Week 6: Love is All You Need……………

In Og Mandino’s book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, Scroll Two begins with: I will greet the day with love in my heart.  When I first read Scroll Two, my thoughts took me to the song, “All You Need is Love”, by The Beatles.  As I read the lyrics from the song and continued to read Scroll Two throughout the week, a simple question kept coming to me.
Could it be as simple as L-O-V-E?  It’s a simple four letter word that, more often than not we take for granted, but it truly is the key to so many different aspects in life.  Mandino talks about how love is ” the greatest secret of success in all ventures”.  What a powerful concept!  L-O-V-E is the answer to everything.  If we all adopted a “love all mankind” attitude, what would our world be like?   I am too young to have experienced the “Summer of Love” in 1967(not born until 1969) but I am a fan of late 60’s music/culture and truly do believe (just like Mandino and The Beatles) that with L-O-V-E, anything is possible.

As I look at Mandino’s message, he’s not saying having love and giving love will solve all problems.  What he is saying is if we change our perspective to one where we “love” everything in our lives, we can overcome anything.  “I will love the sun for it warms my bones, yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.  I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.”  I could go on and on.

Mandino ends Scroll Two by saying, “If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone.  Without it I will fail, though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.”

I know I will greet everyday with love in my heart and I will succeed.  Won’t you join me?

“Love is all you need…….” The Beatles


Week 5: IF I Wanted Your Opinion………………

So here I am in Week 5 of my journey with my new friends in the MKMMA group and it has been quite an experience so far.  One of our “assignments” this week is to not offer an opinion on anything.  My first reaction was: this is impossible.  My second thought was: you just blew it because that first reaction was actually an opinion.  Haha.

What I’ve found this week is that not offering an opinion to things is a refreshing take on daily life, but it has been very difficult, to say the least.  On two different occasions this week I’ve had long time, trusted friends ask me for their opinion on something they were facing.  While I made it clear to both of them that I would be more than happy to listen to them, I also asked them if my opinion was really going to make a difference in their tough decisions? What I found was that they both respected my decision to listen but not give an opinion(or advice) one way or the other.

Kind of strange to not give an opinion on the every day, normal things I tend to freely offer up my thoughts on regularly.  How’s the weather?  How did you like the meal? What did you think of the game the other night?  I know I may be taking a bit of an “extreme” approach to this but it’s interesting how people freely offer up opinions on just about everything, usually without someone asking for it. LOL.

Not sure who said it, but I know we’ve all heard it before: If I wanted your opinion, I would have asked for it.  Guess I need to start taking those words to heart……………



MKMMA Week 4: It’s Game Time

A mentor of mine in life and business always asks me, “Brian, what time is it?”.  He’s not asking what time of day it is, he’s asking me what time is it relative to my business or some obstacle I am facing in my life.  And his answer is always the same: “It’s Game Time!”   Those three words came to me during this week’s webinar when Mark J. talked about being “All in”.  See “It’s Game Time” and “All In” essentially are one in the same for me.  For me and my journey with MKMMA it means it’s time to get serous.  On the webinar they talked about 100% of us quitting, either we quit the program or we quit “going through the motions” (I’m paraphrasing) and take the exercises/lessons serious and forge ahead.  I’m forging ahead because I always keep my promises.  When I made the conscious decision that I needed to make a change and applied for MKMMA, I did it with the full intention of seeing this through to the end.  There wasn’t going to be any. “I’ll try this” and then if I didn’t like it, I’d quit.  That is the old me and as I wrote back in Week 1: A New Life has Begun.

For me it is “Game Time” and I’m “All In” for this incredible journey……………

As my friend Yoda says: “do or do not, there is no try.”

MKMMA Week 3: Choices

Everyone makes choices in life, and I certainly am no different.  As I take time to reflect on what has brought me to this point in my life, starting a journey of self-discovery, I think about some of the choices I have made over the years.  Some have been great and others have been terrible.  Some were made with a lot of thought in mind and others were made in the blink of an eye.  I read something this week from John C Maxwell talking about choices, and I quote: “Most people want to change the world to improve their lives, but the world they need to change first is the one inside themselves.”  That is exactly what this MKMMA journey for me is all about: making the choice to take part in a journey that is all about change.  No one forced me to apply for MKMMA.  It was my choice and one I put a lot of thought into.  And I have made the choice to give this my best.  As one of the key thoughts from this week’s workbook says: This requires our ABSOLUTE BEST, not the best we can!

I promise to give my ABSOLUTE BEST! I always keep my promises.

“You can’t change where you started, but you can change the direction you are going.  It’s not what you are going to do, but it’s what you are doing now that counts.” Napoleon Hill

Week 2: I Am A Slave to My Habits

As part of my “journey” with MKMMA, this week, all of us were asked to write down a “chore” that we would be able to complete over the next week.  The chore must be one that we can complete on our own, that doesn’t require any money or any help from anyone else.  The chore I have chosen is to clean the home office, for what seems the 1,000th time in the last few years.  I’m not talking about doing some dusting and vacuuming.   I’m talking about going through the piles of papers, piles of magazine articles, piles on top of piles.

I started this chore on Monday and decided that I would take some time each day this week to get through the “clutter” that I have created.  Why not just take one full day to tackle the entire thing? Quite simply, this “mess” of mine has become an “elephant”.  And how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.  Fast forward to today(Thursday morning) and this “chore” is 3/4’s of the way done, and there is “light at the end of the tunnel”.  I know I will finish in the next couple of days, because “I always keep my promises”, but the “old me” wonders: how long will it be before I’m saying: I have to clean all these piles up in this office?  Well the “new me” has an answer to that: not going to happen!

The “simple” chore of cleaning the home office has made me do some “searching” to see where the “clutter” comes from(and perhaps a bigger question is WHY) and quite simply the answer is: me and my good/bad habits.  I have the “good habit” of wanting to feed my mind with knowledge through reading various magazine articles, etc.   But I also have the “bad habit” of tearing articles out of magazines and other publications and putting them in piles to “read at a later date”.  Funny thing is: very rarely does that later date arrive.  I create folders for the various types of articles” travel, fitness, business, personal development, etc.

I’ve been a “slave” to this bad habit for years and it has controlled me.  But that ends now!  I know that I will always be a “slave to my habits” but as Og Mandino wrote: I will form good habits and become their slave.  With regard to my particular habit of hanging on to article, after article, I am creating a new habit.  Touch it once.  Read it right away and either discard or file it.  No piles!  The same will be done for my emails, but that’s another story for another day………..

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key……” The Eagles



Week 1: The Journey Begins

This past Sunday(9/28/14) I started on a journey that I have been anticipating for quite some time.  It’s not a journey that requires packing and getting on a plane.  It’s a journey inside myself to “begin a new life”.   One that I am both excited about and at the same time a little frightened.  I’ve been stuck in “this old life” for quite some time and it’s time to discover who I am and why I am here.  Change is good but it can also be uncomfortable.  If I am ever going to achieve all that I want out of life, it is time to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Today I begin a new life!  “Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough”.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”—–John Lennon