Week 6 of the Master Key Mastermind Alliance is numbing. My eyes are pinwheels. There is incessant chatter in my head. This is a full-time learning experience. I’m back in graduate school folks! Anxiety has reared its ugly head several times this week. Why do I place unrealistic expectations on myself? I am a writer. The most important part of my major purpose is to publish a best-seller. I’ve written on my service and DMP cards that I promise to work on my book. So far, I have honored those promises. This week, however, I’m really feeling the crunch. Between the reading assignments, the tasks, the affirmations, this blog, deadlines, and all of the other expectations from life in general, I have become overwhelmed. My head is spinning with information.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not complaining, (or at least I don’t think I am.) I am fascinated beyond a doubt by all of the readings and the assignments. I’m wondering, though, if what I’m feeling – the anxiety, the self-doubt – is normal for other students who are in week 6. I can handle anything if I know it will get better and others are experiencing the same thing.
Og Mandino’s Scroll II arrived just in time: I will greet this day with love in my heart. We will read this chapter 3 times a day for 30 days. Practicing love is already working in my life. Yesterday, someone screamed at me. There’s no point in placing blame or pointing fingers. Let’s call it a miscommunication. As he was screaming, I closed my eyes and silently said, “I love you.” Immediately his words became as Og promised, “…the softest of rains.” I will NEVER quit this program. It is too perfect for me.
Yes, I will practice love this month, and all the following months of my life. Mandino writes, “When I am tempted to criticize, I will bite my tongue. When I am moved to praise, I will shout from the roofs.” I will continue with my readings: The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, The Masterkey System by Charles Haanel, Compensation, an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, plus all of my books on writing. I will continue reading my service card, my movie trailer card, my DMP, my press release, the seven laws of the mind, my promises card, my blueprint builder, and anything else assigned to me. I will continue to webinar, video, podcast, Facebook, and Twitter – YES – with a smile on my face. Why? Because I am on a journey to my wildest dreams and I am very grateful.