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Now with the Mental Fitness Challenge, you can learn from some of the top leaders in North America. The LIFE business was created to serve the community and improve lives, one person at a time. Enjoy this article were Warren Bennis shares his six attributes of leaders.

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Warren Bennis – Six Attributes of Leaders

Warren Bennis, noted leadership expert, writes on the six key attributes of leaders. The LIFE Founders exemplify these leadership attributes. Orrin WoodwardChris BradyTim MarksClaude HamiltonBill LewisGeorge GuzzardoDan Hawkins, and Rob Hallstrand are excellent leaders individually, but combined they are the best! With the recent release of theMental Fitness Challenge, the rest of the leadership field is learning of the world-class materials offered through the the LIFE Business. Here are the six leadership attributes:

Integrity

Integrity means alignment of words and actions with inner values.

It means sticking to these values even when an alternative path may be easier or more advantageous. A leader with integrity can be trusted and will be admired for sticking to strong values. They also act as a powerful model for people to copy, thus building an entire organization with powerful and effective cultural values.

Dedication

Dedication means spending whatever time and energy on a task is required to get the job done, rather than giving it whatever time you have available. The work of most leadership positions is not something to do ‘if time’. It means giving your whole self to the task, dedicating yourself to success and to leading others with you.

Magnanimity

A magnanimous person gives credit where it is due. It also means being gracious in defeat and allowing others who are defeated to retain their dignity. Magnanimity in leadership includes crediting the people with success and accepting personal responsibility for failures.

Humility

Humility is the opposite of arrogance and narcissism. It means recognizing that you are not inherently superior to others and consequently that they are not inferior to you. It does not mean diminishing yourself, nor does it mean exalting yourself. Humble leaders do not debase themselves, neither falsely nor due to low self-esteem. They simply recognize all people as equal in value and know that their position does not make them a god.

Openness

Openness means being able to listen to ideas that are outside one’s current mental models, being able to suspend judgement until after one has heard someone else’s ideas. An open leader listens to their people without trying to shut them down early, which at least demonstrates care and builds trust. Openness also treats other ideas as potentially better than one’s own ideas. In the uncertain world of new territory, being able to openly consider alternatives is an important skill.

Creativity

Creativity means thinking differently, being able to get outside the box and take a new and different viewpoint on things. For a leader to be able to see a new future towards which they will lead their followers, creativity provides the ability to think differently and see things that others have not seen, and thus giving reason for followers to follow.

Here is a video by best selling author Orrin Woodward. Watch as Orrin connects resolutions with some of the greatest minds of the past. The Mental Fitness Challenge is about creating the best you.

George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Jonathan Edwards were all 18th century colonial Americans who made a difference in the world. What did they have in common? Each developed resolutions to live their life by. Today, the Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) captures the wisdom of the ages into a 90-day program for long-term success, founded upon the wisdom of the ages.

Enter the Mental Fitness Challenge. Designed around the 13 resolutions put forth in Orrin Woodward’s best selling book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, the Mental Fitness Program helps people live the life they’ve always wanted to live. This is accomplished the way adults learn and grow – not through expensive conferences in tropical locations, or danger simulations and artificial adventures, or even high-priced concert/seminars with public figures – but rather through small, incremental, daily steps implemented according to timeless principles, as explained in Orrin’s book.  After all, it’s the formation of new habits that brings lasting change, and this begins with exercising the mind and becoming mentally fit.

Resolve to become a better you, take the Mental Fitness Challenge today!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

The LIFE community has gone to a whole new level! With the launch of the Mental Fitness Challenge and the incentive trips more people than ever before are ready to get to work and move forward!

One of the most attractive things the LIFE Team offers is community. What is community? Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

The term community has two distinct meanings: 1) A group of interacting people, living in some proximity (i.e., in space, time, or relationship). Community usually refers to a social unit larger than a household that shares common values and has social cohesion. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and, 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment.  A community is a group or society, helping each other.

This is one of the biggest assest the LIFE community offers to its members, “a social unit larger than a household that shares common values and has social cohesion. A group helping each other out!”

I recently was able to attend and speak at a LIFE business launch with a few hundred LIFE members excited to learn and move their lives and businesses forward.

This video is just a small part of the LIFE members in Southern Wisconsin that have decided to come together and win in business and in life! There is something very powerful when a group of people learn to succeed as a team. LIFE has created a business that in its very operation begins to restore social capital (community) in a world that desperately needs it. Listen to what Robert D. Putnam has to say about the importance of social capital:

If community exists, both freedom and security may exist as well. The community then takes on a life of its own, as people become free enough to share and secure enough to get along. The sense of connectedness and formation of social networks comprise what has become known as social capital.[4]

Social capital is defined by Robert D. Putnam as “the collective value of all social networks and species (who people know) and the inclinations that arise from these works to do things for each other (norms of reciprocity).”[5] Social capital in action can be seen in all sorts of groups, including neighbors keeping an eye on each others’ homes. However, as Putnam notes in Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000), social capital has been falling in the United States. Putnam found that over the past 25 years, attendance at club meetings has fallen 58 percent, family dinners are down 33 percent, and having friends visit has fallen 45 percent.[6]

The same patterns are also evident in many other western countries. Western cultures are thus said to be losing the spirit of community that once were found in institutionsincluding churches and community centers. Sociologist Ray Oldenburg states in The Great Good Place that people need three places: 1) the home, 2) the office, and, 3) the community hangout or gathering place.[7] With this philosophy in mind, many grassroots efforts such as The Project for Public Spaces are being started to create this “Third Place” in communities. They are taking form in independent bookstores, coffeehouses, local pubs, and through new and innovative means to create the social capital needed to foster the sense and spirit of community.[8]

I love that on at least a weekly basis the LIFE Community gathers to learn, share and expand the community! When people are evaluating your community they usually have at least three components:

1) What are the values this group stands for and believes in? The LIFE community is a group that understands that you need to believe in something or you will fall for anything! We share our values and beliefs through audio training, web cast, videos and,  live events where the top speakers in the LIFE community share with members and customers.

2) Who are the people that are part of the community and what are they like? LIFE has weekly opportunities to get around the people involved and get to know them. We have live events every other week where someone can come and associate with other like minded people and build strong relationship and social capital.

3) Can I add value and contribute to this community? LIFE has launched small groups on a bi-weekly based called challenge groups. This is a place where all members can learn great principles and then share how they have or will implement them in their lives. Everyone has something to share to help all of us get better!

In the book Grouped by Paul Adams he shares why we like to talk and share with others:

When researchers have studied why people share, they have consistently found that many do it to help others. This is an altruistic act with no expected reciprocity. For many, it is important to them to be perceived as helpful, and so they try to share content that they think other people will find valualbe. This is especially clear when we see people share information that may not reflect positively on themselves.

The LIFE Challenge groups give people a platform to share from personal experience and help others.

These are just a couple of thoughts on the power of community and what LIFE is doing to restore better ideas and social capital back into our local communities!

Orrin Woodward has published an incredible article on Compensated Communities that explains even further how the LIFE Community is restoring social capital!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

I had to share this video and my thoughts from one of my closest friends Steve Leurquin. I was doing my daily reading when I came upon his latest post on friendship and wanted to share another perspective on the same video. Please read Steve’s article as mine will be tied in to his!

In a world where negative and skepticism is king how do people find the courage to bring out their greatness? I love this video because it explains how it is still possible to live your dreams and become a hero. How many people like Jonathan have greatness within but lack the friend and the stage to bring it out!

The LIFE Community is on a quest to offer both! In Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved 13 Resolutions for Life he teaches the principles of friendship. Everyone who takes the Mental Fitness Challenge is being trained to be that friend for the people around them in their community. Along with learning the right information, LIFE offers association on a weekly basis with like minded people who want you to live the life you’ve always wanted!

The LIFE Team offers a stage for you to shine just like this TV show gave Jonathan his chance. The LIFE compensation plan was created to reward those willing to go through the process: learn, do and then teach!

My friend Orrin Woodward is a prime example of this, from engineer to best selling author and leadership expert. Orrin was given friends for encouragement, a system to grow and a stage to showcase his greatness. In response to all of the blessings he has received he and 7 other co-founders created LIFE to offer this to anyone willing to learn and grow! Orrin, just like Jonathan, displayed his character by not running into the sun with his success but sticking to his friends’ side to bring them along for the journey and help them bring out their greatness!

Never again can you say, I wish I had my chance, it is here!

Enjoy this video and I hope you tear up as you see the greatness that is posible in YOU when encouragement, friendship, courage and character meet!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Sometimes the best ideas are not earth shaking, but when applied properly can change everything! The Mental Fitness Challenge and LIFE materials are designed from people who have proven results in life and want to share the small secrets that make a big difference!

I love the following story because it makes the point, the right ideas applied make a big difference and the right information is worth paying for.

In the early 1900′s, management consultant Ivy Lee visited Charles Schwab, the president of the Bethlehem Steel company (it’s NOT the investments Charles Schwab that you’re probably thinking about :)

Ivy Lee asked Schwab what it would be worth to him if he could raise the productivity of his managers by at least 20%. Schwab said that he didn’t know the exact figure, but it would definitely be worth a substantial amount.

Lee then said that he would teach Schwab a simple time management technique in less than 10 minutes that would raise the productivity of his staff by at least 20%, if not more.

Lee insisted that he didn’t want to be paid up front. After a month of using the technique, Schwab could decide for himself how much it was worth and send him a check.

Schwab agreed without hesitation.

Lee then said, “First, write down all the tasks that you need to do. Then at the start of each day, select the six most important items you want to do that day and rank them in order of priority.

Start working on the first item and don’t stop until you are done or have gone as far as you can.

Then, reprioritize the remaining items based on the reality of the day and start working on the next highest item.

If something comes up during the day, only stop working on your current task if the new item is more important; otherwise just add it to your list.

If you don’t complete all the items on your list, don’t worry, just start again tomorrow in the same way.”

Schwab taught the technique to all his staff. After just one month, he was so impressed with the results that he sent Ivy Lee a check for $25,000, which is about $300,000 in today’s dollars… Not bad for a day’s work!

The-life-business.com was design by some of the top minds in leadership and success training today. The information in the Mental Fitness Challenge and LIFE subscriptions was built from decades of working with people and helping them improve in all categories of life.

Please read some of the testimonies that the LIFE materials are producing.

What area of life do you want to improve? What tools do you currently have to help you improve your thinking to get better results?

Mental fitness should be your top priority because it affects everything else in your life!

Take the Mental Fitness Challenge today and start living the life you’ve always wanted!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

This weekend in Columbus, Ohio the LIFE Founders rolled out the most impressive product to date and added 9 FREE dream vacations you can earn!

The Mental Fitness Challenge is going to help millions of people whip their thinking into shape and help them achieve the life they have always wanted! Here is what best selling author and leadership expert Orrin Woodward has to say about the Mental Fitness Challenge:

It is here – The Mental Fitness Challenge! The official release of the best systematically designed

personal development program ever.  I teamed up with NY Times best-selling author Chris Brady to conceptualize and develop a step-by-step process to grow personally from the inside out starting with private achievements, moving onto public achievements, then to leadership achievements, and eventually culminating in a legacy achievement. Anyone reading this who has the mind, heart, and desire to change can now achieve his or her destiny.

The Mental Fitness Challenge is based around my book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE. Each of the resolutions is focused on for one week, leading to a 13-week program designed to inculcate the 13 resolutions mindset into your life. I have never been happier with a personal development product, and I am excited to play a part in helping people fulfill their purposes. What is the life you have always wanted? Isn’t it time to pursue it today? 

Thousands of people have started their Mental Fitness Challenge.   Start yours today!

Part of the fun of the MFC is inviting others to take the challenge with you. We at LIFE have launched an incentive program that rewards people for sharing this challenge with others. We have five steps to getting the life you have always wanted:

1) Take the Mental Fitness Challenge – take the 90 day challenge to learn better thinking and discipline in your life.

2) GET THREE FRIENDS TO TAKE THE MENTAL FITNESS CHALLENGE – Get three friends to take   the challenge and yours is FREE!

3) BECOME A LIFE MEMBER AND GO POWER PLAYER – Special recognition and seating for Power Players

4) Go double Power Player with everyone trip tracking – Go on a paid trip! See LIFE website for details, but we are talking paid trips to Disney, Jamaica, Costa Rica, 7-10 day Cruises,  Hawaii and the list goes on!

5) HELP 3 OTHERS GO ON 2 PAID TRIPS – Job Optional! See LIFE Compensation

You can stop at any step, from taking the challenge all the way to freedom by joining the compensated community and spreading the message with us.

People left the weekend armed to Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference in their lives and in the lives of others around them. Join the revolution of improved lives through better information! Learn more about the challenge.  The people in this video did:

We are now a couple weeks into the Mental Fitness Challenge from LIFE! Please share your experiences with the MFC and other products from LIFE!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Living the LIFE you’ve always wanted using the Mental Fitness Challenge!

How is your fitness?

If you are like most people in our country you instantly thought of your weight, figure, or body image! Somewhere we have lost sight of our mental fitness! There is no shortage of diet plans, weight loss products, new exercise programs, or techniques.

Here is the problem with all of the fitness challenges, they all require mental fitness or they don’t work!

Let me explain. Every year in the beginning of January health clubs around the world have record enrollments and jammed parking lots! Only a few weeks later many of the new enrollees are gone and you can park right up front with no trouble.

Why? You see the health clubs, exercise equipment, and diet foods have always been there waiting for you to make a mental decision to use them! New Year’s resolutions are just decisions based on a new year, but most resolutions fail not because they are a bad idea, but because the person lacks the thinking and discipline to carry it out.

The Mental Fitness Challenge is a program designed to give you the life you’ve always wanted through better thinking and better association. You see, it will never be a better product, piece of equipment, or the latest craze that changes you, only your thinking can do that!

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein

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.

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Jim Rohn

You can read thousands of quotes from successful people all stating that the key to success is learning better ideas and applying them in your life. This MFC program is designed to give you the thinking it takes to succeed in any area you chose to improve. Maybe you want to lose weight, be a better parent or spose, or maybe improve you financial situation. The key to better results are better ideas!

Here is a short summary of the Mental Fitness Challenge from best selling author Chris Brady:

What is it? A life-changing package of information, including three best-selling books, a bunch of CDs, an online environment for tracking progress, a video library which accumulates for future viewing as videos stream in through email on a regular basis, a self-assessment test, unlimited 360 feedback, accountability partners, goal and tracking sheets, and more! This product encompasses years and years of learning how people change and maximize in their lives in all the 13 areas of resolutions from Orrin Woodward’s best seller RESOLVED.

I dare you to take the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge and begin to live the life you’ve always wanted!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Wow, LIFE is exploding! We have some more recognition to give out today to a couple that is building the-life-business right!

Dave and Leah Stadel have moved on to the Turbo 50 level using the-team.biz training system, and are at the Leader level in the life compensation plan! Dave and Leah have proven to be solid leaders taking their community in the right direction. This recognition is a measure of how many people you are helping succeed in LIFE! The LIFE business offers world class information in the form of audios, books and events. The Turbo 50 level is a measurement of how many people you have coming to a LIFE event to learn. This is a significant level to hit because you are leading over 100 people to life changing information and association.

The Stadels have been in the home based business industry for a number of years working hard but not seeing the fruit of their labor. Now that they have joined LIFE and use the-team.biz training system they are hitting levels far above anything they have achieved in the past. This is a prime example of a couple who had the will and hunger to win but were lacking the right vehicle.

Dave and Leah are quickly becoming some of the top leaders in the Team STEALTH organization and making an impact though out the country!

Congratulations Dave and Leah for deciding to move on and live the life you have always wanted!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Are you ready to take the Mental Fitness Challenge?

Starting as early as today thousands of people are beginning to head toward Ohio. Some will come by bus, some by car and others by plane. Many will travel straight through the night to ensure they will not miss a thing! They are all headed to the Ohio State Buckeyes’ stadium filled with excitement, hope, and anticipation!

Many will bring Team flags to celebrate the victories of the ones playing the game and scream and shout with excitement as their favorite players take center stage!

While I write this many will think the Buckeyes have an NCAA game this weekend and all of their fans are going to watch the victory, but actually the Buckeyes are not playing.

This weekend the Ohio stadium will be filled with players of a different game, the game of LIFE! Thousands will show up and do all of the above with one huge difference, everybody in the stadium is playing the game and everyone can experience the victory for their own life! LIFE is about compensated communities working together to win in life!

While sports largely celebrate physical fitness, we celebrate Mental Fitness. We have invited down LIFE members from around the world to come and take the Mental Fitness Challenge!

The entire event will challenge the members to improve themselves mentally and inspire them to go out and help others improve their mental fitness as well.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Socrates

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
Saint Augustine

You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.  Les Brown

We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are.                                                                                           Max Depree

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.                     Benjamin Disraeli

I could list thousands of quotes by people who have achieved great things on the importance of working on your Mental Fitness. I could also list some quotes from critics who have achieved nothing in life on why you should not improve yourself. I guess the question is, which group would you rather listen to and associate with?

There has never been a statue erected to a critic, and there has never been a statue erected to a man that did not have critics!

Do not expect the critics around you to be excited about you taking time and money to grow yourself and become something more, because by improving you expose their unwillingness to improve themselves!

The LIFE Community is a group of people who have decided to take the Mental Fitness Challenge and improve themselves everyday!

Join us down in Ohio as we celebrate your sacrifice, courage, commitment and yes YOUR VICTORY!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

The story that is being written is a story that will fill history books of the future. Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady began their leadership journey and partnership about 20 years ago and are just getting started. In the latest release of the Top 30 Leadership Gurus both Orrin and Chris climbed higher on the chart for I believe the 3rd year in a row, now claiming the #6 and #11 spots respectively.

Orrin and Chris are writing a remarkable story that started in two very different places. Here is what author Tim Marks had to say about Orrin Woodward:

Orrin Woodward grew up in Columbiaville, Michigan, a town where the word “vision” wasn’t something you’d hear pop up at the average dinner table. His brilliant mind and work ethic were quickly noticed by his superiors at work, and his amazing engineering genius resulted in four engineering patents to his name by the age of 25. He was on the fast track to corporate “success”. But he was eventually exposed to some new business information, and he decided to go against the grain. He ignored the 95% advice of his friends, family and co-workers, and he plunged head-first into his first entrepreneurial venture.

Success didn’t come easily to Orrin. We might watch him speak on stage today in front of thousands of people and forget that he failed a public speaking class in college. We might read the chapter on conflict resolution in his incredible book RESOLVED and puzzle that this great man describes his younger self as a “no-people skills engineer.” We might see the tens of thousands of people at a Major function and forget that he struggled for several years to build a business community past 200 people. And we might look at his lifestyle, his homes in Florida and Michigan, and his yacht, and not realize the massive battles that Orrin and Laurie have waged behind the scenes on our behalf.

From humble beginnings Orrin Woodward has risen to elite heights in business and leadership, he has now been voted the number 6 leadership expert and claiming the #1 spot from the IAB.  Probably the biggest impact Orrin has had is not in what he has accomplished but the people he has helped along the way. I am so thankful that Orrin has chosen to pursue his purpose because in pursuing his purpose he has given me one as well.

Chris Brady has been introduced many times on stages across the globe as a man who could have succeeded anywhere. Here is what leadership expert Orrin Woodward had to share about Chris.

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.

With such an impressive start in life it is not a surprise that Chris is making such an impact with his newest venture called LIFE. Chris is now the author of numerous best selling books and was recently named the #11 leadership educator in the world!  He continues to learn, grow and teach across the globe to help people achieve the life they have always wanted through better ideas and information.

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady are just warming up and are on their way to the top of the leadership and personal development field. Their business LIFE has only been in operation since November 1, 2011 and they are already getting national attention for the quality of their products and the growth of the business. The friendship and partnership of Orrin and Chris will go down in history, along with the stories of the thousands and soon millions of people they are impacting in a positive direction.

Thank you Orrin and Chris for allowing us all to pursue our purpose in LIFE!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

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