Week 16: Kindness

The assignment for the week has been showing and noticing acts of kindness.

This has probably been the most enjoyable week.  Noticing and appreciating kindness is a fun habit to get into – it is easy, free, and makes you feel good.  Like anything, the more you look, the more you find!

As for showing kindness, I found that doing spontaneous kind things really made me feel good.  Having to post them to the Alliance group also helped with the “do it now” aspect of being kind.

All the best to you!

Joel

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Week 15: Testing

So progress has been made with my book.  I completed the writing, editing, and rewriting.  I even managed to design a cover and get it into a format that could be uploaded (much more difficult than I had anticipated).  I test-ran the book with a few people – they loved it.  Looking good!

Just when I thought I was ready to hit “publish,” a reader pointed out something in the book that may cause me troubles down the road.  The details are not important, but it will cause a delay in publication.  Not only is this a pain, the hassle is compounded as this causes a delay in other things I need to do – market the book, (learn how to) create a website, create and maintain a related blog, and write more books.

So, while I feel I am being tested, their really is no temptation to quit – what would I do?  This book is a part of my DMP.  If I was to quit, I would just stagnate and get frustrated until I returned and completed what was necessary – losing whatever time I had spent in limbo.  Although I am being tested, I will persist until I succeed.

I trust your journey is going well, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Week 14: Persist

The webinar and Og helped me clarify the difference between persisting and not quitting.

In the MLM world, I often hear people talk about not quitting: “Don’t quit and, eventually, you will succeed,” or “the only way to fail is to quit.”  These sentiments have bothered me because, on the one hand, they are true – you obviously will not succeed if you quit.  On the other hand, however, not quitting does not guarantee success.  Many people seem to take the “don’t quit” advice as “don’t stop autoship, don’t stop liking your upline’s Facebook posts, or don’t stop going to meetings.”  While all good things, these will likely not bring success.

“Persist” seems like better advice.  To me, this implies persisting until you reach your desired ends.  Not just hanging around, but figuring it out and doing the work.  If something doesn’t work – or stops working – persist and figure it out again.  Persist in taking actions that advance you toward your goal.

The other reason I prefer the notion of persistence over not quitting relates to Haanel.  Your brain cannot fathom, let alone do, a negative thing.  How do you “not quit”?  Besides the fact that the brain does not recognize the word “not” the thought of not quitting gives no direction as to what it should do instead of quitting.  For this reason, “persist” is better advice.  It gives the brain a positive action.  Onto the direction to persist, tack on a picture of what you are persisting towards, and the subconscious really has something to work with.

Like our friend, Og, I persist until I succeed.

Week 13: Thinking

Haanel 13:23

“Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.”

As I alluded to last week, concentrated, focused, and sustained thought is the habit I most need to develop.  This week, I have been mindful to be diligent in this area and to “do it now” rather than tell myself I will focus on it later.  I am not just thinking, I am directing my thought to my DMP and my inner self.

Thanks for reading!

Peace and health to you on your journey!

Joel

Week 12: Focus

This weeks post will talk about that damn Haanel reading my mail.

In Lesson 12, Haanel wrote,

“Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application.”

I love to learn.  I have read countless books on a broad range of topics such as personal development, natural health, investing, spirituality, education, history, economics, biofeedback, business and management, quantum physics, parenting, psychology . . . and on and on.  Prior to MKMMA, I had read Og, Haanel, Hill, Allen, Wattles – all of them.

While I feel like I assimilate much of what I read into who I am, I have rarely received the full benefit from what I learned as I have moved from one book to the next, but not taken the time to apply the material.  This course has forced me to slow down and apply what I have learned.

I did not need Haanel to point this out to me, but one of his next statements did convict me:

“The time and thought which most persons waste in aimless effort would accomplish wonders if properly directed with some special object in view.”

Ouch.  It is time to properly direct my time and thought so I can accomplish wonders.  Part of my DMP is to follow Haanel, Emerson, and Jesus’ advice to give what I have received.  I will do this by writing a book (well, multiple books – but one at a time).  This singular focus is the success key I have been missing.

All the best to you on your journey!

Joel

Week 11: Progress

Short one today.

I finished the first draft of my book and have nearly finished revisions.  Creating a cover is the most difficult part for me.  “Do it now” has helped me remain focused and persistent.

The book is for husbands of network marketers – excellent early reviews…I am excited as my DMP begins actualizing!

I trust your journey is going well!

All the best,

Joel

Week 10: Imagination

Ok, the Haanel sit visualizing a square, then a circle, then a point, then a black cone, and then different colour cones…that has been a challenge!

The simple and boring nature of imagining a cone on the wall initially made me want to quit – plus, it was difficult!

I reminded myself that if I cannot clearly picture something in my life, it will not manifest, so I have stuck with the imaginary cone, confident that that cone represents my dreams for my life and the images on my DMP movie poster – as I imagine them clearly, they become my reality.

I also like this line in part 10:

When you win, as you will, you will know exactly why.

I like to win.

I hope your journey is going well, thanks for reading!

Joel