Week 24 – 90 Day Blitz

90 Day Blitz.

A term most widely recognized in the Network Marketing Industry, although it is used in other industries as well.

It represents commitment and laser focus and being “ALL-IN” for a period of 90 days.

A 90 day commitment is not for the faint of heart.  It’s a big deal.  It’s easy to say, “Well, anyone can do anything for 90 days.  What’s the big deal?”  Ask anyone who’s made a New Year’s Resolution.  Statistics show that January 15th is the date that most New Year’s Resolutions have been tossed by the wayside.  15 days in.  What happened?  Seriously.  What happened to the resolve, the commitment, the determination, the dedication, the DESIRE to change something in their lives?  Where did it go?  And why?

Why?  That’s the question.  It obviously no longer served them because we only do things that serve us.  They didn’t actually want what they said they wanted.  They thought they did, but when it came right down to it, they DECIDED the effort, work, energy, focus, and commitment to achieve it wasn’t worth it.  It actually didn’t mean as much to them as they initially thought it did.

Why is it so easy to decide something is no longer important to us?  Why does it only take 15 days to go from absolute resolve and commitment to achieve something, and getting everything ready to ensure success, to quitting?  “All-in” to “all-out” in 15 days.

Desire.  Decision.  Why.

When we have a strong, compelling, and “burning” desire, we make a decision to go after that desire, and we are likely to keep going after it as long as the reason we are going after it remains in the forefront in our mind.  Even then, there will be times that we may question if we really want it, and that’s when we need the people who know us best to be in our corner spurring us on.  Let’s face it.  We prefer the path of least resistance.  We prefer easy.  When something we want is no longer easy, how many will keep going?  Only a very few.  Even fewer will go for an extended period of time.

I am embarking on a 90 Day Blitz beginning on Monday, March 27, 2017.  I have a “burning” desire, I’ve made a decision, and I know “why”.  I also know what lies ahead.

This weekend I’m “clearing the deck”.  I’m preparing so that I give myself the best opportunity for success.

One day at a time.  ALL-IN.

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 23 – Changes

IF – THEN PLANNING

I was just introduced to this idea on Wednesday during a business training, and then as synchronicity would have it, as I was watching a motivational video on YouTube yesterday, it showed up again.  I am surprised that I have never heard this before, and am very thankful that I now have.

IF it’s 9:30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, THEN I will make phone calls to set up appointments with prospective clients.

IF it’s 8pm and I want to eat something, THEN I will go for a walk instead.

5 SECOND RULE

Watching more of Mel Robbins on YouTube, she also introduced me to the 5 Second Rule.

I’m never going to feel like doing the things that will get me what I want in life.  The areas I’m happy in, I do the work.  Any area in my life that I don’t have what I want, it’s because I’m not doing the work.

From the moment I have an idea to do something, I only have 5 seconds before it’s gone.  That’s it.  My brain will take over so fast:  “No way.”  “I don’t feel like it.”  “I’m overwhelmed.”

The second I have a thought, count backwards 5-4-3-2-1-and DO IT.  Call the person.  Schedule it.  Write the email and send it.  Walk up to someone and talk to them.

So simple, but not easy.  Take the thinking out of it.  5-4-3-2-1-DONE.   Nice.  I love it.

We either have reasons or results.  5-4-3-2-1-RESULTS.

I choose results.

5-4-3-2-1

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 22 – 37 Years of Giving

Last night my dear friend, Ron McNeill, introduced me to Ashid Bahl, an incredible man with a giant heart and purpose.

Serendipity?  No.

Perfect timing?  Law of Attraction?  Manifestation?  In the flow?  Meant to be?  Destiny?  Absolutely.

I watched For The Love of Children, his International Documentary that was 33 years in the making. It’s a beautiful film of his heart and his work since 1980, providing much needed help, hope, and support to disadvantaged children locally (in my province of Alberta, Canada), regionally, and internationally.  In fact, every month, Ashid takes care of his 10,500 adopted children.  He, and his 2,000 volunteers, and all of the caring people who generously donate to For The Love of Children Society, have already made a huge difference in the lives of over 100,000 children.

I’m not going to share all the things they are doing because I want you to give yourself the gift of going to this website to see for yourself: http://www.fortheloveofchildrensociety.org

I’d love for you to watch his award winning documentary.  (It won Best Feature Documentary at the Monaco International Film Festival in 2013.) Seeing the huge smiles on the faces of the children he’s helped opened my heart.

I would also encourage you to meet this man.  His heart, his passion, and his love for these children is beyond measure.  He has often put his own life in danger to get much needed food and supplies to children in war-torn countries.  He has never taken an income from the donations that come in.  Every penny donated goes to help the children.  The 2,000 volunteers receive no monetary compensation either.  Ashid has received awards and accolades from some of the “Who’s Who In the World”, yet it’s the children, not the awards that drive him.  He is a humble, gentle spirit who has given for 37 years through his work and his non-profit organization, but his giving started long before, when at 11 years old, he was giving his toys and lunches away to other kids.  This is who this man is.  He’s the real deal.

He touched my heart and soul deeply yesterday.  I hope you’ll let him touch yours.

Love & Big Hugs,

Monica

Ashid and I. I’m holding the Angel Award for his Documentary,.

P.S. I’ve put the trailer for the documentary below.  Just so you know, you cannot hear anything but music in this trailer.  In the actual documentary, you hear Ashid and the children and others speaking, not this music.

Week 21 – Creating My Life

I came into the world with the ability to create my life however I wanted.

Even though I have this ability, my programs are running my life. I’m not.

Fear, guilt, anger, hurt feelings, unworthiness – they’re all excuses, and excuses serve me. I get payoffs from them. The payoffs: sympathy, attention, blame, justification, let me off the hook, no accountability, no responsibility, I get to be right about what I believe about myself, and sometimes I even get gifts (chocolate).

Along with the payoffs come the victim prices: I give up my power, freedom, growth, confidence, love, time, joy, trust, belief in myself, possibilities, meaningful/healthy relationships, possibilities, dreams, and my Definite Major Purpose.

These prices are the way I take revenge on myself.

My birthright is to be and have everything I want in life. I just need to claim it.  Live it.

THE IDEA I CAN’T DO SOMETHING IS LUDICROUS.

Love and Big Hugs,
Monica

Week 20 – “Unrealistic” Goals

The people closest to me have let me know that they think I set unrealistic goals.  Granted, there have been a few goals I’ve set that appeared to be completely unrealistic when compared to the reality of what transpired. For example, I thought I could sell 2,500 music CDs a month, but the reality was I sold on average 2,500 a year, going door to door for 1 to 3 hours a day and taking 8 weeks of holidays a year. Experience proved that my dream of going Platinum in Canada would actually take 32 years (if people still bought CDs), not just under 3 as I originally anticipated.

Looking back and knowing what I know now, and had I made different choices, I know I could have accomplished that original goal of selling 2,500 CDs a month.

Who decides what a realistic goal is and what an unrealistic goal is?  We all see life through our own filters and programming.  Because someone thinks a goal I’ve set is unrealistic, does that make it unrealistic? Absolutely not!

At the time, when JFK, in his speech at Rice University on September 12, 1962, said, “We choose to go to the moon” within a decade, I bet a lot of people thought that was “unrealistic”.  Then on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstong became the first man to step on the moon.

Since Roger Bannister, on May 6, 1954, broke the 4 minute mile barrier, a sub 4 minute mile has became the reality of hundreds of people.

I was listening to a motivational video a couple of weeks ago (see below) and was encouraged when I heard “Being unrealistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.  Why would I be realistic?”

So here’s what I wrote in my journal…

Without a doubt, you will see me as one of the top salespeople in Combined.  Without a doubt, you will see me share a stage with some of the top speakers in the world, sharing my message and touching people’s lives lovingly and powerfully.  Without a doubt, you will see me perform at the Sydney Opera House.  Without a doubt, you will see me make myself proud.  Family and friends too.  In the near future.  This is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it.  I’ll be called crazy, an idiot, a loser, but I will be someone’s hero.  I must break society’s status quo.

MAKE A CHOICE.  DECIDE…

What’s it gonna be…  Who I’m gonna be…  How I’m gonna do it…

JUST DECIDE.  From this point, the universe gets out of my way.

Love & Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 19-Another Gift

I am so totally blessed!!!  I have received gift after gift after gift from participating in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance.

The latest gift is what I learned from the Amy Cuddy Ted Talk, posted below.

I’ve physically been doing power poses all week, in private.  I’ve also been drawing power poses in my notes during training sessions.  My eyes are continually drawn to them as they too give me that sense of confidence.

And it’s true.  I do feel very confident when I’m doing power poses, and that feeling stays with me as I go into my next activity.

I first used the power poses before my Life Insurance and Segregated Funds government exams on Tuesday morning.  I was posing in the bathroom and I was posing in the hallway before going into the exam room.  I felt great!  Then before starting to write the exam, I reminded myself that my subconscious would bring to memory what I needed to know to succeed on the exams.  Truth be told, I was feeling so confident that I was anticipating 100% on each.

Then I started writing the exams… Let’s just say, I reminded myself a few times to relax, focus on doing my best, and trust “subby” would do it’s job.

Over the next 25 hours of waiting for my results, I wasn’t “feeling” any of the confidence I had going into the exams.  Perhaps it might have helped if I continued to do the power poses?

When I saw my 80% and 87% scores, I was SUPER thankful and totally relieved.  Everyday since, I feel so much gratitude for this success.

It was the first time I’ve ever gone into writing an exam feeling so awesome and totally confident.  Power pose, baby!  It created an incredibly positive mindset!

Well, I’m absolutely sold on power poses.  I find myself doing them a lot more now (still in private).  My confidence is up, and my taking action has increased, and that gives me even more confidence.  Feeling great!!!

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 18 – Happy!

Many years ago, I color coded my Bible with pencil crayon.  Whenever I read anything about the mind or thoughts, I colored it red.  I colored a lot of verses red.

This is one verse that I have always remembered:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8.

These are magnificent words of encouragement for today, and every day.

When I think about such things, and dwell on them, and focus on them, my days are happy.  Very happy.  I see beauty all around me, in people and in nature.  I see courage in others, and in myself.  I see kindness and love, and I give kindness and love, and then I see even more kindness and love.

When I speak about such things, out loud to others, together we get to experience happy, soul-rejuvenating moments in our days.  Our spirits are lifted.  There is a bounce in our step, and joy in our hearts.

This is being a light in the darkness, and isn’t the light beautiful!

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 17 – Puzzle In A Box

For 4 months now, I have engaged in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) experience, and as a result, I now see, with much clearer focus, the significance and the role my mind and my thoughts play in how my life unfolds.

I look back over my 51 years and I see the various seasons of my life: of purpose and contribution; of hurt and pain; of healing; of achieving dreams; of aimlessness; of discovery.

Life is truly a glorious journey.  I am who I am because of how I have responded in each of these seasons.  I’m thankful for all of them.  In this very moment, I am in a season of discovery, and I am so thankful for this.

The past is over, done, gone, past.  The future holds the results of the choices I make now, in this moment.

And now, in this moment, I examine and take control of my thoughts because I know that what I reap in my thoughts, I sow in the conditions of my life.

This is the toughest personal training I’ve ever attempted.  It’s exponentially more demanding than any physical training I’ve ever done.  It’s not easy to take control of my thoughts.  It’s not easy to discipline myself to concentrate.  Truly concentrate.

I practice.  I fail.  I make another attempt. I know that the life I desire depends on my success in this.  So I concentrate on courage.  I concentrate on abundance.  I concentrate on health.  I concentrate on love.  And every time I fail in my concentration, I make another attempt, and another, and another.  And I keep going.

If my life is a “puzzle in a box”, the box has been opened, the pieces laid out on the table, and I now put the pieces together carefully, deliberately, intentionally, knowingly, purposely, purposefully, consciously…

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 16 – Constructive Thinking

I’ve heard it said a few times over the years…”schedule thinking time into your day”.  In addition, I heard that if you’ve got a very busy day ahead, schedule a significantly longer thinking time that day.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to do constructive thinking for 30 minutes a day.  My first 30 minutes of constructive thinking time began Thursday morning.  It was a great time, and when the timer went off 30 minutes later, I was sad that I hadn’t set more time aside for this.  Later that evening I took another 1.5 hours to continue with constructive thinking.  On Friday morning my 30 minutes of constructive thinking time turned into 4 hours.  It was incredible!!!  I basically wrote a talk during that time.  Again I was sad that I couldn’t carry on for longer.

Since then, I have deprived myself of time for constructive thinking, and I recognize that I have been craving it.  Why have I deprived myself?  A lack of discipline. Not deliberate and focused.  Letting old habits win.  Self sabotage.

Bottom line is, I loved my constructive thinking time.  I felt inspired during that time.  I felt fulfilled, productive, deliberate, focused.

It’s time to make it a new, good habit.  I know the effort will be more than worth it.

Big Hugs,

Love,

Monica

 

Week 15 – Knowledge Does Not Apply Itself

People erroneously throw around the phrase, “Knowledge is power.”

No, it’s not.

I ‘know’ a lot of things.

And it makes absolutely no difference in my life what I know, if I’m not going to take that knowledge and apply it to my life.

Application.  That’s where the power lies.

Taking action on what I know.  This is power.

Knowledge does not apply itself.

How much longer do I want to hang out where I’ve been hanging out in my life?  How many more years?  Honestly?  No more years, and no more days.

What I do with my life and with the knowledge I have NOW… this makes all the difference.  NOW is all there is.  Now is not yesterday, and now is not tomorrow.  It’s right now.  That’s it.  That’s all I have.  That’s all I’ll ever have.

My thoughts, my feelings, my actions, and doing something now, in this very moment in time, is what can change my experiences in this world.

For the majority of my life, my actions have been governed by custom, precedent and habit.  They still are.  However, over the last few weeks, I’ve been developing some new, good habits in my life, especially around my thoughts.  I have committed to zealously and constantly inspect my thoughts.

To carry on with these good habits, daily, takes a determined conscious effort.  This is not child’s play.  This is me making a firm decision, resolved that I only allow myself to entertain positive thoughts.  This is me acting with critical awareness.  This is me vigorously, seriously, consciously, and with determination and discipline, exerting power to make these changes, moment by moment, now.

Does this sound difficult or like too much work?  It’s not.  I just keep practicing.  With disciplined focus, I realize more success each day.  And my days keep getting happier and happier.  It’s totally worth the effort already.

I love my experience of now!

Big Hugs!

Love,

Monica