Lesson Learned – MKMMA Week 13

We’re all different. No surprise there, right? This is perhaps one of the most amazing things about humankind. We are all different and have such different gifts. We all have traits or abilities that come naturally to us while other things take more effort. One of the things that correlates to what we find more easy or more challenging is our temperment.

There are many different tests to analyze temperment. One very relevant and accessible test is the Color Code. The color code test assigns one of four colors based on test results. Each person is a combination of all four colors, of course, but we have dominant characteristics and a color to match.

Color code.jpgFor example, white is naturally analytical and values peace. The red type is a natural leader and values progress. Blues tend to be compassionate and value helping others while yellows are enthusiastic and want to have fun. Myself, I am a white. For those who have been following my blog this probably doesn’t come as a surprise. I tend to be quite analytical and detail-oriented. I do have feelings, or course, but they tend to well calculated. Interestingly, sometimes huge breakthroughs come when we open ourselves to a process that is outside of what comes naturally to us.

We all know that in order to succeed we must partner with others to form a mastermind. I was having a discussion with my mastermind partner, Rex, and telling him of how things were progressing. After I told him of how things were unfolding Rex (see Rex’s blog here) said simply, “You should celebrate that!”. The thought, honestly, had never occurred to me. Even as I have written many accomplishments on my index cards for homework with the MKMMA course I did not stop to celebrate so many of those moments. For me, achieving an objective was always simply license to move on to the next project or objective. I am learning that to stop and celebrate makes sense, and Rex was right. While the idea seemed foreign to me it gave an opportunity for growth. As a result, I started to think about the steps of accomplishment.

There were four steps that came to mind...

Choose, Think, Do and Celebrate.

Choose: During this step you must choose your objective. What is your goal? What outcome are you looking for? Complete your blog? Write a song? Make a phone call? What does success look like?

Think: This step involves thinking about the objective and devising a plan of action to achieve the objective. Sometimes this may be very simple while other times it may be more complex. This is a great application of the sit.

Do: This is the call to action. “Do it now!” greases the wheels and the plan of action is applied. Do the work! Do your job!

Celebrate: Recognize what was accomplished as well as what was learned before moving on to the next action.

Chose, think, do, celebrate. This has become an autosuggestion for me. Choose, think, do, celebrate. I am working to apply it to everything. Choose: I will read my Master Key section. Think: plan for a quiet place and free time. Do: I act and do the reading. Celebrate: I stop for a moment to recognize it as an achievement. I did it! I celebrate the success and the lessons learned. Whether the task is big or small, I’m realizing how important this last step is and it has been a gift for me so I wanted to share it with others. Choose, think, do, celebrate. I repeat the autosuggestion many times each day and the process is getting more and more automatic. It is helping me to focus on the process and avoid missing a critical step.

I’m not sure what “color” you are on the color code test nor do I know what steps come more or less naturally for you. I’d love to hear more about how you relate to this in the comments below, though. Are there steps that you find natural or foreign? What color do you test as? I have my theories but I’m very interested in seeing feedback and looking for correlations. I hope that you find the affirmation helpful and that it has given you some food for thought. Now that this article is posted… I think I’ll go take a moment to celebrate.

~Cheers – Daniel Hanscom

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22 thoughts on “Lesson Learned – MKMMA Week 13

  1. dominica8

    interesting. I forgot a bit about those colors and was just reminded of them this week by my guide. I seem to be a blue according to the test, but I feel more like a yellow in my core, and definitely act like a red in many, many occasions (mainly professional), and as I read your blog now, actually also very much like a white. I recgonise a lot of that in my own behavior, the (almost over-)analytical tendency at times, the not really taking the time to celebrate but ‘on to the next goal immediately’, (or because one detail was not completely as I wanted it), …. I remember when taking the test that I was thinking, because asked to respond as you did as a child, that already from very young I had developed different ways of ‘coping’ with my (not easy) environment, different than what I actually ‘was’, which actually in a good way helped me develop many different sides of the spectrum of my personality as of very young. Something I’m really happy with now. And I feel ‘too labeled’ with the outcome of the test. I also remember, funnily (hey, there’s the yellow 😉 ) responding to the application-form for the course that according to the test I seemed to be ‘blue’ but that I actually felt more like a rainbow. And at that time I did not know yet that, symbolically, ‘Rainbow’ became the big theme of my blogs, and actually of my life, of me. ‘Chameleon’ would be a possibility too 😀 . Of course I have to mention that I did not get the detailed result (because I had no money at that time to pay for it), so it might be that all colors are more or less equally present but that blue still is the ‘loudest’ of the four. That, I can live with 🙂 Because yes, underneath, part of my core-business is helping others on their path of transformation after all (but mainly by being and bringing (en)JOY(ment) into the world 😉 :p ). Thanks a lot for bringing this up and helping me getting more clear about it, even if I do not mind ‘labels’ so much, I notice that being ‘labeled’ does bother me a bit after all. Interesting. Enjoy your transition into the new year, I’ll be looking forward to reading more of you next year!! Happy Applyings! 🙂

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing, Dominica.
      I, too, resist being labeled. Part of my independent nature. Rather than thinking of it as being labeled I just think of the groups as archetypes that I either relate more or less to. They can be helpful to show concepts I may not have thought of before simply because they don’t come to me as naturally, as in this case.
      I, too, am a close mix. Though my primary is white (32%) my other colors are red (29%), blue (28%) and yellow (11%). With the spread being so close I can be pulled quite a bit by my dominant 3 colors. I think of it as 4 drivers in the same car. White is at the wheel most of the time but the others add their input and sometimes take the wheel altogether.
      Knowing the distribution has been very helpful for me because it explained a lot of inner conflict. My white wanted things to be perfect but my red wanted things to be done, for example. This model has given me more control because now I can consciously ask, “wait a minute… who’s in the driver’s seat?” and swap drivers if the situation calls for it.

      Thanks again for sharing! I love analyzing this stuff and examining how these models play out.

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  2. mkmmaasambush

    Another great blog post! I love the celebrate part – I too usually just move on after completing a task/service/chore. I can be pretty analytical sometimes. (I’m a blue, by the way 🙂 )

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      Excellent! I appreciate you sharing, mkmmaasambush. The blue is the one that I was least sure of with regards to applying this model. Whites would excel with the “think” stage. Yellows would be wonderful with “celebrate” and reds would master the “do” stage. I’m trying to figure out which colors would excel at the “choose” stage. Also trying to figure out the most natural stages for the blue. I appreciate your input and thank you for commenting.

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  3. marilynrholloway

    You bring such clarity, Daniel, thank you. And I am chuckling because your plan of action is so well thought out and — White! I am blue (with some yellow in there I think) — for me it’s all about feeling and plunging in and celebrating (or not — was this plunge a good idea?) all at the same time. A more analytical approach would be good for me!

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      My plan seems white??? What are the odds? LOL! I found the process interesting, though, because regardless of temperment these are the steps required to accomplish. While some steps are natural for each of us other steps are not. I needed to become aware of the “celebrate” step in order to stop neglecting it. Your attention was brought to other steps since the celebrate step comes so naturally to yellows. So great, marilynholloway! Like I said to mkmmaasambush above, I am particularly interested in learning more from you about how blues relate to this. I see blues being more about who they are doing something for rather than how they are going about doing it… I need more data to analyze this (it’s a white thing). Thanks so much for your input!

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  4. masterkeybritta

    Love it. Great reminder. I tend to forget the celebration part! and I am yellow 🙂
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    PS: for those who wonder about the colours you may go back and get the paid report. It is not expensive and gives you a lot more info! So I am yellow 35% with roughly 33%blue and 20% red and 13% white.

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      I am surprised, masterkeybritta! I thought you yellows had the whole celebration thing figured out and were supposed to teach it to the rest of us… I agree that the full report is very useful. I have found it to be well worth it. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

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      1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

        Good point, masterkeybritta. One’s color will impact what comes more easily and more naturally but at the end of the day it’s all about thoughts charged with feelings which create beliefs and turn into habits…

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      Thank you, nataliegauci2. Yes, our uniqueness is so wonderful. What a great way to be able to learn from others as well as have a unique perspective to offer to others. Thank you for reading and I’m so happy that you enjoyed the post.

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  5. Bruce Spencer

    I am also a White. Reserving my opinion is challenging because I can see clearly how I can help others plus I enjoy coaching. I have always been more tolerant when dealing with others than most of my friends and PEACE AT ALL COSTS was my internal motto when I was married.

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  6. masterkeyrexp

    Come on Daniel, everyone knows that white contains all colors… (OK – just messin’ with ya buddy!).
    I think a key point you bring up is the ability to realize that a particular temperament is in control when a different one would be better suited to the task at hand. Great post!

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      So true, Rex! We each have all colors… all traits. It’s just a matter of which ones are more natural and which ones take more practice to manifest. To consciously control that process is AMAZING because we can ensure that we are using the right tool (color) for the job rather than stubbornly trying to drive a screw using a hammer, for example. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      Thank you for commenting, masterkeyday! Yes, celebration is so easily forgotten. Especially by certain colors, or at least that’s my theory. I’m now building the habit of celebrating every accomplishment, victory, etc along the way. Read my book! Cheer! Walked the dog! I’m on a roll! Put out the garbage! You go, buddy! Brushed my teeth! Fantastic!

      I am building the habit of celebrating everything that I do right… If I don’t do it right, then I celebrate that I took action and what I learned from the process. I am finding that the more I celebrate, the more I find to celebrate. Law of Growth, anyone?

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      You’re right, MasterKeyShirley. We can tend to ignore the 100 things that we did right but then dwell on the 1 thing that we did wrong… I say it’s time to turn that upside down. Let’s celebrate every check mark, victory, accomplishment and positive moment. For some it will come naturally and for others it will be a good habit well worth the effort of creating. Either way, sign me up!

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