Had another read around the subject of Compensation this week. Can’t say that I’ve fallen in love with Emerson’s style but I am persisting and the gems within are slowly making themselves known. For instance:
“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
Seems to be a clear summary of the whole subject of compensation. From another source I found the following quote from his journal:
“The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Every defect in one manner is made up in another. Every suffering is rewarded; every sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid.”
The subject of compensation has been popular for just about forever. A frequently quoted English poet, Francis Quarles, who pre-dated Emerson by a couple of hundred years, put it this way:
“As there is no worldly gain without some loss, so there is no worldly loss without some gain. If thou hast lost thy wealth, thou hast lost some trouble with it. If thou art degraded from thy honor, thou art likewise freed from the stroke of envy. If sickness hast blurred thy beauty, it hath delivered thee from pride. Set the allowance against the loss and thou shalt find no loss great.”
Back to Emerson’s essay:
“As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man ever had a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him.”
And finally, after Emerson and Wimbrow:
“It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.”
“Your final reward will be heartaches and tears if you’ve cheated the guy in the glass”
My world is becoming more connected by the day.
In England, specifically London, we have a saying about busses. You wait at a bus stop for ages and ages and just when you’re about to give up three come along at once. It has been a bit like that with roses. I was reading James Clear’s blog on the subject of making self-judgements and he quoted this about roses from Timothy Gallwey’s book “The Inner Game of Tennis”, which I read some time ago and had forgotten:
“When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.”
— Timothy Gallwey
Gave me lots to ponder about vis a vis my MKMMA “Hero’s Journey”.
This week I am enjoying considering a flower, in my case a rose, which has led me to reacquaint myself with a piece of music, the title of this blog, that really goes rather well with the assigned Haanel visualisation exercise. I once learnt the piece and have resolved to dig out the music and re-learn it.
The exercise also brought to mind Mark Fisher’s book “The Instant Millionaire” which, as you might guess from the title, focuses on financial success, it’s lessons nevertheless run parallel with the theme of “The Master Key System”. The story is in parable form and it is on the subject of concentration that the “Instant Millionaire” exhorts his initiate to set aside some time each day to concentrate on the heart of the rose and in times of self-doubt, come back to the rose. Concentration strengthens the mind and the stronger one’s mind is the more insignificant one’s problems appear. Life is basically a concentration exercise and only those who master concentration manage to reach their goals.
For anyone interested in the music here is the YouTube Link: To a Wild Rose
Much of Week 8 has been one of consolidation for me – several chickens have come home to roost and in some cases “about time too”. Some of those chickens have been hiding at the back of the hen house for more years than I care to admit.
Many years ago part of my job was organising and administering training of staff and one of the innovative external trainers with whom I worked introduced the acronym WISMO into our vocabulary. WISMO = What Is My Objective? Whatever you are about to do, always ask yourself, WISMO? Is what I am doing, or about to do, going to take me closer to or further away from my objective?
I have remembered this on and off down the years but, I confess, not applied it consistently. The principle was brought back to me somewhat forcibly when I read in “The Master Key” the quotation from George Matthews Adams:
“Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view“. (My italics)
With valuable input from my Guide I have been revising my Press Release this week and am intrigued to find that looking back on one’s achievements as already achieved has really helped focus my (forward looking) DMP and PPNs. I have also discovered that the secret, for me, is not to over-think or worry about the “how” and let the content just arrive on the page. So the SMART goals, dates, numbers and so forth, simply flowed from – I was going to say “I don’t know where” but of course I now do know where – the subconscious and universal mind.
The other help I have had is the presence of my compass so I am constantly reminded of “direction”. My compass was a gift several years ago and now hangs on the desk lamp in my workspace and hangs around my neck on a chain when I go out. I was prompted to do some research on the makers name – Terasse.W.Co – that is engraved on it. They were high quality pocket compass makers during the World War 1 period and were either issued by the government to Officers or purchased by Officers themselves.
Frustrated as I get with some of the repetition and seeming simplicity of some of the exercises I am reminded by my subconscious (who else?) that wanting to “get on with it” and not giving enough attention to the foundations is one of the reasons why I am where I am and not where I want to be.
One of the people whose newsletter I read regularly is James Clear, an entrepreneur, weightlifter and travel photographer in over 20 countries. His article this week, “How Experts Practice Better Than The Rest”, was very timely for me. He referred to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers”, that cited research explaining that the key to becoming world-class in any field was to practise a specific task for at least 10,000 hours. This raises the question, what exactly should you do with your 10,000 hours?
You can’t just put your time in, log your 10,000 hours and hope for the best. You have to practise deliberately on each specific skill. Another author, Kathy Sierra, defines deliberate practise as follows:
Deliberate practise is when you work on a skill that requires 1 to 3 practice sessions to master. If it takes longer than that it is too complex. Once you master one small skill you can move on to the next small skill that will take 1 to 3 sessions to master. Repeat this process for 10,000 hours. That is deliberate practise.
This resonates with how we are building our new blueprints, from reading Greatest Salesman one scroll at a time until our subconscious masters it, to repeating our DMP and Service cards tasks. Repetition of small tasks that added together over 10,000 hours will have massive impact.
Anyone interested in James Clear’s full article can find it here.
I’m enjoying the Master Key lesson this week and find it interesting how the mind integrates new input with one’s existing database. As I was reading about the Law of Attraction brining us “our own”, the things we’ve created by our thought process I was reminded by my subconscious (well, I don’t know who or what else could have reminded me) of Ayn Rand’s writing on the subject – here’s an extract from “Atlas Shrugged”:
“That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call your “free will” is your mind’s freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character”.
More food for thought from Emerson’s essay on Compensation. Not as difficult a read as I had anticipated though recourse to a dictionary was required. It will take probably several readings to digest fully. This is my first experience of Emerson, apart from seeing quotations scatterer throughout the Internet, and a pleasurable, if challenging, one.
It is really amazing how much I have read before, thought “what a good idea”, put the book on the shelf and never put the good idea into practise.
I’ve read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and DMPs, Charles Haanel’s “Master Keys”, pondered over being the observer of our own reality (though not expressed quite in those words), and known about repetition and feelings (but not quite the way MKMMA is teaching us). However, this is the first time I’ve experienced bringing all these concepts together and linking them in a way that I can now envisage applying them.
Why have I not put all this together before? Combination of not having the right catalyst (MKMMA), trying to do it on my own (in spite of reading Napoleon Hill on the need for a Master Mind Group) and it possibly not being the right time in my life/growth to learn it – until now.
Years ago I was learning the piano and struggling over the fingering in a couple of bars of a Beethoven sonata and at one lesson my teacher said “why not try it like this” and demonstrated and alternative fingering. I instantly “got it” but “why the …. hadn’t you shown me sooner?”. Her reply was “There’s a right time to learn and when that time comes, the teacher appears”.
That doesn’t mean I don’t wish I had found MKMMA sooner but I don’t beat myself up about it. I just go with the flow and enjoy the learning experience.
My DMP is still work in progress, far better than the first attempt and nearly there. My challenge is integrating one of my PPNs (Legacy) and articulating it in a way for the subconscious to get the message. I’d love my family to inherit a solid business one day, but not too soon!
The DMP saga continues with the third draft in progress. Need to express more feeling. I have never been one to express feelings very well (“big boys don’t cry”). I sort of “get it” but there is a big gulf between “sort of getting it” and achieving a well crafted document. However this is an essential part of a personal journey and something I have to do myself – no easy crib sheets!
The redacted Greatest Salesman Scroll is a huge eye-opener. It feels totally different to read in the present tense – massively more positive and a great insight into gaining control of what I allow into my subconscious.
The Sunday webinar cleared many foggy patches for me in spite occasionally struggling to keep my note taking in sync with the pace of the presentation. That sacrifice is giving up or overcoming what’s in the way – thank you Davene for mentioning TV and movies. And sacrificing ego and pride and remain an eager student – Ah Ha, now I understand! The construction of a bridge, need to know where it finishes, is another useful analogy.
My struggle with the technology continues. Anyone written a “Real Dummy’s Guide” on this? On the positive side I can see that mastering this with MKMMA will have a spin off elsewhere, so on with the motley!
The analogy with “big school” continues. The second week sees me settling in. The new subjects and the homework finding places in my daily schedule and they are not now so daunting as they were in the first week. It’s not the time I need to spend that’s the issue, rather it’s the time I need not to spend on all those non-productive habits; the deliberate distractions that so easily fill the day!
The PPN exercise on Sunday’s webinar brought new focus to my DMP and, together with Davene’s definitions (in the after-webinar Master Mind session), brought new clarity to what my business is all about. I had always thought of my network marketing business as helping people, which of course it does but that is not its purpose. The purpose of my business is about my PPN (Liberty) and I generate my income by coaching and mentoring people in how to use the network marketing business to achieve their goals and aspirations.
So, some judicious tweaking of my DMP to reflect this new insight and to take on board my Guide’s feedback on the first draft, and I now have something that feels a lot better in my daily readings.