Week 4 – Ready, Set, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!                                                                           Ready, Set, Action!                                                                                          1-2-3-4-5-Action!

These are the traditional cues I’ve heard many times on film sets at the beginning of a take.  When the director says, “Action”, it’s Action Time! There’s no whining and there’s no excuses.  “I’m not ready”… “I need more prep time”… “I’m not feeling comfortable with this” …  Hey!   Preparation time is long past.  It’s PERFORMANCE TIME!

I remember the nerves and hoping that I’d remember to do what I needed to do at the proper time and in the way they wanted it done. Cameras reveal the truth, and there’s no getting around that.  If it’s not exactly what the director is looking for, we do another take, and another, and another, ad nauseam, until it is.

This week, for me was Performance Time.  Schooling done.  License in hand.  Everything’s a go!

Monday-Ready, Set, Action!  I’m excited!  Went to the office for some awesome training.  Made 30 copies of a time recorder sheet at Staples. Home at 4pm.  Feeling completely exhausted, I carried on with my plans for the evening to practice my insurance presentation on my sister, and have a visit.  Doing both was fun, and being the sweet, giving, thoughtful sister she always is, she had a birthday celebration for me complete with a cake she baked, ice cream, banana, syrup, maraschino cherries, and candles!  She also gave me an awesome birthday present~frozen leftover Thanksgiving meal (the one I missed) to take home and eat.  SWEET! Got to bed really late.

Tuesday-Ready, Set, Action!  No insurance, only MKMMA.  My body had been gently whispering to me over the last couple of days to rest.  It’d been an intense 3 weeks of insurance school out of town, in a hotel, with a roommate, and it was also the first 3 weeks of MKMMA.  I decided on Monday afternoon that I would take today to unpack and just get some sense of grounding back in my life. By noon, those whisperings became a loud speaker.  There was a pain in my head that prevented me from doing anything but lie down.  And that is what I did for the rest of the day, and night, to the point that my back was so sore from lying down, that I didn’t sleep well.

Wednesday-Ready, Set, Action!  Ya, not so much, only MKMMA. The big action today was getting myself to the chiropractor, who made an adjustment on my head.  Home for a 2 hour nap.  Feeling better.  Some insurance reading. Bed at 10pm.

Thursday-Ready, Set, Action!  Woke up at 8am.  That was 10 hours of sleeping!  At the office at 9am for more training.  I was feeling much better-about 90%.  So today I was going to make calls and set some appointments.  That was a good intention, followed by no action.

Friday-Ready, Set, Action!  Another visit to the chiropractor for another head adjustment, and I’m feeling 100% now (apart from a knee injury I somehow got on Wednesday getting significantly worse).  Best part of today was going to see Paul, an incredible person and my fabulous accountability partner, who originally introduced me to Mark J., Go90Grow, Go90Grow Live, and MKMMA.

We had an awesome catch up chat about what’s been going on in our lives with MKMMA and everything else, and I said it was call time this afternoon. We went for lunch, talked about more things, and when I realized it was already 5pm, I said, “5 calls and then we’ll go home.”  We both made our 5 calls and both had successful outcomes.  Yes! (with a fist pump).  For me, I have 4 appointments booked over the next few days. Yes! (with a double fist pump!)  Action=Success.

Here’s some big lessons for me from this week:

*Listen to what my body is whispering…when it first starts whispering…before it forces me to listen with the loud speaker.

*”I can be what I will to be.”

*Since as Og says, “I am a slave to my habits” and “I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path to imprison my future”, “my bad habits must be destroyed”, and “I must form good habits and become their slave”.  Well, I’ve been working on this daily now with MKMMA.  The daily readings are now good habits.  Other things, like no TV after 9pm, and a daily inspection of how I’ve used my time, followed by adjustments and corrections to my daily schedule, are becoming good habits.  Now, when there’s a good habit I want to form (ie. making calls), and I’m struggling to do it on my own (because of accumulated years of failure in this and because I didn’t remember to use “DO IT NOW” on myself), I know to put myself in an environment (ie. at Paul’s office), as much as possible, where we can be the accountability/cheerleader for each other. No failure allowed here.  Just make the calls.  “If I intend to do a thing, and I start, I see it through even if the heavens fall; if I make up my mind to do something, I do it; I let nothing, no one, interfere; the “I” in me has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.”  Haanel-The Master Keys 4-12

*”I know I have a Solar Plexus so I do not fear criticism or anything else; I am too busy radiating courage, confidence, and power; I anticipate success by my mental attitude; I pound the barriers to pieces, and leap over the chasm of doubt and hesitation which fear places in my path.”  Haanel-The Master Keys 3-18.  I am a FEARLESS VICTOR!

*Verity 4 in Mark J’s book, Standing Tall:  Be action focused and attachment free.  Well, I will to be a great salesman!  I must take action without hesitation for this to become a reality.  So I now ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”  Now, take action without hesitation, Monica.  Reward myself for the action, not the results. Be unattached to the results.  It’s all about taking the action and forming good habits.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!                                                                               Ready, Aim, Fire!                                                                                               Ready, Set, Go!                                                                                                   Ready, Steady, Go!

I’m already on my mark.  The ready is there already.

I’m already set.  I’ve aimed.  I’m steady.

ACTION!  GO!  FIRE!

I’M EXCITED!  I’VE GOT AN OPPORTUNITY!

I am grateful.

Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 3 – Reflection and “Incredible”

It’s been quite a week!

Last Friday was my birthday party.  I was a no-show.  I don’t remember the last time it snowed on my birthday, but it sure did that day!  A 3 hour drive on icy roads to get there was not a good idea.

Although different than the original plan, I loved my birthday!  My oldest son took me out for dinner and we had a fabulous time together.   I also had a great visit with my other son on the phone later that evening.

On Saturday, I missed Thanksgiving with my spouse, my parents, my sisters and their families.  The highways were still unsafe to traverse.

I had a lovely dinner with a wonderful friend on Sunday.  Monday was more studying for my insurance licensing exams.  I wrote those exams on Tuesday afternoon and passed, and by Thursday afternoon I had my insurance license!!!  YAY!!!  Today was the last day of school, and after 3 weeks of studying and intense focus, I’m happy to have the weekend to rejuvenate.

Tonight I found out that I would be getting that $2,400.  Awesome!  I’m happy to say that over these past 11 days I spent very little time thinking about this situation, and no time stressing about it.  Success!

One of the exercises I’ve been doing this week is from Mark J.’s book, Standing Tall.  I place several pebbles in my left shoe and proceed to limp around for 4 minutes, all the while thinking negative thoughts.  I then remove the pebbles and walk around for another 4 minutes thinking about good things.  Interestingly, I now equate negative thoughts with pain.  As Mark says, “Do I understand those pebbles are nothing compared to the power of negative thought?  Do I now see how easily by letting go of the pebbles and switching my mind to positive that I have this power of choice at my disposal?  The Law of Substitution.  What an immensely valuable exercise this has been.  I can choose in a second to change my thoughts.  My choice.  I have total control.

As I was packing up my things to check out of my hotel room this morning, I thought I’d listen to a song on YouTube.  The song I chose was Incredible, sung by Celine Dion and Ne-Yo.  Many months ago I watched this video a few times, but this morning something in the video caught my eye, causing me to stop packing and watch it.   As I did, so much emotion welled up inside of me.  What caught my eye?  A giraffe walking around.

“Incredible” is now my theme song for Standing Tall, for MKMMA, and for my new career.  I think it’s perfect–the lyrics, the music, and the video.

I am grateful.
Big Hugs,

Monica

 

 

Week 2 – Three Days of Revelation

The subconscious mind…  As Og Mandino refers to it in the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, “that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend.”

A friend of mine recently gave me some cassette tapes (yes, cassette tapes from the dark ages, and yes, I still have a cassette player) on the subconscious mind.  I have been listening to them almost daily for about 4 months now.  The big thing I’ve learned and the thing I am committed to now is controlling my thoughts, and thus, my life.  Each day I become more conscious of my thoughts and I’m seeing progress.  I’m seeing some cool things happen in my life as a result.

Last week I felt really good and super successful.  I made every second count.  I was focused and dedicated and following through on all of my commitments.  Awesome!

Late Friday afternoon, I was given a test?  An opportunity?  A challenge?

I found out that I would not be receiving the $2,400 that I was expecting to receive over the next 6 weeks.  Being a solution-focused person, the first thing I did was go to work on getting the situation resolved, so that I would still receive the $2,400.  Once I had done everything in my power, all I could do then, was wait.  It’s 6 days later.  I’m still waiting, and I’m doing 99% better than I was for the first 3 days after this news.

So what happened those first 3 days?

The first 24 hours:  Positive thoughts.  Negative thoughts.  Positive thoughts.  Angry thoughts.  Fear.  Frustration. Journaling. Confidence. Trusting.  Negative thoughts.  More fear.  Future thinking.  Tears (very rare for me). More tears.  Considering options.

This situation kept coming into my mind every few seconds.  I could not concentrate on my reading or studying.  I’d read a paragraph and then realize I was thinking about the $2,400 situation and didn’t have a clue what I’d read.  Then I’d get some control over my thoughts, only to have the negative thoughts flood into my mind again.  This repeated for hours. I needed to study for my insurance exams coming up on Monday.

The second 24 hours:  More of the above.  I wasn’t gaining any significant control over my thoughts.  I decided that I needed some support so I called my coach and also a friend.  More positive thoughts.  More anger. More tears.

The third 24 hours:  Focusing better.  Back in classes all day.  Writing exams.  More fear.  More frustration.  Positive thoughts.  Made a decision. Resolution in my mind.  More consistent control of my thoughts.

My conclusions…

*Over the last few days, I’ve been doing this exercise of sitting perfectly still and inhibiting all thought.  I cannot do it for very long at all…yet.  The point of the exercise is to gain mastery over my thoughts.  To get control over all thoughts of care, worry and fear and to think only the thoughts I desire to think.  Doing this exercise has revealed to me something very valuable.  It has demonstrated to me just how many thoughts are constantly popping into my mind. It’s unbelievable!  I’m blown away!

*I have a LONG way to go in mastering my thoughts and having consistent control over them.  I’m aware, I’m progressing, and that’s all that matters at this point.

*I gave up 3 days of peace of mind over $2,400.  Wow!  That was a tough realization.

*I’ve got some major work ahead in my thoughts around finances, prosperity, and wealth.

*It was cool to see who I turned to when I needed support.  The people who know me, love me, and will tell me the truth.

It’s been a good week.  I learned more about subconscious mind.  I got a very clear picture of where I’m at regarding finances and controlling my thoughts in that area.  I passed my qualifying exams and am now registered to write my insurance licensing exams.  I’m proud of myself for continuing to be consistent with my MKMMA commitments and I’m getting a clearer vision of my life purpose.

I am grateful.

Monica

Week 1 – When every second counts…

Timing…

Perhaps starting insurance school the day after starting MKMMA wasn’t the most ideal timing, but this week did show me how much I can actually accomplish in a day and in a week when I’m focused and have clear intentions.

Every second literally counted this week.

Insurance school… All day in classes.  On average about 65 pages of text books to read and study each night in preparation for the next day’s chapter exams and the federal licensing exams coming up in another 9 days.

MKMMA… A few daily readings at specific times of the day… a sit… other assignments to accomplish that required reflection and a good amount of time.

Then, of course, there’s eating, sleeping, personal hygiene, exercise…

Additionally, on September 9th, I started reading Standing Tall by Mark Januszewski.  I figured it would be a book I would finish reading in two or three days.  Not the case.   When I finished chapter 13, I realized this book  was unlike any other I had read, and my calculations revealed that it would take me 10 months to finish it.  I spend time reading it each morning and each evening, and after three weeks, all I’ll say about it for now is… it’s a good habit and it got me in the groove for what this week held for me.

So, how did I accomplish everything this week?

Overall… Happily.  Yet, not without “sacrifice”.

What did I sacrifice?

* Sleep.  I did do my best to get 6-7 hours each night.  I know getting a good night’s rest is important.

*Healthy eating.  I was not able to eat as healthy as I would have liked, especially with living in a hotel this week.

*Socializing and networking.  There are 22 people in insurance school and I have barely engaged in conversation with anyone.  Every spare moment or break has been filled with reading or studying or doing some assignment.  I had a conversation with my roommate the first night letting her know that I was doing another course at the same time as insurance school and that if I was to be successful at both, I would need to be engaged with them fully, and that I probably would not have much availability for socializing.  Was that ever true!  A couple of days later she thanked me for sharing this with her the first night.  She also now understands that if I’m looking somewhat comatose, I’m actually okay and simply doing a sit.

There was only one day this week (Wednesday) that I experienced tiredness and information overload.  The rest of the week I have been excited… grateful to wake up each morning and thankful for all of the incredible moments I got to experience during each day.  I saw a couple of beautiful sunsets, and simply enjoyed the masterpieces in the sky.

These “sacrifices” are only temporary, and for the lifetime of rewards that I know will come as a result… I don’t even consider them much of a sacrifice.

The good habits that I am developing thrill me.  I have felt so happy living on purpose and with clear intention and focus this week.  This has shown me how frivolous I have been with my time over the years.

All good lessons and insights.

I am grateful.

Monica