MKMMA Week 6 – Mastering the Base Camps
I finally have my DMP in good shape! I took many weeks to get my Definite Major Purpose framed in “acceptable” language. I thought that was strange because with all the study I’ve done over the years on goal setting, I certainly “know the rules”. Nevertheless, it took me many weeks and many revisions to achieve a truly positive, present tense, measurable DMP.
I had an interesting chat with my sister on this. She has not been a student of Haanel, but she has in depth knowledge and training in Science of Mind, another “New Thought” discipline. I told her how hard it was to get my DMP up to snuff. For weeks I had to soften the wording into something I could tolerate saying. I just couldn’t be completely definitive about it.
She said that’s totally common in working with affirmations. She said if the goal is too big a stretch, the subconscious rejects it as BS or a pipe dream. In their Science of Mind work, she finds that people often have to make “junior affirmations”. They affirm something that’s in the right direction, but a smaller change, or less definitive. That allows them to acclimatize gradually and to work up to the “full size affirmation” over time, without triggering rejection.
That makes so much sense to me! It’s like climbing Mt. Everest. You have to climb to each higher camp, and then rest and acclimatize for a few days before attempting the next leg of the journey. It’s an important way to make the journey safe, achievable, and pleasurable.