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