Week 10 – Giving 99%

If we gave 99% do you realize that –

We would be drinking one hour of unsafe drinking water per month.

There would be 2 unsafe landings at O’Hare International Airport per day.

There would be 16,000 pieces of lost mail every hour by the post office.

20,000 incorrect prescriptions filled every year.

500 botched surgical operations every week.

500 newborn babies dropped every week.

22,000 checks deposited into the wrong bank account every hour.

The quest for 100% at everything you do starts to make much more sense!

Week 9 – Substitution and peptides.

I re-watched the video from “What the bleep do we know” and really started thinking about how I am addicted to the feelings that I get while I am driving in traffic. I started giggling at myself for the little things that were aggravating me. Someone was driving slower than me “Idiot” someone driving faster than me “Crazy”. I am shocked at the perpetuating feelings that I have. Then it slams into me….. These nasty little peptides are causing me to have these expectations of these things happening to me every time I drive. I am addicted to the way it makes me feel. When I’m in heavy traffic I have this expectation of people always cutting me off for trying to get in line in front of me and other people when there is a long line for an exit then cutting in front of me. I can see that my addiction causes a sensation of victimization and anger. I will even put myself in positions while I am driving for these circumstances to occur.
I have started driving knowing that I have a choice in the matter to the way in which I respond to all external influences during this experience and can replace the feeling with one of kindness and love. I am just belly laughing at myself because of the ridiculousness of the whole situation. I am NOT saying “I am cured” but I’m saying that I can now recognize when this starts to happen and influence or “substitute’ the feelings I need in order to resume my peace of mind.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I can now see how I set myself up to be upset with my wife, my business partners, my brother and my employees. Virtually every upset that I have has to do with goes on inside of me and not the other person or circumstance.

Week 8 – The Law of Compensation 2.0

My friend Fritz and I have been friends since kindergarten. We have fully grown up together as best friends and remain so to this day. I was thinking last night, as we were having dinner together, how our lives have changed in our relationship since we were very young.

When we were young, Fritz was the “third son” in our family. He did everything with us. When we would travel he would attend with us. He spent most weekends at our house with us infrequently during the week stayed with us as well.

It wasn’t as if Fritz had a bad family relationship it’s just that he had four sisters and in my family it was my brother and I so he had much more in common with us boys to play with and hang out with.

Even after I went to college Fritz still hung around my family and really looked after my younger brother, supported him and was a big brother to him while I was gone.

Now so many years later Fritz is married with two children and I am married and my wife and I have no children. My wife and I do everything with them now. We travel with them we stay with them we frequently have dinner with them and we just in general hang out all the time together. His children refer to my wife and I as the “other parents”.

I have frequently thought about how interesting it was that our relationship had shifted from one of being together with my family all the time to one of being with his family all of the time. I really just didn’t have a way to express what I would call that. Since I’ve read the law of compensation several times now it finally hit me how the Karma of that relationship has come full circle for us.

The law of compensation isn’t even close to what I believed it was prior to reading Emerson’s version..

Week 7 – Your future self waits for you…

Our mastermind group created the game of choosing a song that represents our journey. This is my version.

Slow down, you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart, then tell me
Why are you still so afraid?

Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You’d better cool it off before you burn it out
You’ve got so much to do
And only so many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even
Get halfway through
When will you realize, Your future self waits for you

Slow down, you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight
Tonight,
Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong, you know
You can’t always see when you’re right. you’re right

You’ve got your passion, you’ve got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize, Your future self waits for you?

Slow down, you crazy child
And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile
It’s all right, you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize, Your future self waits for you?
And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get half through
Why don’t you realize, Your future self waits for you
When will you realize, Your future self waits for you?

-All lyrics by Billy Joel other than “Your future self”

Week 6 – The Law of Compensation

I am an owner of a commercial construction business and I had been having trouble with one of my contractors that I work with in regard to the amount of pay that he was supposed to receive from me for a number of services that he had performed. He claimed that I owed him more money than what I had paid him on those services. In my mind I knew that I was right and was very aggravated because this person does this to me quite often. The friction between us was getting to a point where I was actually considering terminating the relationship even though we have worked together for about 4 years. I was getting extremely aggravated with the whole situation when I started thinking about the law of compensation and I thought that I should give this person a phone call and just discuss what the problem was with the compensation that I have given him. He went on to explain to me that he and I had a conversation to pay him more for a particular service he performed. I had absolutely no recollection of the conversation. I also from past experience did not know this man to be a liar or a cheater.

After having the conversation with him I agreed to pay him fully for everything he was requesting. After I had paid him in full he said “Hey, did I tell you about the window job out of town? I replied “No”. He said, “I do not have the resources to be able to handle it. Will you meet this owner of the project in Kansas City to go over it and if you want the job you can have it. The person in Kansas City told me that the job is mine if we want it so I will just give it to you.”

This is a $50,000 window installation. So completely out of nowhere this person hands me a $50,000 project because I chose to have a conversation with him about making sure that he was paid in full.

You have to understand that he never had made mention of this project even though I see him weekly and that just out of nowhere he chose to give the project to me.

You also have to understand that on my DMP that multi-family dwellings and residential care facilities are part of my future plans for my business. This happens to be an 18 building multi-family dwelling.

All I can say is “I promise to be a grateful receiver of the gifts that surround me noticing nature, kindness, smiles and compliments which I gladly receive with a “THANK YOU!”

I always keep my promises – Kevin Schaedler

Week 5 – Colors

I have found that linking the colors with the shapes to the concepts that I want to achieve very difficult to do.

I am very athletic and active. So I have trained my body and brain to be able to overcome any muscle memory requirements that I choose to do for myself. And overtime and many years I have gotten very good at that. The way that I have become good at muscle memory exercises is by constant repetition and practice. An example of this is that I like to golf and the one thing that I had a very difficult time doing was hitting my 3 Iron. So, I went to the driving range and bought a large bucket of balls and hit over 200 golf balls practicing and continually adjusting my swing until I hit the ball with at least a modicum of effectiveness. The thing that has made the biggest difference for me regarding physical activity has been the earnest or burning desire to achieve. I just love the satisfaction of seeing my skills develop. I have to take this same approach to looking at colors and shapes to relate them to my needs. Easier said than done. However, I will create good habits and become their slave.

Week 4 – Mixed E-motions

Wake up, read, work, read, live your life in between, do the exercises and do it all over again. Lather, rinse, repeat. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray goes through the motions day after day until finally he comes to the realization that he has a choice to make. He has the opportunity to choose either constructive, productive ways to live from and become the artist of his life or continue on with the miserable existence he is experiencing. I can still hear his alarm going off to Cher’s “I got you babe”. That had me thinking of what Haanel and Mark J have been saying…The “I” can change the context in which I wake up and I can choose joyfully to wake up read, work with my life in between, do the exercises and do it all over again lather, rinse, repeat. The entire experience will occur to me completely different. This is how I choose to live my life. I choose to become a master, an artist, a creator. Do this as if my life depends on it…because it does. You can’t see it right now but I’m really laughing at the moment because of the simplicity of this. I have also cried about the simplicity of this as well.