Masterkey

Week 3: Fill Your Mind Before You Empty Your Mouth

Vision in Seeing the Unseen

I’ve always heard people say that “seeing is believing” or “I’ll believe it when I see it” and I’ve even used that phrase myself, not really having thought about what I was saying. Such phrases are so contradictory to Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV), which states that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. 

The MKE literally uses that concept in everything, changing the phrase to “believing is seeing”, because if we really think about it, seeing isn’t believing, it’s simply seeing. So what’s the big deal with believing is seeing? It’s all about our faith, calling those things which do not exist as though they did. According to Haanel, it is our attitude of mind toward life that determines the experiences with which we are to meet. Our faith forms part of our blueprint and that is what the MKE is all about, changing our blueprint.

Shaping and Colouring Our Thoughts

This week, I had to read several more things aloud, but this time there were more shapes and colours attached to the things I read to help subby along. It’s a great concept, because I find myself more aware of shapes and colours around me, which creates an instant trigger that links the relevant shape and/or colour with what I’ve read. These are great reminders to help me to create positive triggers and alerts to keep me on track.

I’ve noticed, however, that there is no age attached to its application, albeit small and seemingly insignificant (but not at all). As an example, my daughter has a wooden clock with wooden blocks of various shapes and colours, with numbers printed on the blocks. These blocks fit in specific places on this clock. She’s only two and a half years old, but she has mastered this clock and enjoys playing with it. Sometime during this week, she asked me to help her find the blocks for this clock, so I start the tedious task of searching and as I’d find a block or two, I’d hand them to her and she’d put them inside the clock. Some of the blocks seemed to elude me and I was hoping to get away with finding them, but she knew exactly which ones were missing, because she would ask for the block by number and bear in mind, the number is only shown on the block itself, not on the clock! I found the remaining blocks, but it was no longer about that; I was so amazed at how this little person could remember such detail that could be deemed so insignificant to an adult, simply because we would be able to perform that exercise on complete autopilot, something we also had to consciously try to do once upon a time. Our brains are so powerful!!!

In Case of Emergency, Break Routine

Let’s face it, there are many evenings lately when I just don’t feel like doing all the reading; I feel so tired from the day’s activities and feel like doing the bare minimum. It’s not that I’m lazy, I’m just go into power saving mode. Unfortunately, that excitement I felt when I first started had worn off. Fortunately, I know why – it’s that old blueprint trying to kick back in, but by continuing with the new program, the idea as Haanal put it, is to get my brain to conserve mental resources by putting as many things as possible on autopilot through the creation of habits.

The thing with habits though, is that they sit on a continuum of our ability to exercise control over them and they become difficult to break because they are so deeply wired, by constant repetition, into our brains and when you add pleasure to them, the pleasure centers of the brain get fired up as well. Warren Buffett said it so beautifully: “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken”. Since habits are patterns of behaviour and it is the breaking of these patterns that is the key to breaking the habits themselves, it takes focused effort to create new habits, however, the old ones are still there trying to compete with our new habits, just waiting to be activated by our brain, which is why we fall back into our old habits, our old blueprint.

Usually there is a clear trigger to start the pattern. Sometimes the triggers are emotional, for example, when someone is driven by stress and overeats. Other times, the trigger is simply more situational and environmental, like in my case; it’s been a long day and as soon as dinner is ready, I see the TV and the couch and now my brain connects the dots, and eating dinner in front of the TV on the couch is not far behind. In fact, this is so routine that sitting in front of the TV with dinner flow together without much thought. I’ve learned that breaking habits isn’t about stopping them, but substituting them. Mandino says that only a habit can subdue another habit, so it’s simply substituting a bad habit with another habit, but one that is more effective. Consistency is definitely the name of the game, so I know that it will take time for the new connections in my brain to kick in and for the new patterns to replace the old. I just need to “do it now”!

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