Black Diamond Self-Talk

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Burning Hot Poetic Desire

      When I am lucid, fully awake, thoughtful, energized with positive emotion, I still cannot grasp my desire - it is out in front of me pulling me forward. I don't want, I need. I have to obtain or die trying. No other temporary or less valuable rest area along the way can be allowed to tempt me. My values are in order as my map.

      I am challenged. Everyday there are many forces vying to block me. Diversions continually ring the door bell, send me messages and offer pleasant diversion. I am looking for and receptive to that which will further my progress, but venture forward exposed to the elements as in a storm. My craft must remain intact through the largest wave of wind, water, heat or cold, even if it looks to be a harmless threat at first.

      I have my values as my map. Decision is easy. The higher value always wins. Every value has but a single place. My desire is at the top. In my values, in my auto-suggestion, in my mind and my sole. My whole being sweats, exhales and broadcasts the vibration of its essence to everything. My arrival is forecast. Others easily sense my approach.

      Some will get out of the way. Others offer a hand up for notice, but only serve to divert or distract. Others climb aboard.

      My values are my map. My desire is at the top.

with gratitude and in service,

Tony Koker

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Business Model versus 8 Pillars

      What foundation does your business have? Is it built upon a firm base? What about Business Model. Have you given any thought to the details of the deal you've gotten yourself involved in with all kinds of excitement and hoopla, or you drank the cool aid and have to stick to that decision. It doesn't take much time or effort to explore common sense ideas of what are desirable characteristics upon which a business should be founded, and a framework for the business model whereby it operates.

      I don't need thousands of followers. I'm not trying to get small amounts from many, many transactions, depending on volume. I do need to build it big. I do need to build it only once. And, I do need it to pay my children's children. But, I only need 4 or 5 close relationships, over the course of a lifetime, and work with those people, pointing them to organized and thoughtful training to help them to build 4 or 5 close relationships over their lifetime. A proven system that can be duplicated is necessary to accomplish this. An important aspect of all of this too is the Business Model.

      Business Model is not the same as 5 Pillars. Whether a company is valuable, or if it is desired to rank one company against another, then a 5 Pillars analysis is useful. It is also a great model for a business foundation. In a nutshell, here are the 5 Pillars:

  1. Does the company management have personal experience building their own networking organization? Have they done it with Integrity?
  2. Has the company passed the "early failure" Time Line? Are the company's Products timed with the beginning of a massive trend of consumer demand?
  3. Does the company have a Remarkable product at a reasonable price?
  4. Does the Compensation Plan Pay Part-Timers?
  5. Does your Mentor offer a System for Success that will work for You?

We've also expanded the list to include 3 more items, to look into whether a company is a Distributor Oriented Company, so we now have 8 Pillars:

  1. Does the company keep Distributors and Partners first, and the company second?
  2. Does the company have a business plan? Do they have 5, 10, 25 or 100 year plans? Do they have a vision?
  3. Does the company have morals? What are their core values? Are these even discussed or presented?

We talk about the Pillars at least once a month, every month, since it is so fundamental to all company analysis, yet, as always, we never discuss specific companies or products, just the framework or Pillars to support them.

      A Business Model can be buying habits. For example, when the United States government negotiates free-trade agreements with other countries it is thereby encouraging those countries to sell their products in our country. If these countries compete with companies in the Unites States, then it becomes possible for job loss in the United States. Unless the consumer chooses to be knowledgable of where products are made, and chooses to buy from domestic companies. This is a case where a Business Model can drive behavior.

      Compensation Plans also contribute to a Business Model. The structure and commission structure play a fundamental role in how the business is built, and whether there is short-term or long-term incentives, as well as whether customers are emphasized over getting more partners. Does the company's compensation plan break-away distributors from their sponsor's by reducing the percentage that flows upward once a distributor reaches a certain level? Is there reasonable percentages to a reasonable number of levels, or do you have to build a decent sized organization before any good sized percentage is received? Do you get an increase in promoting those to whom you've partnered, or, do actually lose when they build as big or bigger than you?

      Business Model is the structure that forms the basis of operation or behavior in the field by both customers as well as partners. The 8 Pillars are the supporting structure that lays the foundation upon which the business is built. Both are necessary to be known and understood to even begin to expect success and then know how to accomplish it.

with gratitude and in service,

Tony Koker

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It Is Who You Know

      We only have true control over 1, 2 or maybe 3 things individually. As a group our influence is multiplied. This influence is beneficial to the aims and objectives of the group, but are not aligned, or even may be considered opposite to what others or other groups may consider beneficial.

      At what point does the group become threatening to others? Can this threat be minimized or avoided through Golden Rule or Win-Win practices? Does following the strategies to minimize the threat cause other side-effects? Certainly. In engineering we have coined the phrase: "Good, Fast, Cheap - Pick 2". In today's society we have all been duped, or have acquiesced or abrogated the Good for the Fast and the Cheap. If we desire to not only meet the needs and desires of our group, but also of the other groups around us, we have to achieve Good. If we want to do this Fast, it is going to cost us (not Cheap). If we want it Cheap, it is not going to happen Fast.

      It is not just a matter of who we know and who we have in our mastermind group, but also that our ethical and philosophical ideas align. But that is too deep for this. The simple premise, that seems to be elusive of most people, is building a mastermind group in the first place. Anyone who has read Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich should know this concept well. ALL of the 500 people that Hill interviewed, who were successful in achieving ownership of their own life, and not only obtained what their heart desired, but moved well beyond their initial ambitions and achieved even greater heights had a focused and well-rounded mastermind group.

      Included in the group needs to be councilors who can assist in personal challenges, as well as the obvious people whose skill-sets can contribute to the goals of the group as a unit. Hill even found that historical figures, known for their mindset, can also be consulted mentally when pondering issues that we don't seem equiped to deal with ourselves. What steps can you take to build your mastermind group?

      So, in the end, is it exclusively who we know that helps or hinders our success? It's not exclusive, but one of many factors. And how successful these relationships are in achieving mutually desired goals, as well as working in concert or in chaos with other groups, is up to each and every individual member of the groups.

with gratitude and in service,

Tony Koker

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You Never Know What You're Going To Get

      Like that now famous line from the movie Forest Gump, the title of this piece talks about the randomness in life and a box of chocolates, and, yet, how there are universal waves, rhythms and harmonies that get amplified and strengthened by those who recognize the positive and useful nature of these and pick them up and use them. The key belongs to those who are open to sensing them. Two seemingly disconnected activities which I am about to present, illustrate this principle. How you connect the dots is up to you.

      The book "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, was written after interviewing 500 highly successful people and compiling the results over 20 years. A lifetime mission, funded by a close friend and personal mentor to Napoleon, Andrew Carnegie. The book documents a singular secret masked among 13 principles of success. On a journey through various stories illustrating each of the 13 principles, Hill holds out the hope that the readers will discover the secret, and put it to use and be rich. Written at a similar time as we are in now, it was inescapable to separate money from being rich, but Hill illustrates being rich in the fullest and most positive ways. Once discovered, the secret is simply understood and known to be known.

      I cannot profess to know a lot about the following, but, for the time being have to rely upon a special feature I experienced on a public television broadcast recently, where Tai Chi was discussed. The concepts I find in my notes include Effortless Effort, Balance, Being Powerful versus be Forceful, and an emphasis on Conservation of Energy versus the Consumption of Energy. The following was presented as a brief summation:

  • Be In The Moment
  • Freedom
  • Power
  • Flow

      And, finally, (paraphrased) "Be content with what you have, lacking nothing. The world belongs to you."

      Having just recently been exposed to the description of Tai Chi, but having spent a lot of time working with coaching and mentoring people using Hill's book, I had another epiphany that the centuries old practice also was an expression of clues to the very same secret of Hill's work.

with gratitude and in service,

Tony Koker

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Dare To Retake Control Of Your Mind

Thoughts are Things

      I KNOW I understand this concept, most times, and I THINK I understand this concept, sometimes. I am a Computer Engineer trained in electronics. I am also a Computer Programmer trained in computer programming languages. That training was simply learning the things that were thought up by someone else - the building blocks, like bricks. I don't recreate the brick, usually, I just assemble groups of them in different ways. Maybe I chop away pieces of the blocks, but I rarely consider changing the material the brick is made of, nor using something other than mortar to glue it together. Everyone is trained to conform to the system, at least in the corporate and business world. Even me. I say that I can draw out a plan and then build what was designed, but even using the words "can draw" instead of "am drawing" is holding me back.

      Just the difference in the thoughts of actually doing it, and now; instead of might, could, or possibly, etc. - is the only difference between calling upon the universe to assemble the resources necessary to fulfill the goal, or not.

      In Mentoring for Free the system begins by teaching about people and their personalities. Before we can begin to understand other people, we first have to understand ourselves.

      Our minds are the most complicated and sophisticated computer there is. But even calling it a computer doesn't do it justice. Aside from the five senses it has, it also has an electrochemical system and body with emotional and spiritual components.

      A mind designed the computer. A mind created programming languages and still continues to evolve both. Someday a mastermind group will evolve a computer to be mature enough to be able to really serve us as an intuitive tool requiring little or no training, instead of the complicated instruments they are today. Free thinking programmers who understand and know how to use and guide their own minds are needed, however, to drive us to the highest level of thought to even conceive the design, instead of formulating everything for the lowest common denominator. We are not even close to being all the same. We are all unique.

      Together, I know that what is possible will totally overwhelm and astound. Masterminding our collective thoughts invokes and manifests unbounded results.

with gratitude and in service,

Tony, Lisa, Michael and Amanda Koker


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Guest Author - How to Outwit the 6 Ghosts of Fear

How to Outwit the 6 Ghosts of Fear

Fear is false evidence appearing real.

In the last chapter we read on the sixth sense, I wrote:

Ultimately, mastering all these principles and allowing the sixth sense to lead us to our utmost desire in life is a spiritual journey as a life being led in this manner is sure to succeed (The Sixth Sense).

And isn't it interesting that the very last chapter Hill focuses on is the ghosts in our mind - the fears we have that are not real.

We perceive them as real though, don't we?

We have come full circle in this book now to the idea that thoughts are things, the next chapter we will be studying.

So these fears are thoughts which we should not focus on.

If we focus on our fears, then we are paralyzed by them.

I am reminded by my friend that we are spiritual beings going through a human experience, just as God came down as man to experience the human existence in life.

Last week I went to visit my mom's only sister, a nun, who is 87 years strong. She's been serving God ever since I can remember meeting her for the first time when I was 6 years old.

She is of the Schools Sisters of Notre Dame order and so my mom, brother and I went to Wilton Connecticut and stayed overnight in the retirement home for these nuns.

During a conversation we were having I was amazed to hear my Aunt Leonie say "well it's all in your mind."

I looked at her saying, “You know Aunt Leonie, and you’re so right with this because all our thoughts are things.”

In kidding with her I asked her if she read Think and Grow Rich to which she answered no. "But," she said, "There’s a wisdom that comes with prayer that certainly opens your mind." "Look around you, the world is full of tell tale signs that creation is full of abundance, full of God's grace. God's work is everywhere. We are the arms and legs of Him who created us and we continue His works. It started with His thought in His Universe. And His thought carries on through us.

As we walked down the corridors, the walls had paintings full of inspiration about creation, the saints, signs and paintings, etc reminding us of the Creator in our midst.

As we followed our aunt, we stopped to meet her sister friends along the way. Some were painting, some were playing music, some were reading, some were writing stories and poetry, some were using the computer, some were having meetings, some were praying, some were visiting with others, some were at the movies..., you get the picture here. All God's work continues to manifest itself all the time.

So as we were strolling through this majestic home full of retired nuns, I realized just how grand God is. My aunt introduced us to a nun who was 107 years strong!

My aunt led the conversation next to speak about what keeps these ladies going strong. We have no fears she said. We trust in His Word. You must live life fearlessly and intentionally if it's going to be full.

I felt like a reporter asking questions, but I could see she was pleased to share her wisdom.

"Ok Auntie Leonie", I questioned, "so how do you get over fears?"

"Simple”, she said, always seek the will of God and you'll find the strength within you." "Again", she replied, “it's all in your mind and get's to your heart and soul, where it penetrates and you can find the answers to your questions for even the most difficult of times."

Now she doesn't explain quite like Hill but I do know what she means.

So daily, the actions we take and do in persisting will take us to the top of that mountain before we know it. We'll reach the top to see clearly everything. Even the fears we have, we will realize that they are small compared to who we are as spiritual beings.

And that ogre called FEAR will appear so tiny that we can kick him off that mountain top and say goodbye to him at last.

Your fears are only as big as you allow them to become. The antidote for overcoming many of the fears we have is in taking actions. Just do it and as you keep doing it, you find that it was never real, just an ogre in your imagination. Learning this helps you to kill fears along the way.

I know for me in any situation that I may feel nervous, I had learned to laugh at my mistakes, to learn from my mistakes and overall, to find a way to make something happen for me through creative imagination.

It really is in doing and being in the now that I find my greatest strength to overcome my fears.

After all the human experience isn't supposed to be perfect, it's supposed to be spiritual and divine and the divine is in our thoughts and heart, right where we find strength to overcome the impossible.

No matter the challenges in life, no matter what our circumstances, no matter what our fears, we work with them as we move up that mountain top.

And we'll look back in reflection one day, smiling to ourselves and realizing how very small our fears had become because we learned to control our own thoughts.

Much Love and appreciation,

Marsha Sortino