Week 15-MasterKeyExperience- As you sow, so shall you reap


What an exciting, challenging and interesting week.  This week started the 13-Week Franklin
Makeover.  Benjamin Franklin designed a practice to develop positive habits from a list of virtues that he decided would build strength, character and success in his life.  You can read more about this process at http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/autobiography/page38.htm.

We prioritized a list of 13 virtues (not from Franklin’s list but MKE Program created) and listed them on a spreadsheet with number one requiring the greatest improvement which is from our point of view or an opinion from someone in our life perhaps.

On the spreadsheet we put as many dots as we observed this virtue happening in ourselves and in others around us.  (This is opposite practice that Ben Franklin designed whereas he wanted a clean spreadsheet and dots if he failed at a given virtue.)

The first virtue I worked on was Self-Control. The definition I was working from – “the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.” I decided that I would just observe this virtue in myself and others without researching examples on the internet.  This was a tough assignment because I thought that if I didn’t know how to master it in the first place how successful would I be at observing in others.  Since I wanted to work on stopping sugar and gluten I looked for that behavior in others.  Needless to say, I didn’t get many ‘dots’ per day.  I was ‘good’ on Monday and Thursday but did not restrain myself on Friday and Tuesday when candy was near.  So I have since started researching on the internet to find suggestions on how to proceed.


What if a person could consistently attract the good things in life – opportunities, strong finances, rewarding relationships, really useful and desirable material things, self-satisfaction – instead of striving, scuffling, or otherwise struggling for them?”, from The Portable Coach by Thomas J. Leonard, Founder of Coach University, 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success


As we have learned in MKE, success equals a major burning desire, a positive mental attitude, continuous plan of action, and a mastermind alliance. In the quote above I am attempting to illustrate how the Law of Attraction which we are studying in MKE when used fuels success. In doing my research on virtues I ran across the following information about how to attract success into your life.  I have attempted many times to practice the 28 principles detailed in this book.  These principles are not easy to master and take a consistent continued effort to practice them.  What I realized from the 13-Week Makeover plan of observing a new virtue is that I can take on these kinds of practices listed below in a weekly fashion so to expand capacity over time rather than looking all at once at a large picture of practices and habits.

The following excerpt is from Page 259, The Portable Coach by Thomas J. Leonard, Founder of Coach University, 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success.

“Becoming an unconditionally constructive person means not only to be unconditionally constructive (as a technique or practice) but to evolve into the type of person who is “naturally” this way, without stopping to think about it.”

How to know you’re making progress with this principle:

  • You stop criticizing people and find you become much more respectful of other people.
  • You don’t feel the need to point out unpleasant things to others.
  • You listen and respond to what is special and positive about the other person instead of what’s wrong or weak about them.
  • You surprise yourself by being direct and constructive simultaneously! You discover better ways to phrase things.
  • You say truly helpful and affirming things, rather than empty compliments.
  • You fully enjoy others just as they are. You come to enjoy yourself fully, too.
  • People tell you the things that are most important to them because they trust you to respect them.


From Master Key Lesson 15, Q7: “Undesirable conditions brought about by thinking, discussing and visualizing conditions of lack, limitation, disease, inharmony and discord of every kind. This mental photography of erroneous conceptions is taken up by the Subconscious and the law of attraction will inevitably crystallize it into objective form. That we reap what we sow is scientifically exact”.

From Master Key Lesson 15:5 – “We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we come to sense the purpose of what we attract, and are able to extract from each experience only what we require for our further growth. Our ability to do this determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain”.

Are you aware of your own negative thoughts and how they program your life?

What would happen if you scrubbed your mind of all negative thinking?

Can you imagine living life differently, to the fullest with nothing holding you back?

Then…….. what are you waiting for? Get started right now!

Over on the right column here, I invite you to sign up for ‘7 Days to a New Life’ by typing in your information.  I’ll send you a great program that can change your life in one week! This is the most rewarding practice I have ever taken on and I invite you to challenge yourself to 7 Days to a NEW YOU!!!!

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Nancy Jo Heart

wow, thanks for sharing all the different ways we can look at changing our focus and thought process. I’ll look into that book you quoted.

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