Week 8: Mental exercise is real

Wow!!!! This MKMMA experience continues to blow me away…we are really going deep now and it is exciting, challenging, overwhelming, and inspiring all at the same time. My printout of Haanel’s Chapter 8 is loaded with highlights, notes, exclamation points, and stars. =)  All the connections between Hannel, Og, and Law of the Mind are so cool! It is energizing to me when I make theses connections or when Mark or Davene suggest one and then I see it. Sentence 3 = Law of Substitution. “You may freely choose what you think, but the result of your thought is governed by an immutable law. Methods whereby we can substitute habits of constructive thinking for those which we have found produce only undesirable effects are therefore of primary importance.”

Visualizing and meditation have been somewhat a mystery for me. I have listened to a few audios on the topic, but I have not made them common practice in my everyday life. Thru “the SIT” I have come to realize that this is mental exercise and it does require real work meaning its not just sitting there and passively being ordained with a miracle. The SIT is done with a purpose and it requires concentration and focus. I’m guessing most of us were never taught this skill in school…yet learning how to operate our brain/our mind is one of the most amazing and powerful skills we can develop. The SIT has been one of my most challenging aspects of this course. Thankfully, at this stage in the MKMMA experience I am now recognizing my improvement and actually look forward to my time during the “SIT”. It is time set aside to truly “think” and tap into the world within. IN the past I use to try to stick “thinking” in when I could…while taking a shower, driving, or cutting the grass. I wasn’t really aware that there was a better way to “think”. Now I realize that setting aside time to be completely still and quiet is KEY. Time that I can truly connect with my world within, my true authentic self.

In gratitude,

Jen Dilks

Week 7: Yes!! I feel “The SIT” is working

Finally!!!!!! Yahooo!!!! Finally I feel a real connection with the SIT and I am starting to look forward to the exercise. For this week we visualized a friend and having a conversation with him/her. I am not exactly sure why this week’s exercise came easier for me…but I am actually ok with not knowing exactly why (progress for me!) and trusting the universe and myself that my fidelity to the exercises is making a difference. Maybe because I enjoy meeting and talking with friends and family..this SIT came a little easier for me. I was extra excited when I recognized my thought of: “If I can do this exercise..I can have this conversation with my future self and we can become best friends. I can finally bring that gap and visualize my new reality”. In the past I have tried to meditate and do visualization exercises, but they didn’t seem to stick. I am grateful that this method/process is making a positive impact on me, and I am confident I will continue “The SIT” for the rest of my life!

I also wanted to comment that I thoroughly enjoyed the webcast. I appreciated Mark J and Davene sharing so many photos of their house, wedding, etc. and showing us how they actively planted their DMPs throughout their environment.

Feeling very grateful,

Jen Dilks

Week 6: Peppering subby 7 ways

I truly appreciate how this course is setup. I am a lifelong learner and in the past have attended many personal development seminars, listened to tons of audios, and read books. While all these formats are helpful, the MKMMA experience is going to a new level. I am experiencing a deepened sense of belief that I can truly change my life in profound ways and experience true bliss. My old blueprint is still trying to hold on, but I am feeling progress with installing my new blueprint. Peppering subby with all the 7 ways that adults learn is great!! Spatially, musically, interpersonally, intrapersonally, mathematically, linguistically, and athletically. I am looking forward to exploring all 7, not just the ones that I naturally gravitate to (spatially, interpersonally, and athletically).

I am thankful that I was faithful to the initial basic shapes and index cards. Now I can clearly see how the shapes are playing  part in manifesting our DMPs, smart goals, and keeping our new blueprint in focus and under our magnifying glass as we observe these shapes all throughout the day.

The SIT- I am improving on my SIT experience, but it does remain a challenge for me. I thought the photograph exercise would be easier for me than it has been. I do have faith that I will continue to improve. Remembering Scroll I: “for any act with practice becomes easy”.

In gratitude,

Jen Dilks

Week 5: Mental House-Cleaning

Wow! Week 5 has been a huge eye opener for me. I am so grateful for this MKMMA experience. Contributing to the PIF scholarship pool (format is genius!!), I am starting to really feel part of the MKMMA movement. On multiple occasions this past year, I have paid for someone in the car behind me in the drive-thru. The feeling of paying-it-forward is so authentic and exhilarating! I love that the MKMMA course if funded via the PIF format for the scholarships. It carries with it an authentic, genuine, philanthropic culture..creating a movement that is larger than any single member. I am blessed and grateful to be a part of it.

Haanel Part 5- really resonated with me on a deep level. I found myself writing all over the margins and throughout the text. I love the concept of the mental house-cleaning and I have become aware of how important it is for me to take full responsibility of mine on a daily basis. Sentence 11 really speaks to me: “But if we have stored away nothing but courageous thought, if we have been optimistic, positive, and have immediately thrown any kind of negative thought on the scrap pile…or mental material is now of the best kind…we can weave any kind of material we want..we know that the texture is firm, and we have no fear, no anxiety concerning the future; there is nothing to cover, there are no patches to hide”. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Part 5 sentence 11. It gives me a concrete image, a pathway, clear instructions. And for the connection/link = our family completed major renovations on our parents house that we grew up in. We did a great job of planning, researching, being part of the process, and staying as positive as possible. The material (Hardie Board) is of the best kind and there are no patches to hide.

The mental diet and no opinions is so key for our success. I am  generally a very positive person so avoiding negative thoughts is not as much of a challenge for me, however no opinions..well that’s a different story. I enjoy helping people, but know I am aware that automatically giving my opinion may not be what the person truly needs. It is best for me to encourage them to think for themselves. Finally, Part 5 sentence 12 is key for me: “The thing to do is to have this mental house-cleaning every day, and keep the house clean. Mental, moral and physical cleanliness are absolutely indispensable if we are to make progress of any kind.” MIC DROP!!!!  =)

With gratitude,

Jen Dilks

 

Week 4: Cranky Old Blueprint

Week 4 has been full of challenges, great insights, frustrations, and stress. I found much comfort with Mark J’s words in the MK audio.. to embrace the experience, let it wash over you, there is a lesson within.

The good news about frustration is that it means you are on the brink of a breakthrough! (Tony Robbins reference) For me, week 4 presented significant frustration stemming from my full-time job. Typically, I handle stress well. I do my best to maintain a positive approach and do what is in my circle on control. This week included numerous priority shifts at work with crazy unrealistic deadlines- definitely a hellter-skellter atmosphere. The lesson from this week is that I became very aware of how I was responding. I could feel my old blueprint trying to takeover and go on auto-pilot. I tried not to judge myself and be the observer. Multiple times I said “STOP” out loud to that cranky old blueprint. I confirmed to myself that I was safe and there was no need to go down the path of fear, leading to unneeded stress, worry, upset stomach, etc. I also was feeling that cranky old blueprint saying “see I told you are running out of time again”..Too much to do it all well, work, family outings, MKMMA assignments, proper amount of sleep. Grrr…I wrestled with these thoughts and did my best to sweep them out of my mind. I also reminded myself of what Mark J said in the week 4 audio that the old thoughts are not getting me where I want to be so why am I holding onto them? Challenging week but on a good note I continued to complete our MKMMA assignments and kept my emotions high when declaring content on my index cards. One day behind in posting my blog, but I am focusing on completion. We are in it for sure now…this is real and getting deep….a bit anxious but excited because I know, that I know, that I know that this course is exactly what I was am looking for to uncover my true authentic self and live a life of fulfillment. =)  Thanks again to the entire MKMMA staff for all your efforts and genuine support you provide us.

With gratitude,

Jen Dilks

 

 

 

 

Week 3: “Will” no more!

Week 3 already! Thankful that I am starting to get into a rhythm with all the assignments. I am finding easier, more efficient ways to incorporate our activities into my day. For example, saying “DO IT NOW!” at least 25x outloud with ENTHUSIASM…I easily complete on my drive to work in the morning and on the drive home. This week I have actually started to say “DO IT NOW!” much more often….going up the stairs, walking thru the hallway at work, anytime I see the word “NOW. Also- having all my material cozy inside Og’s book is a blessing! Thanks for the tip Mark J!

I was also grateful to feel significant empowerment this week, especially when I marked out all the “wills” in Scroll I of GS and in the Blueprint Builder. =) Now the passages have more energy and when I am reading them I feel more proactive and confident. I even went further, in the spirt of Thinking for Myself, on page 55 of GS, I also marked out the word “difficult” in the sentence..”And how do I accomplish this difficult feat?” Why should I assume that it is difficult? that is adding self imposed limitation. The readings are even more enjoyable. I am really starting to understand how critical word choice is and this insight directly links to revising our PPNs.

This week I rewatched Mark’s intro video to the course as well as the intro videos to Weeks 1-3. Wise use of my time! Reviewing the videos helped me to get clear about the expectations, assignments, organization of the material, etc. Having experience with the actual material and assignments for a few weeks, things are becoming much more clear. As Og Mandino reminds us “Any act with practice becomes easy”. At the start of the class everything was new and we were inundated with a ton of information. I definitely felt overwhelmed and in a fog. Now things are becoming clearer. The 2 areas I am most challenged with as of now are: the Blog (need to watch videos for updating page and making it look cool=) and the SITS. The SITS are challenging for me. I was doing them in the evening at first, but I was often tired and felt like I did not have my best energy for the activity. Now I have adjusted and I am doing my SITS after lunch. I will tweak as I go and discover what works best for me. As Mark says, Press On…I will get better. Special thanks to Davene and Mark for the Hannel audios. I started listening to them this week (in addition to the reading) and it really helps to lock in the words and ideas.

PPN – What an amazing, challenging, and insightful exercise! I am still in the revision process and chipping off more cement, but I am anticipating much success as I fine tune my PPN. I am excited to be ONE with my true, authentic self and share my radiance with the world! =)

With gratitude,

Jen Dilks

 

Week 2: Coincidence? NOT!

WOW!!!!! Week 2 and we are already going deep, which is both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I loved the webcast this week because it became so clear to me that we are in for an amazing journey of self discovery that will change the trajectory of our lives. This course is a defining moment in my life. I am committed to play full out…to put forth my best effort. And when things get hectic- like they did for me this week- I will put forth my best efforts to complete all assignments and remind myself that my good habit of having a written plan will guide me. Above all, mentally “beating myself up” for running out time, or feeling rushed is no longer part of who I am…that is the old freakin blueprint. The LAW of DUAL THOUGHT is a huge key for success. I choose what feeling to attach to an experience. ANY and ALL experiences…that is so refreshing and gives me a feeling of empowerment and a real stagey to PROACTIVELY choose my feelings prior to events.

Index cards- I love them!…I like having something to physically hold in my hands. I was so amazed at all the LINKS that I was making this week. For someone not taking this course, I’m guessing they would lump my experiences into the “Coincidence” category, but not me…I now have the knowledge of my subby with its 4 Billion Neurotransmitters working on my behalf, that my experiences were proactive LINKS being formed and WOW am I amazed. So to start off, I opened my new issue of SUCCESS magazine I just received in the mail and on the first page was John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success”! Coincidence? NOT!!! My antenna is up and I am on the MKMMA channel for sure! I got chills when I saw that pyramid…It was almost eerie…in a good way…is this really happening?! YES!! Next, I was listening to a webinar sponsored by my workplace (topic: better sleep habits) and the instructor said “with practice you can”…..hello!! Og Mandino rang in my ear…”With practice everything is easy”… the LINKS are amazing and connecting everywhere I go. I have never seen so many blue rectangles in my LIFE! LOL! I love how we can connect a colored shape to a simple chore to our PPNs!! AMAZING…looking forward to mastering this skill sooner than later. Mark alluded in Webcast that week 4 will blow us away. Well friends I am already blown away..experiencing lots of Ah’has…and LINKs that are so cool. And finally, quote by Lao Tzu from one of my daily desk calendar: “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” For real?! Hell yes this is real and I am soooo excited (giddy at times) that once and for all I am going to chip off ALL this cement and uncover my most authentic self, my Golden Buddha, my true DMP for being on this amazing planet of ours. Thank you all for this MKMMA experience!

With gratitude,

Jen Dilks

Week 1: Divine Timing

I feel truly blessed to be part of this MKMMA class. After absorbing the materials of week 1 I can clearly see this is WAY MORE than a class- this is an experience that will change the course of my life and all of those who are participating for the better. I am at a time in my life where I have been looking for direction, really wanting to uncover my divine purpose, and feeling frustrated at times with not knowing. I am soooooo grateful for Divine Timing. I inquired about the MKMMA course last session but for whatever reason I did not apply. When I saw emails about this session I was excited, but then had thoughts of “I don’t really have time” (damn old blueprint talking!!). Then I was blessed with a defining moment. I said to myself I am going to fill out the application and if I am fortunate enough to receive a scholarship, the universe is giving me the green light that this is exactly what I need. I also thought when I was buying the supplies (index cards, GS books, etc.) that I was taking that leap of FAITH, taking action and letting the universe know I want this, I am ready to truly uncover my divine purpose and start living in harmony with my authentic self. I am so appreciative of divine timing. Life is always working for me.

Week 1’s webcast was great and I am very grateful for the entire MKMMA staff for all you do!! The new ideas and material we are reading already started showing up in my daily life. I have caught myself saying a limiting thought and now I say outloud – “That’s my old blueprint”. It’s like I have a new antenna up, or I am now dialed into a new radio station. Reading Part 1 of the Master Keys – wow!!!!! I wish I would have read this back in college- it feels like a philosophy class on steroids =)  Mega deep and at times I really did not understand what the passage was saying. However, as I continued to re-read the material more and more of it started to make more sense. At times I almost felt giddy because theses new thoughts and ideas are truly KEYS to a fulfilling life!!! I am excited, intrigued, a bit nervous, and even wowed all at once. I have really enjoyed reading “The Greatest Salesman in the World” Right away, the first scroll is jammed packed with insight such as “only Principles will endure”. I have been frustrated at times in my life when I am trying to make a change or improvement but it doesn’t last. I do it for awhile but then inconsistency creeps in. I am so hopeful that Once and for all, I will learn to discipline myself to “form good habits and become their slave.” Another passage that resonated with me was “Any act with practice become easy”. I LOVE this!!! A simple principle to engrain into my subby that will serve me in every aspect of my life and that I can share with others.

I am truly grateful for divine timing and that I have been blessed with a scholarship. I am honored to be on this journey and look forward to becoming one with my authentic self.

With gratitude,

Jen Dilks