“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” – William Shakespeare, The 12th Night
Ever feel like you’re treading water, barely making it? Ever wonder if you have what it takes to truly launch yourself in a big way and make a big difference in your life, your business and the world? Me too!
I know that I am responsible for; what I think, what I do and the choices I make, although I find myself sometimes forgetful of this important reality. Then to the rescue, my friends at the Master Key Master Mind Alliance team step in and remind me of just that. I am very fortunate to have these tools, skills and this community available to keep me moving forward.
This week was no exception. The welcome mat was opened for obstacles. I cannot say that all were met with a correct mental diet. However I am keeping a short account with my friends and family by letting them know that although the actions cannot be taken back I realize that they were done in poor character and attitude, humbling myself I ask for forgiveness and thank them for helping me once again. Though not all of the obstacles were relational in nature they all were viewed through the lenses of achievement. I am finding that the metaphors of the compass to remind me of the direction I am going and the magnifying glass to focus my thoughts on my desires, are quick to come to the forefront , that is to say that these challenges make the victory that much sweeter. AS the observer I again find relief and respite in the fact that the journey is becoming much more enjoyable!!!
“Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own lives.” ~Charles Haanel
This statement was shared this week and I am sharing it with you because it is ever so powerful. Ever so true, and undoubtedly the first step on our road to success:
Stating this affirmation compliments my desire to move my thoughts towards an alignment with the culture of Generosity that the Creator has provided. It flows from a heartfelt desire to make a contribution to the World, for all of us can make contributions far beyond our conventional expectations. All of us have different things to share, gifts of knowledge, skills, time, money and it is in our best interests to act with generosity in the places we inhabit and in the businesses in which we engage. It has a multiplying effect that allows each person involved to grow. These benefits spread out in all directions, creating similar benefits in others’ lives and eventually finding their way back to the original giver.
One word in the affirmation that seems to be a stumbling block for most people is the word “perfect”. The definition reminds us that perfection is hard to achieve. When the gymnasts take to the mat only a few twist turns or postures can keep them achieving a perfect score. We can watch a shooter take aim and “miss the mark” as the bullet hole on the target strays from the Bulls eye or total perfection. All the same for humanity to be called to perfection or being complete it is not in the sense that they have achieved total moral perfection, but rather that they have reached a singular level of maturity in their growth in terms of spiritual integrity. In fact, the basic call to a person in this world is to be a reflection of the character of God. That’s what it means to be created in the image of God. We are the Image Bearer.
In order for a person to be perfect in their humanity though many elements affect it. They must be the best they can be. To be their best, they not only need to cultivate proper intentions and an appropriate disposition, but put those intentions into real virtuous action.
“Action is the blossom of thought, and conditions are the result of action.” ~ Charles Haanel
Everything we have and everything that is around us begins with a thought but the process doesn’t stop there. Merely thinking and hoping that that which you are visualizing will drop into your lap is not what Haanel speaks to. Rather there is the planning and the action that is required to bring us to what we aspire. A person thinking about writing a book will never “manifest” a book until he takes the time and expends the effort in doing what needs to be done to write a book: the planning, the outlining, the rough draft, the editing, letting other people see and criticize it, re-drafting, re-writing, fixing errors, making passages more clear, hunting and citing sources. Action is part of the process that bridges the cause and effect with the manifestation into the physical world. In the Master Key System we are taught how to think; properly, correctly, and with taking action in mind.
Aristotle called this hands-on form of constructive self-perfection eudaimonia, a word defined and redefined by virtually every Greek thinker, coming from the Greek words for “good” or “well” (eu) and “spirit” or “soul” (daimon). Often translated as “happiness,” Aristotle’s eudaimonia is concerned most of all with the exercise of good actions. What makes actions good, you ask? Well of course those that flow from the hand of the Creator who gives us all good things though not for our own but for sharing with others.
“How will I confront each whom I meet? … In silence and to myself I address all and say I love you. Though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, unwrinkled my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my voice; and their heart will be opened.” ~ Og Mandino