MKE Week 2 Today I Begin A New Life

It is good to remind myself that each day I begin a new life, instead of just another day.  Each day I am able to make the day into something beautiful and something special.

When I think of a new life,  I think of our new adventure into our MKE study.  Today I can come into a better understanding of myself and others.  New interests emerge, and new thoughts create ideas that bring about change.

This week we were asked to observe Blue Rectangles and as I ponder the reason as to why we might gain some insights from observing blue rectangles,  I suddenly realized that I can also observe an undesirable habit and proceed to create a new habit that would better serve my purpose.

Do you see a connection?  It could be, Og goes on to say we can pluck grapes of wisdom from the ages to understand that we succeed by changing our habits to good habits.  So now we have connected good habits with observing the blue rectangles.

One of our exercises for this week was to write down something we need to do, a small thing taking little time, and then place a blue rectangle next to it on the index card.  Connecting the blue rectangle next to a new habit I want to acquire and giving it a date for completion.  Umm, Powerful.  

Today I am a new woman with a new life.

Love & Harmony,

Joan

 

MKE Week 1 Do You Know The Truth About Habits?

We have just begun a journey into new habits.  The Master Key Experience has commenced and will continue for 6 months.  We begin with the class readings, starting with Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.

In Scroll 1 we proceed with learning about success.  Og states ” the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to success.  Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.  The First Law I obey, which precedes all others is I form good habits and become their slave. If I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits.  My bad habits must be destroyed and the new ground prepared for good seed.

Here is my challenge, I want to move from a habit of negative thought.  This is the habit I observed most recently.  I walk around saying to myself “I just don’t know what to do”.  It sounds crazy when I write it out for you. Yes, I do this to myself.

First, let’s say just observing this habit is a big thing.  And it is really a big thing for me.  So now I catch myself with the new habit of saying in my head.  “I know what to do and I am doing it now”.  The interesting thing that I have noticed is that I may not know what to do at that moment, but when I tell myself “I know what to do” the answer comes to me right away.

The truth about habits is they aren’t always noticeable.  It takes being observant and then a desire to change.  Then it takes work to replace them with a new habit.

It is so exciting to see the results of being, observant of myself and working on a new habit to replace the old habit that I would like to challenge you to do some observing of yourself. Have a check-up of your habits.  Notice if there are some habits you would like to change.  It’s worth the effort.

 

Harmony & Peace,

Joan

 

 

 

Struggling On Staying Focused On New Habits?

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I struggle with mental endurance. Get started but can’t seem to follow through or stay focused for very long.  Become bored with the process and fall off of the new habit.  When everything is said and done, I’ve stopped and started so many times that I never really made much progress.

How do I stay focused and become better?

 In quoting James Clear  “If you want to become significantly better at anything, you have to fall in love with the process of doing it. You have to fall in love with building the identity of someone who does the work, rather than merely dreaming about the results that you want.”

In other words…

Be in love with the Person I intend to become.  Fall in love with boredom. Be in love with repetition and practice. Fall in love with the process of what you do and let the results take care of themselves.

Here at the #Master Key Experience, we are strong believers of a Master Mind Partner.  Where two or more are gathered we find a bond, we encourage each other and work thru the boredom.  In helping each other we ourselves are being helped.  As Master Mind partners we multiply the building of our new identity of doing the work, of developing the habit.  The results are diminished boredom, and renewed belief in the practice.  Being encouraged and supported makes an amazing difference.  In lifting others up we in turn are lifted, new ideas flow freely with the process.

Have you found a partner that supports your efforts of becoming better, of forming new habits that serve you?

Harmony & Love,

Joan

PS: Please share below how you are staying focused on your new habits.

 

Need To Implement A New Habit?

Habit definition, an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary

When I started using a cell phone for texting, I did the “hunt and peck” method to write a text.  Being a typist for many years that idea of “hunt and peck” a text went against everything I had learned in typing class.  To hunt for letters when the cell phone had a perfectly good typing keyboard.  (EXCEPT, the keys were too small for my fingers to easily fit the keys)

So the “hunt and peck” method was what I was forced to use.

Now my Daughter, lovingly, is trying to teach me to use an app where you slide your finger across the letters and it picks up my language and types a text.  Much faster, I must agree when I see her finger flying across the keys, but for me not so fast!  She promises that in time the text app will know what I want to say.  I certainly hope so because right now my swiping method needs some polish.  A new habit that requires me to put down the old method.

So how am I going to implement this new method of texting?  Practice, practice, practice until it becomes almost involuntary.  How long will that take me to make this new method a habit that replaces the hunt and peck method?  It depends entirely on me as to how much time each day I practice.

Some new habits take lots of practice but there are other ways to develop new habits.  Over the next couple of weeks, I intend to introduce you to several other methods that are equally effective.

Love and Harmony,

Joan

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Laughter The Best Medicine

Laughter is the best Medicine. We have heard this term for years and yet we sometimes forget how very important it is for us to have laughter in our lives.

Scroll 7 in our readings from Og Mandino he writes “I paint this day with laughter, I frame this night in song.  I enjoy today’s happiness today.  It cannot be saved for the morrow.  And with my laughter, all things will be reduced to their proper size.  Each day is triumphant only when my smiles bring forth smiles from others.  Laughter is one of natures greatest gifts.

The ladies and I, shown above framed our night in song and dance. We enjoyed today’s happiness today.  With laughter, we spent the two days learning new Line Dances and embraced one of natures greatest gifts.  Laughter and smiles were the keynotes of the two-day event.  We have the gift of laughter and it is ours to use whenever we choose.

Do you cultivate the habit of laughter?  Please comment below what you do that creates smiles and laughter in your world.

Love and Harmony,

Joan