Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rascal Radio

Rascal Radio

Rascal Radio by LIFE Leadership is the world’s first online personal development radio service. Rascal Radio is centered on LIFE’s 8 Fs, Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friends and Fun. Subscribers have unlimited access to hundreds and hundreds of audio recordings that they can stream endlessly from both the LIFE Leadership website and the LIFE Leadership Smartphone App.
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God bless, Scott Johnson

Living An Exceptional Life

I was listening to some leadership videos from Life Leadership on You Tube and a Jim Rohn video had come on. I almost shut down the video so I could listen to more Life Leadership, but I decided to listen and I'm glad I did. I love listening to this gentleman, he is such an inspiration to me.

I do not normally promote videos from other companies but it truly is about getting the right information out there for others to see and here. After all this is what we do in the Life Business. We utilize materials not just from Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, and the rest of the policy council members or the round table members. We utilize material from all the great leaders that share their success principles. We read books and listen and learn from those like a Jim Collins, John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, or a Jim Rohn. We learn from all of these great leaders and many others past and present.

This is what Life Leadership is about and if I just reach one person and get them to understand that they have the ability to change the outcome of their life for the better, not just financially but in all areas of their life. Not just by reading and listening, but by applying that information into their life as well. Then I have done more than most. See, most of us just don't understand the ripple effect that this information that we have in Life Leadership has. Because any one individual can affect hundreds if not thousands of others.

Most of us are where we are in life because we listen to those around us. If you hang around drug dealers what are you going to eventually end up doing? If you hang out with bank robbers what are you going to eventually do? If you hang around people who smoke what are you going to eventually do? If you are getting all your information about success from those who aren't so successful then where do you think you are going to end up in life?

Look at it this way. If you hang around a lot of successful people what do you think might happen to you?

In Life we build communities as a team. No one is left alone to fend for themselves. That is not what Team and Life is about. We pride ourselves on the fact that we help others have success because we realize that by others succeeding then our business is more secure. We do this by getting you to understand that it starts by changing yourself. Leadership is achievable for anyone who is willing to change.

Imagine you three years down the road. Imagine what your life will look like because you decided to work on changing yourself for the next couple of years. Most of us are not programmed to think that far ahead in life. If you want to be successful you need to be able to think long term. Successful people don't become successful by not having challenges. They become successful by dreaming big enough to overcome those challenges. See, most of us quit on the journey to success because we are afraid. Afraid of failure. Afraid of what others might think.

In today's world everybody wants to look successful, but nobody wants to earn it. They think it should be handed to them and if somebody has more than them then somehow it's unfair. It's not unfair. It's fair when you have a chance and as long as we're around you'll have a chance.

That is what Orrin Woodward and the other founders of Life wanted. They wanted something that would give the average person an opportunity to have success in their lives. We do this as a TEAM.

Andrew Carnegie once said “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

I would rather have one percent of 100 people's efforts than 100 percent of my own.” — Andrew Carnegie

Watch This video by Jim Rohn if you have any desire for a better life, but don't just watch it. Learn from this information and apply it into your life. 

God bless, Scott Johnson

Claude’s Secrets to Success, Part 2

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Claude Hamilton.

God bless, Scott Johnson

10 Traits To Propel You to Greatness

In a previous post, I shared with you how important the mentoring I received from Orrin Woodward was in my success and how crucial it is to invest in yourself by reading, observing and surrounding yourself with mentors.
The first 5 traits were shared in Part 1. Here are the next 5 traits to help propel you to your success.
6.  Success & Production.  Did you ever hear the expression, ‘Winners Win?’ It’s so easy to say you have no control over a situation or to believe there are insurmountable odds against you. When you take that position it’s as sealed a deal as if you quit. And, you know you cannot quit and achieve success at the same time.  Are you depressed over the situation you are in?  As a leader you need to give vision to others. Don’t stifle your production because a situation seems insurmountable. If you do, it disqualifies you to provide for that vision.  If you’re a winner, then win. It’s unacceptable as a leader to quit when things get tough.  Blame the situation, the weather or whatever.  As soon as you believe it can’t be fixed, you’re done.
7.  Success & Hard Work.  Hard work makes a difference, yes… but doing the hard work with the right attitude is best.  Working with a rotten attitude will get you rotten results no matter how hard you work.  Strong leaders have strong work ethics and are willing to pay the price.  They sacrifice to create sacred things.  Whether it’s financial freedom, family, success in sports or business – you will have to make sacrifices to create the sacred thing you are chasing.
8.  Success & Personal Development.  Successful people invest in themselves.  When Abraham Lincoln was chopping wood for eight hours, he spent 7 hours sharpening his axe.  As a leader, understand your value by investing in yourself  and serving others.   Increasing your value creates more territory in serving more people.  An employer will pay for your professional development because it’s an asset to the company.  As an independent business owner or a leader, you have to be willing to do the same.  I remember spending money (that I could have had a lot of fun with) on books, CDs and for travels to seminars. I invested in myself and in the long term, it created the lifestyle that I wanted.
9.  Success & Perseverance.  Do NOT give up when the going gets tough. To be successful, you have to think long-term!  Do not let the ups and downs affect your outcome.  We have had great years and some that were not so great.  But, we persevered because quitting was not an option.  That is how we got to harvest our crop down the road.  Learn right away that you must persevere longer than your competition. Continually assault the problem; if you do long enough? You will conquer.  Despite the untruths of the media, success is not instantaneous.  You’ve got to keep the dream alive in your heart and work at it.  Surround yourself with encouragers and like-minded people. Greatness is not accomplished overnight and God’s delays are not His denials.
10. Success & Prioritization.  Ever heard that busy people get things done?  It is mostly true but as you add responsibilities to your life, you will have to prioritize.  Time management is one of the most important element to your success.  It’s important to know what you will do and also to know what you will not do.  I love hockey. I coached hockey, watched hockey and I played hockey. But I realized that watching and playing hockey was not helping me to reach my goals.  I had to stop and prioritize.  Putting hockey on the back burner for a bit was tough. If you give up what you really want in the future for what you can have in the moment, that is what will cause you to fail. I had to decide that watching hockey every day on TV would not build my success.  Now that I’ve crossed to the other side, I can go see the Stanley Cup every year. Throw aside the things that won’t help you to your goal.
Successful people have common traits:
  • They have focus
  • They work hard
  • They take responsibility
  • They invest in themselves
  • They know how to prioritize
  • They take on new challenges
  • They are strive for excellence
  • They produce, regardless of situations
  • They leave people better than when they met
  • They persevere and keep going when others are quitting
If you’re looking for  success, you will not find it by following your natural likes and dislikes. Get out of your comfort zone, stop listening to your feelings and do what you need to do to get there.
If you’re reading this now, it’s because you have realized that you need to invest in yourself.  Take your own leadership education into your own hands and be responsible. Grow into your own personal development and watch your business soar.
God Bless!

Claude’s Secrets to Success, Part 1

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Claude Hamilton

God bless, Scott Johnson

10 Traits To Propel You to Greatness
What a privilege I have been given to have the opportunity of being mentored by a good friend and awesome person, Orrin Woodward.  Sitting in his presence ignites your passion! When the student is ready, the teacher appears – that is totally what you get when you spend time with Orrin.  If you’re hungry for more knowledge, he will mentor and pour into you. What a blessing. I cannot encourage you enough to go through his books as well as attend his leadership meetings. Orrin is one of the top 10 leaders in the world. He will teach you that success is available to anyone who wants it. It is not elusive; not something that only a chosen few are accessible to.  There may be certain factors that are beyond our control that might influence our success but we, as individuals – really have more to say and do on what happens in our future.
What determines our chance to be successful the most?
    • Our actions
    • Our mindset
Let me share 10 specific traits that are common to successful people:
1.  Focus & Purpose.  You must have a goal! If you are truly focused, you will recognize when you need to give up a good opportunity in the moment so you can receive the best in the long run. As my business grew and I began experiencing success, many people wanted to know more on how I was achieving this. Many opportunities surfaced for me to speak publicly and these gigs paid extremely well. In the short term, I was making good money but I could also recognize that this same opportunity was causing my core business to suffer. I realized that these same speaking engagements were detrimental to my main focus; that forced me to make a tough decision. I made a pact with myself: no more than 1 speaking engagement per month in lieu of every weekend.  That turned out to be one of the wisest things I ever did for my business. Today, my business takes way better care of me than these speaking engagement ever could. Despite the short term gratification, I maintained my purpose.
2.  Success & Excellence. Spend 30 minutes with a successful person and it will become obvious to you that they always seek to self-improve.  Get yourself and your pride out of the way! As soon as you begin thinking that you know it all, you are going down. Kaput. You’re done.  When you are successful, you know that the destination is not the ultimate prize. It’s the journey you’re on.  Being a Canadian, hockey is my my favorite sport.  Did you ever notice how the best paid professionals on this planet still consistently go through drills to stay on top of their game?  They know that the minute you quit striving, their competition can get the upper hand.  The person who strives a bit longer usually wins the game. Those who become super heroes at their game always continue striving to become even better. They strive for excellence.
3.  Success & Making People Feel Good.  It doesn’t matter what field you are in, making people feel good is a crucial component.  If you lack in relationship skills, you will not be successful. Plain and simple. Business and people go together.  To build our new home, Lana and I knew that we had to look at this as a 3-year project. We also knew that we needed to have great relationships with the contractor, the construction crew, the electricians, the plumbers, etc… People skills were important to us.  We visited every other day and made the conscious effort to treat each person with the utmost respect. We got to know these people very well and they shared at the end how they enjoyed the project of working with us, one of the best they’d had yet.  It impacted the quality of their work to the extent that they wanted to go that extra mile to please us even more. The project was a success – I attribute it all to the relationships we built and the people skills we used.  It doesn’t matter what type of business you do.  Successful people always leave people feeling better about themselves when they leave their presence. I would definitely say that the most important thing about a building project is people skills.
4.  Success & Responsibility.  Growing up, my brother loved to play hockey and he was a goalie.  As I was watching one day, his team lost.  He came bursting off the ice immediately blaming the defencemen and grumbling on how his teammates were just terrible. He wasn’t the one that let that puck go in the net! Those defencemen failed at defending him.  What he failed to recognize is that he would never get better at his game as long as he didn’t own the problem.  Blaming others would hinder his growth as a goalie and sabotage his own success. As soon as he began blaming others, he gave his power away.  I remember pointing out to him that the best goalies are usually the ones with the worst defencemen – forcing them to get even better! You always have 2 choices: blame others and believe it’s not your problem OR you can take responsibility.  Play a bit more to compensate for others and it will propel your success.
5.  Success & New Challenges.  Get out of your comfort zone!  You get comfortable at your position and you soon quit taking on new challenges.  That means you are getting stale. As a leader in what you do, you need to keep sharpening your axe.  It’s a competitive environment out there in the business world; you just can’t quit growing and expanding.  As I explained some above, it is not the destination that is the most important for leaders. It`s the journey.  According to scientists and psychologists, humans are the happiest when they are striving. You would think it’s when they get to the victory but no…. it’s during the battle. The journey makes the victory sweet. So – get out of your comfort zone – now!!! Keep conquering new territory.

Claude's Secrets to Success, Part 2

God Bless!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Dare to Dream

Originally posted by Life Founder Dan Hawkins.

God bless, Scott Johnson

People are daring to dream in LIFE Leadership

Hey everyone, I was inspired this morning to share an article on daring to dream. LIFE Leadership has given me the courage to dream again and the information to achieve them. Earlier today I was able to drop my 2 year old off at her first day of preschool. Both Lisa and I are free to celebrate and experience this day together. It started off so fun, my daughter so proud getting her new first day of preschool dress and shoes on. Having mom fix her hair just right (dad leaves that up to mom :) and getting on her new shoes. Next pictures by the preschool sign with a big smile! All was going great until she realized this was her first day of school not mom and dads! That is when it feel apart, tears, crying, calls for help, and that was just Lisa. :) All joking aside it is a big day for my 2 year old, the first experience of independence from mom and dad. What a special day!
After leaving the preschool we were able to stop over to see another dreamer who dared to dream and is now living it! Steve and Jamie Leurquin just purchased their dream house and are moving in today! We dropped in as they just began to move some items in. To see the look on the Leurquin families face was priceless, the look of dreams coming true.
You see somewhere along the way someone will try to steal your dream because they lack the courage to pursue theirs. Stay strong and persist, because dreams do come true, just ask the Leurquins!
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence
All dream; few achieve. Since everyone wants a better life, why do so few accomplish it? The answer: one must solve the problem of pain. It’s painful to dream of a better future and get shot down again and again. Success, although predictable over time, takes a massive amount of persistence to stay the course when results are not forthcoming quickly enough. In fact, I have watched many talented men and women surrender their dreams through the lack of one key attribute – Adversity Quotient (AQ).  These people had all the talent; some even applied themselves for a period of time, but when the chips were down, they quit.
My fourth grade teacher’s favorite maxim, which he repeated daily was: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I am not sure of its effect on the rest of the class, but as for me, it transformed how I responded to challenges. Any time I ran into difficulties, I reflected back on my teacher’s words. I was fortunate to have parents who taught a similar philosophy to that of my teacher. For instance, most people surrender with little or no fight when they run up against a wall, but not my parents. Interestingly, my mom and dad used entirely different, although both highly effective, strategies in overcoming walls in life. Let me explain. If my parents were taken to a twenty-foot-high brick wall and told they had to bust through it, I am convinced they would both accomplish the task. However, the means to the end would be entirely different.
My mom is a worker. No, that doesn’t quite explain it. My mom is a fanatical worker. In truth, to this day, I have never seen anyone work as relentlessly as my mother on any task undertaken. She would announce a project, dole out various assignments to the five children, and off we went. If my mom needed to get over a brick wall, she would metaphorically lower her head and crash into the brick wall until it gave way. I am not exaggerating here; she would literally will herself through that wall. The amount of obstacles that I saw my mother overcome humbles me to this day. My mom, in other words, would do and then think about how she did it.
In contrast, my dad was a thinker. No, it’s probably more accurate to say he was a philosopher of life. In fact, to this day, I cannot recall an evening where he wasn’t discussing some concept or principle he was wrestling with in his head. I had no idea at the time, but my dad used the Socratic method to draw out how we thought on a multitude of subjects, forcing us to reason properly or be shot down around the kitchen table. Indeed, if my dad needed to surmount a proverbial brick wall, he would state the problem, count the bricks, and form a working hypothesis on how to overcome. Counting, analyzing, and theorizing would be logical steps in the achievement of his goal. My dad, in other words, would think and then act upon what he thought.
Somehow, during the fourth grade, I began adopting my mom’s work ethic along with my dad’s philosophical methodology and combined them together with my teacher’s get tough principle. What an empowering gift these mentors bequeathed to me! My dad taught me to begin with the end in mind. My mom taught me that a job well begun is half done, and my teacher taught me the importance of AQ in any worthy endeavor. I had no idea how revolutionary these concepts were to become in my life.
What does all this have to do with dreaming? Nearly everything! Dreaming is beginning with the end in mind, doing is moving towards one’s goals and dreams, and lastly, persistence is staying tough even when everything inside of a person is screaming to surrender. I have lost count of how many times, when I was on the verge of surrendering, that the winner’s voice inside of me said one more time, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Do you have dreams? Of course, you do because everyone does. Are you still pursuing them, or have you surrendered to the pain? I say get back up! If you are willing to run for what you truly want, if you are willing to get up every time you are knocked down, if you are willing to persist through every painful experience, then, and only then, will you win in the game of life.
Everyone is born into the race of life. Unfortunately, most have quit because they cannot handle the pain and choose passivity over activity. I, however, encourage you to reenter the race and press on to the end to receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. God gave us the gift of life; do not hand it back to Him unused.

What is Really “Real”?

Originally posted by Life/Team Leadership member Eric Blomdahl.

God bless, Scott Johnson

I received a text a couple of weeks ago from a good friend and LIFE business associate as follows: “In Depth Viking Style by Tim Marks he says, “It’s not time to be a realist.” How does one not be a realist when they are a realist?”
Dictionary.com says a realist is “a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.”
A realist once said, “Man can not fly!” But then a man flew.
A realist once said, “Man can not walk on the moon!” But then a man walked on the moon.
A realist once said, “You have nothing to worry about with Sam Walton, he’ll never make it.” But then Sam made Wal-Mart the #1 retailer in the world.
A realist said, “Man will never break the four-minute mile.” But then a man ran a mile in 3 mins, 59.4 seconds.
So, what is really “real”?
It is clear in the above examples that what is defined as “real” by one person, isn't necessarily what another person chooses to be “real” for them. So, what’s the difference?
In order to determine what’s “real”, it is necessary to understand what’s true. Therefore, it is very important that a person have a biblical-based understanding of the world. God made each of us with dreams, desires, passions, talents and abilities that together equip us to find and fulfill our purpose. If God has allowed us to think it, then God will help us to make it happen. In addition, it is vital (eternal life depends on it) to understand how special we are to God…He sacrificed His only Son so that we can one day be united with Him in heaven. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With this understanding, we are unstoppable.
The next hurdle is to stop doing things based upon logic and start doing things based upon emotion. Logically, there are many things that can’t be done, but emotionally someone has done them. In last year’s NFL play-offs, logically the Green Bay Packers at 15-1 should have went to the Super Bowl, but the New York Giants at 9-7 beat the Packers and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Here are some recommendations to help expand what is “real” for you:
1) Live daily with God as your center and know that if He allowed you to think it, He will help you accomplish it.
2) Continually dream build and expand your imagination.
3) Associate regularly with uplifting and encouraging people.
4) Get involved in a self-directed education program and work specifically on developing a “can do” attitude.
5) Mentor regularly.
6) Be willing to fail and understand that failure is just a part of success.
So in conclusion, when a realist really evaluates what’s really “real”, they will find that the “real” they once thought was real isn't really real after all and that the real “real” can be so much more than what they originally thought was real…really.
The following video is old, but worth watching. Actual footage of Roger Bannister doing what the realists said couldn't be done…way to go Roger!!!!!
God bless,

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Cycle of Achievement

Originally posted by Life Policy Council member Wayne MacNamara.

God bless, Scott Johnson

The Cycle of Achievement is a concept referenced in the best selling book Launching A Leadership Revolution, authored by my good friend and mentor Orrin Woodward, and his colleague Chris Brady.
This cycle outlines the key steps every leader needs to make in order to achieve success.  The cycle has five main areas; Vision, Goal Setting, Game Planning, Working, and Seeking Counsel.  “Repeatedly rotating through the Cycle of Achievement compels the leader to grow in ability, understanding, experience, discernment, and wisdom.”
The Cycle of Achievement begins with vision.  Leaders must have wisdom of where they desire to take themselves and their organization.  A leader’s vision comes from the picture of a dream in their mind.  “We don’t get what we want, or what we deserve, we get what we picture.”

Goal Setting

A leader’s vision can not be arbitrary, it must be directed at something specific.  “Without specific goals at which to direct energies and ambitions, all efforts will be wandering generalities at best.”  Leaders set goals using specific techniques to develop such goals.  There are nine foundational principles that must be combined to make a goal worth achieving.
  1. Goals must be Specific
  2. Goals must be Written
  3. Goals must be Set in Stone
  4. Goals must be Measurable
  5. Goals must be Realistic
  6. Goals must Provide Motivation
  7. Goals must be in Line with Priorities and Values
  8. Goals must be Prominent
  9. Goals must have a Specific Time Period 

Game Planning

After goal setting, but before work starts, there is another step that leads directly to the accomplishment of the goal; formulating a game plan.  “A game plan is a leader’s strategy or map, it provides guidance towards the goal.”  Like Goal Setting, Game Planning has a few certain aspects that will help leaders make more effective game plans and therefore hit their goals.
  1. Game Plans are set in sand: the game plan must be fluid, adaptable to changing conditions, and able to be scraped at a moment’s notice if its not working.
  2. Game plans drive the prioritization of tasks: without the prioritization of tasks the leader will spend time on things that are “good” to do or even “great” to do, but not “best” to do.
  3. Game plans are developed at the macro, mini, and micro levels: the macro level is the overall top layer, the issues that will have the biggest impact for a given task.  The mini level is just below macro, where issues are smaller and not quite as important.  The micro level is the tiniest, detail level where the issues are the smallest.  When a leader understands these levels, they know exactly where to focus to have the highest impact on reaching the goal.
  4. Game plans are best when effective thinking is used first: When drawing up a game plan, the leader must ask “what are the major dominoes that will knock all the others down?”  Effective thinking leads to a proper game plan that prevents the common mistake of working on dominoes that don’t knock any others down.


The third component of the Cycle of Achievement is “Working”.  When applied to a leader, the term “working” encompasses several categories. Each of these is necessary in the daily actions of a leader to produce effectiveness. There are many areas that leaders have to work in to ensure that the organization understands what they are working towards to ensure effectiveness.
  1. Working: Casting the Vision.  The whole cycle of achievement begins with vision, but that vision must be cast and recast before the organization to make sure everybody is working in unison and understands the overall picture.
  2. Working: Leading by Example.  A true leader sets the example with his or her actions on a daily basis.
  3. Working: Demonstrating a Strong Work Ethic.  True leadership is being willing to live down in the trenches where the action is and do whatever is necessary.
  4. Working: Taking Responsibility.  Leaders take responsibility for their actions and for their decision.  Taking responsibility means holding oneself to a standard of results.
  5. Working: Orchestrating and Aligning Resources.  A true leader assumes responsibility for orchestrating and aligning resources.  This involves equipping others or making sure that they are adequately managing resources.  The best leadership team in the world cannot function if it runs out of what it requires to operate.
  6. Working: Solving Problems and Removing Obstacles.  Leaders anticipate problems or obstacles that will impede plans so they can be solved and removed before negative consequences result.
  7. Working: Searching for Opportunities.  It is the job of the leader to seek and identify opportunities and help the organization take advantage of them.
  8. Working: Being Consistent.  Since the actions of a leader are the example for the organization, consistency of temperament and performance is a must.  Leaders must be who they are on a constant basis.
  9. Working: Maintaining Focus.  A leader must be like a magnifying glass, focusing all of his or her efforts upon the main points or priorities.
  10.  Working: Staying Persistent.  Leaders must recognize that they must hang in there and continue the fight even when all seems lost because many times, victory is just around the corner.
  11. Working: Striving Ahead of the Group.  Leaders must exert a “pull” on their organizations with the strength of their own performance.  This is the opposite of “pushing” an organization.  Managers push, leaders pull.
  12.  Working: Giving Praise and Recognition.  Leaders specialize in catching people in the act of doing things right, and they don’t hesitate to lavish praise.
  13.  Working: Providing Guidance and Course Correction.  An effective leader or coach helps people go places they want to go but are unable to reach on their own.  To do this they provide guidance and direction.

 Seeking Counsel

“Experience is not the best teacher; other people’s experience is the best teacher”.  For this reason, every leader must seek out and find credible mentorship
  1.  A leader seeks counsel to learn: Leaders know they always have more to learn, the greatest leaders are also the greatest learners.
  2. A leader seeks counsel to gain perspective: Properly defining a problem, with the correct perspective, is by far the biggest component in finding the solution.  Often leaders are simply too close to a situation.  They struggle with it and fight it but lose the overall perspective that a mentor can provide.
  3. A leader seeks counsel to make mid-course corrections: Even when a leader is clear on the objectives and implements a well-thought-out game plane, things can go awry.  When these issues occur, mentors can provide invaluable insights into changes in the game plan that will still allow for the attainment of the goal.
  4. A leader seeks counsel to receive feedback: It can be difficult at times to know if progress is being made toward overall objectives.  Mentors slice through the confusion and clarify the picture, providing the leader with clear feedback on his or her performance.
  5. A leader seeks counsel to be held accountable for results: When results are lacking for one reason or another, leaders hold themselves accountable to their mentors for improvement.
  6. A leader seeks counsel to grow personally: Mentors are there to provide guidance and place a continued emphasis on personal growth.
  7. A leader seeks counsel to earn respect: There is nothing better than earning the respect of someone who has been instrumental in teaching and guiding our own growth and success.
Seeking counsel is the last step in the Cycle of Achievement, but leadership does not end there.  A true leader starts over at vision again and keeps rotating through the cycle over and over to get a bigger vision, set new goals, make a better game plan, do more work and get more perspective from their mentor.  There is no end-point in this cycle.  One must keep rotating to gain more success.

God Bless,

Great Leaders Change the Game

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Orrin Woodward.

God bless, Scott Johnson

The best leaders change the rules of the game; consequently, changing the game itself. So many think it takes money to make money, but that isn’t the case. In reality, what it takes are ideas disciplined by knowledge, experience, and leadership. My high school wrestling coaches taught me a fundamental principle of life – never wrestle another person’s game. In other words, if I wrestled someone who was good at the single-leg takedown, I would quickly tie him up and beat him with a bear-hug. The key, then, is to find your strengths and make the competitors wrestle your game.
For instance, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos changed the rules of book-selling by going to an internet-only model, eschewing stores,  massive overhead, etc. This radically changed the rules of the game, giving Bezos a major competitive advantage over his competitors. Despite not having the same level of upfront capital, profits, or experience, Amazon changed the nature of the book business, satisifying millions of customers and making Bezos wealthy. Interestingly, it was just an idea – a metaphysical concept – that Bezos had the courage of his convictions to pursue that changed everything in the book field.
Since everyone reading this has a brain capable of ideas, the question is: do you have the courage to use it to outthink, outwork, and out-lead the competition? If you do, then you will be a champion of champions. In essence, there are two roads before you. One is a path of leadership and building the path to your dreams. The second is a path of non-leadership and surrendering your dreams for the bread crumbs of life.
LIFE Leadership teaches people how to take the first road. Leadership isn’t easy and I will never say it is, but then again struggling everyday from the effects of non-leadership is much more difficult longterm. The leadership road has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, revealing me to me, and teaching me where I need to grow and change. I have never regretted the journey nor will you if you have the courage to finish what you start. :)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Steve Morgan showing the LIFE business

Steve Morgan is an awesome speaker who shows one of the best plans. This was a taken at a live event and is being shared for all you who want a better life.

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Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Orrin Woodward.

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Chris Brady did it again. For months, he kept a torrent pace of emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings to influence me on the importance of LIFE skills training for youth. The results of his efforts have blown us all away. The Edge Series alone is surging past 6,000 subscribers! In fact, many of the kids are earning the money and paying for their own subscription. How do I know this? Because anyone 12 years old or above can attend a LIFE event, and the amount of adolescent boys and girls attending seminars has increased dramatically. When I speak across the USA and Canada, I routinely have multiple boys and girls, dressed in business attire, tell me their story as they ask me to sign a book or their Edge Subscription.
Leadership and life skills are crucial in a person’s life. Why wait until after the school years to realize this? Why not give your kids an EDGE? The first EDGE is parents who model the right behaviors, and the second is the Edge Series delivered directly to the home of hungry kids wanting to learn the principles of success. Packed full of stories from the successful men and women in the LIFE business, along with exclusive interviews with top names in athletics and business, the Edge Series has become one of the favorite products in LIFE. What the Mental Fitness Challenge is to adults, the Edge Series is for youth. A huge thank you goes to Chris Brady and all of the speakers who have made the Edge Series what it is. Below is a video that describes the Edge Series.

Absent Fathers

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Orrin Woodward.

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Dan Hawkins shares some sobering thoughts on absent fathers in this video. Dan and Lisa Hawkins are building a large community of entrepreneurs throughout the country. As a featured speaker on the Mental Fitness Challenge, Dan is making a difference around the world. Imagine if every dad learned the principles taught through the LIFE business and nurtured his children to dream and do. The gift of LIFE is given in 24-hour increments. The question is: What are we doing with our 24-hour gifts?

Success Leaves Clues

Originally posted by Policy Council Member Wayne MacNamara.

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Leadership can have a huge impact on your life financially, relationally and ripple into your community.  You can’t just sit back and think “someone else will take care of that”, or  ”it will start from the top and work its way down”.  As an entrepreneur I learned it is almost the complete opposite.  If we want to make a difference in our life or make a change in our community it starts from the home.
if you follow successful people and you spend time with them there is a common thread throughout them all.  They may be from different industries, different ages and have different goals in life, but they all have things in common.  If you want to be successful, applying these principles will have you well on your way.
1) Curiosity 
The most successful people that you know stay curious.  Asking why is part of who they are; they ask questions and are curious.  ”Some men see things as they are and ask why, others dream things that never were and ask why not” – George Shaw.
Do you spend time with curious people?  Who is the most curious person you know?  Do you learn something new everyday?  Do you partake in the fruit of failure everyday?
People would be blown away by how many times successful people have failed.  People see others on stage, playing professional sports, and as CEOs of major companies and just assume they were born to be there.  If you looked at their life though, and didn’t see their success now, you would probably think they were a huge failure.  The point of failure is learning from your mistakes and getting back up.  I believe you are never brought to something without the ability to get through it.  We think that our situation is the worst situation because we are living through it, but everyone is going through things.  We allow ourselves to hang us up the most, mostly by worrying about what other people think of us.
Are you enjoying your life?  Are you always waiting for a better day?
The cure for boredom is curiosity.  Follow the people who are curious.
2) Environment
When you are not in the right environment, there are drastically different results that happen in your life.
As a welder, I worked with good people, but we never got recognized for doing anything well.  I felt my development as a person was being stunted.  They weren’t encouraging us to develop better thinking or read books to develop ourselves.  We were like fish trapped inside a fish tank and our growth was dependent on how big our tank was.  If we were put in a bigger tank, we could grow and develop even further, but we were trapped in a little tank.  Based on your environment your leadership will develop.  Finding a community that will reward you and recognize you for growing and developing as a person is key for success.
Change yourself and your environment.  The people with whom you habitually associate with are called your reference group.  A Harvard study determined that these people determine as much as 95% of your success or failure in life.
Keep company with good men and you will increase their numbers (Italian proverb)
3) Awareness
How aware are you?  We must know ourselves to grow ourselves.  We need to know our strengths, weaknesses, interests and opportunities in order to progress and develop as a person.  ”The first step towards change is awareness, the second step is acceptance” – Nathaniel Brandon.  You have to be aware of where you are at right now in order to change.  If you haven’t accepted yourself yet you will not change.  Whether we like it or not we are going to be forced to change throughout our lives, no one will stay the same.  The question is, are you going to change in a personal growth way?  Once we become aware of ourselves, we have to get over ourselves.  We can’t let things about ourselves, like our past or personality, become an excuse for staying the same.
When I was young, I caught the body building bug.  When I was 19 I started body building.  I read good books, watched DVDs of the best body builders in the world, I studied nutrition and techniques.  I put everything I had into it.  Some of my peers said it would never happen, that I couldn’t do it.  But, by associating with good people, being very curious and asking questions and understanding what works for me and my body, I ended up competing in my first body building competition at 22 years old.  On competition day I was 189 pounds at 4% body fat and when I started, I was 167 pounds at 20% body fat.  If I had listened to some of the people who didn’t have the results I wanted, I would never have taken the chance and gone to the gym.  But I found good material to read and I found someone I worked with who was body building and asked him to help me.  Just like many things in life, it starts mentally.  You have to picture yourself where you want to be.  You have to get rid of any baggage you have, accept where you are at, decide to change something and go do it.
4) Pain
Through a lot of pain comes a lot of good.  Every problem introduces a person to himself, or herself.  No one has ever told me that they love problems, but I have known many who have admitted that their greatest gains have come during their greatest pain.  When you are going through something it doesn’t really make sense, but if you can pause for a second and take a step back and look at it in reverse you can see why it happened.  When you get through it, you can see the good of what happened.  Sometimes the pain of disappointment can make you do more.  When my mother was disappointed that I didn’t graduate with my class from high school I could see the disappointment in her eyes.  That disappointment made me decide that I would go out in life and do something that would make her proud of me.  The pain of bad health can make you make drastic changes in your life.  My father was told that his health was failing and the cause was smoking.  Within days of hearing the news, and after 30 years of smoking, he quit cold turkey.  Pain can help us move forward in our life when other things can’t.
5) Modelling/Mentoring 
Its hard to improve when you have no one  in your life to follow.  Maybe you don’t have someone in your life whose results you want to duplicate, maybe you haven’t found that person yet.  But don’t let that be your excuse for not starting.  Start by listening to good audios, by watching good DVDs, start by associating with successful people who are moving on.  To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.  A lot of times, those coming back are there to tell you where to go.  A good mentor in life possesses wisdom.  Leadership expert Orrin Woodward once said, “when you can take a general principle and combine it with your personal situation and fix the problem, that's when you have wisdom”.  The number one thing a mentor wants to know is, are you learning and are you growing?  Go get results in your life and change your life in a way that you can see that ripple effect of leadership had an example.  The greatest thing for a mentor is to see their protege create results in their life, that it what they want to see.  Great things happen when we stop seeing ourselves as a gift to others and we begin seeing others as a gift.
A good coach as 5 main qualities;
C – care for people
You can say something to someone and they can tell if you mean what you are saying.  People can tell if you have passion for what you are talking about and they will buy into it if you are.  A coach has to care for the people he is leading.  
O – observe their attitudes, behaviors and performance
You can’t push a rope.  Do you have what people want or are you pushing yourself onto others?  There is a big difference.  The more successful you become, the more of a gap you will create in your leadership, the more you will bring other people on.  It is hard to force people to do something that you are not willing to do.  Thats not leadership.
A – align them with their strengths for peak performance
Align people with their strengths for peak performance.  There are some things I do in my career that I am not super strong at, but I understand to delegate that out to other people who love to do that or who are stronger at that then I am.  There are certain things that I am really good at and I want to take advantage of that because that’s where I can excel.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try to improve your weaknesses.  But a jack of all trades is a master of none.  You have to pick something to excel at.  If you diversify your talents or your strengths too early in your career, you never become an expert at it and you’ll never become rewarded for it.
C – communicate honest feedback
A good coach gives 90% of their effort to encouraging you and telling you its possible, the other 10% goes into correction.  The biggest mistake I made in my leadership journey early on was told people their faults before I won their heart.  Be honest with people, but make sure you know you have enough stuff in the bank that its okay to take a withdrawal out and the bank is still full.  People just want to be loved and encouraged, they already know what they aren’t doing right.  A coach needs to correct what you are doing wrong but never stop telling you how good you are too.
H – help to improve their lives
By leading the way and improving your own life, you leave a path for others to follow.  You will gain wisdom and experience that you can give to other people so they can avoid some of the pain that you went through.  When they go through painful situations that you didn’t go through, you will be able to teach them principles to apply that will help them get through the situations and improve their lives.
6) Contribution
if you are not doing something with your life, it doesn’t matter how long your life is.  Ben Franklin said that he would rather have it said that he lived successfully than died rich.  Think about the people in your life who contribute more, they are usually grateful or thankful.  They put people first, they understand that people are what matter and they don’t let stuff own them.  Don’t allow stuff to own you; they are just cars, watches, clothes, and shoes, they are not who you are.  Define success as sowing not reaping.  I used to be the type of person that would want people to say I was good at something because I was lacking compliments so much.  But there became a point when I thought to myself that I needed to sow more, needed to tell other people how good they looked and how great they are.  I learned that people with bad self-esteem find it hard to complement other people, I know I did.  You have to work on yourself, just start saying nice things about people.  Focus on self development not self fulfillment.  Embrace self development, become the number 1 you you can be and never become a number 2 someone else.  I used to try to be exactly like the person that was mentoring me because I thought if I could do everything exactly like they did, I could make it.  But I realized that wasn’t who I am, that’s who they are.  I needed to become the number 1 me.  If you embrace leadership, people will find out who your number 1 is.
God Bless,