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Mother Teresa – Do It Anyway

Mother Teresa - Do It Anyway

Thank you Michelle Mielke for sharing this for so many to hear and grow from on Saturday night’s LIFE live event in Whitewater:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa

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May 13, 2013 · 5:09 pm

A Visitor from the Past

I am so excited to share a link to an article Orrin Woodward posted this morning:  The Story of the LIFE Business .

It was a welcome read and is increasing the anticipation I have for the release of the book Leadershift.

The following is something I wanted to save somewhere I could easily find it later, and was moved by when it was shared from stage by a successful leader and more recently by a friend of mine.  Whether one agrees or disagrees, I think it gets a person thinking just as the article and book bio shared above will, and a thinking people is exactly what we all need.  Enjoy!

A VISITOR FROM THE PASTfounders

(Thelen Paulk)

I had a dream the other night, I didn’t understand.

A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.

His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed.

He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:

“We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.

We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.

For future generations, this legacy we gave.

In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you’d always keep.

But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.

Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you’re no more than a slave.

In this, the land of the free and home of the brave.

“You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,

Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.

On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent.

Although you have no voice in choosing, how the money’s spent.

“Your children must attend a school that doesn’t educate.

Your Christian values can’t be taught, according to the state.

You read about the current news, in a regulated press.

You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S.

“Your money is no longer made of Silver or of Gold.

You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.

You pay for crimes that make our Nation, turn from God in shame.

You’ve taken Satan’s number, as you’ve traded in your name.

“You’ve given government control, to those who do you harm,

So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,

And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,

Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail.

“Your public servants don’t uphold the solemn oath they’ve sworn.

Your daughters visit doctors, so their children won’t be born.

Your leaders ship artillery, and guns to foreign shores,

And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people’s wars.

“Can you regain the freedom for which we fought and died?

Or don’t you have the courage, or the faith to stand with pride?

Are there no more values for which you’ll fight to save?

Or do you wish your children, to live in fear and be a slave?

“People of the Republic, arise and take a stand!

Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!

Preserve our Great Republic, and GOD-Given Right!

And pray to GOD, to keep the torch of Freedom burning bright!”

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came.

His words were true, we are not Free, we have ourselves to blame.

For even now as tyrants, trample each GOD-Given Right,

We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside, in a dream, while you’re asleep,

And wonders what remains of our Rights he fought to keep,

What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave:

“IS THIS STILL THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE???”

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Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Play!

For many, we enter fields of endeavor, whether personal or professional, with high aspirations.  Most never begin a project or game they don’t intend to complete, master or win.  One of the keys to success, though, can often be linked back to the coaching one receives along the journey.  For myself, I have been blessed to be a part of many winning organizations,with amazing coaches, through athletics in high school and at Lakeland College.  But also more recently, in entrepreneurship with the LIFE business powered by LIFE training.  Richard, my husband, and I were talking this evening about some areas where we want to grow and to help others. I was reminded of the times, not only when I was playing, but later as time passed, when I was coaching.  It was a very difficult role for me for many reasons, but one was because I was used to being able to jump out on the floor, when I had the opportunity, and personally do something about what was going on.  I received coaching and then would do my best to execute,my former opponents, teammates and coaches could argue the effectiveness of that execution, but the point remains that as a member of a team you can physically DO something to directly impact the outcome.  As a coach, the role changes.  And whether on the court, field, or mat it is no longer an option to go and do-now the game is to equip, guide and inspire.  Coaching in the classroom and the field of business follow much the same principles.

The main idea we were discussing was that, as a basketball coach, while still playing a part on the team I never once considered stepping foot on the court during a game to make a free throw for a player whose shooting percentage was lower than mine.  My role was to lead.  I have often heard Orrin Woodward, an undeniably successful leader, author and life coach, say “Do only the things that only you can do.”  I have heard others share, never do for someone what they can do for themselves.

For me, the difficulty to follow this advice is rooted in multiple areas.  I was used to being a performer on the team directly and in a coaching capacity I had to work to equip other performers with skills I could demonstrate in front of them in practice and answer questions about, but it takes relinquishing control to allow them the opportunity to succeed or fail on their own merit.  Not being in control can be hard.  When you take this off the court where there is no referee there to stop you, it can be easier to jump in and do and maintain control rather than to grow oneself or develop the skill set to equip and inspire others.  In the short-term, the job or task looks done, the team or organization may even experience success on the surface, you may be heralded or recognized for saving the day, but ultimately no one can move forward because still only one person is necessary and convinced they can complete the task and will always therefore be required to be there to do it.  I look at players on business teams where the coach is always willing to step in and do what needs to be done or in classrooms where I saw the teacher do for a student in order to “help” them get a better grade and those players and students confidence and skill would never grow.  There is something to be said for being in the trenches with your teams, but personal confidence, competency and knowledge that ones contribution is needed for the team to succeed grow when people are inspired to action and allowed to do the tasks, however poor the execution, with their coach alongside them to plan, course correct, encourage, and adjust over time.

There are many other factors that play into this and that are required to move through the 5 levels of leadership that Woodward and Chris Brady discuss in their book, Launching a Leadership Revolution, but if the coach is always there to do the things that he is “trying” to teach others to do, eventually there is no need for the others and no one for the aspiring coach to lead.

I checked out some of the commonalities found in the winningest coaches and wanted to share them-they have certainly cemented some of my thoughts and shed light on areas where I can improve.  Check it out:

1.  Passion for what you do

2.  Patience

3.  Endurance

4. Focus on the players, on and off the field: encouraging them to strive to beat their personal best and finding unique and genuine ways to communicate that.

When I look at Coach Nikki Forster, Coach April Arvan, Coach Jane Bouche, and coaches today in my life: Steve and Jamie Leurquin and Dan and Lisa Hawkins I see all of these four of these traits represented at a high level.  I am thankful for their example and excited to continue the journey of learning to do what they have achieved mastery in, coaching and leading.

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EXCITING!

Hey guys, check this out from Orrin Woodward.

Happy Birthday LIFE!

Team Stealth is on a mission and the LIFE business is where it is at.  Check out the details, get involved with the community and realize a future living the life you have always wanted.

In the words of some amazing leaders we are proud to follow (Steve and Jamie Leurquin), “This is our time!”

God Bless,

The Fishers

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Success in LIFE: Brian and Amy Christian

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Brian and Amy Christian came into the information LIFE offers with two children, a mortgage, a home improvement loan, a car payment, a truck payment, a camper payment, and a Great Dane. They both came from bigger families and were told to get good grades, graduate college, and get a good job and you will be great! They had a good marriage, but were not able to spend time together due to their careers and everything else they juggled. Brian has worked for a water conditioning company for over 20 years, since he was a teenager. He found his passion working as a paid on call firefighter. He served on boards for the department and was a firefighter of the year. Amy worked with delinquent youth and individuals with disabilities to help them obtain employment. She served on many community committees, local chambers of commerce and was a big sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Amy was openly looking for another way of life! Daily she would cry going to work after dropping off her kids at daycare. Amy was contacted by an old coworker and Dan and Lisa Hawkins showed her this idea. She jumped at it! Brian was not as excited, but wanted to support her.

They said the impact the LIFE business has had on their family is beyond measure. Every single part of their lives has been touched by this information. They continue to grow everyday in their faith, marriage, relationships and parenting.   They are down a home improvement loan, a car payment, a truck payment, a camper payment, and a Great Dane, and have added a 7-year-old Labrador.  Amy is home schooling their children and they have lunch with Brian everyday.

Their son Nash states, “The biggest rewards from LIFE are that his Dad and Mom are working together to help other people.  Even though they have to leave us with a babysitter sometimes; it is worth it!” He feels having Mom at home and home schooling are the best. Nash love to write the names of the people that we are helping up on our patio door.

Maren, their daughter, thinks that the biggest blessing is Jesus Christ in their lives. She loves that her family all worked together to hit their goal. She liked calling her Dad and telling him each person they helped get this information on the way toward hitting their goal.

Amy said, “As a family we talked about our goal everyday and what the schedule was, so that we all knew what our roles. Once you get principle-based thinking in your head and in your family culture, the family unit becomes so strong.”

Brian and Amy feel it is their calling to bring back strong families to our nation.  We see them constantly growing, serving their team, their community and individuals who they know in whatever areas that they can.  Their family had a goal to hit in order to a hotel and indoor water park, and they did it!  The faith and perseverance to run together no matter how long or what it took to hit this goal tells us that this family is on track to live out their calling and lead many others to do the same.  At a time when our nation needs it most and in a situation where they could have chosen to leave well enough alone, the Christians chose to stand up and lead.  We are thankful for their example and achievements, and excited for what is to come.

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Fisher’s LIFE Subscription Top Ten – May 2012

Hey, Hey!  Happy May.

The LIFE and MFC (mental fitness challenge) are having such an amazing impact on communities and lives across the nation.  It is breathtaking and hair-raising, as we continue to hear the changes that people are able to make with new information.  I was at a challenge group last night and heard a gentleman share from his heart what he had learned and how it was impacting his marriage and relationships with his children; it was amazing.  So we want to hear from you, too.

We are going to post our top quote and then we want to know yours.

“Maybe your net worth to the world could be stated as your good habits minus your bad habits?”

Spread the word and send the subscribers you know here to add their two cents. We will post the top ten from your point of view.  Let’s see who is listening and reading out there and what valuable takeaways were in the May LIFE subscriptions.

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Fisher’s LIFE Subscription Top Ten – April 2012

1.  A lot of times the first idea that hits your subconscious mind becomes the strongest one and sometimes gets stuck in there.

2.  People have control of only three things in life:  the thoughts you think, the images you visualize and the actions you take.

3.   What a budget does is take the impulse out of buying.

4.  Define success because that gives you a starting point.

5.  You can save a lot of money when you pack something to eat verses eating out.

6.  Your kids are gonna learn about the birds and the bees from someone by age 7, and the first one they hear it from will form their foundational thoughts about it.

7.  Don’t let the next five years go by without defining some milestones for yourself.

8.  “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed,”  Andrew “Stonewall” Jackson.

9.  It’s not so much about what you do, it’s about who you are.

10.  As we start to fix problems, we start to see the real problem is us.

Thanks so much to everyone who makes it possible for us to get this life-changing information!

Richard and Jammie Fisher

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