Week 21: Back On Track

So I’ll be honest.  The past couple weeks my MKMMA studies have been lacking. Why?  Life.  Life got in the way.  Time with the MKMMA was sacrificed for things that I felt needed my time more.  I didn’t think it was affecting me, however getting back on my routine I can tell my mood and attitude have improved immensely and I will put it to a few things but one I want to talk about.  This Picture right here.time line

You might be asking what this is.  Well it’s a timeline.  The first date was the year I was born and as you can see next year I turn 40.  The date on the right is the year I feel  I will leave this earth physically.  I feel 95 is a pretty good age… I might live longer.  The line in the middle is where I’m at today at almost 39 years old.  Next we were supposed to take our favorite season.  It could be spring, summer, football season, and as we all know I’m a Christmas fiend!  Well in that line between today and 2072 I wrote how many Christmases do I have left?  Depending on when I pass in 2072 I have 55-56 left.  Wow that’s a lot, but it’s not as many as I used to have.  The next question is when will I begin?  When will I do the things I say I’m going to do so I can really enjoy my favorite time of year.  Do this for yourself.  Read it everyday.  Let it sink in that our time on this earth is limited, so make the most of the time you have.  Like that old saying goes it’s not the number of breaths you take but the number of moments that take your breath away.  How awesome would it be to truly enjoy the season or month you most like.  Maybe you take you birthday month off and travel.  How cool would that be?

This brings us to the next thing that I’ve really taken away recently.  The old 80/20 rule which can be a bit skewed at times however let’s take a look at the one I want to focus on and that is that 20% of our efforts yield 80% of our results.  Look at any part of your life and prioritize the most important things you need to do and you will see a couple specific tasks that are the most productive and most important to your business, your relationship, your health, it doesn’t really  matter.  Focus on those tasks and you’ll find yourself becoming much more productive.  Result producing activities.  If you’re building your business Facebook can help, but is that where you want to spend most of your time?  Probably not.  Laser focus on those one or two tasks that give you the most.  Unfortunately they are often the tasks wee least enjoy doing.  Well it’s time to own them.

So I’m looking at that card right now and it asks when will I begin?  When is now, not someday.  We always say we’ll start and someday isn’t it. Focus on your tasks and do it.  Just do it now.  It’s later in life than you think.

Till next time,

Dr. Christopher “TINY” Lane

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Week 20: We Reach Further Than We Think

So along with week 20 over the past week I had a chance to sit down and watch Jim Carrey’s 2014 commencement at Maharishi University Of Management and it was amazing the parallels that there were between the two.  One of the biggest I took away from his talks was this quote: “I used to believe that who I was ended at the edge of my skin, that I had been given this little vehicle called a body from which to experience creation, and though I couldn’t have asked for a sportier model,  it was after all a loaner and would have to be returned. Then, I learned that everything outside the vehicle was a part of me, too, and now I drive a convertible.”  Another quote is “My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.”

Now take the previous quotes and bring in some lines from the week 20 readings.  “So long as you do this you limit yourself to superficial conditions, and make yourself a beast of burden for those who think.”  Another is “When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself.”

We don’t give ourselves enough credit for the power that we have and not only that the impact we have on others.  A couple weeks ago I watched the move “I Am” directed by Tom Shadyac, coincidentally the director of Ace Ventura which starred Jim Carrey.  It talked a lot about many different things but one thing that really hit home was how our feelings can impact others.  One example was Tom was with a group of scientists that had hooked some electrodes up to a petrie dish of yogurt and these electrodes would measure energy within the yogurt and Tom’s affect on it.   Each time he would talk and especially if he would do something very emotional he would have an effect on what the readings were on the yogurt.  Pretty amazing.

With that being said we truly do have a bigger impact on the rest of the world than we know.   If some simple statements by Tom had that amount of affect on the yogurt, think of what our moods can do to others.  How our anxiety, anger, hate, apprehension, and fear can have an impact on someone in the same room.  Now think about how much we can impact others if we now carry around the feeling of love.  The feeling of empathy.  The feeling of hope.  The feeling of happiness.  That impacts people too.  That aura that some people say they can see around people, while can’t necessarily be seen, it can definitely be felt.

The Soviets in the 1960’s ran an experiment on a mother rabbit and her babies.  The mother was on shore with electrodes in her brain and the baby rabbits were taken into a submarine that was submerged.  As a baby rabbit was killed the electrodes recorded the brain of the mother rabbit reacting many miles away.  Amazing!!  If rabbits have this ability do you not think that humans do as well?  How many times have you heard of a family member that had this horrible feeling in their gut only to find out something bad had actually happened to another family member at that same time.

So what is my point of all this?  My point is we are not just our bodies, we are much more powerful than that and have an impact far greater than we will ever truly understand for a while.  So what you focus on can have an impact on others.  Focus on love, hope, happiness, and empathy and just see how things start improving around you.  This leads into Jim Carrey’s great last line: “You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and after you walk through those doors today, you will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”

Till next time

Dr. Christopher “TINY” Lane

Week 19: Which Wolf Do You Feed

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Well I’ll be perfectly honest.  I went into 2016 thinking it would be pretty sweet… and it hasn’t quite reached my expectations.  January wasn’t great, but I’m still alive so in the words of Frank Keefer it was a great month.  I went into February expecting better, and it has been trying mentally to say the least, thus my tardiness on my blog.  This past week the assignment talked about concentrating, and I mean concentrating on certain things in our lives.  Another topic throughout the reading was on good versus evil, yin and yang, positive and negative.  It reminds me of the tale above in the picture of the old Native American telling his grandson about the 2 wolves in us all.  Good and Evil.  The one that wins is the one you feed.

This comes back to the word concentration.  We all have a dark side, maybe not quite Darth Vader dark side, but we all have our demons inside that trip us up, frustrate us, and slow down our progress of becoming the person we want and know we can become. Even after having my eyes opened earlier this year, there are still those demons, that dark side in me that tries to take over. That makes waves, hurts people, and at times hurts myself.  Is it less than it used to be?  Yes.  But there are still those moments you let the negative thoughts take over and make a poor choice.  That is where this comes down to concentration.  We are what we think about.  If we focus on the good, the love, faith, and kindness we become that based on the law of growth.  If we focus on the anger, the greed, the lies, and let our ego get in our way, we become that based on the same law of growth.  Again the wolf that wins is the one we feed.  Are you one that feeds the good wolf or the evil wolf?  What you concentrate on is the one you’re feeding no matter what you tell, or lie to yourself about.

So my advice to you, more so my advice to me is feed the good.  Concentrate on the good.  Focus on love.  Soon enough it won’t be work to fight that evil wolf, you’ll have drowned it out with all the good thoughts.

Till Next Time,

Dr. Christopher “TINY” Lane

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Week 18 A Needed Break

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So I’ll be very honest.  This past week I didn’t follow through like I should have with my MKMMA assignments and readings.  I was down in Miami for a conference for my internet marketing, product brokerage, and wellness consultant business… (Yes they’re all part of one.)  I was down there and there weren’t a lot of people from my organization that were attending due to weather and other circumstances.  This allowed me to be very introspective all weekend.  I sat in the crowd by myself, towards the top of the conference center and just took it all in.  I didn’t sit by people to talk to which I felt might be a distraction to me and just took it all in.  I reflected on the past month and my time with this business and how I have really not lived up to my potential… not even close.

Thursday was a tough day with getting up at 3am, flying, then getting to there for the afternoon session.  I was in and out of the arena all afternoon looking at the water in Miami, talking with some other business owners, and really just trying to get my mind right.  One of the best things that I was able to do was I shared a room with a guy named Andy from Maryland.  Andy has been with the company for almost 20 years and built his business very quickly, and since then has been reaping the rewards raising his family of now 7 kids. That night was sat in the room and talked till 1:30 AM.  The next day I was much more into the conference and sat through pretty much the entire day, again up high and on my own.  That night I was again able to eat with Andy, pick his brain, and just learn.  Finally came Saturday and some of the most powerful speakers at that conference talked.  Again I was up in the rafters taking it all in and later went back to the room only to fall asleep on the bed exhausted at about 9:30pm.

What did I take from this weekend?  A lot.  The time spent talking and listening to Andy is something you can’t put a price on.  The simplicity he explained things really did make me realize how difficult I was making things and how much of a no brainer this business is.  Beyond that, just do it.  What I took from the speakers at the conference was much of the same.  It’s amazing the amount of potential that goes wasted in this world.  Chris Farley.  Ryan Leaf.  Lawrence Phillips.  Marilyn Monroe. The list goes on and on of people that had their amazing careers cut short cause of their own doing, or just never lived up to the potential they had.  My dad once told me I’d never win the lottery because god didn’t give me my talents to win the lottery and get wasted on nothing.  The scary thing, or more so the encouraging thing is that I have not even come close to living up to my potential.  If I just start doing that, the results are going to be amazing.  Well it’s time to live up to that potential.  Like lesson 18 in MKMMA wanted us to “concentrate on your power to create.  Seek insight, perception; try to find a logical basis for the faith which is in you.”  Time to start doing that.

Till next time

Dr. Christopher “TINY” Lane