My Master Key Experience

Week 14 – Resolve to Drop Resolutions


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Just as the tide pulls sand sculpture off the beach, most of our New Year resolutions disappear.  Statistic Brain Research Institute found that only 8% of people who make resolutions are successful in achieving them.  49% have infrequent success, most of those rarely going past 2 months, and 24% never succeed with resolutions.

I used to make resolutions religiously and I almost never got past February before they fell apart.  The one year my family all had success was the year we spent some time New Year’s Day making a plan for the new year.  A plan!  Yep, with details (what we wanted to achieve, where we wanted to go for vacation, how much it might cost, etc.) and deadlines (we locked down dates on when we wanted to go on vacation, when we wanted to complete our individual achievements) and the support we felt we needed from each other in order to make our dreams come true.  It was an incredible experience, hearing my children share their desires — sports goals, scouting badge goals, and school goals they really wanted to accomplish.  It was lovely to have my husband share what he wanted in his life with all of us, and to have the kids get excited about opportunities to help and support their parents’ goals, even if it was just applauding milestones being met.

The kids agreed to pitch in coins toward our vacation to Disney World and helped set up a giant collection jar.  My husband and I agreed that we would not spend coins whenever we got change, we’d dump our coin purses into the jar at the end of every day.  And once a week, we would have a family meeting to review progress on each of our goals to see how we were progressing and what support the rest of the family could provide.

We DID make it to Disney World that year for Christmas, and each of were able to achieve our Scouting goals, sports goals, and professional goals that year.

So, this year, I’m back to making a PLAN to help my 2016 be fabulous and memorable.  And I’m adding new tools to my planning process, thanks to the Master Key Master Mind Alliance class.

There are basically four key elements to help you succeed.  And you can see them in action in movies like Rudy, Door to Door, October Sky, and others.  1.  A written Definite Major Purpose — knowing what you want to achieve, and a burning desire to fulfill it.  2.  A positive mental attitude – blocking negativity, distractions, and words like can’t, impossible, etc.  3.  A plan of action – determine the steps to take, recognize what you need to do to gain traction, then follow through, and 4.  a Mastermind Alliance – build a support force – coach, mentor, partners, and people who care about you, who will keep you on track, challenge you, and help you succeed.

There’s a classic tutorial that’s been around for many years to help you, and challenge you, to gain success with your planning process.  I highly recommend reviewing it … often.  Somewhat like a resolution, challenge yourself to complete the first 30-day challenge mentioned in this recording, then go for another and another.

Wishing you a most joyous, loving and successful 2016.



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  1. Day, wonderful recollection of the entire video, you covered all the basis. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. Thanks Master Day! Wonderful clarity! Fabulous! and Memorable! 2016! Go for it! To the new you and the new year ahead!

  3. Changing Resolutions into a Plan of Action with SMART Goals! What an amazing concept. Wherever did you come up with this idea? 🙂 Awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Aloha Day. Mahalo for sharing your oh-so-wise thoughts. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter to help create a wondrous 2016 for you and your WHOLE family. Yours in Gratitude, Light & Love wendht

  5. Great blog Day! Thank you again tor sharing, motivating and guiding. 🙂

  6. What a GREAT story! How cool that your whole family came together like that and achieved your goal!

    Very interesting about the stats. My friends who work out regularly HATE January at the gym because of all the New Year’s resolution people…but it is empty again by February! Very cool to see the actual stats.

    Loved the reference to The Strangest Secret. It was a great recording!

  7. Great explanation and plan. Resolutions and diets fail. Plans, method of good habits, and execution leading to permanent lifestyle change bring success. Go girl!!! I hope Hawaii is put in the DMP:-)

  8. I remember when Earl passed away. The Nightingale/Conant corporation sent me out a “cassette” lol
    ” The Strangest Secret ”

    Earl never forgot to use the Library and he was a great thinker.

    Happy New Year!

  9. What an awesome post and a wonderful family project! That year must sparkle in your memories 🙂 I’m inspired and off to plan my spectacular 2016… thanks Day!

  10. The New Year resolutions dilemma you mentioned is so true! Hadn’t see the statistics before. I loved the Disney World project you worked with your family! Sweet! Congrats on your progress and thank you for your leadership…

  11. Day, as always, you share your experience with such clarity and a sharpness of focus… it’s no wonder to me that you are making such progress. Thank you for helping the rest of us see how it’s done. I wish you and your lovely family all the best of health and success in 2016!

  12. Terrific post! Way to go on setting the goals and creating a plan to achieve them!

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