This is Week 12 (three months) of the Master Key Experience. From day one we’ve been working to come up with words that will describe our future Self who is living out our Definite Major Purpose or DMP. Every week we try to capture our DMP in 400 words that hold the weight of our vision, our mission, our goals, our rewards, our sacrifices, our emotions, and more–our life’s purpose. Most of us have struggled to make the write-up simple and clear and compelling enough for our subconscious to see it as vibrantly real. We absorb the weekly lessons about mind mastery as we speak our DMP aloud at least 3 times a day, listen to a recording of it over the most inspirational music we know, picture it on a movie poster, state it in a movie clip, read it in a press release, speak it in a sentence, and link it to shapes and colors and daily actions. Our assigned coach reviews the DMP draft each week, gets feedback from his/her team, and makes suggestions. They have years of experience we don’t have of knowing what will or won’t work to ignite our subconscious. The language has to be precise and emotionally evocative to get the results we want.
My DMP words marched out like a somewhat boring essay. I felt extremely hampered by the 400 word limit. A break-through for me was a three-session class called FINDING YOUR PURPOSE. Lori and Lucinda told us to bring lots of index cards with us. After their input, we wrote and wrote adjectives that described us, one per card. We likewise wrote nouns that described us, one per card. How eye-opening! I took them up on their suggestion to ask people close to us to do the same for us. Little did I realize how impactful this would be.
I texted six people in different areas of my life, and I was delighted, humbled, and a little surprised with their quick and enthusiastic responses. A close family member helped me with some negative as well as highly complimentary words. A cousin added some characteristics that applied to things she saw in our growing up, and how we are with each other now that we’re miles apart. Business colleagues who have also been friends for years rounded out my super helpful team: a soul sister, my MKE Master Mind partner, a Standing Tall Master Mind partner, and my business coach/friend. I had written my words in ballpoint pen. I wrote their contributions in black sharpie on cards or put their initials on cards with adjectives or nouns already mentioned by me or someone else so I could give weight to words as I spread the cards out on my bed.
The surprise was that I had not thought to use about a fourth of the words that came my way! And it was extremely affirming to have so many of them use the same words I had. I was profoundly touched and grateful to be known in these ways.
Then the sorting began. We were encouraged to try combining adjectives with nouns to come up with two words we felt really described us in relation to our DMP. As participants reported their results it was clear that this exercise had been a massive breakthrough for a lot of us. My words? After working with almost 100 cards, combining them in many ways over two weeks, I finally chose the combination “curious catalyst.” What a process and what a delight to have sifted it all down to this. It’s me!
Since I’ve just finished the process, I haven’t had a chance to get back to my contributors to let them know how this has all shaken out. I was delighted to hear from Lori and Lucinda that if someone uses words for us, those adjectives and nouns also apply to the contributor. They can see the trait because it’s in them as well, in big or small ways. I love that, and will love telling them that I can give their compliments to me right back to them.
The last part of the workshop was a refreshing way to put our DMP in the context of abundance. Many of us grew up with an “old country” ethic, if not the Puritan ethic that was woven into our American culture. Many of us had parents and grandparents who had immigrated from poor families in poor countries or who had lived through World Wars and the Great Depression. As a result, many of us have a mindset of scarcity, of holding back, of avoiding the seemingly extravant purchase. You ought not “splurge” on fresh-cut flowers while children are starving China. You do not want to “put on airs.” To help us steep ourselves in a sense of abundance and in a sense that nothing is impossible to dream about and reach for in our DMP, Lori and Lucinda had us write on a final set of index cards not just our heart’s desire but ANY KIND of want in an abundant universe–and to write as if nothing were impossible because nothing is impossible! How refreshing and barrier breaking! And fun!
With these exericses vibrating through my consciousness, this curious catalyst rewrote her DMP for the 12th time and heard back that with tweaking 3 words it’s good to go. Breakthrough!
I applaud all your hard work, and I will be cheering with the rest of MKMMA when your radio show debuts! Yay!!
You have been SUCH a help to me, Roz! Thanks so much for cheering me on, too!
What a wonderful breakthrough and commitment to the process. You were able to manifest you desired result in a magnificent way. All the Best.
Shirley, I love this post. I did not take advantage of that class, but because of your post I may go back & watch those replays. Thank you so much for all the encouragement you give us in our mastermind group. I love growing with you on this journey.
I love growing with you on this journey, too, Linda! I so appreciate YOUR insights and leadership as well. 🙂
All the best to you as well, Joseph! This exercise is such a reminder that we need others on the journey to our highest and best, right? I couldn’t have had the breakthrough as fast and as clearly without Lori and Lucinda.
I really enjoyed reading your blog. What tremendous observations and breakthroughs you described in your blog that you discovered that were really helpful to me to look and observe all the new discoveries and observations that I’m experiencing also. Thanks so much for sharing your experience
Shirley, good for you for your breakthrough and for choosing, “curious catalyst”. From your blog rover friend John.
Congrats Shirley keep up the great work on yourself you will win and change your life for ever. Keep it up
Excellent post Shirley! You’re a great writer and your narrative regarding your experience is clear and interesting. A curious catalyst… what a novel description
What an insightful blog Shirley! I love it!
Thanks so much, Connie! It’s all coming together, isn’t it?
Thanks, Chris. I’m loving getting used to calling myself a “curious catalyst.” Thanks for your kind words–I appreciate your taking time.
Wow, do I appreciate the encouragement, Darcy!
Thanks, John! You certainly are a faithful blog rover. I love having your support. 🙂
Thanks, Allen. We really need to mastermind with each other, don’t we? I hadn’t realized how significant the MMA is to this process.
Yes, it is! And you’re so welcome
Shirley, thank you for your kind words.
I enjoyed reading your blog. I encountered the same challenges you described here. Good to see that you were persistent and discovered that all important breakthrough😀