Monthly Archives: December 2014

Week 13 – Flash Cards

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Who would ever have thought something so simple and plain could have such a profound effect?

Over the past 2 weeks Mark, Davene and the MKMMA staff have had us create 2 unique decks of flash cards consisting mostly of short, descriptive phrases representing accomplishments in our lives.  To begin the process they required us to create 30-50 cards, each stating something we’ve done in our life.  These things can be something big or small…something as big as saving a life or purchasing a house or traveling the world…..to something we typically take for granted such as brushing our teeth twice a day or driving the kids home from school.  This week we’ve continued to add accomplishments to our decks, plus additional cards containing our favorite MKMMA affirmations.  AND….this is big…. we started adding 3 cards per day with something we’re grateful for. We are not to skip a day – just keep adding 3 gratitude cards per day.  The decks just keep getting bigger and bigger.  We keep them with us (mine are in my purse) and flash through them several times per day, each time shuffling the decks to mix up the order to keep the subconscious on it’s toes.

Understanding the cards are part of a progression that Mark & Davene and the staff have developed for us…..I have no clue what will be revealed to us in Feb as a result.  But I am executing this exercise daily on faith – because I know the payoff will be big.

But just think on this for a moment…..

Regardless of whether you are a fellow MKMMA member or not – I challenge you to make these 2 decks of cards yourself and repeat this exercise daily. It will simply blow your mind.  We’ve been programmed to hyper-focus on those few things we believe we’ve done wrong instead of the huge number of wonderful things we do right.  We downplay our accomplishments, let the world know about our screw-ups, even create humor around them. But when you start flashing through dozens of simple cards daily that remind you of all the wonderful things you’ve done, of everything you’re grateful for and also positive, meaningful affirmations – you begin to understand your greatness.  You realize you’ve done A LOT of really good stuff in your life and you continue to do more everyday.  It becomes easy to acknowledge your accomplishments instead of focus on your shortcomings.  I wonder why on earth nobody did this simple exercise with us as school children.

Add to this my DMP and all it’s variations, the Mental Diet, Emerson’s Law (Give More, Get More), the Master Keys, the Greatest Salesman and the truly amazing Mastermind Alliances I’ve formed with myself, Terri, Jeff, Sarah, Zach – not to mention Mark J, Davene, Nicole (my guide), and 300+ amazing fellow MKMMA members around the globe…….

Well, I believe my “old blueprint” is starting to crumble.  “Goodbye….I don’t need you anymore.”

Wife to Rick
Donated lots of clothes & other items
Lived in Monterey, CA
I am a magnet for people who desire change
Got a college degree
Red Cross safety & health instructor (taught CPR)
Taught group fitness classes
Lived in ND
Local Coordinator for MN
Grateful for all the gifts I received yesterday
I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy
Achieved many local challenges
Watched 2 baseball games in Greenville
Dream Team Target 2006
Ski’d in Austria
Helped Zach navigate college financial aid
Grateful for Josh Luce
Grateful for amazing dinner on Christmas Eve with Phil & Alice
Lived in Germany
Read The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Went on cruise w/ family & neighbors in 2004
Grateful for Sarah
Traveled to SC many times to stay with Mom & Dad in past 5 yrs
Drove a grain truck in ND
Landed a plane on parallel runways at MSP
Grandma to Remy
Saw Bruce Springsteen several times in concert
Do it now!
Started a business
Local speaker in Chicago
Learned to play tennis
I always keep my promises
Attended my kids sports events and concerts
I can be what I will to be
Good sense of humor
Loving human to Cooper, Lily, Scooter & Abbey
Completed half marathon in 2013
Grateful I work from home
Grateful Callie joined our family today (wiener dog puppy)
Went to Disney World with family twice
Helped Sarah start her catering business
Led hazmat team at SurModics
Grateful for Catherine
Went back to get Cooper
Worked at SurModics for 11 yrs
Grateful for every day I have with Cooper
Lived & ski’d in Utah
Mom to Sarah
Good server in my restaurant jobs
Replaced my corporate salary with MA income so I could work from home
Grateful for Colleen
Went to Grand Canyon
Visited, lived and trained in AZ
Ask and you shall receive
Grateful I met Ron & Sue
Mother to Catherine
Cheerleader in Jr High
Visited Colorado numerous times
Solo’s in an airplane
Bought a Mazda 6
Grateful for Zachary
Learned to play classical piano
Sister to Dee & George
Lived in England
Raised our kids in Glen Lake area
Worked at Henkel for 7 yrs
Grateful I was with Dad in his final days
Bought Ford Edge
New mom to Callie
Skipped 1st grade
Trained with Sam for 2 years
Watched MN Twins win world series in 1987
Grateful for Rick
Achieved Professional Coordinator
Learned to fly with my dad
TLS trainer
Learned to crochet
Lost 48 lbs & 10% body fat
Finished high school early
Master UFO
Saw Prince in concert
Mother to Zach
Traveled to 26 states
Grateful for the gifts I was blessed to give to others on Thursday
Grateful for Edie
Saw several shows at Guthrie theater
Learned to speak ‘German
Bought home in NE Minneapolis
Lived in Hawaii
Daughter to George & Alma
Made a great dinner on Thanksgiving
Gave a rose to Prince in Blockbuster
Grateful for Jeff Carter

And that’s just a start…..

 

Week 12 – About Og Mandino

The very first audio book I ever listened to after I began my network marketing business was “The Science of Personal Achievement” by Napoleon Hill.  I loved the book and it was especially endearing to me because it was narrated by the author. There was just something about hearing Mr Hill’s own voice tell his story that really drew me in – the conviction, the inflections in his voice and his “old school” style of reading.

What began in this course as a requirement to read certain important literary works – exactly as prescribed – every single day (as part of a carefully planned-out progression for mental development) has now turned into a pleasure and almost an obsession for me.  We are given access to one chapter at a time from Charles Haanel’s Master Key System, which we are to read daily for a full week.   In addition, we have developed the habit of reading each Scroll in Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” 3 times/day for an entire month before moving on to the next Scroll.  Each Scroll contains a principle which is hugely impactful when we apply it in our daily lives (as Haanel writes, “knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application”).  To supplement, we have been provided other highly relevant essays from Napoleon Hill, Ralph Waldo Emmerson & Emmet Fox to help us make connections between these writings and the daily exercises we execute toward our goal of mastering our thoughts and tapping into the unlimited power we hold within.

Before this course, I had never read anything by Charles Haanel or Og Mandino.  I felt compelled to look up Haanel and read his biography, which I found fascinating (I  highly recommend you do the same).  Then yesterday I had a conversation with my friend, Jeff (who’s also a business partner going through the Go90Grow course with me), about Og Mandino and how we’re using The Greatest Salesman book in MKMMA.  He said he’d read it before, as well as several of Og’s other books, including “The Greatest Secret in the World” (his favorite).  After sharing some great thoughts and insight, Jeff texted me the message: “Have you heard Og Mandino’s story?”.  When I said I hadn’t, he replied, “spend 12 minutes and listen to it here”:

http://intentionalcreation.com/about-og-mandino/

I wanted to share it with my fellow MKMMA buddies – just in case you haven’t had the pleasure.  If you scroll down the page and click on the audio you can hear this beloved man tell his own story –  his own voice.  And below that are 3 great stories about Og told by his wife, Bette – including one entitled “The Night the Ten Scrolls Were Written”.     Enjoy!

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week 11 – Press On!

imagesA huge payoff happened this week in our MKMMA course – a moment of extraordinary enlightenment and sudden understanding.  We learned that over the past 10 weeks – as we’ve been digging deep to identify and clearly define our definite major purpose in life, as well as faithfully executed a progression of  tasks, mental exercises, studies, readings, writings, visualizations – we’ve quite literally been “set up” for success!  Napoleon Hill’s renowned lifelong work, (summarized in the book “Think and Grow Rich”), in which he interviewed 504 of the world’s most successful people to determine what key qualities or characteristics they possessed in common – 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 WE have been developing over the past 10 weeks of this course, namely:

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

2. A definite plan, expressed in continuous action (our POA, focusing on World Within and traction points to move our 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 (MMA with ourself – Gal 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 last Sunday’s 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:

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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 one year 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.  Over the past 2 months as I’ve read Haanel and Og, worked the exercises, practiced the mental diet and immersed myself in this course, I have identified all the virtues I so loved in George Hammond.  If I didn’t know that MKMMA was Mark & Davene’s fairly recent brainchild, I’d think my dad had taken this course 60 years ago.  But I really do believe he must have read Haanel in his life, and the Greatest Salesman and Emerson….for he lived by the principles therein. I feel my dad has been closely watching me this past year, guiding me forward on this journey.  And one of the things he always used to say to me was, “Press On, Honey”.  

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Week 10 – New PPN!

For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling compelled to choose a different PPN and do a major rewrite on my DMP.  Mark said this is not unusual at this particular point in the course and I had been putting a lot of thought into it.  So I took the time this week to really deep and recreate my DMP – with True Health as a PPN instead of Legacy.  The undertaking seemed a little daunting at first since I was faced not only with having to write the full version, but also the movie trailer & press release, shape sheets, plus re-record my new DMP to music and make some changes/additions to my movie poster.  I also re-wrote several of my index cards this week.  I’m still not completely finished with everything, but I will have it all revised by Sunday’s webcast.  Truly, this has been an incredibly rewarding week and it couldn’t have come at a better time.   I feel more emotional attachment to my DMP than ever before and find it easy to read aloud with “unbridled enthusiasm”, especially when I’m out walking.  The Week 9 webcast and the Week 10 video really brought everything together and I’m going on much more than just faith now.  As Mark said, this is SO much more than just working to maintain a scholarship.  It’s application of the knowledge that’s the key to everything.  The Master Key lesson this week blew my mind….as did Og’s Scroll 3 about persistence.  And I also found an incredible partner to form a Mastermind Alliance with and I purchased a turn-key blog.  So this week “off”  has actually been a REALLY productive and fulfilling one.  So I’m ready to take this to a whole new level.  Rock on!!