One of the key ingredients to the Master Key Experience is self-discipline.
I admit that over the years I have let my self-discipline weaken and that it has affected my income and financial stability. At one time in my career as a salesperson I prospected every day and followed up with the people I spoke with on a regular basis. As time went on I prospected less and followed up less. I knew what I needed to do but because things were going well I slacked off and started forgiving myself for not prospecting and following up. Then after a little while I reached a point where business was dropping off and even though I knew what needed to be done if something else came up I would say to myself “It’s just this once. I’ll do twice as much tomorrow.” The next day would come and go and I would say I’ll start fresh on Monday next week. Over time I had developed the habit of wasting time and not doing the hard work. My self-discipline around prospecting and following up was gone.
Every task we do while working through the MKE is helping me rebuild my self-discipline. I need that. I found this opportunity when I was looking for a group of people who wanted more out of life and who were willing to work through a self-development program. I had realized that I needed an accountability group. I have the skills. I have the knowledge. I have the dream. I have the desire. I have the emotional relationship with what I want in my life. What I lack is the strength of focus and self-discipline needed to bring those things back into my life.
Some people may say that if I had the emotional attachment to my desires and dreams I would be achieving them. My response to that statement is that a dream or desire without the self-discipline to do the work needed to achieve that dream means that it will always be a dream. My dream gets me out of bed excited in the morning but when it comes to putting my ass in my chair and doing the work I get “Plan-it-itis” and “Clean-my-desk-itis” and then I look up and it is a few hours later and it’s time for a break because I have worked so hard. Over time the breaks have gotten longer.
Things are changing for the better. I am enjoying the self-discipline of doing the tasks in the workbook every week is developing. The accountability, the promise to do, and the need to share the results keep me going. I already see a spillover into my network marketing business. I have fired my upline and am following a simple and effective method of prospecting for new business. (Thank you to Mark J. for the great webinar on prospecting businesses.) I have added prospecting and following up to my DMP card.