who relate what they hear from the news and social media and more. Is there any better time to develop our self-directed thinking muscles than now? I think not! ANY individual that decides to take their critical thinking into their own hands makes that moment of decision the very BEST time; the best NOW!

Check out this blog from Randy Kalisek! A great excursion into his own Master Key experience!

This Master Key Experience promotes the development and/or strengthening of self-directed thinking, no matter from what point of experience one is encountering it.

You gotta work it to keep it!

Not only am I building my level of focus for the things I wish to develop in my future; I am also fine-tuning my own personal thinking “muscles”. Just as one must continue to work on the musculature of the body to maintain its fitness, so to must the brain be continually exercised for optimum wellness. Continuing to master self-directed thinking and focus guarantees successful outcomes.

A little work daily in these arenas “sag-proofs” our minds, bodies and outcomes. I am so grateful for this journey! Maintaining the focus on my desired outcomes keeps me sharp and guarantees that what I wish to manifest comes to pass. As Mandino expresses, “Good habits are the key to all success”. It basically comes down to a daily, even hourly decision: do I discipline myself and act for new results? Or do I allow mediocrity to be the winner of the day, living a life of quiet desperation? I choose to make the time to create exceptional circumstances from this day forward, each and every day!

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MKE Week 12- Reach With Your Heart, Monkey!

Enjoy The Process!

One of my definite chief aims through the process of the Master Key Experience is to find my best and truest health. One of the ways in which I endeavor to measure this is through my flexibility. I have made the plan to master the monkey pose, otherwise known as Hanumanasana, before April 2020 as a landmark indicator of my progress. Curious what the monkey pose looks like? Here you go!

Clearly this pose is a progression; not an impulsive decision and certainly not an immediate position to get into for most. Perhaps my pose may look different. What matters though, is that I master myself, that through discipline and patience, I give my best.

You can be sure I want to do this correctly, without injury and with best possible outcomes in mind. Of course I went to YouTube to find a sensible video guide. And I hit pay dirt. I found a wonderful page with a 15 minute progression to thoroughly stretch all the pertinent muscles and, finally, move into this position bilaterally.

With this video I got far more than I expected. The instructor made two statements that resonated so strongly with me, far beyond the purposes of mastering this pose. I am carrying these two statements further into all my endeavors, especially as I embark on my Master Key journey. As a cue for maintaining proper form she said, “Reach with your heart”. Beautiful! Later as she acknowledged that individuals will experience varying results as they work to improve their flexibility, she said, simply, “enjoy the process”. Yes!

I can tend to get so wrapped up in the end goal, I miss the experience. Instead of enjoying the process, I fret and worry through, completely fearful of missing that end mark. How many important moments have I missed along the way, simply disregarding the process and/or living in fear? I WILL enjoy this process!

As I refine my focus and develop my best, I know that every time I practice this pose, I am one try closer to mastering it. How many tries will it take? I will only know when I have made that try that grants the ultimate result. Whether it is the 100th, 1000th, or 10,000th try, I’ll be there celebrating! I persist until I succeed.

Haanel 12/4- “The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success”. I now have the knowledge of my power. I have the courage to dare. And I have the faith to do! I’m reaching forward with my heart and enjoying the process!

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