We are constantly making decisions in LIFE. Decisions that will either enslave us or pay us great dividends down the road. Many in our society are living in a coma of complacency. Having given up great for good, just to find out that down the road good wasn’t so good after all. Many have just become comfortable being uncomfortable. I once heard the definition of hell is “the person you are, meeting the person you could have been”. Something to think about.
Last week, Debbie and I took some of our children and our grandson on a field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano (see picture above). We had an amazing day. We learned some wonderful things, ate some fantastic food, and had another great day of loving on each other and building memories as a family. As I reflect back to twenty years ago when I was getting up at 3:30 am and driving three hours round trip to work and back, Debbie was working night shifts at the hospital and we were two ships passing in the night. We were so busy making a living that we had no time to make a LIFE. We got married to spend time together, but the little time we had seemed to be spent arguing about money. I remember wanting more children, but all I saw was the cost . Through God’s grace, he put some people in our lives that taught us that if we wanted to change our outcome we would have to change our thinking. They plugged us into high levels of LEADERSHIP training and our lives were forever changed.
I want to share something with you that I read years ago that helped me define my priorities.
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about your sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That’s a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice says don’t have children if you want to be “rich”. It is just the opposite. What do you get for $160,140? Naming rights. First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered with jam. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain. Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to finger paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to keep reading “The Adventures of Pooh” and watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day. For $160,140, there is no greater. You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless. You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date and first time behind the wheel. You get to be immortal, you get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God. You have all the power to heal a booboo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so that one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. – Unknown
I am so very grateful to the leadership material that LIFE produces that helps people learn something as simple as DEFINE WHAT I WANT, FIGURE OUT WHAT IT COSTS, AND PAY IT!
A company always strives to increase profits, the problem is the owners and the field are not usually on the same side as to where the profits go. Unless the owners gave up their exclusive ownership and placed themselves in the same boat with the field. The leadership of LIFE had done just that on 11/01/11. Our business model is amazing for lots of reasons, but here is just one more example of what happens when we are true owners of our business.
THE FOLLOWING IS A NEW ANNOUNCEMENT THAT JUST CAME OUT TODAY, ENJOY!!!
We said we would launch a company that would position itself in space never before occupied. We said we would deliver world class life-improvement materials. We said those materials would be the highest value products in their market. And finally, we said we’d make a pay plan that put 70% or more of total revenue into the field.
Friday night, in front of a live audience both in Lansing, Michigan and tuning in on video streaming from around the country, Orrin Woodward rolled out the One Time Cash Awards for the fiscal year 2012. This is sooner than we had once thought practical, but the founders of LIFE wanted to get these out as soon as possible so LIFE members could maximize their 2012 incomes. Here’s what LIFE members can earn when they hit the following levels for the first time during the 2012 fiscal year (which corresponds to the calendar year).
Leader 6 – which is six months (with at least 3 in a row) as a qualified Leader (either 15,000 total PV if you have no one under you who is also at 15,000 or at least 6,000 total PV (including your outside legs, personal volume, and customer volume) outside of that first leg if someone in that first leg is at 15,000 or above) receives $3,000
Leader 12 (this means you would have to start qualifying in January) receives $8,000
Coordinator 6 receives $4,000
Coordinator 12 receives $10,000
Sr. Coordinator 6 receives $10,000
Sr. Coordinator 12 receives $25,000
Life Coach 6 receives $30,000
Life Coach 12 receives $80,000
Executive Life Coach 6 receives $50,000
Executive Life Coach 12 receives $125,000
Double Life Coach 6 receives $75,000
Double Life Coach 12 receives $200,000
Triple Life Coach 6 receives $100,000
Triple Life Coach 12 receives $250,000
These OTCA’s are an extra bonus we will announce each year.
The way to qualify for them is to take your December 2011 achievement as a baseline. For instance, if you hit Leader in December, then you can begin qualifying for the Leader OTCA’s in 2012. If you hit Coordinator in December of 2011, then you can begin qualifying for the Coordinator OTCA’s for 2012 (but not for any of the OTCA’s below that level). As you move up through the ranks during 2012, you can accumulate the bonuses.
EXAMPLE: Let’s say you qualify as a Leader in January 2012. Then you continue qualifying through the entire year, but in July you also move up to the Coordinator level and hold it through the end of the year (thereby hitting Coordinator for 6 months). In this case you would accumulate three OTCA’s: $3,000 for Leader 6, $8,000 for Leader 12, and $4,000 for Coordinator 6. Your total OTCA’s for 2012, on top of all your other monthly LIFE bonuses, would therefore be $15,000!
This all means that January is a hugely important month for you! If you can attain to at least the Leader level, you are setting yourself up for some big bucks in 2012!
So set some goals now! Get to work and start hitting those volume heights and earning for yourself the LIFE you’ve always wanted! It’s here!
Growing up, my dad used to say; “Curt there’s the possibility and the probability. There’s always the possibility.” Do we focus on the probability so much that we question whether it’s even possible?
We have to stop counseling with ourselves, when we know nothing on the topic.
As an example, do we say things like…
– “I could never do that”
– “I could never be like that”
– “Well of course he can do it, he’s a natural”
– “Things never work out for me”
I used to think that the whole world was filled with Olympic gold medalists and astronauts, and that everyone else was either very smart or very talented. In school I had to study very hard just to get an average grade, while some didn’t study at all and got A’s. The words my dad spoke to me as a kid,”There’s always the possibility”, started to fade away because I started to think I wasn’t good enough to compete and the possibilities were not endless.
Then I plugged into a Leadership system and realized once again that things are possible and I can achieve anything I want. It doesn’t matter about I.Q. or how talented a person is. It only matters how hungry one is. From the words of Henry Ford “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… your right.” or from Napoleon Hill “Whatever a mind can conceive and believe it shall achieve”.
So if everything’s possible, where do we start? How do we pursue something as broad as possibilities? Well, we need to simplify. “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least” said Goethe. As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale writes, “Seek knowledge and clarity. Once you can visualize clearly, your attitude and your confidence soar. Therefore, your probability to succeed soars also”. We have to visualize our dreams. We need to get emotional about the logical. So pick yourself out a few of the trillions of possibilities you would like to accomplish, because people are like dynamite… the powers on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skinny young man that failed to make the high school basketball team, that others some day would know you as Michael Jordan. Or if you were a humble little girl by the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu who wanted to help the poor and wondered what she could possibly do on her own. The world one day would know her as Mother Teresa. “You become what you think about”. said Earl Nightingale
I would like to end with a story I found called “The Young Eagle”.
The nest of young eagles hung on every word as the Master Eagle described his exploits. This was an important day for the eaglets. They were preparing for their first solo flight from the nest. It was the confidence builder many of them needed to fulfill their destiny.
“How far can I travel?” asked one of the eaglets. “How far can you see?” responded the master eagle.
“How high can I fly?” quizzed the young eaglet. “How far can you stretch your wings?” asked the old eagle.
“How long can I fly?” the eaglet persisted. “How far is the horizon?” the mentor rebounded.
“How much should I dream?” asked the eaglet. “How much can you dream?” smiled the older wiser eagle.
“How much can I achieve?” the young eagle continued. “How much can you believe?” the old eagle challenged.
Frustrated by the banter, the young eagle demanded, “Why don’t you answer my questions?” “I did.”
“Yes, but you answered them with questions.” “I answered them the best I could.”
“But you’re the master eagle. You’re supposed to know everything. If you can’t answer these questions, who can?”
“You”, the old wise eagle reassured.
“Me? How?” The young eagle was confused.
“No one can tell you how high to fly or how much to dream. It’s different for each eagle. Only God and you know how far you’ll go. No one on this earth knows your potential or what’s in your heart. You alone will answer that. The only thing that limits you is the edge of your imagination.”
The young eagle puzzled by this asked, What should I do?”
“Look to the horizon, spread your wings, and fly.” By Tom Reilly
We shouldn’t only look outside ourselves and dream, but look inside ourselves and awaken.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
When I was a young kid in grade school we used to play a game called tag. One day while playing, one of my friends named Jimmy was tagged and started after me. I ran down the stairs and across the school yard while my friends were cheering me on from the second story balcony. I could hear him behind me the whole time. I finally got tired and stopped, and now I was the one tagged. This sounds like a typical day for a kid in grade school, but for me it was a life lesson, because of what I learned that day. My other friends told me that I should have kept going, and that Jimmy had given up just before I stopped and he just walked over and tagged me.
Orrin Woodward has taught me a process called PDCA. It stands for Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust. That day on the play ground, I came up with a plan and quickly started to do it. The problem came in on the check and adjust part. I couldn’t possibly see behind me and had no one to advise me. If I only had a small webcam feeding into my sunglasses.
I have learned over the years the importance of having a mentor. To have somebody to be my webcam that can give me a second story balcony perspective. Somebody that can help me check my progress and help me make adjustments to gain the belief so not to lose hope and give up just before the victory.
As we start this new year off with great expectations let us not forget the PDCA process because acting, dreaming, and planning are nothing without belief.
I started my leadership journey in March of 1992. I’ve been truly blessed to be able to associate and learn from some of the finest leaders on earth over the years. It has been an exciting adventure up to this point, and I know the best is yet to come.
In 2005, I met my friend and mentor Orrin Woodward (Co-author of best seller “Launching A Leadership Revolution”) and outside of my faith and family he has impacted my life more than anyone else. It has been said by Zig Ziglar that “Successful people use their strength by recognizing, developing and utilizing the talents of others” and I’m truly indebted to Orrin for caring enough to invest the best of who he is into me.
I started this blog to share my past, present, and future thoughts on LIFE and Leadership. I hope you will find them informative, inspiring and sometimes humorous. My prayer is that my never ending journey of the pursuit of truth will help you on your journey.