11: Persistence

imagesI love Week 11 in the MKMMA course.  There is a huge payoff for members who have been doing the work – a moment of extraordinary enlightenment and sudden understanding.  Mark and Davene reveal on the webcast that over the past 10 weeks – as members dug deep to identify and clearly define their definite major purpose and faithfully executed a progression of  tasks, mental exercises, studies, readings, writings, visualizations – they were being “set up” for success by a masterful progression in the course curriculum!  In his famous life work described in the book, “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill interviewed 504 of the world’s most successful people to determine what key qualities or characteristics they all possessed in common.  He revealed 13 key principles.  And all of these principles were designed to develop the HABIT of PERSISTENCE.  Contrary to popular belief, persistence is a habit -not a characteristic which some people possess and others do not.

So what’s the payoff?  Working in collaboration, Hill and W Clement Stone discovered that there are 4 necessary steps in all walks of life to assure the development of persistence –  4 steps by which one can control their own economic destiny….steps which lead to freedom and independence of thought.  These 4 steps are essentially the “mini-habits” that MKMMA members have been developing over the past 10 weeks of this course, namely:

1. A definite purpose, backed by a burning for it’s fulfillment (DMPs and PPN’s)

2. A definite plan, expressed in continuous action (the written plan of action, focusing on World Within and traction points to move their business or other smart goals forward)

3. A mind closed tightly against negative or discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances (the Mental Diet)

4. Friendly (Mastermind) alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose (the ultimate MMA with oneself (Gal/Guy in the Glass) – as well as with at least one other partner and the MKMMA members as a group in the members area.

One key thing that also hit me on the webcast was the undeniable fact that persistence is NOT equivalent to “not quitting”.  People have been tricked into believing that just “hanging in there” will bring them success.  But nothing could be further from the truth – not quitting is not the same as winning!  If we have taken the 4 steps above, remain vigilant to the exercises and understand that everything we have done so far and continue to do in this course will assure that we “form this habit (persistence) and become it’s slave” – WE WIN.

I love this quote by Calvin Coolidge – the last line is completed in blue:


Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”



 2013-12-02 14.42.12My amazing father, George Hammond, passed away 3 years ago this month. He was an American hero and he was my hero.  He was loved and admired by everyone who ever knew him, worked with him, served with him, loved him.  He was one of the most enlightened people I have ever  known and I have always strived to be more like him – not just because he was my dad, but because he was one of the most amazing human beings on earth.  He left a huge impact on so many.  As I have matriculated though the Master Key course as both a member and a guide, working the exercises, practicing the mental diet and immersing myself in this study, I have identified all the virtues I so loved in George Hammond.  If I didn’t know better, I’d think my dad had taken this course 60 years ago – or at least spent his life studying Emerson, Haanel, Wattles, James Allen and the like (though  I never saw him read as a habit).  But he was a man of refined character and incredible wisdom who passionately lived a principle-based life.  As I continue into the unknown and persist toward the fulfillment of my greater purpose – I am reminded of something he said to me over and over….at last, fully understanding it’s significance.   “Press On, Honey”.  

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