We went over the Hedgehog Principle and John Wooden Pyramid of Success in week 20 of the Master Key Experience.
The Hedgehog Principle is based on a Greek parable that discusses that the fox knows many little things, while the hedgehog knows one big things. The people who build bigger and better companies and those who are successful are usually hedgehogs. We need to be focused people instead of Renaissance men, who are simply jacks of all trades and masters of nothing.
Wooden’s pyramidsrepresents 15 fundamental values as well as 10 supporting attributes that Wooden believed were vital for a person to perform at the highest level he was capable of. Wooden used his pyramid of success for himself, his players and his staff. Each value has a role and place in the pyramid, and when acted upon, will bring success to the person
Here is what the Rules of Success Pyramid looks like!
I love this quote:
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being.” -John Wooden
I think using Wooden’s Pyramid is very useful in becoming a more successful person.
I am continuing going over Scroll V, and it is sinking in more and more each day to make the most of each day, not waste time, and not procrastinate. Many people don’t realize how precious money is, and often obsess over money. What they don’t realize is what once time is gone, you can’t get it back. If you lose money, you can always make more money and get it back. That does not apply to time.
I have been focusing more on gratitude and the things I am grateful for. I write down 3 things each day I am grateful for and go over them. Your perspective about things totally shifts when you are full of gratitude. I can see why all the very successful entrepreneurs talk about the need to have an attitude of gratitude if you want to be successful.
Our thoughts guide so much of our lives. If our thoughts are strong, powerful and positive, it will reflect in our lives and our health and success. If our thoughts are weak and negative, it will have more fear, nervousness and worry, and it will have an adverse effect on our health.
We need to be vigilant of the thoughts we have daily, as well as all the self talk going through our mind. We think up to 50,000 thoughts a day, and much of that is negative, and we are usually not aware of it. That is why we often sabotage ourselves. We need to change the self-talk we have with ourselves, and we will see an incredible change with our lives.
This week we started Scroll V in The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. Lots of great stuff in it.
Og teaches us in Scroll V to live in the present and make the most of today. We spend too much time worrying about what tomorrow or next week or month will bring, as well as dwelling too much on the past. We need to stop procrastinating and to make the most of us today. Each moment today is precious and should not be wasted. We are asked to live today as if it were it last, because that way we would not waste any time.
We watched a video by Shawn Achor. He told us that we need to be happy first because we can be more productive and successful. Most people have it backwards and think we need to be successful and wealthy first before they are wealthy, which is not the case with the studies done.
90% of our happiness is not affected by our exterior world, but how we perceive the world. It is also important to be grateful for things, and focus on the things we are grateful for each day, and do meditation as well.
Here is Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk!
If you follow what Shawn Achor teaches in that talk, you will see lots of things change in your life for the better.
It has been about 4 months since we started the Master Key Experience. As each goes on, everything starts to make more sense. It kind of reminds me when the head of sports teams tell their fans, “Trust the process,” of a coach tells a player he’s coaching, “Trust the process.” It does not make a whole lot of sense in the beginning, but as time goes on, all the pieces start to fit, and things make more sense.
A lot of times we will not do the things our mentors or coaches tell us to do out of ego or out of laziness, and that is too our detriment. We let ego stop us from having the life we so badly desire, and we often rob ourselves of the success we desire because we let ego get in the way. We have to always be students and always be learning, and learn from those who have done what we want to do.
We discussed the hero’s journey this week. When we watch a movie, we find the main character often runs into difficulties. We become engaged in the troubles and problems they find themselves in and drawn into their story. The main character, or protagonist, have a big problem or struggle and they take it on. They decide to become the hero or victor of their journey. To become the hero of your own journey is the path of the Hero’s journey.
One great example of someone who encompasses the Hero’s Journey is Aimee Mullins. Aimee Mullins gave an incredible Ted Talk, and I will let her tell you in her words what she has done with her life, despite having both of her legs amputated.
I think you will definitely enjoy and learn a lot from Aimee Mullins talk.
Click here to watch!
I am learning so much each week, and can’t wait for next week’s lesson.
This week Haanel teaches us the importance of intuition. He tells us that it often comes with a suddenness that if often startling. It can be developed and cultivated, and we need to recognize and appreciate intuition. If we don’t give our intuition a grand and royal, he may come again, but after a while, we may not see our intuition as much if its ignored. We need to pay more attention to our intuition and accept it.
I have found that with my going back to regular meditation, it has helped with my intuition, which has gotten better and has given me more ideas and helped me be more creative.
I have noticed that when I go against my gut, my intuition, I often regret it. When I go with my gut feeling, I am usually correct. This lesson has definitely hit home with me.
Haanel teaches “Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact”. This is very powerful. It reminds of what Jack Canfield teaches, “Act As If”. Basically if you act as if you are successful or your are living the life you desire, and you do it with emotion, this really greatly influences the subconscious mind. Focus on living your deal and with emotion, and you are more likely to achieve that ideal.
This week we had an exercise to do two kind things each day or notice when something does something nice for us. Each day I have been noticing when something tries to do something nice for me. Whatever you focus on expands, and I am definitely seeing more kindness as I am looking for it.
There are some great lessons about wealth from Haanel in week 16. He writes, “Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end.” Many people get into trouble and have miserable lives because seek wealth as an end, instead of a mean of accomplishing that end.
Haanel says, “Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation and disaster, because we cannot permanently retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not earned.”
This is one reason why the vast majority of lottery winners are broke within 5 years of winning the lottery. It is premature wealth, they have not developed themselves, worked for the riches, and developed the proper money mindset for the lottery winnings, and subconsciously work to get rid of the winnings.
We also learn the power of our thoughts. They can be constructive or destructive, depending on what we choose. Unfortunately, many choose destructive thoughts, often subconsciously. We must learn to choose constructive thoughts.
Visualization is also discussed by Haanel. Many successful people use visualization as it is very powerful. The brain can not tell the difference between a real and imagined event, so you can utilize visualization to try to help you attain the future you desire.
Silence is very important if you want to gain insight. That is one reason it’s encouraged in religion. You are more likely to hear what God is saying to you when you are in silence. When you have all kinds of noises and distractions, you can’t really hear.
Meditation is something that allows me to get great insight. Doing 15 minutes a day is very powerful, and I find I get a lot insights and creative ideas from meditation.
We reap what we so.
We can keep thinking lack if we want to attract abundance. We have to think abundance. Where your thoughts go, energy flow. We also have to think about the exact language and phrases we use, because it makes a big difference.
We also learned that no matter how hard we may try, we can not from the pictures that we constantly photograph in our mind. When we use words that are not for our benefit, there will be pictures of erroneous conceptions that will go through our mind. That is why it’s very important to use your words carefully.
We have to remember that the subconscious can not reason. It accepts everything we feed it. If you put garbage in, you will get garbage out. If you put good stuff in, you will get good stuff. It’s like a computer you program. You have to make sure that you program your subconscious by feeding it things that will be beneficial. When you do that, your life will change for the better.
This past Sunday we had our weekly Master Key Experience webinar with Mark Januszewski and his team. It was another great webinar as usual.
We were encouraged to write 3 cards of gratitude and add them to our pile of accomplishments and experiences. I really like this exercise. We need to be grateful for the things we have, and the more we appreciate what we have, the more successful we will be.
One thing Mark talked about was our tendency to sometimes put off doing certain things until tomorrow, with the intention of doing twice as much the next day. We put off making calls to prospects until tomorrow, and say we will call twice as many tomorrow. And of course that usually does not happen. Procrastination is a devastating killer of success. We have to nip it in the bud and just work on tasks when we say we will do it.
I am enjoying doing the weekly services and accomplishing them. These are sending messages to my subconscious that I do what I say I will, and also I am feeling more of a sense of accomplishment.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
This past Sunday we had our weekly Master Key Experience webinar with Mark Januszewski and his team.
We did a 50 minute exercise where we were asked to read our DMP’s (Definite Main Purpose) that we had written on our card for 50 minutes in front of the bathroom mirror. Doing this really helped my DMP come alive. As I went through the exercised, I said my DMP with more feeling, and it became more real to me. It was very powerful doing it.
I am really enjoying reading daily Scroll III of The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. It talks about the importance of persistence. The first sentence is “I will persist until I succeed.” Persistence is what successful people do. Thomas Edison kept persisting despite all the failures in trying to invent the light bulb. He never gave up and he eventually invented the light bulb, and because Edison was persistent, we don’t need to use candles anymore.
I now keep reminding myself that I will succeed because I will persist.
This past Sunday we had our weekly Master Key Experience webinar with Mark Januszewski and his team.
There was lots of value as usual.
Every thing that changes happens because of habit. If we want to change our lives, we will have to change our habits.
I am doing better each week. Visualizing and meditating definitely make a big difference. I had gotten away from doing these things for a while, and now I have been doing them regularly because of the Master Key Experience exercises, and I am grateful for them.
Over the last several weeks, my DMP (Definite Main Purpose) has gotten much more specific, which has been very helpful because the subconscious mind hates vagueness. My DMP is becoming more alive. Saying it out loud definitely makes it feel more real. Persistent action with your DMP is crucial for it to become alive and for it to one day because a reality. Knowledge will not apply itself.
Results will come from persistent thoughts and actions, and those results eventually become the cause of other effects. It’s amazing when you realize that it’s our thoughts, actions and habits that have brought about the life we are currently living. Having learned all of this, I now believe I am much more capable of achieving the life I truly desire.