Master Key Experience Week 14

You have to be in great shape to go hiking, right?


The truth is you don’t have to be in super shape or be in any special training program to start hiking.

Of course, being in the best shape of your life would make climbing hills all the while carrying a heavy pack so much more enjoyable, but it’s certainly not a requirement.

I meet people on a daily basis who dream of going hiking but say they need to get stronger and drop some weight first. Really? When I tell them I hike 10-15 miles on a weekend, they lose interest.

When Veronica saw me at our weekly meeting the other day with my book bags and parking in the back of the parking lot, she said, “I would park out there too, if I wasn’t so fat!”

I had to laugh and thought to myself; you wouldn’t be so fat if you walked to the store and parked away from the closest entrance to the mall.

Of course, hiking a long and steep trail is different than walking to the store, but it’s the same concept: if you go hiking, you will get into shape.

Waiting to go hiking while you’re walking to the mall or Starbucks thinking that you will be getting in shape one of the days when you feel fit enough can be a never-ending cycle.

I know because I’ve been there.

A few years back, I was recently retired and looking for something to do. I had thought about exploring some local trails, but I didn’t want to go by myself and I had no clue where I was going to start.

I told myself I don’t have the right gear and I don’t have any friends who are into hiking. But those were just excuses that protected my ego. Deep down I was worried about not being fit enough.

For some reason, I had this image in my head of what makes someone a hiker. I imagined a hiker as someone who is ridiculously fit and slim, just like the models you see in outdoor magazines

I had put on a few extra pounds and wasn’t as strong as I used to be. Sitting behind a desk most of the day was not my idea of getting exercise. Then, what if I got halfway through the trail and was to exhausted to get back before dark? What equipment would I take with me? Where was a place I could practice when all I can see around me house of flat land?

I was worried I would make a fool out of myself. That is when I met a stranger at a local Meetup party. He calmed my fears and shared with me where and when I can starting hiking on a weekly basis. Then on weekends we would go to the mountains and do a real hike.

That is when I realized that hikers come in all shapes and sizes. The truth is that hiking is for everyone.

If you’re dreaming or just thinking about going hiking but not making it happen because you don’t feel fit enough, I encourage you to just get out there. If you wait until you’re already in shape, it may never happen.

Sure, hiking the PCT or climbing a mountain may not be reasonable right now, but hiking trails come in all ability levels.

You can start small by walking around the block and the push further and further, and you will develop the strength for bigger and longer hikes. Soon you’ll be branching out to driving to known trails and getting on

You may think that your are slowest of the slowest on the trail, but that only means you are infinitely faster than anyone who doesn’t try. You may think you need to lose some weight first. Believe me, you’ll lose it faster my just getting out and walking whether it is as the mall, around the block, or parking lot.

Still not convinced that you’re fit enough to go hiking? Don’t just take my word for it, here’s real advice from other hiking junkies.

“It’s not like running, you can slow the pace to suit you, all you need to do is keep putting one front of the other.” – George

“Like anything, start with short walks, no major hills, and just pace yourself. Keep up the momentum, like any training- be consistent and slowly build up the track length, pack weight and hills.” – Deidre

Master Key Experience Week 15

10 Rules to Live by for Those Who Want to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks

1. Drink more water. Hydration is key to losing weight. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will hold onto water weight to prolong your hydration.

2. Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping for at least 7 hours a night will provide you with the energy you need to be able to work out efficiently and burn more calories.

3. Exercise at least five days a week. To lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks, you must be exercising to burn calories.  Make sure to spend an hour doing cardio and strength training exercises at least five days a week or walk 10,000 steps every day. 

4. Eat your vegetables. They help you lose weight because of the few calories they have as well as their antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

5. Eat your berries. Berries are known for their high content of antioxidants. Antioxidants improve metabolism, decrease inflammation and increase your energy levels, which can all contribute to weight loss.

6. Eat at a calorie deficit. If you are in a rush to drop some pounds, it is necessary to eat at a calorie deficit. This does not mean you need to starve yourself. It merely means to consume fewer calories than you burn.

7. Keep track of your calorie intake, and how many you burn. By keeping a journal, it will encourage, motivate, and assure you are remaining at your calorie deficit.

8. Drink green tea. Green tea is known for helping people lose weight as it is high in antioxidants.

9. Set attainable goals and keep yourself accountable. Be realistic and make sure you try as hard as you can to reach them.

10. Most importantly, don’t give up. Losing weight may be hard for some, but it is in no way impossible. Don’t lose hope and keep going.

Master Key Experience Week 17

I really enjoyed this lesson because it has resonated with me in a way that gave me goosebumps. Growing up, I felt like I always had to ask permission to do things. I grew up in a home that we very disciplined and so going into the Navy, I had no problem following the rules. However, upon entering civilian life, I found that there wasn’t anyone to ask permission to do most endeavors. Suddenly the world became open to me.

So I was searching the internet about permissions, and I ran across this essay about permissions. Another eye-opener and I want to give credit to the author for these 50 things to give yourself permission for: (

1. I give myself permission to take breaks.

2. I give myself permission to be lazy on Sundays: to sleep in and wear pajamas all day.

3. I give myself permission to take good care of myself.

4. I give myself permission to laugh.

5. I give myself permission to play.

6. I give myself permission to make mistakes.

7. I give myself permission to say “no” to demands on my time that are simply draining.

8. I give myself permission to remove toxic people from my life.

9. I give myself permission to say “yes” to what I want.

10. I give myself permission to go on adventures.

11. I give myself permission to step out of my comfort zone.

12. I give myself permission to fulfill my lifelong dreams.

13. I give myself permission to ask for what I want.

14. I give myself permission to be who I am.

15. I give myself permission to try again.

16. I give myself permission to have fun.

17. I give myself permission to give myself what I need.

18. I give myself permission to design my own life.

19. I give myself permission to ignore naysayers.

20. I give myself permission to listen to my gut when it tries to tell me that something isn’t right.

21. I give myself permission to stay focused on what’s important to me.

22. I give myself permission to let go of the expectations of others.

23. I give myself permission to have my own agenda.

24. I give myself permission to be whatever body shape I like.

25. I give myself permission to be imperfect.

26. I give myself permission to ask for help.

27. I give myself permission to stop caring what others think of me.

28. I give myself permission to write a lousy first draft.

29. I give myself permission to move on.

30. I give myself permission to pivot – if I don’t like the direction I’m moving in, I can shift direction.

31. I give myself permission to start over.

32. I give myself permission to create—paint, play an instrument, compose songs, knit, and so on.

33. I give myself permission to start a business.

34. I give myself permission to make more money.

35. I give myself permission to validate myself.

36. I give myself permission to be a beginner, and be comfortable with not knowing, when I’m learning something new.

37. I give myself permission to grow.

38. I give myself to be happy.

39. I give myself permission to smile a lot.

40. I give myself permission to succeed.

41. I give myself permission to eat anything I want, in moderation.

42. I give myself permission to start now, even if I don’t have all of my ducks in a row.

43. I give myself permission to act boldly.

44. I give myself permission to forgive myself for the times I haven’t acted in the best way I could have, for the times I’ve let opportunities slip by, and for the times I haven’t stood up for myself.

45. I give myself permission to release the past.

46. I give myself permission to be OK with where I am now.

47. I give myself permission to be a hero on a journey.

48. I give myself permission to shine and stand out.

49. I give myself permission to step into greatness.

50. I give myself permission to conquer the world.

Today, when I feel like I have to ask someone else for permission for something that I need, I look in the mirror and tell myself; Permission granted!

Master Key Experience Week 16

             I was so impressed that this week was on Kindness. It is my belief that kindness is one of the most important human characteristics. I mean, how hard it is to say a simple “Thanks” or “Thank you?” Sometimes it can change someone’s outlook for the day or maybe it just feels good to show appreciation without regard to the outcome.
My Mom once told me, “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile.” I was too young at the time to really believe her because you also told me when I made a crazy face that my face would stay that way if I kept doing it.

I have noticed that just being polite to the people around you can really make a difference in the atmosphere making it a lot more positive. I was thinking of the time when a Starbucks customer must have been in a rotten mood and was giving the barista a very hard time with what she wanted. First, it was a Mocha with whipped cream, then no whipped cream, then almond milk instead of skimmed milk, then an extra shot of espresso, then she changed her mind with an extra shot of chocolate, then no extra shot of espresso. Anyway, when the customer got her order straight, I said to the barista, “You certainly have a lot of patience to put up with that last customer’s attitude and I just wanted to let you know, you handled like a true professional.” She smiled and said “Thanks, it’s all part of her job.”

Kindness can also become too much. For example, I’m a caregiver for a handicapped woman. We go into a store to look at some clothes and the clerk, thinking that she is being kind, starts asking ME what it is that the woman in the wheelchair was looking for. I politely say “Why do you ask her?” Their reply is usually, “Oh, I wasn’t sure she could understand.” Or, a blank stare at me and then an overzealous pious question of, “How can I help you?” Now it is my turn to show kindness to the clerk to let them know that just because a person is in a wheelchair doesn’t mean they are deaf.

Another example of kindness that becomes overbearing is when you think you’re helping someone, when in fact you’re hindering them. Since I’m most familiar with working with the handicapped, it is when we do things for them that they want to do for themselves. For example, when seeing a person in a wheelchair and they seem to be struggling with a piece of paper or working to wheel themselves up a ramp, we think that we should be kind and helpful and do it for them. In fact, the proper way is to observe first to see if they are struggling or actually accomplishing the task. You can also ask them if they would like some assistance. You show more kindness when you respect the person for who they are rather than thinking that you’re being kind by helping them with something they prefer to do themselves.

Master Key Experience Week 13

Sometimes you don’t have to have a dream to know what you want to do. Sometimes there are opportunities that are available to you that you fall into because you have put yourself in an environment that facilitated what you wanted to do for a living. You just didn’t know at the time, but you were playing according to the rules of life.

Going to high school, we’re often asked what we want to do for a living. This is a hard question due to the simple fact we were living in a time when we had numerous opportunities. Unlike in the movies e.g. October Sky, or Mully, they were repressed with very little hope for future opportunities. In fact, Mully had nothing to go on, but I feel his ability to exist against all odds was phenomenal. The hardships and the need to survive in a hostile environment was amazing.

I truly admire people that have the fortitude to endure hardships, setbacks, and challenges. The degree of hardship often requires an equivalent amount of fortitude. The more struggles we have the harder we have to work. The more challenges we have the number of resources has to increase. The more setbacks we have the more we have to exercise our skills at determining if we are going to be able to recover.

On the other hand, if there are few struggles, challenges, and setbacks, the less action we need to take. I really feel for the kids today who don’t have the problems, the dreams, the desires that other disadvantaged kids have. Take, for example, Prince Harry and Prince William. What dreams do they have? I’m sure their struggles are far beyond their immediate needs. The more the economic needs, the more they can rise.

Master Key Training Week 13

Your Conscious Mind

This is your awareness of your surroundings, your current thoughts and emotions, the physical sensations in your body, whether or not you’re hungry, and so on. Your unconscious mind is any information that is below the threshold of your current awareness.

Your Subconscious Mind

Examples of your subconscious are memories, beliefs, fears and subjective maps of reality. The thing with your unconscious mind is it’s very powerful and can, without your awareness, direct the course of what you do in your life.

Because of this, you must learn to choose our thoughts effectively, because your thoughts, both conscious and unconscious, due to the Law of Attraction, are what is creating your current experience of reality—including your level of success in every area of your life—work, financial, relationships, health, and happiness.

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Master Key Experience Week 12

“What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You are what you think all day long.” As I am going through this Master Key course, I am greatly impacted once again how true this is. It daily affects our lives, our self-confidence, our self-esteem, our feelings, our emotions, well, I guess it would be all facets of life.

My biggest challenge is trying to decide what to think and concentrate on. I know that there are thousands of thoughts going through my mind every day and even at night. We are learning that we need to concentrate our thoughts on something that we really desire. I know everyone would desire to win the lottery, but I don’t know of how many of these people actually buy a lottery ticket. Other thoughts are that we desire something but then reality sets in and we realize that what we desire at that moment isn’t reasonable or has been suppressed by other thoughts. Let me give you an example:

Growing up it was my desire to be an airline pilot. I didn’t think about it a whole lot, but thought that maybe I had a chance at it. However, leaving high school, I wasn’t even thinking about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Going to college was just a way from me to procrastinate the decision a little longer. Plus, I had the whole summer to think about what college I wanted to go to. It just happened that summer, my dad had gotten me a job that was near the airport. All summer long I would look up into the sky and watch as the airplanes came and went.

It was after work one evening, I drove the 1/4 mile to the airport just to visit the Flight Service Station and watch as the pilots would fuel their own airplanes. Yes, it was a very small airport where you had to do many tasks yourself for your own airplane. It was on this particular day that as I was watching this pilot fuel his airplane, it dawned on me that I knew this pilot. He had been my teacher in grade school for two years. He had been the in Air Force and I had had a introduction flight with him when I was in his 6th grade class.

In those days you could walk out to the fueling pit, and so I walked out there to introduce myself just in case he didn’t remember me. He recognized me and asked me if I want to go for a ride in his plane around the pattern. That just means we would takeoff and then come around and land. It was only a 10-15 minute ride, but I was hooked. He asked me if I wanted to take flight lessons and of course you can guess the answer.

Now it is 50 years later and I still think about flying, but it as the point where I cannot pass a physical anymore to fly. However, I can still hire someone to fly with. Yes, it is a reasonable thought, but other life circumstances have caused me to drift, as thousands of other priorities have taken the place of flying airplanes. Sometimes, life gets in the way and our true thoughts and desires get buried into the realism of life.

Master Key Experience Week 11

Do you know how to create an action plan?

Being around the block for a few years, you would think that I would be well versed to create an action plan. Here it is the end of 2019 and when someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up, the answer is still, “I don’t know, but you’ll be the first to know when I figure it out.”

Well, I think I figured it out. This is the year that this is going to be the “take action year.” This really is because of what I am learning with the Master Key program. If like attracts like, then that means I’m attracting those individuals who don’t know what they want to do either. For me, that means it is a must to decide once and for all, just what it is that I want to be and I don’t have a lot of time left in this lifetime to make a lot of mistakes.

This is the first time that I really started to look at my definite major purpose in life. And the challenge now is to create an action plan that is going win over leaders and keep them engaged so that they truly accept my decisions and contribute to the success of the action plan.

Master Key Experience Week 10

Law of Abundance

This week’s lesson was on the law of abundance. When we learn how to align ourselves with the Law of Abundance you then move in oneness with it. This is when we feel free, alive, joyful, creative and loving. It is when we have limiting beliefs and a lack of imagination that we actually resist it. we must be willing to become aware of where we focus our attention and what we believe to be true and to become aware of what is around us.

At the same time though, I am becoming aware of places where I have withdrawn from it, actually resisting it just by worrying about it! For most of us, this is done unconsciously or semi-consciously.

Let’s use the sun as an example of the Law of Abundance. Its light has been shining forever as far as I’m concerned and its light gives life to the whole earth. We have done nothing to earn it and it will continue to shine forever (at least in my lifetime). Every day we experience its warmth and illuminance.

This begs the question as to why isn’t everyone experiencing abundance? As it was brought out in the MasterKey course, we stifle or limit the creative energy that the universe has bestowed on us. We are part of the universe and we are all connected via some form of energy or a universal spirit.

When there is a difference between what we desire and what we perceive to be available there is born in us a contrast or a new desire. This begins a summoning process or a form of energy that is fed by attention to our desire. The more we involve our whole being to this summoning process, it must eventually manifest itself if we are in harmony with our universal spirit.

This Law of Abundance and the power of creation that is in all of us is fulfilled as we create the desire, imagine that desire being fulfilled with enthusiasm, and then a manifestation of that desire. This creative power of dreaming and manifesting is all possible with the Law of Abundance. Just as the universe continues to expand, so is our universe expanding to include whatever we can dream up.

Master Key Experience Week 9

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” — Mother Teresa

Most people believe that if they can control the frustration and anger that life hits them with, they would be happy. Circumstances happen and as over the years, I have found that life is not fair. We rant, rave, complain, blame, our circumstances on our environment forgetting that our choices that we make on a daily basis result in where we are today.

Sometimes that are just too many things to control and there is no possible way for us to handle them all. However, how many times do we try to control the things that we can’t control? We talk to our friends and family about world events, we solve the world’s problems, and when it is all said and done, we look back at the time we wasted when it could have been more productively spent working on our own personal development.

Life is constantly changing and when we try to control our circumstances, it is like trying to juggle too many balls at one time and then trying to add 1 more. This adds to your frustration, anger, and disempowering state. Wouldn’t it be easier to work on your own personal development?

Let’s consider the following example, highlighting why the MasterKey program of your own personal growth can change the world.

Imagine 100 people who are constantly complaining about their current state of the world. One day they collectively decide they’ve had enough. They learn how to undertake personal development to change their lives.

Within a few short months, they have stopped talking about world politics, the nasty landlord, and the arrogant spouse and are now open to embracing life instead of being mired in their problems. They start to act from a place of love, peace, and joy.

I have seen evidence of this with my family and friends and those in the MasterKey program. You’re changing the world by the use of the immanent mind to coincide with what you wish to see in the world.

It’s an inside-out job.

“You don’t have to change the world. You just have to change the way you acknowledge the world by looking at it from the inside out.”