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Week 5 – The Hero’s Journey – Toodle-oo, Ego!


"Careful, that's where the boss keeps his ego."

Haanel writes that we must not start to do something we will not finish or we are forming the habit of failure.  Not finishing what you’ve started is a bad habit.  Og Mandino writes, “Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.”  I do not fail!  I form good habits and am their slave.

Haanel also writes, “You will see, you must see, that we are at the dawn of a new day; that the possibilities are so wonderful, so fascinating, so limitless as to be almost bewildering.”

I love the connection between the writings of Haanel and Mandino.  I have learned from reading Og Mandino, “Today, I begin a new life.”  His last words in the first Scroll are, “Today my old skin has become as dust.  I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life.”  Of course I now read the last sentence without the word “will” because it has happened.

Everyone Has an Opinion

Everyone Has an Opinion

I walk tall.  I take care of myself, and watch what I think.  No more guilt.  The ego loves guilt.  No more opinions, at least as much as I can keep my mouth closed.  As Mark J. says, “Shut the Twinkie hole!” It’s not easy.  And I’m certainly not at 100% yet, but I’m trying.  It takes practice.  The ego also loves opinions.  I must recognize that with every opinion – in my mind or out loud – my ego has swollen and is nearby.  Toodle-oo, ego!  Ta Ta!

Actually, my “I”, the observer, is very amused by my ego who is by nature a blurter, a spout mouth, a jabber box always at the ready.

Shut the Twinkie Hole No Matter What!

Shut the Twinkie Hole!

I must remind myself that it doesn’t all happen overnight.  It’s a progress, slow and steady with determination and commitment.  My old blueprint had me coming down hard on myself when I made a mistake, but now, I’m building a new blueprint.  When I begin to become anxious, I close my eyes and do a quick feeling out, mentally push away my ego, and know that my source is nearby.


Virginia Perl

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  2. this line <3 "I walk tall. I take care of myself, and watch what I think. No more guilt. The ego loves guilt. No more opinions, at least as much as I can keep my mouth closed. As Mark J. says, “Shut the Twinkie hole!” "

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