For years the debate raged…but without rage. Masterminds are so productive and powerful when there is true harmony. The debate centered the “pay-off”
POINT: promising a pay-off that would insure success in all ventures and encouraging people to develop 4 tiny habits over a 6 week period…operating as if the “promise” of a pay-off would be believed and the “insuring” of success would sweeten the pot more than enough to entice members to engage fully, daily, in 4 tiny actions
COUNTER POINT: Inform the members excactly what the pay-off would be and operate as if their understanding of acquiring the bigger habit of persistence would ignite even deeper engagement in the 4 little habits.
In the end we took turns arguing both points of view. This is a wonderful exercise with a mastermind group by the way. The arguing of both sides of a point does lead to wonderful enlightenment while reminding one that it is “purpose over ego” – very effective, try it out sometime.
What none of us could get past was faith. I’m not talking about the kind of faith most instructors would like…faith in the teacher. We’re talking about having faith in the members and really understanding what they’d been reading for two months was illustration after illustration of the steps to persistence.
At the core of the decision we made to share only that there would be a pay-off but not define it was both the seed and the battleship exercises.
The Battleship: The promise of success in all ventures. To imagine being successful with ideas members are getting a clear mental picture of daily, with effortlessness is the battleship. The opportunity to “think” is thereby created. What does that mean? It means that by focusing on being successful, knowing one would be successful before they even begin is an ideal for most of us…and looking at what we were asking members to do, daily, is, really, a pratical application of that battleship exercise.
The Seed: The 4 tiny habits, no matter how well one engaged, have been planted. Something to build on…something to take a hard look at…and ask, “did I do my best?” If one looks at that without judgement, great discovery abounds.
The bigger discovery we hoped for and the years have proven this to be correct, is that
many members have shared they simply did not do their best daily…and while regretting it to some degree, it was correctable regarding persistence with a little back tracking but there were no longer “half-baked” efforts moving forward…no more “doing the exercises as if they were a ‘to do’ list”…they moved all-in, daily.
Was it a trick or a lesson?
Does that really matter? No, not to us. The second half of the course has multiple progressions and combinations….all building to extrodinary pay-offs, really extrordinary and the “discovery” of a falsehood sets, we felt, members up for bigger successes by exposing a massive lie.
You can’t be here and not be here.
The truth is you can be here and not be here. Yeah, here I go again with the “whole is greater than the sum of the parts” speech. You are in a Mastermind Alliance that has a specific “cause” …no matter how you engaged with the 4 tiny habits that develop the bigger habit of persistence, do better. You are here, you are in this thing, you are part of something special or very special. What makes it “very” special is you taking everything you can by giving more than you ever imagined possible.
Give more…and you’ll get more.
You’ve already begun to develop a “habit” that less than 5% of the people on the planet, according to Hill, ever have….persistence.
Practice persistence the rest of the way with each and every progression….we are running multiple progressions and have been for a few weeks….dig in, be persistence…especially that part about continuous action…you don’t have to think about what to do…it’s all spelled out for you each week. The treausres that await you cannot be found, they must be earned…you’ve got the “map” but as Og points out, the “map” regardless of the detail, will not carry you over one inch of ground nor yield the treasure that is waiting for you to claim in.
And one more thing…the “continuous action” in the persistence formula is really driven by that buring desire Hill wrote about…that earnest deisre Haanel wrote about…more gusto with those DMP reads….more often….you’ve got so much more to give….and I promise that the pay-offs will dazzle you…and that’s not the best part.
The best part?
The best part is that the treasures will be yours! You will have earned them with the “hard mental labor so few are willing to do” Haanel. And better yet, the more you give those treasures away that you earn, the more they will return to you…