What About Day 91? – MKMMA Week 24

The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. ~Holmes

Commitment… It’s an amazing thing. Through commitment we find persistence and with that persistence anything becomes possible. It is possible, though, for different people to engage in a commitment in very different ways?

I find that there are two different types of commitment:

The first type is a commitment to a program. In this situation the individual commits to a program involving a time frame or an achievement or an outcome. This type of commitment is very popular because it gives a concrete measure. It is clear where we start, where we end and what we do in between.

Committing to a program is seen in everything from a 7-day detox to a 30-day challenge to a 90 day exercise cycle. Committing to a program is great! We get to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s tremendously motivating and we can measure our progress every step along the way. In fact, there’s only one problem with committing to a program…

What happens on day 91?

If your commitment was to the program… and now the program is over… well, now what? Every time the program ends you reach a fork in the road. You must then decide if you will commit to a new program, hang out in the buffer zone leaving things undecided or perhaps simply go back to old habits from before the program.

The second type of commitment is committing to a process. This type of commitment is not so cut and dried. It’s more ambiguous and doesn’t come neatly packaged like a program. It isn’t defined by a time frame and isn’t even necessarily defined by an exact outcome. Instead, it’s simply about committing to the consistent actions that will take one in the right direction. Really, it’s more of a journey.

So here you are… Twenty six weeks into the Master Key Experience. You now stand at a crossroad. We have made many decisions over the course of the six months but now is the time to decide what type of commitment you will make/have made to your future self.

Was your commitment to the program? Is success going to be measured by your completion of the course’s exercises and simply sticking with it to the end? Was it a hiatus from your previous habits? A vacation from your old blueprint?

Or has it become something more? Have you committed instead to the process of rebirth and growth? Have you committed to becoming an intimate friend (and caretaker) for your future self? Have you committed to the process of forgiveness and love and growth? Have you committed to becoming the absolute best version of yourself?

If you have, then there is no crossroads here. There is no concept of being “done” and deciding whether or not to continue. There is only the question “What’s next?” as the process extends to the next chapter.

Committing to a program is great! It gives wonderful changes as we work through it’s lessons, but eventually the program ends… And so will the results if we have not transitioned to a higher level of commitment. A commitment to the process.

A commitment to a diet is temporary where a commitment to healthy nutrition is a lifelong process. A commitment to a exercise program is temporary but a commitment to fitness is a lifelong process. A commitment to the MKMMA is temporary but a commitment to being an self-directed thinker is a lifelong process.

My wish for you is that you have committed to the process of the Master Key Mastermind Alliance. My wish for you is that you will continue to chip away remnants of cement that would prevent you from understanding your purpose. My wish for you is that you will continue to grow in your understanding of service and of what you are truly capable of. My wish for you is that what we have begun together will continue to extend forward like ripples in a pond after a rock has been thrown in.

It has been an honor to share this experience with the staff, with the guides and with every fellow student. My wish for each of us is that this moment, right now, rather than being a moment of finality, is instead a moment of truest beginning.

I’m cheering for you.

~Daniel Hanscom

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16 thoughts on “What About Day 91? – MKMMA Week 24

  1. suzanne262003

    I’m in for the long haul, also! Proud and happy to have taken the course with you, Daniel to have learned more about you, and been blessed by your wonderful thoughts and writing.

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  2. The Bruce

    Thanks for reminding me it’s not about the MKMMA but being an independent lifelong thinker.

    I have borrowed your three commitment statements and will post them where I can see them multiple times a day

    As Mark would say “Peace Be The Journey”

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      And “Peace be the journey” to you too, Bruce. Thank you for your feedback. I hope that this idea of commitment a helpful one moving forward. I look forward to hearing from you during the continuation. Stay GREAT!

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  3. masterkeyrexp

    91, and 92, and 93….
    Definitely a process for me Daniel, the new me!
    I am honored to share the beginnings of this never-ending journey with you, and expect we will continue our frequent master-minds. They are priceless!

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      A process for each of us, Rex. Fortunately we’re not having to go it alone. Our mastermind group (definitely agree with you on the priceless thing!) will help us to keep on track and face the new variety of challenges that we work through now that this part of the course is over. Can’t wait to work together on the content of the continuation.

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      That’s so kind of you to say, Brony! Thank you for that. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the post and that the ideas have sparked your inspiration along the way. Peace be the journey to you and I look forward to seeing you in the continuation over the summer.

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      1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

        I’m looking at continuing. I find it’s a great exercise to put something down and think through it. If the end result makes you think, well, I’ll call that mission accomplished. Thanks so much for the feedback, though. Knowing the posts are helpful makes it all worthwhile.

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  4. Lorelei Sunshine

    Aloha Daniel WOW what a way to go into Commencement BAM another MarkJ word and of course Bat Man 🙂 Grateful to have been on this Journey YOUR Hero’s Journey with You and Look Forward to MORE keep on writing! You definitely have impacted a few members lives…Thought about becoming a Guide???

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      Lol, Lorelei! Anything said by both Mark and Batman is worthy of consideration. It’s been a privilege to share this journey with you. I’ve loved the environment of the class and the staff, guides and fellow students have been AWESOME to share with. I’ve loved every minute of it… even the hard mental labor. 🙂 I’ve definitely thought about being a Guide. I’d like to learn more about it to see how it might fit with the lifestyle of my DMP. Thanks for the encouragement and I look forward to seeing you in the continuation.

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