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Why Should You Pursue You Purpose?

I saw this video on Facebook and I thought it was such a great follow up to my post “Leadership, Where Do I Start?”

Before you watch the video (If you have not already seen it) let me ask you a few very important questions… Are you passionate about anything in your life?  Have you figured out what your purpose is? Why should you pursue your purpose? With those questions in mind, Take the next 6 minutes (roughly) and watch this video.

Josiah Mizukami: Need Some Motivation? Video

If that video struck a chord in you the same way it did me, then we can take the next step.
To answer the question “why should you pursue your purpose?”, you have to first recognize that you HAVE a purpose! To recognize that you have a purpose is to also recognize that you were MADE for a purpose.  This leads us to recognize further that if we were made, then there must be a MAKER.  That maker is the God who created the heavens and the Earth!  That Maker, God himself, Yahweh, The Great I AM created you, knows you, loves you, and wants to do great things through you!
If you have questions about this, I’d be happy to talk with you more, just send me an e-mail or comment below.
The God of the universe loves you like no other!  He also loves the people in your sphere of influence!  Only you can reach those individuals.  Only you can show them hope for a better tomorrow.  How better to do that than to live your own life in a relentless pursuit of the passions that He placed within you?  If you don’t, who will?
Just look around you. Look at all the friends and family and coworkers you see living their lives in the doldrums, busy, living paycheck-to-paycheck, just getting by, in debt up their eyeballs.  Maybe that’s you today.  Maybe it’s time for you to step up and lead.  Maybe you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.  You can and you should make a decision TODAY to change. To take charge. To start living intentionally for excellence!   Congratulations!  Today is a new day!  CARPE DIEM!  Seize the day!  Because others are counting on you!  That’s why you should pursue your purpose!  Now go out and DO IT!
Philip Brittain
Philip@life-leadershift.com

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3 Keys to Habitual Success

In today’s information age, it is becoming more and more difficult for individuals, businesses, and even families to find that winning “edge”.  For many this may sound too simple, yet for others it may seem like too much to ask.  Regardless of your current status or position, you CAN do this and you CAN win. I can make you this one promise here and now: If you will implement this info in a consistent effort over time, you WILL succeed!

One of the most impressive things I’ve seen in the LIFE business is watching tens of thousands of people succeeding in all areas of life because they are practicing these three habits. A small sampling of results currently happening all over North America right now; friends restore broken relationships, marriages being healed from on the brink of divorce, individuals and families getting debt free, business partners learning how to work with each other again, business owners learning how to understand employees and customers better, employees at risk of unemployment rising to be superstars! Your results will be based on how well you implement these three keys into your life.

  1.  READ
  2. LISTEN
  3. ASSOCIATE

Let’s cover READING first:

I’ve heard it said many different ways, in some form or another that every great leader in history has been a great reader. The contrary to that is not all people who are great readers will be great leaders. Reading is only one piece of the puzzle.  The fact is that although you must read, you must read the right books.  I’m not talking about reading the next big novel by your favorite author or reading the supermarket tabloids or even the comics in the Sunday paper. There may be time for those, but you will want to keep that at a bare minimum if you truly want success. “Well, how do I know what books to read?” You might ask.  I’m so glad you asked. You should be reading the best books on leadership, economics, history, philosophy, and the classics. I know what you’re thinking… “How do I know which books are the best?”  That answer will come from the third key habit of association. Finding someone who has already read thousands of books who can guide you to the best ones is a really good start.  We’ll talk more about that later.

To LISTEN is to have wisdom:

I love the way Orrin Woodward puts it: “You know why we want you to listen to CD’s? It’s to get you to shut you up.”  This may be a bit harsh for some but the truth is that we all know how to talk to ourselves very negatively all the time, right? Right!  I know you know how this goes because I do it just the same as you.  Zig Ziglar and many others over the years have been big proponents of keeping a constant stream of positive information coming at you through audio form. Every bit of research done on the subject continues to prove and reinforce the idea that by listening to positive audio recordings each day will have a profound effect on your attitude by the way you start to talk to yourself.   You would be amazed at how much difference just a single cd in the morning can make on the rest of your day!

 

The right ASSOCIATION will lead you to greatness:

We do it with our children all the time but most of us are unwilling to do it for ourselves! Picture for a moment your son or daughter comes to you and makes the request to go hang out with neighbor kids or friends from school. You know about the negative influence the kids will be on your child. So you naturally say “no”.  What about yourself?  Just as negative association is bad for your child; it is bad for you as an adult. It has been said that we become the average of the five people we associate with most.  It is true for every area of life. Think about the five people you associate with most. Now average out the quality of life in several areas; finances, relationship with spouse, relationship with children, household cleanliness, and habits like smoking or being late for appointments. So let’s turn the tables on this idea. What if you were to seek out and intentionally associate with winners, movers and shakers, people who are learning, growing and improving?  By spending time with people who are better than you are will naturally put you in a position to get better.  By associating with those who are greater than you are currently you will learn what books to read and what audios you should be listening to because that person has naturally already been listening and reading and therefore, knows which are good and which are not.

And so we have come full circle.  By associating with the right group of people, you will be able to glean the most valuable information to help you grow.  If you have no idea where to start, let me offer this piece of advice: Start with yourself!  You can become the leader needed in your household, business, community group, or any circle of influence you are currently a part of.

These three habits practiced consistently over time will produce better results in your life! You can make the choice to start today!

If you need help finding a source for the best books and audios to start your journey, I am happy to help you get started on your journey of success today.  Feel free to contact me any time.

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Triple-A Formula for Attracting People

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More than six decades ago there was a book written by Les Giblin titled How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People. This is one of those books to read over, and over, and over again.  It never gets old. In fact, It will likely reveal more with each new time you read it. The principles found within are timeless.  This book is one of five top books I can recommend to anyone who deals with living, breathing human beings in any part of his or her life.  (Yes. That means YOU.)

I’m part of a TEAM of people building Compensated Communities. We use this information daily to improve people skills.  I hope you find this information helpfull in your own business dealings.

One of the biggest and most important takeaway’s from this book is what Les calls the “Triple-A formula for attracting people”.

The first “A” is ACCEPTANCE.

Every person on this planet craves it at the most primitive level. We literally NEED it in order to function at a normal level within any community we associate with.  Les Quotes a psychologist as saying “No one has the power to reform another person, but by liking the other person as he is, you give him the power to change himself.”  I think one could just as easily refer to the Golden Rule; do to others what you would want done to you.  Am I Right?  Lets just go back to the principle based off the words of Jesus when he was asked what the greatest law was. Jesus basically replied by saying first love God then love people. You can read that story in Matthew chapter 22, verses 34-40.

Acceptance works wonders in any relationship. As Mr. Giblin goes on to describe the husband/wife relationship, he makes it very clear that ” Of course, everything I’ve said about wives applies just as much, if not more so, to husbands.” What he is referring to in that remarks is found in part in the following words.“… a wife gives her husband acceptance not only give him a dose of self-confidence, but also gives him a good dose of human kindness, and that easy-to-get-along-with quality. for, by her acceptance, she helps him to like himself better. When he likes himself better, he is going to be easier to get along with . He is going to be more thoughtful and considerate.”

The same thing can be applied to a co-worker or some other family member or acquaintance.  The principle is the same and the results will follow, although not every relationship will see the improvement within the same length of time.  You may have to be patient… very patient sometimes!  If you also add the use of the second “A”, you may not need to wait quite so long.

The Second “A” is APPROVAL.

 Acceptance is the fist step because it’s allowing the negative traits to exist but approval takes it to the next level by finding and pointing out the positive traits in the person. This is truly magic if you are actually sincere! BE SINCERE! I cannot stress this point enough. Anybody can smell a phony compliment. Find something that you can GENUINELY approve of in the person you’re talking to. Stay away from the obvious traits, the ones that “everybody” sees.  Take the time to look deeper and get specific.  Les puts it this way: “A good rule to remember in complimenting people is this: people are more pleased at a compliment if you praise them for some virtue that is not glaringly obvious.” He follows that up with this. “But he may be good at other things, which are not so obvious. Seek these out and praise him for them, and watch him glow!”  That sure sounds like magic to me.  I challenge you to go out right now and make another person glow.  The world would be a better place if more of us did that!

Let’s check out the third “A” which is APPRECIATE.

Les Giblin does a marvelous job at showing us what it means to appreciate someone. He says “The word appreciate really means to raise in value, or the opposite of depreciate, which means to lower in value.  Wow! did you catch that?  By appreciating someone else, we are raising them in value!  Les Quotes Dr. Brooks with saying it this way: “When you appreciate a person, you actually make him more valuable and more successful.” If you want to increase your Social capital and have more people like being around you, then you must find a way tell other people what you like and value about them. You must treat them as an individual instead of “rubber-stamping” them in the same manner you do everyone else.

I will end with this:

Some of you need to stop being so focused on your self and start turning your focus toward increasing the value of others around you. I can promise you one thing. If you take these three A’s and put them into practice in your life, you will be amazed at how much value others will then place on you!

I sincerly appreciate each one of you who take the time to tell me what you think, like, and share this blog.  Thank-you.

~Philip

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LeaderShift: An introduction

This blog from Orrin Woodward is so good I had to share it with you.  I have included the full text below.  I highly suggest you check out his blog on a regular basis. Please enjoy this fantastic article from Orrin Woorward!

LeaderShift: The Quest for Concord

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 8, 2013

I have been working on the background details to the government proposal in Oliver DeMille and my soon-to-be-released book LeaderShift. I know this sounds crazy, but I LOVE this stuff! A concerted study of history through the Five Laws of Decline reveals so much we can do, as a society, to improve. No matter how long this takes, I am going to capture the concepts for this generation’s leaders to apply if they desire a free society. The LIFE Business is filled with men and women who are willing to lead because they are willing to learn. The future is bright! Here is a portion of the introduction.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Leaning Tower Equals Weak Foundation

Leaning Tower Equals Weak Foundation

Mankind’s quest for societal concord (peace and harmony) between the opposite extremes of chaos and coercion is as old as human civilization. Indeed, every society quests after concord; however, it’s rarely achieved and never maintained. Despite the difficulties, mankind seeks the advantages gained through association when families form clans to create communities that combine into society. The Greeks founded Western Civilization, supplying many of foundational concepts for society and government through their city-states dotting the Aegean landscape. In fact, Greek philosopher Aristotle described human beings as political animals, who formed societies to enjoy the benefits of association. Nonetheless, the Greek failed miserably in the quest for concord as the city-states fratricidal wars created chaos throughout Greek society. Mercifully, after decades of civil war, the exhausted Greeks collapsed into the Roman Republic’s orbit. Ironically, however, even though Romans witnessed the catastrophic effects of the Greek chaos within society, the Republic fell victim to a similar chaos when the mounting Roman political and civil strife led to civil war. The Senate and Pompey squared off against Caesar which culminated in the destruction of the Roman Republic.

Despite the senatorial conspiracy that killed Caesar, the Roman Republic was not restored. Instead, another round of civil wars and chaos ensued until Augustus defeated Marcus Antony and birthed the Roman Empire. At last, Western Society moved the pendulum from chaos towards concord. Caesar Augustus ruled wisely. He limited taxation and the plunder of the provinces; thus, for a brief period, the results was the Roman peace (Pax Romana). Unfortunately, the pendulum’s momentum did not rest at concord. At Augustus death, the new Caesars increased government’s responsibilities until the pendulum moved into the control and coercion of society’s members. The Caesar’s and their ruling elites enjoyed more power at the expense of its citizens freedoms.  By the end of the empire, the bloated bureaucracies consumed the wealth of its citizens to feed the coercive civil and military branches. In fact, when the Roman Empire fell, many within the oppressed Roman society, viewed the Gothic barbarians as liberators and not invaders.

Studying the Greco/Roman societies provide valuable lessons in the pendulum swings from chaos to coercion and back again. Despite momentary intervals of peace and prosperity, the pendulum never came to rest at concord. The pendulum’s momentum either carried it towards chaos or coercion. To be sure, there were solid parts in the Greco/Roman political foundations, but there were also sinkholes. Predictably, these sinkholes caused the political collapse of all three societies. The first two under chaos and the third under coercion. Therefore, identifying the specific failure modes of each Greco/Roman society and learning from them is essential for today’s political leaders.

Not surprisingly, the English (Anglo/Saxon) societies learned many lessons, both good and bad, from Greco/Roman history. In fact, the English-speaking peoples built their political foundations upon the strengths of the Greco/Roman (reason and order), Judeo/Christian (hope and ethics), and Anglo/Saxon (liberty and passion) societies. When King William, of Normandy, successfully invaded England in the13th century, the confluence of these rivers formed the the famed English political tradition. Therefore, the author examines three Anglo/Saxon case-studies societies for further review.

1. Great Britain under the Stuart Kings 2. America under the Articles of Confederation 3. America after the United States Constitution

These three societies attempted, by different methods, to rest society’s pendulum at concord. Each ultimately failed. Essentially, these societies failed in a similar fashion as the Greco/Roman models. The pendulum never rested, swinging into chaos and then back into coercion, with brief moments of concord. Indeed, it seems the Anglo/Saxons, in many ways, have repeated the mistakes of the Greco/Romans. Although the political structures may be different, underneath the edifice is the same failed foundation that continues to collapse when too much weight is placed upon it. In other words, if the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing while expecting a different results, Western Society’s political tradition has reached the point of insanity. The quest for concord remains unconsummated. Systematically, the political structures are failing because the pendulum moves out of concord into either chaos or coercion. No society, to date, has successfully rested the pendulum at concord. What are the systemic causes underlying these failed attempts? How can the momentum of the pendulum be  checked to rest it at concord? The questions and more the author proposes to answer in the following chapters.

The purpose of this treatise is to determine solid ground from the sinkholes in the foundations of the Greco/Roman and Anglo/Saxon political traditions. By understanding the historical foundations reviewed in this book, Western Society will be strengthened in its quest for concord. Indeed, the dangers inherent when the pendulum swings to the either the side of chaos or coercion is irrefutable. In consequence, the author seeks the firm ground of concord between the opposite, but equally damaging, extremes of chaos and coercion. The case-studies will proceed in chronological order because each society learned from those that preceded it. The main objective is to identify why and how each society failed and what lessons can be learned from their example. Hence, each society’s successes and failures will be analyzed to determine what remained solid from what ultimately sunk in its political foundations. Ideally, to build enduring political structures today, society should build upon the foundational principles that proved successful and reform those that failed the test of time. History is relentless and unsentimental in its verdicts. Either the political structure stands or it collapses. The key to history is to identify why. Nevertheless, few political leaders seem willing to be tutored by these truths of history. Society, it seems, repeats failures because it’s unwilling to learn from them.

At any rate, Western Civilization has not fulfilled its quest for concord. As a result, determining past societies failures and preventing similar failures today ought to be the high priority in Western Society’s quest for concord. Understanding what forces move the pendulum from concord to either chaos on one side or coercion on the other is crucial. Consequently, before outlining the historical societies, the author must first explain two systems that influence the pendulum within society. One strives to center the pendulum at concord while the other moves it towards chaos or coercion. The first is the Six Duties of Society (SDS) and the second is the Five Laws of Decline (FLD). The Six Duties of Society are the essential building-blocks for creating a sustainable society, helping to build an environment where mankind can grow and prosper. In contrast, the Five Laws of Decline describe the effects of mankind’s sinful nature. If left unchecked, the FLD will parasitically destroy a formerly healthy society. Both systems will be explained in general now and specifically to each Greco/Roman and Anglo/Saxon case-study in the preceding chapters.

The important point for the reader to grasp is that society must satisfy the SDS in order to survive. However, even when the SDS are met, society isn’t secure. safe. For when societal prosperity increases, it stimulates the FLD into action.  An unchecked FLD within society develops groups that seeks to plunder what the rest have produced. Eventually, an unchecked FLD destroys the SDS because the parasitic plunderers strip the plundered physically and mentally. This, in a nutshell, is the quick version of Western History. Unfortunately, even a cursory examination of each failed society in Western Civilization reveals the FLD as the culprit of collapse.

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The 8 F’s of LIFE

We all need help in at least one, if not multiple areas of our lives.  If you were to take an honest assessment of yourself you would begin to find a need for improvement in each of the 8 F’s show in the picture below.

The 8 F’s are:life-wheel

Our current skills in these 8 areas make up and determine the quality of life we are living.  If you choose to recognise and then take action toward improving in any area, incrementally, over time you will find yourself in a new place and living a far better quality of life than perhaps you might have imagined just a short time prior.

I love what the founders of  The LIFE Business did with the design of the picture above.  The 8 F’s are the spokes of the wheel that steer the ship in a given direction.  What should be obvious to most people might certainly be overlooked by some.  Let me explain.  Have you ever heard the saying ” you can’t steer a parked car”?  In the same way, you cannot steer a ship that is still tied to the dock. You were given special gifts and talents by God to be used for and with others and not to be used or hoarded for yourself.  The goods (gifts and talents) you were given are doing no good sitting in the hull of your ship tied to the dock!

I want to challenge you today to untie your ship, push-off from the dock,  and set sail into a bright new future so that you might live the life you’ve always wanted.

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