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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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LIFE

A very influential teacher, Ann Kerkenbush, shared this with me in eighth grade.  I hung on to it, as she recommended, for a time in the future when I may need it or it would be fitting to use again.  Little did I know that she had delivered a little clue of our destiny that day.  The LIFE business and community have made and eternal impact on us and so many others!  I shared this last night at the open meeting and wanted to put it here for those who asked for a copy.  Have a great day!

Life is ~

     a gift * open it

     a joy * share it

     a pleasure * have some

     a game * play it

     a ball (yes an orange round ball – okay I added that part) * catch it

     a joke * laugh

     an experience * live it

     an offer * accept it

     a dream * make it 

                          come true

by Eileen Kreutz

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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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This is an amazing post from one of the LIFE founders, Dan Hawkins.  The more I hear and share the story of Dan and Lisa in conjunction with their connection to this community, the more in awe I am of their accomplishments and how blessed we are to be a part of this.  Thanks for all you both do to serve so many, in so many ways.  Check this out!

 

http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2012/07/11/what-is-the-life-team-community/

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August 10, 2012 · 8:10 pm

College Business Entreprenuers

I received a copy of the following article from a business partner.  The author is unknown to us, but my friend was given a copy of it by her professor.  If the author ends up seeing this, please claim your work – I would love to give you the credit, as I feel this does an excellent job explaining what the many people who are joining the LIFE Team right now know or are learning.  Check it out and pass it on, I cannot imagine what I would be feeling if the job market, economy, outlook and financial state of our nation looked as it does today when I was going through or exiting college.  My prayer is that we can use this as one more tool to reach the many who are upside-down financially as they embark on their adult journey, disillusioned as they realize that much of what they paid for no longer applies or that there simply isn’t the number of people exiting the workforce to open up ample enough positions for them to fill.

God Bless,

Jammie

Why Every Student Should Start a Business

9 reasons to abandon your fear of start-up and launch a business today

With the economic downturn, students in all the major business schools have been dropping out of their entrepreneurship classes and transferring back to classes where they think they have a secure future. Students and professionals who were once planning to start businesses now have decided to go back to their cushy jobs. Everything is going back to normal. Or at least that is how it looks. Below are nine reasons why any student should start a business:

  1. You gain experience. Owning and running your own business is an incredible way to gain experience and credentials regardless of whether you decide to stay in business once you graduate. Jaime Gonzalez of Oklahoma State University received the highest job offer in his entire graduating class. Now, there are two kickers: First, he was the founder of an IT consulting company, and second, he had a 2.4 GPA. Hmmm…I wonder if starting a business helps in getting a better job when you graduate?
  2. You have nothing to lose. I think it’s safe to say that most students dip into their parents’ checkbook when it comes time to pay the bills. In general, students aren’t paying child support, rent, utilities and many other expenses. The worst thing that could happen if your business fails is that you get a job, have an incredible credential on your resume, and have experience that will increase your chances of success in the future. The best thing that can happen is that you’ll become the next Microsoft. I don’t know about you, but I think that is better than choosing between no job and jobs that you’re in just for the money.
  3. Two-thirds of millionaires are entrepreneurs, according to Thomas Stanley and William Dank, authors of The Millionaire Mind. If it’s the money you want, then consider entrepreneurship. You receive not only a salary, but also a lot of money if you’re lucky enough to sell your company or take it public. Michael Furdyk, a successful young entrepreneur, was able to sell his business, MyDesktop.com, for $1 million when he was 16 years old!
  4. You develop networking skills. You’ve likely heard that your network increases your net worth. Consider the fact that by running a business and constantly being in a business community, you will develop excellent contacts. If you choose to get a job after you graduate, you will have a great pool of people who will be more than happy to hire you or send your resume to somebody who wants to.
  5. You increase your value. Put simply, starting a business in college increases the value of “the brand called you” and gives you more options. For example, an entrepreneur with a large brand value can publish a book, star in a documentary movie (i.e., Startup.com), or go straight to the top of another company. I recently met one of the founders of Diversity Planet, a job site for minorities. He spent a year working very hard on the company and has since left to take a reporting job with Dateline NBC at the ripe age of 20! People don’t often don’t get an opportunity like that until they are much older.
  6. Operating a profitable business in the long-term is less risky than being an employee in the long-term. For example, just look at the recent economic downturn. Tens of thousands of people have been laid off. I can guarantee the owners of profitable businesses are still with the business. They will be the last people to go down with a ship. Business owners can have multiple streams of incomes from different customers. If you’re an employee, you only have one stream of income and therefore are bearing more risk
  7. You will learn more about yourself and what they don’t teach or prepare you for in school. Furthermore, entrepreneurship is the combination of all the disciplines of business. It includes knowledge of marketing, accounting, management and operations. Already having knowledge of these topics before you take classes on them allows you to see more clearly how everything applies. Also, you will be able to learn early on what subjects you like so you can make better decisions on what to major in and what industries to target.
  8. It is yours. You make the rules, create your own hours, work from wherever you want and choose who you want to work with. You can also pick what interests you the most in the world and then start a business that is related to that topic in some way. If you like art, you can start a design business. If you like marketing, you can create or choose a product and then market it. If you like writing, you can write a book and do your own public relations and marketing. If you like the Internet, you can start a Web development business.
  9. You’ll grow. I personally have grown a lot from owning a business. I used to be terrified to speak in front of others. Now I look forward to it. Before owning a business, I had probably read a total of five books outside of school, and I only read them because my mom made me. Since starting my business, I’ve probably read more than 100 books. The business has also allowed me to learn more about myself. I know that I will be an entrepreneur forever in some way, shape or form!

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Success in LIFE: Brian and Amy Christian

New Turbo 25 on LIFE Team

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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If You Are What You Eat, I’d Be a Twinkie

Thinking is a lot like eating.  Just as the saying goes, you are what you eat – you truly do become what you think.

I was breezing through a book, The Success System that Never Fails by W. Clement Stone, I found a quick tidbit I really liked and wanted to share with everyone because the more I study, mentor and pray the more I KNOW this is true.  Check it out and if you are not studying yet, try out the Mental Fitness Challenge.  It is inspiring many to think, and helping them to grow in the areas that are important and relevant to their lives.

Think kind thoughts . . .

you become kind.

Think happy thoughts . . .

you become happy.

Think success . . .

you become successful.

Think good thoughts . . .

you become good.

Think evil thoughts . . .

you become evil.

Think sickness . . .

you become sick.

Think health . . .

you become healthy.

What do YOU think?

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