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Week 13 — What is persistence?

Guys, have you ever heard this one: It takes persistence to succeed! And have you ever thought about what persistence really is? And perhaps even more important; If you have it?

Some people think that persistance is a character trait — and that either you have it or you dont. How wrong can one be!

Turns out persistence at the end of the day is nothing more than a by-product, and thus nothing more than the result of four small habits – definitiveness of purpose, positive mental attitude, written plan of action and mastermind.The good news — everybody can develop persistence, and thus become successful.

So let me explain the habits a little more

1. Definitiveness of purpose. This means to know what you want to achieve in life. To know what you are here for and what you want your life to say when all is said and done. This sounds rather big, right? Well in fact it is, but lets break it down and go one step at a time. Initially you can start out with any goal meaningful for you and you will find more clarity the longer you concentrate on it. Write this goal down as if you have already achieved it and look at it daily, in fact read it out loud daily and put feelings into it — how will you feel once you have accomplished this goal?

2. Positive mental attitude. Did you ever realized how much negativity you come across during a normal day? Radio, newspaper, TV, colleagues, friends, family members, youself, … Guess what this has to stop. If you really want to become successful you have to develop and cultivate a positive mental attitude. So blocking all the negativity out of your mind — and perhaps even out of your house. You will realized the more positivity you surround yourself with, the more successful you become.

3. Written Plan of Action — ever heard this one: if it is not written, it is not true. Well, turns out written planning is critical to persistence. So ask yourself to achieve your goal, what is is actually you have to do. Amazingly in most cases we know what are the activities that really drive our success but dont consistenly do them. That is where awritten plan will come in handy. And I promise you as soon as you start writting your actions and thus likely your results will increase.

4. Mastermind — 2 or more poeple in perfect harmony masterminding about your challenges and keeping you on track is critical to persistence and thus success. The power of a mastermind is that it encourages you to follow through on your plan, as well to optimze your planning. So critical reflections and brainstorming are part of your masterminding experiences like setting your plan for the next day or week. Masterminding truly takes your commitment to a whole new level.

The amazing thing — if you follow these 4 habits, you will see that you will find yourself being more persistent in your quests and you will see that suddenly you have more energy to do what you want to do and it will take less effort to success. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.

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Week 13 – That’s it, I am done!

Have you ever thought about why you are still at that spot in your life, which you wanted to have left behind already long time ago? Why you are still stuck in that city, in that job, in that relationship, in that environment?

I dont know what this spot is for you but I had a major aha moment this week. And perhaps this might help you too. I always considered myself a very positive person. Very open and supportive for others, and always seeing the good in others.

Now I realized that this is only half the truth.

The other half: I am very hard on my own. This really is amazing, the longer I think about it, the more I realize, the deeper truth and how much this did hold me back. The good thing, and I know exactly where this is coming from — the red pencil syndrom. I spend quite some time in the education system — 4 years of primary school, 9 years of secondary school, 5 years of university as a student and another 4 years as a research assistant. That is over 20 years being trained to look for what is wrong and pointing out the mistakes, instead of looking for and appreciating waht is right.

But guess what — I am done with it!

I am now developing a positivity bias! How? There are three simple steps to developing my own positivity bias.

1. Achievement cards — This is simple but very effective. Every week I write out 50 cards with my own achievements and things I did correctly. Either in that particular week, the last year or anytime in my life. Every day I mix three additional gratitude cards in and sift through all the cards at least once a day reading them out loud with gusto. Of course the more I read the more excited I become and the more successes come to my mind. So I am picking up momentum.

2. Mental Diet Pill — When I am thinking any negative thought I stop entertaining this thought directly. Of course this sometimes can be challenge and here a mental diet pill comes in handy — that is simply a picture from one of my smart goals that I keep in my pocket for easy access.

3. Bear hugs kettle — if all this does not help, there is a short sentence that helps me to set my mind on a different track. This sentence is bear hugs kettle — which reminds me that I have choices in my life. The sentence refers to bears that apparently when touching hot things, are not able to let go, but hang on to them harder, and the more they burn the more they hang on to what is destroying them until they lose their life. Now the simple sentence reminds me that it is my choice to act differently — and thus helps me to let go and think of something else.

For me these things really start to work. I realize that sifting through the cards changes the way I think about myself and with the mential diet pill and the bear hugs kettle I have to additional tools to help me stay on track — amazing what one can do, if he / she is willing to put in the work. I dont know about you — but I am really excited about this, and an looking forward to seeing myself succeed even more.

 

Week 12 – Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

Does this sound familar? Right, it is taken from the fairytale from the Brothers Grimm. But what I experienced this week is far from fairytale. It is reality, but let me start at the begining.

This week started off with one of the most powerful exercises I have ever gone through — we were asked to stand in front of a mirror and speak to ourselves for 50 min. And during this time all we said was one sentence, repeated — the essence of our DMP.

I dont want to share the sentence but more the feelings that I went through during this exercise. While standing in front of the mirror I realized that I hadnt had a look at me so attentively for a long time. And while repeating the essence of my DMP I realized that in front of my eyes my face changed and it seemed to me that I had aged quickly and looked old and tired. And I understood that this is what is waiting for me if I continue to follow my old blueprint, meaning procrastinating, following someone elses dream, and not hiding away instead of standing out, taking some risks and allowing myself to shine fully.

That Moment I realized that if I want different results, I had to do things differently. I realized that doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results, that really is the definition of insanity. And I realized that I had Options. That I had come this far for a reason. That I really wanted a different outcome and am ready to do the work, And thought about my life, I thought about where I was today and I thought about how I want my life to play out from here forward. I fully understood that the choice really is mine. With the Masterkeys all the TOOLS I NEED TO CHANGE are placed right into the palm of my hand. The choice however is up to me — and while I can repeat this sentence over and over again, actions speak louder than words any time of the week. It sounds so simple but is so true — knowledge does not apply itself. It is up to me to take action and literally be the change I want to see.

All the masterkey actions  taken individually look so small. And despite the fact that they only take a couple of min a day it is so easy to procrastinate on them — but I asked myself one simple question… What if? What if I had started on that journey already earlier? Where would I be today? Because even if my actions of today might look like only small efforts, small efforts repeated accomplish any undertaking. And while the individual swipes might not have the slighted effort on a mighty oak, all swipes together will result in victory!

Guys, celebrate the small steps, the seamingly minor accomplishments, anything that you might have taken for granted till today. I am sure the more you celebrate these seamingly small accomplishments, the quicker you proceed on your journey to your dreams!

To your success!

Week 9 — Getting active

Wow, what a week.

I don’t really know what changed for me, but I feel different. It is like that deep within me I know that I know that I know. Its a great feeling, I love it and I feel powerful and incredibly blessed.

So what happened? Well mainly two things:

1. I simply fully realized that all conditions that surround me, are created by myself — and more specifically by my thoughts. And while my head intellitually had already known this, I this knowledge now penetrated my entire body. Now, this is a very empowering thought. Because I shows that I am powerful beyond measures. If I have created the conditions I am in — and I am still seeing some that I would like to improve — then this means it is up to me to change them, and it means that I AM ABSOLUTELY CAPABLE OF DOING THIS. Because…. drum roll please…. I already did it before!

2. In the last weeks I noticed that I had anticipated certain events. I simply had a huntch, or a feeling somewhere in my body, that something would happen. These could be small things like a certain person calling me, my luggage missing the connecting flight, or a certain music playing in the radio.

Becoming more and more aware about this ability, I now started to more consciously create conditions. For instance what happened yesterday (or shall I better say — what I made happen yesterday) totally blew me away a yesterday: I really wanted to move our business forward yesterday. Tuesday evenings we always do presentations. Yesterday noone announced any guest for the meeting, but I insisted that we should run the meeting anyway. I knew I will make people show up, that need help. And really, 10 min after our usual starting time two  curious Indian Gentlemen put their heads into our rooms. PERFECT! I quickly chatted with them, did a framed firelighter, and they joined our session.

You can not imagine guys what this means to me: for me it is proof, because the method is the same — if I want to make people appear, or manifest my DMP. No matter if a small sum of money, or a life of abundance, no matter if health, freedom, liberty, or legacy, etc.  ITS ALL THE SAME. All that counts is that I can see it.

Because “If I can see it, then I can do it. And: If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it!”

Guys, this is massive! This journey is amazing. I just know that I know that I know. And I feel this not in my head but in my body.

I can tell you, I am definitively all in.

You too?

Week 8 – Getting a glimpse of my new reality

Guys,

I am thrilled. Really thrilled.

There is a line in my DMP talking about how I am enjoying my freedom, sitting at the beach, watching the sun set into the ocean, turning the world around me into liquid gold.

Last week I have been travelling in Bali – one of the most spiritual places I have ever been. And within the programme there was a visit to a spiritual dance included. The setting of the dance was amazing (as was the performance) Imagine it this way: On top of a mountain cliff there is a ancient temple from the 11th century, right at the edge of the cliff, probably 150 meters above sea level. Next to the temple in an open air theatre the spiritual performance took place, allowing me to see the temple, the performance as well as the sun setting into the ocean — all while 70 performer were dancing themselves into a deep trance, and the sun going down turning everything around me into liquid gold. Just as I described it within my DMP!

Amazing! Really mind blowing. I really shivered in awe and realized how close I am to breaking through, creating my new life. Wow!

During the last days I often felt boundaries between reality and imagination blurring, but I never felt so emerged into my new reality like during this performance. While watching all this I really felt the deeper truth of everything we learned during the MKMMA — and: I really can be what I will to be. All it requires is to know what you want and the persistance in getting your new reality deeply seeded into your subconscious mind.

Guys I can tell you I am thrilled. I know that I know that I know — and this is massive.

Believe, I do!

Week 7 – Lets sing!

Guys,

this week for me is all about two big topics — becoming a real (BA)ROQUE Star and tuning out from all negativity. And both things are tremendously helping me to move forward.

Lets talk about the music first, as this is the biggest surprise for me. This week we turned our DMP into a song. Well not really a song, more spoken text in front of background music. And not any kind of music, but it should be baroque. Even though I like classical music I was not really enthusiastic about that style, and was even considering to do “my own thing” but then thought about well these guys have surprised me a couple of times already, so why dont I just stick to the process and see what happens.

And boy has this been the right decision. I am now listening to my own DMP recording whenever I have a moment. While driving in the car, while cleaning the dishes, while travelling. And the funny thing is — the music really sticks with me during the day, and with the music probably also my own works, my major purpose, my dreams and ambitions.

I notice that I make different choices, I notice that there is less hesitation and more action, and I definitively notice that I have even more determination to make things happen in my life.

This is definitively also supported by the second big topic of this week — tuning out of all the negativity, as I am on a 7 day mental diet. This may sound easier than it is, because as soon as you have a negative thought for longer than 6 seconds, your 7 day diet starts again. I am getting better and better in tuning into positivity — and again I notice that this is freeing me up. This gives me more mental capacity to focus on where I want to go, and it just allows me to listen better and see clearer.

Who would have thought that these small actions would have such a massive impact?!

I love this process. It is challenging, and with challenge comes change. I dont remember who said it but it is definitively true!

Finally, I also noticed that the services I put on my daily service card are becoming more and more natural. And I love to up the antie and put services in there that are a little bit of a strech. Actually I am surprising myself with how easy things become, once they are on the card, and once I made up my mind to do them.

I can tell you I am excited about this journey — and I am noticing that my first smart goal — to join my wife in building our business fulltime by 1.4.2015 — is coming up. This leaves a little more than 4.5 months. Looking at what already happened in the last 6 weeks I am confident that we make it. I know the method shows up, the plans cristalize and I make the choices and carry out the right actions subconsciously.

And one thing is for sure: I Believe!

Week 6 – Making my DMP come alive

Guys,

week 6 is done and I can tell you this has been a big one.

I understood that we have really laid all the foundations in the last 5 weeks. That means that from now onwards we can pick up speed and get our vision — or more precisely get my vision of my future life into my subconscious mind 24-7.

And to do so two concepts really stand out for me — these are repetition and change.

Last week I felt that some of the things have become routine. While routine is of course a good thing and something that helps us to establish new habits. Routine also might take away the initial excitement, the feeling of adventure, of freshness, of newness and amazement. So how to deal with this? Simple! With variations and the law of sustitution.

It is really amazing how powerful all the variations of the DMP are. Last week we have composed our own press release – allowing us and our subconscious mind to look at our DMP from a different angle, i.e. as if it has already been accomplished. If you have never written a press release about your own future life, I can only recommend you to do it. It drives your points home in a powerful way.

This week we created our our Movie Poster around our own smart goals, including the goals, the actions, the feelings and the rewards. And guys, I can tell you this had a massive impact upon me, keeping my vision fresh and vivid, my DMP alive and enthusiased and all this based on a simple poster. It really is amazing. After I finished the poster, I now see green triangles everywhere, which remind me unconsciously about my smart goal to live in New York by 31.12.2017. I cannot describe how powerful this is. And I put the poster next to my bed so that it is the last thing I see at night and the first thing I see in the morning. Like this the shapes are with me during day and night, and I can tell you that my subconscious is already working on it.

There are pictures of the view from our Manhatten appartment coming up during my day, and I all this helps me to integrate my DMP into my life. Making all these exercises less of a theoretical exercise but really weaving them into my current reality. And this is so powerful that I boundaries between now and future, between current and future self really start blurring. Powerful, really. I really can be what I will to be.

I really love all these different ways of getting my messgae to my subconscious mind. And if I still feel a little boredom or restistance, all I do is thinking about my future self, about my goals and dreams and my future life. This process is simple and extremely powerful. I observe, I recognize, I relate and I laugh!  Guys, I am ready for change – and we all should be laughing more!