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Are you chasing your dreams or just wishing your dreams will come true?

Tim lays out six steps to hitting your goal.

1) Define what you want out of life

2) Write down your goals

3) Set a deadline on your goal

4) List what you need to accomplish your goal

5) Create a plan

6) Take action on the plan immediately

7) Do something everyday that takes you towards your goal, keep moving

 

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

 

Information –> Actions –> Results

This small formula is causing success or failure in your life. The 90 Mental Fitness Challenge was developed to challenge your thinking and give you new information. New information leads to new actions, and new actions lead to better results.

So many people get stuck in the action phase, not liking the results, instead of changing, just stay busy doing more of the same.  Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.” Unfortunately, many people, spend all of their time in the wrong actions because they feel they do not have time to get new information.

The MFC was designed with you in mind, made in small bite size pieces you can easily work into your day. Read 15 minutes, listen to some audios on your way to work, school or maybe playing in the background while you work around the house, and find ten minutes to watch a video by leadership experts Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady.

Ideas have consequences, are you happy with yours? Take the Mental Fitness Challenge today and start to build a better tomorrow!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

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

Success stories in LIFE Team

Hey everyone, we wanted to share another heart warming, purpose filling story from leaders moving on in the-life-business.com! This couple is working directly with Matt and Michelle Mielke and are hitting new levels and making a difference. Enjoy this article from Matts’ leadership blog!

God bless, Dan and Lisa Hawkins

Eric and Miriam Schilling Brand New Turbo 50′s: Pig Farmer to Carpenter….Turned Entrepreneur with LIFE Leadership

One of my favorite parts of building LIFE leadership groups is watching the transformation that happens in an individual’s, or couple’s, life.  When starting out on the leadership journey, I remember hearing from LIFE founders Dan HawkinsOrrin Woodward and George Guzzardo, “If you can help the new person win in life, you will be rewarded too.”

For the last few years, Michelle and I have had the privilege of working with a young couple, Eric and Miriam Schilling, from Watertown, Wisconsin.  I met Eric when he was a freshman in high school.  He is the son of Mike and Robin Schilling and Mike and I worked together in the pharmacy.  I was always impressed how Mike and Robin balanced many “hats”:  pharmacist, home-school mother, and pig farmers all at the same time.

Eric graduated from high school as an accomplished wrestler, entered the carpentry trade, and met his soon-to-be wife Miriam in their late teens.  When Eric and Miriam were introduced to an entrepreneur opportunity with the TEAMleadership training, they jumped on board.

Were they excited at first?  No!  But what we have witnessed first-hand is a man and woman transformed before our eyes.  Eric has gone from not liking people to learning how to become a compassionate listener and a man who appreciates relationships.  Miriam has changed from a mild, unconfident teenager into a extremely competent student and leader of many people.  Below is a selection from her LIFE testimony.

On average, in the U.S., a suicide happens every 17 seconds….. When I left high school, I had a deep sense of hopelessness for this life. When I was introduced to the information that LIFE has to provide, that feeling was lifted. In it’s place was a sure sense of purpose…..  The information I receive through the LLR series gave me a sense of personal responsibility for my community, showed me the role I could play in my country, and how my actions do effect the bigger picture.

Earlier in February, Eric and Miriam were recognized as new Turbo 50′s at aTEAM/LIFE leadership seminar.  That means they had at least 50 people in 2 different organizations each, learning and growing in a LIFE environment.  WOW!  How many 20-something-year-olds do you know that lead over 100 people?  They will be the first to admit that it couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of a tremendous team of developing leaders (see Josh and Kristina Meinel’s Turbo 25 recognition coming soon in a future post and Jeff and Kathy Wood’s Turbo 25 recognition).

I recently heard Miriam describe how the money they make from LIFE/TEAM leadership fills in the gaps when Eric’s job is slow during the winter season. (see LIFE Compensation Plan) And they’re just beginning!!

We are so proud of Eric and Miriam for hitting this milestone and we know it’s just a mile-marker in their journey toward greater victories…Pig farmer becoming millionaire! Matt

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

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