Last week, while on one of my morning walks, I had an epiphany.
I made a decision to OWN my POA.
Really OWN it. Make it mine. Customize it to me, and to what I want to accomplish, every day, in moving me toward achieving my Definite Major Purpose. (DMP)
Once it happened, it was a “no-brainer”, an idea that is so obvious, I wonder why I didn’t think it already. But, this happens, doesn’t it.
Habits can become neurological ruts in our brain pathways.
Our minds get locked into a certain way of thinking and we tend to forget to see beyond the edges of what my Mom often called the “ruts”. Neurological pathways in our brain that have become so well entrenched that we automatically takes those pathways, by habit, without thinking about them.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I found myself a little stuck and floundering when it came time to move our Plan of Action (POA) onto new index cards and the backside of our DMP paper, while also introducing combinations onto this new POA index card.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
– Napoleon Hill
So, I’m rocking along, walking the dogs, drinking in the morning sunshine, and pondering very loosely, in my mind about how to write up combinations on the new index cards.
I’ve also noticed that some of the good habits I had already created before MKMMA were slipping, and I didn’t want that to continue. These previous habits would fall in the PPN category of True Health. True Health habits are lifestyle habits. While there may be specific goals to reach, True Health is more a process, a way of life rather than simply meeting a specific goal, such as a target weight. (Once you’re in maintenance mode, after you’ve met your goal.)
This was also, loosely, on my mind, too, while I walked that day.
Then whammy, blammy – like a news flash, the previously not-so-obvious, become super-obvious.
My inner landscape suddenly shifted. And a new way of seeing, and thinking, about the index cards emerged.
I thought to myself, “Write those previous habits that I want to keep into the new index card in combinations and in a sequential flow that supported the flow of my day”.
Just like how we bring the 4 completed services forward onto our new service index cards. I can bring forward the healthy habits I want to keep, too. Incorporate what I am already doing into the new habits I am building.
Weave them all together in a way that flows and works for me.
In short, OWN my POA.
There was a huge release of pent-up energy with this realization. Whew…
One of my Personal Pivotal Need’s (PPN’s) is Recognition for Creative Expression. The reasons this need has not been met are:
- I’ve been in denial that it was even a need. I’m one of these people that have tended to put my needs on the back burner for everyone else around me. It’s a habit. An old habit that I’m letting go.
- Because I’ve been in denial, I haven’t given it priority in my life. I didn’t schedule time for it and give it purpose, meaning and direction.
I’ve danced around it enough, … most of my life.
But I never gave it genuine respect. With MKMMA, this has changed. I made peace with the energetic fact, that to fulfil my definite major purpose, I need to embrace this particular personal need within me.
This was one of my biggest and earliest breakthroughs in working with the MKMMA.
Because I’ve danced around the edges of this need throughout much of my life, I’ve done lots of personal journalling. And I read a lot about writers, and writer’s lives and processes.
Last week, I revisited Stephen Pressfield’s book on resistance, “The War of Art.” In it he describes his own writing process, his daily writing routine. The way it flows for him.
I stepped back from that description for a moment, pondering on it a bit. Again, reflecting on how I can apply his insights into my own life.
Thresholds and inner shifts …
I decided to make a cup of tea. Tea and thinking go hand in hand.
I walked from the dining room to the living room, on route to the kitchen. Have you ever noticed there is something about physically crossing a threshold? Physically moving from one space to another in our outer environment often correlates to an inner shift in our inner environment. Lots of times people will have an idea and then when they go into another room, they forgot it. If they will step back into the room they had the idea in, the idea will likely pop up again.
It was at this threshold of space between my dining room and living room that I had another epiphany.
A huge AHA! I spontaneously spoke out loud to myself, “I’ve been doing it all backwards.”
The epiphany I had involved rearranging my daily schedule in a way that puts writing in the top priority of my day. The first thing I do when I wake up.
Of course, to do this, means I had to let go of some ideas I had about how I think the day should roll.
I had become attached to these ideas, and had to sit with myself and reconsider what I thought.
The idea to get up and write first thing, for 2 to 3 hours before I do anything else, is not one that would work for every one.
But, the beauty of the MKMMA systems that we are learning is that we get to customize our Plan of Actions, our POA, to our selves and our lives.
I let go of all those “shoulds”, and acted on this idea immediately.
I now feel a sense of clarity about my daily plan of action that I didn’t have before.
Yesterday, I wrote all this out on my new POA index cards.
Last night, as I was falling to sleep, I could easily imagine this morning with crystal clarity.
Everything just synced, and I am so psyched, jazzed, excited, … LOL … super-charged to get up every morning and take action on my DMP.