Archive for February, 2012

It is amazing today to see all of the ways we will challenge ourselves physically. We will work too many hours, play recreational sports leagues, sign up for a 5K race or start the latest diet and exercise craze, but what about our mental fitness?

All you have to do is log on to the internet and you will read about a 90 day challenge to better health or 90 days to whip you body back into shape! After Jan. 1 of every year health club parking lots are full (at least until Feb.! 🙂 )

Why is it that we find so many ways to take care of our physical fitness but ignore our mental fitness? Don’t get me wrong a leader wants to take care of the body he has been given. It’s hard to serve the people you have been blessed to lead if you are sick all of the time or pass away from bad health before you fulfill you purpose in LIFE.

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”

Spanish Proverb

Here is the other problem, we always want the easiest way to get back in shape! Everyone is looking for the quick no pain fix for their physical fitness! The truth is closer to the old saying, “no pain, no gain!”

I was blessed to spend some time in Florida this winter with leadership expert Orrin Woodward. He is one of the few individuals I know who truly pursues both physical and mental fitness, and actively pursues them daily. While down there we hit the gym every couple of days and pushed our bodies to the max.

We would select a muscle group each time and challenge them with weights and repetition until the muscle actually began to fail. We pushed them past their normal comfort zone and forced them to grow. Then after the gym we would find a place on Orrin’s property and challenge ourselves mentally. We would pick up challenging books and have discussions about numerous topics and think through new ideas, pushing our minds past their comfortable limits. So many people never challenge themselves because of the pain associated with growth, both mentally and physically. When we left the gym every time my muscles were exhausted, the next 2 days I was in pain, but I felt great! I knew that by enduring the short term pain, I would have long term results.

Your mental fitness is the same.  There will be short term pain but long term rewards. So many people skip this pain to make life easier when in reality life will only get harder.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

You see, we are not just body, but body, soul and mind. We need to exercise, feed and challenge ourselves daily in all 3 areas.

“Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.”

– Dorothea Brande

What have you done today to challenge yourself mentally or physically? Begin to exercise daily and become physically fit, and take a person mental fitness challenge and read, think and grow everyday.

Here are 3 ways the-life-business helps you build your mental fitness:

  1. Read – The LIFE business sends out hand pick books from some of the top life coaches in the world for you to read and apply in your life.
  2. Listen – The LIFE business produces multiple audios for you to listen to on a daily basis to provoke thought and improve attitude
  3. Associate – The LIFE business provides a format for you to associate with like minded people in a community with Team. LIFE/Team also provides mentorship from some of the top business builders and life coaches today.
God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Recently I began to reread the book Launching a Leadership Revolution. I have read this book many times but every time I pick it up I learn so much more.  I cannot believe the amount of teaching in this book that gives us everything to build a huge organization.

The video I have attached is Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady from Team discussing The Third Level of Influence: Leading.  I love this chapter because this is where some big things start to  happen in a group when this level is applied.  The new leader has learned to be a hungry student and apply the knowledge being learned and puts in the activity and moves to the second level and gets results.

At level two or  performer level the leader can get results through personal effort.  They are continuing to be a hungry student and are now getting personal results. Now they start to add more tools to their belt and step to Level 3.  This is where you continue to learn and perform, but you add leading to the mix.  You start to develop and orchestrate other leaders who are stepping into level two.  You begin to multiply your efforts and explode the effectiveness and productivity of your group.

I encourage you to watch this short clip by Orrin and Chris and jump back into your copy of Launching a Leadership Revolution and start to lead! God Bless, Dan Hawkins

LIFE Founders Chris & Terri Brady

Chris & Terri Brady – LIFE Founders Part I

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 24, 2012

When I met Chris Brady in the AC Spark Plug lobby, we were 18 years old – kids fresh out of high school. Both of us had dreams, ambitions, and a willingness to work. After a brief introductory meeting with our student advisor, all of the students was sent off to various facilities for their specific assignments. Who could have predicted then what God had in store for two young men in that meeting? Even so, Chris and I met for the first time on that summer day in 1985, eventually leading to a business partnership that would launch a leadership revolution to change the world.

My second recollection of Chris was in our first semester of GMI-EMI, when I sat in front of him in our history class. I heard a young man behind me speaking boldly about the steps he had planned to climb the corporate ladder and achieve his goals and dreams. My first thought was: What 18-year-old already has his life plans laid out in that detail? Curiosity got the best of me, however, so I turned around to see who was speaking. Looking at Chris, I knew I had seen him before, but couldn’t recall where. One things was for sure. I knew then that Chris, at 18 years of age, was focused on moving ahead in life and leadership.

In truth, Chris Brady has been a dreamer and doer for as long as I have known him. For example, when I was working a full 12 week assignment in Wichita Falls, Texas, I lived in an apartment provided by the AC Rochester plant (one of the reasons I agreed to go to Texas, since I was dead broke.) :) Chris was assigned to Wichita Falls for a six-week term to help launch a new product. Since the plant was already paying for an apartment, Chris crashed with me and several other students during his time in Texas. It was my six weeks with him in Texas that solidified by belief that Chris was different from the rest of us students. Specifically, when comparing his purpose and vision to the rest of ours. Simply put, I had never met anyone so young who was as driven to break free from mediocrity as Chris Brady. His determination and confidence was scary for a low self-esteem person like I was at the time.

However, with that said, his boldness and direction intrigued me as much as it intimidated me. Why did this guy believe so strongly in his purpose? How did he achieve this magical elixir so young? Whatever it was, Chris’s drive led to massive achievements throughout college. In fact, he finished second in his 1990 graduating class at GMI-EMI (not too shabby considering it is a school filled with brains.) :) More impressively, after graduation, he qualified for the coveted GM scholarship program. GM selects only a few of the elite graduates for an all-expenses-paid masters program. Chris chose the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon Institute and graduated with a masters in manufacturing systems. Little did Chris know, however, that beyond his degree, he would gain something much more valuable – the love of his life, Terri (Estes) Brady, whom he met at Carnegie-Mellon.

Chris and I went our separate ways after graduating from GMI-EMI. Basically, it wasn’t until after I began seeking another career path to success that we were reacquainted. In truth, I was not planning on contacting Chris for my community – not because I didn’t think he could do it, but rather, knowing his drive and mission, I believed he already had his path to his dreams. Providence, however, intervened. Thankfully, when I began community building with another engineer, he strongly recommended we share our plan with Chris. He said he could line up lunch together for the three of us.

When Chris and I met for lunch, it didn’t take five minutes for Chris to begin dream building me on the possibilities of getting out of corporate America. Hold on a minute, I thought! I am supposed to be dream building Chris on our options, and instead, he has me imagining flying around the Caribbean, talking about owning a local island business, and living the high life. What gives? I was so discombobulated, that I never showed him anything. Only later did I realize that Chris had recently returned from his honeymoon, and no longer wanted to sell the best 50 years of his life working for someone else. Corporate America’s rose-colored glasses, in other words, had been cracked for both of us. Eventually, Chris and I had another lunch appointment that formed the foundation for a life-long business partnership.

Even though our businesses didn’t grow that fast, our friendship and trust for one another did. To be sure, we worked hard, but we never seemed to get the growth we expected from working so hard. Indeed, after nearly five years of tireless effort, both of us combined could barely gather 200 people within our community. Those were less than overwhelming results, to say the least – especially compared to our business today, since we recently had a brand new couple accomplish more in fifteen months than the Brady’s and Woodward’s did in five years! This couple went from zero to over 300 people in their personal community, achieving the RT level in just fifteen months. In Chris’s and my defense, however, it was a different era. We had to deal with overpriced products, an under-rewarding compensation plan, and a meddling myopic management team.

Our businesses may not have grown, but we did, both personally and professionally. We both came to faith in Jesus Christ during our five-year desert experience. It is immeasurable the impact this has had on both of us in all areas of life. Actually, looking back, I am thankful our businesses didn’t grow during this time, because if they had, we might have been inclined to take the credit. Instead, we struggled for years, building and replacing groups repeatedly. The lessons we learned about ourselves and others, realizing not all people follow through on what they say, were essential for our future success. In reality, many people start in community building with selfish motives, but over time, if they stick around, we see them change and grow into servant leaders. Chris and Terri chose the change and growth route, becoming top servant leaders.

Stay tuned for Part II. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

Tim & Amy Marks – LIFE Founders

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 14, 2012

Tim and Amy Marks are one of the Founders of the LIFE Business. This couple exemplifies the results possible for those who are willing to grow and change.

Tim, when he started his community, struggled with reading. In fact, his elementary school teacher had told him that he would never be able to read because of his early struggles with comprehension. Thankfully, Tim’s dream was bigger than his dyslexia and he changed the alleged facts. Tim is now an avid reader and voracious learner. Moreover, through sharing his story, he has helped thousands of men step up to lead their families.

Amy struggled with low self-worth, leading to severe eating disorder. Indeed, there were days where she didn’t eat at all. However, by God’s grace and a loving community, Amy has overcome her eating disorders, becoming a true servant of others. She has become one of the most respected and in-demand speakers in North America, connecting with men and women going through their own personal challenges.

Tim and Amy’s courageous leadership catapulted them to TEAM Policy Council in 31 months! This is the record for the fastest growing community building in the TEAM’s history. Although the Marks’ business grew at a torrid pace, it’s their character that is the most impressive. This couple does the right thing because it’s the right thing period. It’s easy to partner with a couple of this caliber, since one will always know where Tim and Amy stand based upon principle.

For example, during the middle of the Team’s freedom battle from our former supplier, the Team community dropped from over 16k people attending events to less than 8k. The drop in numbers put massive financial stress upon the leaders, not to mention the added millions spent on legal bills. Nonetheless, Tim volunteered 100% of his Team profit sharing for over two years, in order to help fund our legal team. Without this selfless act, there would be no LIFE Business today. Few people would sacrifice personally to this extent. Thankfully, Tim and Amy are part of that few.

In the middle of these stressful times, the PC tapped Tim with a huge additional assignment. Our All Grace Outreach (AGO) CD and book series and the AGO charity were in serious trouble financially. While the TEAM lost half of its numbers, the AGO series lost significantly more. The PC sought a leader who understood the TEAM community’s needs and could help select the speakers and books to provide the spiritual nourishment for the community enduring its desert experience. Tim stepped into the gap and launched an amazing turnaround of the AGO series and charity.

Leaders make decisions based upon data. Tim applied this principle to the AGO series through the saying, “In God we trust, all others must have data.” The data called for change and Tim’s leadership turned around the program. Although the overall TEAM community has grown rapidly, moving past 16k people attending events again, Tim’s leadership of AGO is even more impressive. The AGO series is ten times larger today than it was when Tim assumed the All Grace Outreach helm! Author Jim Collins has a famous saying, “Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus.” Assigning Tim Marks for leadership of AGO was one of the PC’s best decisions, especially when one considers that 100% of all AGO series corporate profits are given to the AGO non-profit charity. The AGO non-profit ensures crucial operating funds for many worthwhile Christian organizations.

Tim and Amy have grown into one of the top leaders in LIFE and are Quad-PCs in TEAM. They deserve a huge thank you from the LIFE TEAM communities for their sacrificial leadership and commitment to excellence. Moreover, Laurie and I count our friendship with Tim and Amy Marks as one of God’s invaluable gifts to us. Indeed, many times, through the crushing pressure and stress of war, it was Tim and Amy’s encouragement and Christian love that kept Laurie and I moving ahead.

Laurie and I extend a heartfelt congratulations and sincere thank you to Tim and Amy Marks for being people of character, honor, and excellence. The Marks’ family has earned every single financial blessing they have today. They live in a stunning mansion in the Cape Coral, enjoying their financial freedom with family and friends. They are truly a modern day success story and a couple worth modeling.

Tim and Amy give hope to every person in LIFE, that through character, hard work, and perseverance, nearly any dream is achievable. The LIFE community eagerly awaits the release of Tim Marks’ first book, The Voyage of a Viking, in which he shares life lessons learned from his dreams, struggles, and victories.

Laurie and I are honored to have Tim and Amy as LIFE Founders and friends. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

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George and Jill Guzzardo are  LIFE Founders and leaders of leaders. When I first met George, he was living as far away from civilization as humanly possible. Indeed, George and Jill moved from the hustle and bustle of Chicago to the backwoods of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, just outside Ironwood. The Guzzardo’s goal was to get away from people and enjoy time together working in the health field and enjoying nature. Man, however, may make his plans, but it’s God who directs his steps. In other words, destiny intervened.

Ed, Jill’s older brother, happened to be my engineering mentor and best friend. Ed and I worked together on multiple engineering projects. When I started listening to CD’s on community building, I realized the potential and shared this with Ed. Ed agreed, driving 10 hours in the same state (that’s how far into the backwoods the Guzzardo’s lived!) to share the…

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On my leadership journey there have been so many LIFE and leadership lessons. One of the biggest epiphanies is when you realize that every failure,  problem and or conflict is a chance to learn and get better. We have all been created equal in the fact that we are imperfect, unreasonable and sometimes unbearable. I say this with love and pointing directly at myself as the best example of this! I love this poem about people:

Lessons for life

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

— Dr. Kent M. Keith

This poem makes it clear that where there are people there will be problems, the key is learning how to resolve the conflict that they create. In Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life he covers in detail the art of conflict resolution. “Whether leading a business, church or charitable organization, the ability to resolve conflict is essential.” I encourage you to pick up this book and study this chapter, it will make all the difference in your relationships.

Today I wanted to share just a piece of the book to give you some action steps to apply the next time conflict occurs.

  1. Affirm the Relationship – Here is a great way to start a conversation: “I am here, even though it’s uncomfortable, because I value our relationship and would rather be uncomfortable resolving our misunderstandings than comfortable with misunderstandings in our relationship.”
  2. Seek to Understand –The key here is to truly hear the other side of the story. Many conflicts are resolved at this step when you are willing to look at the conflict from the other side. “Get curious, not furious.” Orrin Woodward
  3. Seek to be Understood –Remember, resolution is the object, not justification. After you successfully get through the first two steps you can share your perspective. Again, not to justify but to create understanding and a plan for future interactions.
  4. Own Responsibility by Apologizing – A leader is aware that it is always our fault, even when it is not. We need to take responsibly for as much of the conflict as we truthfully can. Even if the other party is entirely at fault I still apologize for my part in the problem and ask for forgiveness.
  5. Seek Agreement – Leave the table on the same side with a plan to avoid future conflict of the same nature. Other problems will arise but the same problems should not persist.

More animals in the barnyard, more “stuff” to deal with. The bigger the following we create the more problems we will encounter. Courage is the virtue that underlies all virtues. It will take courage to apply the five steps and resolve conflict, but the blessings of the strong relationships it will create will be eternal.

God bless,

Dan  Hawkins

Be a champion in LIFE

I love this video! I have learned over the years of being an entrepreneur that a large part of success has to do with your self talk. What are you telling yourself on a daily basis? Do you replay your past successes or failures in your mind?

When I first started to understand personal development and positive thinking, my thoughts were a mess! I remember Orrin Woodward saying from stage, “what if we recorded your thoughts for the last three hours and played them up here on stage?” This was the first time I began to listen to my self talk, that was interesting! If someone else would say the things I say to myself on a daily basis I would punch them in the nose!

Here is the wonderful truth about your self talk, it is completely under your control. In the book Magic of Thinking Big the author uses this example: you have two people working in your head Mr. Triumphant and Mr. Defeat. They are both tireless workers and respond at the speed of thought. If you think a positive thought, Mr. Triumphant gets to work finding every past success to convince you that you can win. However if you think negative thoughts, Mr. Defeat gets hard at work digging up past failures to justify you not being able to succeed. Henry Ford was quoted as saying “if you think you can you can and if you think you can’t you can’t, either way you are right.”

This is such an important lesson to learn, are you feeding Mr. Triumphant or Mr. Defeat? It is up to you. What story are you telling yourself? You have the power to write your own story and get Mr. Triumphant working hard to create success in your life!

As you watch this video listen for the positive self talk the coach is giving to the players. He is speaking directly to Mr. Triumphant and calling out the champion inside.

Each of us have a Champion inside waiting to get out and win! Call out your inner champion with proper self talk and become your best.

Pursue your purpose in LIFE!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins


I will conquer what has not been conquered.
Defeat will not be in my creed.
I will believe what others have doubted.
I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor and respect of my team
I have trained my mind and my body will follow.


I will acknowledge the fact that my opponents do not expect me to win.
But I will never surrender.
Weakness will not be in my heart.
I will look to my comrades, and to those who brought me into this world, and those who train me and I will draw strength from that.


I will gladly go off to the field of battle. I will move, move and everything I can do and I will reach my field of battle at any means at my disposal. And when I get there I will arrI’ve violently. I will rip the heart from my enemy and leave it bleeding on the ground. Because he cannot stop me.


To my side I have comrades, comrades that will be with me through thick and thin.
Through sacrifice, through blood, through sweat, through tears.
Never will I let them fall; never will I let them down.
And I will never leave an enemy behind, because our opponent does not know my heart.


No one will deny me, no one will defy me, and no one will tell me who and what I am, and can be.
Belief will change my world. It has moved continents, it has moved countries, it has put man on the moon, and it will carry me through this battle.


Defeat, retreat, those are not in my words, I don’t understand those definitions.
I don’t understand when things go wrong. I don’t understand mistakes. But I do understand this, I understand victory and I understand never surrendering.
No matter how bad things go, my heart and my mind will carry my body when my limbs are too weak.


Today will be that day, not tomorrow, not next week, but right now right here, in your house and in your home.


History will remember me. I will not have to worry about him being kind. I will define myself, I will write my own pages. And no one will tell me what I can and cannot be.
I will never go wrong, not as long as I’ve gI’ven everything I’ve got.

Because who am I? I AM A CHAMPION! “

What does it mean to be a leader? Am I qualified, does leadership matter in my life? When I first was introduce to and these questions ran around my head. Why would an auto mechanic and a day-care provider need leadership and life coaching in our lives?

Everyone is called upon to be a leader sometime during the course of their life. Listen to Chris Brady bring a dynamic talk on what a true leader really is! Leadership is about making a difference, small or large, in the moment, or in the future. Take initiative and become a true LEADER!!

Enjoy the video from leadership expert and founder of LIFE Chris Brady!

God bless, Dan Hawkins

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