Master Key Week 9: Is Your Mind Full of Weeds?

Look at this beautiful bounty of fresh, organic vegetables

GeraldsonCSAEvery week from mid-November to mid-May, Susan and I receive a large box full of vegetables from our CSA share.  We get so excited to review each week’s harvest and plan for the meals we will prepare with this amazingly delicious food.

In mid-October of this year, we visited the Geraldson Community Farm in Bradenton, FL along with many of the other share owners to tour the fields, talk with the farmers and enjoy the festivities.

The Farmers have learned and use the Law of Growth

During the tour of the farm, our skilled farmers explained how they

  • Prepare the fields
  • Plant the seeds and seedlings
  • Water and fertilize the crops
  • Harvest the vegetables
  • Deliver the final results to us

We see the Law of Growth all around us

The animals all over the world grow from babies to adults. The grass and weeds in my yard continue to grow even when I mow them down. The national debt continues to grow. There is even a Law of Growth listed in the Seven Laws of the Mind.

For those unfamiliar with the Seven Laws of the Mind, here is a quick overview:

  1. Law of SubstitutionGeraldsonCSAField
  2. Law of Relaxation
  3. Law of Practice
  4. Law of Forgiveness
  5. Law of Dual Thought
  6. Law of Subconscious
  7. Law of Growth

The inclusion of the Law of Growth in the Seven Laws of the Mind brings us to the conclusion that our mind is the field that grows our life. Almost all of the results we experience in life are a consequence of the thoughts we have planted in our minds.

Is Your Mind Full of Weeds?

How do you prepare the fields of your mind? Do you sit still for at least 15 minutes a day learning the skill of quieting your mind?

What seeds to you plant in your mind? Do you continually imagine the results you desire?

What do you use to water and fertilize your thoughts? Do you amplify your goals with positive feelings and a burning desire?

What results do you harvest? Are you living the life you want to live?

The results in your life are a direct outcome of the thoughts you intentionally or unintentionally planted in your mind. If there are weeds growing in your mind, the results you experience will not be what you have wanted.

Here are some suggestions for removing the weeds from your mind

  • Develop a Definite Major Purpose statement describing the person you are becoming and read it aloud at least 3 times everyday.
  • Read this Self-Confidence Formula from the book Think and Grow Rich at least once a day.
  • Start a Seven Day Mental Diet as described by Emmet Fox.
  • Invest at least 15 minutes daily sitting quietly with a still mind or meditating. The Master Key System lays out an excellent 26 week series of daily sits.
  • Smile and be Happy throughout the day.

Feel free to start slowly, using only one or two of the “weeding” techniques described above. As you begin to embrace all of the steps outlined above, you will experience your mind turn into your own, personal garden with everything you desire in life. As you take action on your definite major purpose, your harvest will be delivered as the life you have aspired to live.

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Master Key Week 7: Do Vacations Make You Work Faster?

I have some questions for you:

  • Do you remember the last time you went on vacation?
  • Do you remember the day before you left?
  • Did you make a list of all the things that needed to be completed before you could leave?
  • Did you work through the list quicker than you would have during a typical day?
  • Did spend time watching TV or chatting with friends during this day or did you mostly focus on what needed to be accomplished?
  • Did you read emails and spend time reviewing Facebook or did you attempt to get the important things done as expeditiously as possible?

As you guessed, I asked these questions to make a point. 

Sights on vacation

We can get more accomplished in less time if we make a plan, take personal responsibility for the plan and have a deadline for being done. I first learned about this “day before vacation” phenomenon over 25 years ago from Zig Ziglar. He suggests that we take what we learned from this experience and use it everyday.

Think how much more you could get done each day if you had a list of important tasks to complete before going to bed at night. How would you feel at the end of the day? Could you look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself “I am pleased with what you accomplished today. I Love you.”?

So are you up for the challenge?

Will you treat tomorrow like it is the day before vacation?

How about doing this for the entire week?

  1. What is your Objective for the week?
  2. What are the Actions required to meet your objective?
  3. How much Time will be required to complete your actions. Add 20% for unforeseen challenges.
  4. Schedule it. If it isn’t in writing, it isn’t true.
  5. The night before each day, review the tasks you will perform the next day.
  6. Work your task list each day and complete everything on your list.

If you take on this challenge, you will be amazed at what you accomplish.

Let’s get ready for vacation!

Master Key Week 5: Welcome Adversity into Your Life

Have you ever woke up in the morning with sore muscles?

  1. Starting a new exercise program.
  2. An intense day of spring cleaning or working in the yard.
  3. A guided Kayak tour on a lazy river.
  4. A crazy day at a theme park rushing from ride to attraction to show.

The morning after any of these experiences, your muscles may greet you with an uncomfortable response to the prior day’s activities. This soreness isn’t really your body punishing you for working your muscles too hard. It is a sign that your body is adapting, building and preparing for future intense physical activity. If you decide to continue that new exercise program, you will find that the soreness soon decreases and the stamina and intensity you can bring to the exercises increases. your physical body responds to adversity by making improvements to handle future challenges.

Do you remember the first time you drove a car?

  1. Depress the brake pedal.
  2. Release the parking brake,
  3. Shift into reverse.
  4. Check your review mirrors.
  5. Check up and down the street to make sure the road is clear.
  6. Look over your shoulder and out the back window.
  7. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  8. As the car approaches the street, slowly turn the wheel to the right.
  9. Once you’ve backed int the street, depress the brake pedal.
  10. Shift into Drive.
  11. Release the brake pedal and move your foot to the accelerator pedal.

All these actions just to back out of the driveway! Do you remember how much conscious thought you needed just to maneuver the car in very simple ways? However, as you continued to practice driving, your mind began to start performing many of the steps unconsciously. Driving became much easier and you had time to focus your thoughts on more advanced driving skills. Now that you have been driving for years, you have no trouble talking on the phone, drinking a bottle of water and listening to music all while maneuvering through heavy traffic. Over time, your mind has responded to each adversity that occurred while driving and has incorporated improvements to better handle future challenges.

Adversity WallHave you ever tried something once and given up, never to try again?

As you go through life, you encounter new experiences almost every day. Most of these new experiences will be accompanied by some level of adversity. How you decide to respond to that adversity will effect the path your life takes. For example, the first cigarette someone smokes is usually accompanied by some coughing or even some gagging. This adversity may cause the person to quit smoking right then and there, never to smoke again.

However, giving up at the first sight of problems is seldom a good idea. This is especially true if you have a clearly defined purpose in mind. Just as your body responds to adversity by improving and your mind responds to adversity by improving, so do all aspects of your life.

Are you ready to embrace the adversity that awaits you?

This is the question that has been entering my mind throughout the week. Many different sources have all been showing me the same simple truth: Life contains adversity. Growth requires plowing through the challenges. Avoiding adversity is avoiding growth.

Keeping all this in mind, I am now focusing on these ideas:

  1. It is important to know how I want to live my life now and in the future.
  2. Reading a descriptive statement of my Definite Major Purpose in life keeps me focused on my goals.
  3. It is important I invest my time on activities that move my goals forward.
  4. Activities not associated with my goals are not important.
  5. There will be adversity as I am accomplishing my goals and these challenges will ultimately make my future actions easier to accomplish.
  6. I always keep my promises; especially those promises I make to myself.

Are you avoiding a challenge that lies in the path of what you want in life?