Week 1 – First Steps
“The longest journey begins with a single step”. -A rough translation of an ancient Chinese proverb.
This is the initial post of a weekly six-month commitment that I have made to reflect and share my journey as I progress through a process known as The Master Key Master Mind Alliance.
The Master Key Alliance Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) is as it sounds: a progression of keys that I will study and integrate within my thinking. This process is accompanied by perhaps the most critical function of demonstrable learning: that of a group of like-minded individuals acting in harmony to support one another (the alliance part).
Part of the work is based on Napoleon Hill’s classic “Think and Grow Rich.” I studied this last winter with Mark Januzewski who is also responsible for this current class. There were moments, then, when I seemed to really grasp the ‘think’ concept of Napoleon Hill’s but I missed the mark when it came to creating and participating in a mastermind group. That is one of the central features that has attracted me to this course and one that is wonderfully enabled through the development of electronic communication.
Our commitment in this class requires about an hour a day and several live webinars weekly for several hours plus this web log (blog). I think the blog is a great opportunity to rise 10,000 feet above my process and review weekly where I am going and what I am doing. This first week has been hectic for me as I have begun to learn the different parts to this process and make sure I have kept my commitments of completion.
There’s an Asian proverb “the old horse in the stable still yearns to run.” At sixty-nine years old, I think I qualify as an old horse and yet there sure are horizons of achievement that continue to beckon. Before I entered chiropractic college at 41, I said that I had proved to myself that I would get up every morning and go to work to support myself, so how bad can 5 academic years of more schooling be? Now I feel similarly. One way or the other I have managed to live my life this long so why not challenge myself, another time, to discover how well I can mold my reality to my liking. I have always accepted what my spiritual teacher, John-Roger, has said: that we create, promote or allow everything we experience. Now, through Mark J’s tutelage, I’ve got a real hands-on way to prove that to myself as we explore Charles F. Haanel’s “the Master Key System,” Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and Napoleon Hill”s “Think and Grow Rich” within the context of daily applying these principles and holding myself accountable.
I say: “Yehaw! Let’s bring it on! This horse is ready to run!