MKE Y2 W4A: LIMITING BELIEFS chain you to your undesired condition

A key component of becoming a Self-Directed Thinker is to replace limiting beliefs with empowering one that drive you toward accomplishing your dreams.

But what exactly is a LIMITING BELIEF?

I recall a wonderful examples told to me as a child.  The circus came to our city and my dad took me over to watch them putting up the big tents.  I watched while they had the powerful elephants pulling on the pole raising the big top tent.  This was very impressive to a little boy. I remember saying to my dad that the elephants were so strong, how did they control them from running away.

My dad said when the elephants were young and not so strong, they put a chain around the let of the elephant and other end was attached to a pole cemented in the ground.  Pull as they might, the elephants learned that they couldn’t get away.

chained elephant

However, later in life they just attache the chain to a small pin in the soil.  If the elephant ever tried, it would be simple to walk away.  But it developed a limiting belief that when a chain is around the leg meant don’t try to pull away.

The really debilitating thing about limiting beliefs is that often you don’t know they are holding you back. You simply think “that is the way it is, I can’t do X” So you don’t try.

Even if you see other people doing X, you have been trained that you cannot.  So you don’t try.

On the one hand, if I watch Lebron James slam dunking the basketball, I can admire him but not try to do it myself.  But on the other hand, when I see people accomplishing some of the things of my dreams but I don’t think I can, it is such a waste.  My own blueprint is limiting what I do.

So we miss out in life on things we desire.  Not because we couldn’t accomplish them, just because we think we can’t.

Thank goodness we have found a way to replace limiting beliefs with empowering ones.  I CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE!  I CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE!  i CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE!

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.


Oscar Wilde wrote: “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”


The beauty of choosing to be a self-directed thinker is that it is all about me/my choices.  I’m a live and let live kind of guy.  It doesn’t distract me for others to make different choices than I do.  However, I can hope to be a beacon, demonstrating to others the advantages of living for oneself rather than following the herd.

I have lived on auto-pilot following societies norms…and it did not please me.  Now I’m following my own path to liberty, heralding others who notice my light shining brightly.

Are you setting a good example for the strivers who are watching you?  It’s a choice.


Peace and prosperity be the journey, while the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.


We get to the heart of the matter in Master Key System 3/22: “…already learned that the subconscious is intelligent and that it is creative and responsive to the will of the conscious mind.  What, then, is the most natural way of making a desired impression?  Mentally concentrate on the object of your desire; when you are concentration you are impressing the subconscious.” 


Our Definite Major Purpose identifies our dharma, how we can best serve the world and create a maximum impact through our passions and unique skills.  But to live this automatically, we must align our subconscious blueprint with a clear identification of how we desire it to serve us on our daily journeys,

The exercise of precisely clarifying our NORTH STAR value and how we desire to live our life is why we need to craft our DMP in unambiguous, present tense, energized terms.  We need to concentrate on this more than anything else until it is so firmly seated that Subby will naturally be working 24/7 with intuitive thoughts and actions that bring us closer to this ideal.

I am grateful for the insights of the guides to keep me honing this document, not in what it should say but in how what I desire to say should be worded for maximum impact.

I know I’m getting closer because I’m feeling more energized every time I read it out loud….ENTHUSIASTICALLY!

To live a truly fulfilling life, we must express our IDEAL SELF.  This concept is so clearly stated by Henry :David Thoreau “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.


There is a lion inside of me ready to rule the roost.  But it has been slumbering, covered in lethargy like a layer of cement, but now is stirring into consciousness of new possibilities.  Other people’s rules and values have shackled it to roam freely into new territories.  But these chains are not real.

Feed the lion

Watch out world…I’m now feeding the lion so it can take control of my life and roar into dominance of it’s dominion.  Time to lead the pride into a journey of discovery of what can happen when I pursue 10X realities as a self-directed thinker.  There is no power equal to the intention of a hungry, unbridled lion.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.



From GS Scroll #1:“I must practice the art of patience for nature acts never in haste.  To create the olive, king of all trees, a hundred years is required.  An onion plant is old in nine weeks.  I have lived as an onion plant.  It has not pleased me.  Now I wouldst become the greatest of olive trees and in truth, the greatest of salesmen.”

Olive tree

A year ago I started on a 26 week journey into a Mastemind of Charles Haanel’s Master Key System.  Along with this, in the development o new habits, we read daily from Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman of the world.  I have chosen round two of the same experience because I am not the same person I was in 2018.  I grew through the process, finding it quite beneficial.  I am on a journey of becoming a self-directed thinker, creating the conditions so I can live my bliss.

But like all “works of art”, true mastery takes time.  Today I’ve shifted focus in my life.  While a year ago I was more focused on generating cash flow through real estate, today, my primary focus is in network marketing.  This new environment is one where patience and TIME STRENGTH will pay enormous benefits.

I have absolute faith that all the work put into the MKE experience will pay dividends for the rest of my life.  Aligning my mental blueprint with my Personal Pivotal Needs (Liberty and Helping Others) and Definiteness of Purpose will bring me closer to living in the flow.

I see benefits already, and yet am fully detached from when and how the true transformation will occur.  Just certain that I’m on the right path, doing the exercises day by day and relishing the feeling of being more in control.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

MKE Y2 Week 1C: The SHIFT

Everyone has something that they desire to improve/change in their lives, but lasting change often turns out to be difficult.  Why is this so?  We must learn to SHIFT what we are attempting to change.

The Shift

Haanel’s Master Key System Chapter 1 v 37 teaches us: You will at once see that this is a radically new and different idea; most men try to change effects (actions/results) by working with effects.  They fail to see that this is simply changing one form of distress for another. To remove discord, we must remove the cause, and this cause can be found only in the world within.”

In other words, focusing only on attempting to create new behaviors will leave me in an undependable condition of chaos.  It is only by aligning my subconscious blueprint, which is the stimulus for all of my actions, to be in alignment with my conscious desires that will enable lasting change.

They call rewiring our neural pathways neuro-plasticity.  As we repeatedly think new thoughts and infuse them with emotions they become new beliefs…and over time new habits. Our actions/behaviors over the long-term are always determined by our beliefs/habits, or in other words our subconscious blueprint.

Forming new beliefs and habits aligned with our desires is the journey of the Master Key Experience…because we learn to make the  SHIFT, the re=alignment of our blueprint.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

MKE Y2 Week 1B BECOMING our Ideal-Self

Master Key System chapter 1 v 3-4: “The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think.  Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.  This is true because we must BE before we can DO and we con DO only to the extent which we ARE, and what we ARE depends upon what we THINK.”

functions of the mind

The key insight I gained from reading the Master Key System by Charles Haanel is that it is our subconscious mind/blueprint that determines all we are/do.  Therefore, to the degree we are less than our ideal self at the moment (i.e. not fully living our true purpose), we need to work on aligning the blueprint with our Definite Major Purpose.

It has taken imprinting from birth to about seven years old decades of and life experiences, more influenced by others than my conscious choices that has formed my blueprint.  I can clearly identify areas of opportunity for enhancement by the shortfalls of not yet living the lifestyle I desire and also not being happy, regardless of external circumstance.  These are both within my reach as I progress in better controlling my thoughts.

Fortunately I am involved int the MKE Mastermind Alliance with 6 months of guided experiences where we learn how to realign my blueprint…but no influence on what I should think.  After all, the goal is to become a self-directed thinker.  What a wonderful Hero’s Journey of reflection and self-empowerment.

I will continue to blog abut revelations and insights from this experience to maximize capturing my progression.

Peace and Prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.


The Master Key Experience is a rigorous program of consistent daily practices to replace beliefs and habits that are not serving us well with improved beliefs and habits which are aligned with my desires.


.As Og teaches us in Scroll #1: “And how will I accomplish this difficult feat?  Through these scrolls it will be done, for each contains a principle which will drive a bad habit from my life and replace it with one which will bring me closer to success. For it is another of nature’s laws that only a habit can subdue another habit.”

At first exposure the idea of reading The Greatest Salesman in the World passages 9000 times (900 each for the 10 scrolls) over a six month period seems quite excessive.  And yet, how are my existing beliefs and habits doing in manifesting my desires?

While at first all the repetition seems daunting, my experience last year was that by blindly following instructions you can build momentum.

Momentum is a curious thing in that it can work for you or against you.  I started off strong last year, diligently reading 3X/day on the DMP and GS Scrolls.  But over time I allowed excuses to start to come up that altered my actions.  And once the momentum is broken, one starts coming up with more and more excuses.  So quickly one can fall from 100% compliance to 50% or less.

I am proud that I was a completer…never missed a week’s webbie and did something every day.  Most days I did most of the required activities.  But while not a charlatan, I also know that I cheated myself from the full benefit if I had been consistent throughout.  Compounding works wonders if you keep up the progression.  But start cutting back from 900 reads to 500 reads and the compounded result is quite different.

I’m back for a second go, with stronger commitment to the concept of CONSISTENCY and the POWER OF MOMENTUM, and a renewed opportunity to show I ALWAYS KEEP MY PROMISES.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

Commencement…a NEW BEGINNING

Six months ago we started this adventure reading Og Scroll 1 from the Greatest Salesman:

“Today I begin a new life.  Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.  Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.  Today I pluck grapes of wisdom in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest of my profession who have come before me generation upon generation.”

Now, we demonstrate the principle that when we return home again from a growth adventure, we are not the same person as when we left.   Hopefully I have stepped up to a closer proximity of my ideal self.

Commencement from an adventure is truly a new beginning, using our new skills and improved habits to create more value and be in a position of serving more people.


I leave this experience with two overarching thoughts.

  1. It was different than I expected for a reported Mastermind of a book…it turned out to be so much more, an adventure in refining my purpose and aligning my mental blueprint.  I’m happy it was more than just an intellectual exercise in understanding a book.  It involved a lot of action, this is how we grow into greatness.
  2. . I’m proud that I completed the formal class…and will continue on the journey of truly being self directed thinker.  In my opinion, too many of those who started left us along the way.  Their loss.

I want to thank the anonymous person who paid my tuition with the Pay it Forward method of funding.  I hope the scholarship that I provide will end up being for a committed person next year.

Cheers to all of those who finished with me.


Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

MKE Week 24: Parting Thoughts on Thinking 2.0

We are reaching “commencement” of the MKE experience.  It has been a 6-month journey of revelation and growth.

One of my major Ah Ha’s has been to consciously decide what I how I perceive things.

I noticed a relevant quote:

“Nothing erases unpleasant thoughts more effectively than concentration on pleasant ones.”
Physician, Hans Selye

In the past I used to think I could “fix things”  by focusing on the problems in life.  Now I’m on a journey of living better solutions, imagining and creating the conditions where the problems no longer can exist.

This fundamental shift changes how I perceive things.  I now realize perspective is a choice.

Arch to Ship MagicRealism

Commencement is a beginning not an ending.  My ship has set sail into a new adventure.  But I am a confident captain, because I now better understand my core values and my purpose than I did six months ago.  I am absolutely certain that this adventure will be fruitful as I primarily focus on serving others with my talents.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.