Hedge Hog or Fox Which Would You Rather Be?

Time is not our friend! We are all ready in week 21 of the 26 week Master Key Master Mind Alliance Course, only 5 weeks left. This week has been crazy, I feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off. As I take time today in my 20 mn of silence I reflect on the story of the Hedgehog and the Fox. How can we tell if we were a Hedgehog or a Fox. On first thought, everyone would love to be a Fox and why not? Fox’s are smart, cunning, sly, quick, intuitive. Why would anyone like to be a hedgehog right? They are small creatures with coarse hair covered in spines. They live on the ground and forage for food in the dirt eating insects fruit and berries that doesn’t sound to appealing right.
BUT!
The Hedgehog always defeats the Fox.
Why?
The hedgehog always keeps it simple.

Lets take a look at the Fox and The Hedgehog as written about in an Essay by Isaiah Berlin.

The Fox draws on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world can not be boiled downs to a single idea. By nature Fox’s tend to flit around distracted by a myriad of things. Checking out every little thing along the way. Quit different from the Hedgehog who views the world thru the lens of a single defining idea or task. If we try to apply these thoughts to ourselves and today’s world how does that stack up?

The Fox:
Easily distracted by many things, internet, instant messages, Facebook, twitter, texts, the list is seemingly endless. The Fox appears to run from one thing to the next never seeming to stay focused long enough on one thing to complete the task at hand to completion. Their lives seem to be scattered and unfocused self-contradictory and incomplete. See my blog post on multitasking.

The Hedgehog:

The hedgehog’s whole life is singularly focused on one thing, They have a single central vision which they live by. They focus on what is most important.

If we draw three circles in the shape of a pyramid that overlap each other by approx. one-third we get and area in the middle where all three circles intersect.  This is what we  will refer to as the sweet spot.

The top circle we will label  * What you are deeply passionate about?

The bottom left will be       * What you can be the best in the world at?

The bottom right will be      * What dives your economic engine?

Now if we apply the Fox’s the Hedgehogs and our own different styles to these three circles we can start to see where we spend most of our time and what things we might be able to reduce or cut out completely.  The center spot where all three circles intersect will bring us the most results for the time invested. Kinda like the 80/20 rule. For me I can definitely say that i have been more of a Fox my whole life running around trying to do everything and not seeming to make much progress. Focusing on this little technique has helped me to get more done in less time with far less stress. After all the most important things in our lives are generally the items we put off and tell ourselves that I can do that later. For many of us that later never comes.
A couple quote’s out of OG really helps to emphasize this point,
” I great this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift up my arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today.”

“If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life. Therefore, each hour of this day I cherish for it can never return. It cannot be banked today to be withdrawn on the morrow, for who can trap the wind?”

Here are three questions to ponder!

1 – What would the person I Intend to become do Next?
2 – What am I pretending not to know?
3 – When will I begin?

Be the best you can be at all times, find some way to be kind to two people today.

Be Well Be blessed

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MULTI TASKING REALITY OR FALICY? WEEK 20 OF THE LIFE MAKEOVER

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS MULTI TASKING OR WAS THAT SOMETHIMG MADE UP BY SOMEONE WHO HAD SEVIER ADD?   IN REALITY OUR  BRAINS ARE WIRED. TO FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME.  THAT’S HOW THINGS GET DONE. THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU FIND YOUR SELF SITTING AT YOUR COMPUTER WORKING WITH YOUR INSTANT MESSAGING ON AND BEING DISTRACTED BY EACH ANSD EVERY MESSAG THAT COMES IN? OR YOUR TALKING TO TO YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER AND THEY ARE TEXTING SOMEONE, YOUR AT THE DINNER TABLE AND THE TV IS ON AND THE KIDS ARE TEXTING, YOU ARE LITERALY EATING BY YOYRSELF!  DRIVING AND TALKING OR TEXTING?THE LIST IS ENDLESS.   CAN WE REALLY GET MORE DONE BY FOCUSING ON ONE THING AT A TIME?  I BELIEVE WE CAN.  THIS WEEK OF THE MKMMA COURSE WE LEARNED TO APPLY THREE QUESTIONS TO OUR LIVES TO HELP US FOCUS

1  WHAT AM I  PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW?

WHAT THINGS OR DISTRACTIONS DO WE LET INTO OUR LIVES THAT PULL OR PUSH US  OFF TRACK. IS IT THE BUSY WORK, THE THOUGHT THAT I CAN QUICK DO THIS AND STILL STAY ON TRACK.  FOR ME ITS LACK OF FOCUS,  FOR MANY DISTRACTIONS CAUSE THEM TO VEAR OFF TRACK.  BY ASKING THE ABOVE QESTION,  IT HELPS ONE TO FOCUS ON WHAT HAS TO BE DONE NEXT.

2, WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I  INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?I

THIS IS A GREAT QUESTION TOO HELP ONE TO STAY FOCUSED.    IT REALLY HELPS YOU TO ZERO IN ON THE TASKS OR ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO REACH YOUR OBJECTIVES TOMORROW,  NEXT WEEK OR NEXT YEAR.

3, APPLY THE 80/20 RULE TO A LIST OF ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED,

ITS CALLED A PAIRED COMPAIRISON. MAKE A LIST OF ALL THE ITEMS ON THE LIST THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED, COMPAIR THEM AGANIST EACH OTHER, LIST THEM IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE, AND THEN FOCUS ON THE TOP TWO.  BY DOING THIS GENERALLY YOU WILL FIND YOU WILL GET 80% OF YOUR REULTS FROM THESE TWO THINGS.

FOR ME, IF I CAN REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF DISTRACTIONS, FOCUS IN ON THE TOP ITEMS ON THE LIST, I CAN ACCOMPLISH MUCH MORE, LIVE LESS STRESSED AND BE MORE PRODUCTIVE.  GIVE IT A TRY IT MIGHT WORK FOR YOU TOO.

BE WELL BE BLESSED

Being Happy week 18 MKMMA

What does it take to be happy?  Can Happy precede accomplishment or does happy only come after the accomplishment of a task or a goal.

Simple test to take to verify one can be happy without accomplishment of task or goals.

For the next 30 days follow these steps

1) Write out on separate  3×5 card’s 3 gratitudes, no matter how big or small

review them daily

2) On another 3×5 card write out a mini- statement of a positive experience form the day before

and relieve that positive experinece. Again size doesn’t matter do it at end of the day or in the am

review them daily

3) Do 2 random acts of kindness for someone, don’t expect anything in return

4) Exercise daily minimum 10-15mn but get some movement in

5) Sit quiet for 15mn a day and begin to know yourself

These things are huge.  With constant effort and focus these few things can literally change your life. New data shows that by doing these few things people are much happier in their work and are more productive during their work hours.
Check out the Ted Talk below.

 

Everyone can come up with guidelines for being happy. Make your own list and change your world.
Here is a partial list to get started

I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.
I am in charge of my own feelings and can apply any feeling to any thought
I can substitute any negative thought with a positive thought at any time.
Let Go and let God
No one has the power to make me feel happy or sad but me.
I will live this day as if it’s my last.
You can’t relive yesterday or relive tomorrow you only have today make use of it.
Get out of yourself and help someone today.
Give more and you will receive more

Don’t Worry Be Happy

“THE WORLD WITHIN UNTOLD ABUNDANCE WK17-A”

IT IS THE VISION THAT YOU HAVE OF YOURSELF THAT DOMINATES THE WORLD WITHN.  YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO BE BASED UPON YOUR YEARS OF LIFE EXPERIENCES.  AS YOU INTERNALIZE THESE EXPERIENCES YOU EITHER ALLOW THEM TO INFLUENCE YOUR WORLD WITH IN POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY OR NOT AT ALL.  IT IS EXACTLY THESE EXPERIENCES THAT WE WILL ALLOW TO SPEAK TO OUR LATENT POTENTIAL OR POWER THAT LIES WITH IN EACH AND EVERYONE OF US.  WE NEED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THAT PART OF OUR LIVES. THE INDIVIDUAL HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE WHATEVER TYPE OF WORLD THEY WANT TO LIVE IN BY THE CHOICES THEY MAKE, BY THE EXPERIENCES WE HAVE, BY THE PEOPLE WE ASSOCIATE WITH.  WE ARE IN CONTTROL BUT HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO BE IN CONTROL.  WE LET OTHERS, OUTSIDE INFLUENCES, EXPERIENCES, OR WORDS DEFINE US. WE MISTAKENLY CONFINE OURSELVES, OUR ABILITIES, OUR INSTINCTS OUR UNLIMITEDNESS BY INFLUECES OUTSIDE OF OURSELVES.  WETHER ITS FAMILY, FRINEDS, ASSOCIATES, ADVERTISING, WE CONFORM TO WHAT OTHERS EXPECT FROM US OR WHAT THINK WE SHOULD ACT LIKE.  WE MUST NOT CONFORM.  LET US NOT JUST DIP OUR TOE INTO THE DEEP END OF THE CHANGE POOL AND THINK WE HAVE CHANGED WE HAVE NOT. LET US EMERSE OURSELVES INTO THE TORRENT OF ABUNDANCE, CONFIDENCE, DESIRE THAT COMES FROM EMBRACING THE WORLD WITHIN. THE INNER WORLD, WHERE OUR GOD GIVEN POWER RESIDES.  TRUE HEALTH, LOVE, PEACE.  HOW DO WE DO THAT SIMPLE, GIVE TILL IT HURTS, SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND, ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN, KNOCK AND IT SHALL BE OPENED ONTO YOU.  HAVE THE FAITH OF THE MUSTARD SEED.  TAKE RISK EVERYDAY.  SPEND TIME WITH YOURSELF AND GOD,  DEFINE YOUR PRESENT AND FUTURE WORLD.  DO THE WORK, DO THE WORK, DO THE WORK.  YOUR ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS GOING TO CARE ABOUT YOUR FUTURE SELF. WHY LET SOMEONE ELSE PUT DREAMS IN YOUR HEAD. THEY DON’T KNOW YOU. ONLY YOU KNOW YOURSELF.

OUR TIME HERE IS LIMITED DON’T WASTE IT LIVING SOMEONE ELSES LIFE.  WE ARE HEAR FOR A REASON, OUR WHY IS IMPORTANT.  OUR PURPOSE HERE FULLFILLS GODS PLAN.  YOUR WHY IS WHO YOUR ARE. WHAT IS YOUR WHY? LOOK FOR IT, SEARCH FOR IT, DEFINE IT, RFINE IT. RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND TAKE THAT NEXT STEP, GET UP ONE MORE TIME.

REMEMBERING YOUR GOING TO DIE SOMEDAY MAY HELP US REMEMBER THAT WE ALL HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE.

BE WELL BE BLESSED

CAN YOU REALLY CONTROL YOUR LIFE WEEK 17

THE MKMMA COURSE IS TRULY A BLESSING BEYOND BLESSING.  EACH WEEK THERE IS ANOTHER BUILDING BLOCK THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DISECT UNDERSTAND AND INCORPORATE INTO OUR LIVES.  FOR YEARS PEOPLE HAVE WONDERED AND STRUGGLED WITH, HOW DO I  MAKE LONG LASTING MEANINGFUL CHANGES IN MY LIFE?  THIS IS IT!  A TRUE BLUE PRINT, ONE THAT REALLY WORKS.  IS IT SIMPLE YOU MAY ASK? YES IT IS BUT IT IS NOT EASY.  IT TAKES DAILY WORK, CONSISTENT DILIGENT FOCUSED WORK. THERE IS A PROGRESSION AND A SYNERGY TO THIS WHOLE PROGRAM.  IT OPENS UP NEW PATHWAYS IN YOUR BRAIN SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS.  IT TEACHES YOU HOW TO ACTUALLY THINK AGAIN AFTER MANY YEARS OF BEING SEDUCED INTO A LIFE OF QUIET DESPERATION.

WETHER WE ADMIT IT OR NOT MOST OF US HAVE SUCCUMBED TO A MYRIAD OUTSIDE INFLUENCES.  WE HAVE TURNED OFF OUR BRAINS AND LET TODAYS WORLD BOMBARD US WITH IDEAS, THOUGHTS,  IDEALS THAT ARE NOT EVEN OUR OWN.  THE WORLD HAS NOW BEGUN TO THINK FOR US.  NO WONDER WE ARE LIVING IN SUCH A MESS.

I BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS TURNING YOUR BRAIN BACK ON. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO DO THAT EXCEPT TO STEP OUT AND TAKE A CHANCE,  TRAVEL INTO THE WORLD WITHIN AND FIND YOUR TRUE SELF.  THE FOLLOWING WORDS SUM IT UP FOR ME,

 “THE WORLD WITHOUT IS A DIRECT REFLECTION OF YOUR WORLD WITHIN”

“YOU BECOME THAT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MOST”

“WHAT YOU FOCUS ON  MATERIALIZES IN YOUR LIFE”

THESE ALL SAY THE SAME TO ME, YOUR THOUGHTS CREATE YOUR REALITY.  THIS MAY SEEM SIMPLISTIC AND IT IS! THERE IN LIES THE $64,000 ?  HOW DOES ONE ACCOMPLISH THESE CHANGES IN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE AND OVERCOME THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE  WE ALL HAVE?  OURSELVES!!!

THANKS MKMMA AND ALL ITS MEMBERS

BE WELL BE BLESSED

MIKE

IN CONTROL WITH OUT KNOWING IT!! WEEK 16

TO REALIZE WE ALL HAVE BEEN BORN WITH THIS ABILITY TO MANIFEST OUR TRUE SELF IS A LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE. TO THINK THAT I HAVE HAD THIS ABILITY ALL THE TIME THRILLS ME TO KNOW END, AT THE SAME TIME IT IS A HART BREAKING REALIZATION THAT I HAVE SQUANDERED THESE OH SO MANY YEARS LIVING A IN MYERY SOUPE OF BLAME, HATE, JEALOUSY, AN UNCOUNTABILITY (THIS IS JUST A PARTIAL LIST). AS I WRITE THIS, MY MIND IS ABLOOM WITH ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. UP TO THE POINT OF STARTING THE MKMMA CLASS, I FEEL AS IF I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN A DARK FOG AND I NOW STAND IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW TO THE UNIVERSE WHERE SOMEONE HAS CLEARED AWAY A SMALL CRCLE OF THE WHITE PAINT SO I CAN SEE INTO MY NEW LIFE, MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT THERE IS A CHANGE UNDERWAY. IT HAS BEEN THERE ALL ALONG WAITING AND WAITING, BECONING ME AT EVERY TURN, ONLY I NEVER REALIZED IT.

THE LIGHT FROM ABOVE IS POURING THRU THIS WINDOW AND HAS BEGUN TO MELT THE GRIP OF MY OLD BLUEPRINT, IT FEELS SO EXCITING TO EXPERIENCE REAL CHANGE. IT’S ALMOST OVER WHELMING. I WANT IT ALL AND OF COURSE I WANT IT NOW. HOWEVER AT THE SAME TIME IT FEELS AS IF I DID HAVE IT ALL NOW I WOULD EXPLODE. FOR NOW, SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS WINS THE RACE. IT TOOK YEARS OF CONTINUAL THOUGHT AND PRCISE EFFORT TO BUILD A HOUSE OF CEMENT. ONE CAN’T EXPECT TO JUST WALK AWAY FROM THAT IN AN INSTANT. HOWEVER ONE CAN BEGIN TO CHANGE THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT BUILT THIS HOUSE OF CEMENT SO THAT NEW SKILLS CAN LEARNED AND PUT IN PLACE TO DISMANTLE THIS OLD BLUE PRINT FOR GOOD.

AS WEEK 16 POINTS OUT THRU OUR OWN INTERIOR PROCESSES WE FORM OUR OWN THOUGHTS REGARDLESS OF EXTERIOR OR ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH THOUGHT. HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR THOUGHTS TODAY? WILL YOU CHOOSE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND POSSIBLY THE LIVES OF EVERYONE AROUND?

Precise words can rock your world Week 15

“Accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”  Little do you realize how words can affect us and our families. They can set us up for life or they can hold us back.

I found this and it pretty much encompasses all of what we have been learning these past 15weeks.

“My face is set, my stride is fast, my goal is heaven, my road narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear, I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all I know, and work till he stops me. And when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me …. My banner will be clear.”
This is from a note found in the office of a young pastor in Zimbabwe, Africa, after he was killed for his faith in Jesus…

He had a goal, he had a burning desire (DMP) , he know not failure, his purpose was set whether in good times or bad (BP).  He had substituted all his negative thoughts with the love of christ because he had already met his future self and knew the outcome. There was no turning back, all the bridges were burned the only way was forward. It would appear he had the ability to turn from distractions and temptations. I am sure he experienced opression, hatred of his piers, negativity and more however he surly  greeted people with a smile a trinket and the love of Christ. He had given and given unto death with no expectation of reciprocity, because he already had arrived at his destination, he had seen it, experienced it and knew it was real.  He lived it everyday here amongst us. Amongst a multitude of naysayers. I am sure he was constantly replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, because it appears he lived with the single mindedness that only comes from knowing ones true passion and love.  Living out your Definite major purpose and fulfilling his life dream. He lived with intention.

To All his family and friends Gods peace

Be Well Be Blessed

My friends

Revelation in Week 14

It has only taken me this long to realize how deep and how well engrained my thoughts have become.

Reading weeks thirteen and fourteen many times have really helped me to realize that I have been cutting the

weeds off at the ground (blue print) but I have failed to put round up on the roots so that they die.

OMG, its like playing wack the mole at the arcade, the roots pop up and start to grow again, miss a little here and

miss a little there pretty soon your in the middle of a full blown weed extravaganza. Being a very stubborn and do

it myself kinda of guy its very difficult to ask for help.  However,  trying to make big changes, brings big challenges

and big fears.  But as Davean said tonight all fear is, is excitement. Thanks for the new definition Daven,  I can

certainly feel it in my gut.

The journey continues.