Financial Fitness (Matrix Escape)

​Most financial programs only teach the Defensive principles, selling tons of programs but falling short of the advertised results because partial information, insufficient inspiration, and a non-existent community is a recipe for failure. As a matter of fact, even if another program did exist that taught the Financial Matrix playing field and the Defense/Offense, it would still fall way short of the mark because it lacks the “secret sauce” essential for any programs that requires habit changes, namely, a community of like-minded people going in the same direction.

  


  This is just a short segment from Leadership expert, Orrin Woodward’s recent blog. He goes on to describe LIFE’s best selling product, the Financial Fitness Program and why it truly stands alone. Check out the rest of the blog here: Orrin Woodward Leadership Blog

Do you feel strapped financially? Do you feel stuck with no way out? Do you feel the pressure of interest weighing down on you? Are you truly living the life you’ve always wanted? If not, we can help!

God Bless!

Jeremy Pethke

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The Hourglass

Kristen’s words here are wise beyond her years. I have had the pleasure to know Kristen for a few years now, and she is one the youngest, most insightful, women I know. She has had many obstacles hit her life, and has more ahead of her. But she takes them in stride because she has a faith that many people never achieve. Kristen is influencing many lives already and I believe she is already creating a legacy, like a Jackie Lewis, whether she believes it or not.
God bless and enjoy!
Jeremy

Kristen Seidl - Living an Intentional Life

Sometimes I lay in bed at night and think about the day’s events and just wonder if all of this is real? I have to pinch myself just to make sure that I am alive. It’s on nights like these, when my mind will just not shut off, that I reflect on how strong God made man to be.

grandmaThis past Monday I had to bury my grandma. She was my last living grandparent and a woman who stole my heart while she walked this earth. We had a very special bond that I believe very few grand-kids develop with a grandparent. I never imagined living my life without her and now that she is gone, it has made each day just a little bit more empty. She lived her life as a reflection of who Jesus Christ was. She was self-less, loving and forgiving. She lived a full life…

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A Spy in Our Country!?

Hello everyone,

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the government can now watch and record just about everything you say or do. But what you may not realize is that this directly impacts your FREEDOM. While we may still have some freedoms for a short while, if we stand by and do absolutely nothing, we will lose them all! We as a nation need to realize and remember what happened to other nations that let the government protect them. It is our DUTY to stand up for our rights and preserve them…
New York Mayor Bloomberg recently suggested that Americans should give up freedom in exchange for a promise of security!! We are way off base today, and need Americans to realize that!

This is a post that best-selling author, sought after speaker, father, son, husband, and business leader Oliver DeMille posted this morning. Everyone needs to read this and understand it. This is no longer a time to stand by and watch the US slide into complete bondage!

Thank you,
Jeremy Pethke

Spy On Me?!

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 02:00 AM PDT

I am really angry. Upset. Surprised. Shocked.

Mainly angry.

I have been studying history, freedom, and current events for well over two decades now, and I don’t think I’ve ever been this upset.

I’ve built several businesses, taught thousands of people the classics of liberty and free enterprise, written a number of books, researched and given hundreds of speeches, built a twenty-four year marriage, raised a family of eight children, faced major health challenges.

In all that time I can’t remember ever being this angry.

My wife walked in, saw tears running down my cheeks, and asked, “What’s wrong?”

“I’m so angry I just can’t stop the tears,” I told her.

She looked at me strangely. “This is new,” she said softly.

“I mean, what kind of America are we living in today?” I asked her.

Then we talked. I slowed down, took a breath, and told her what happened. Here’s how it went:

I read an op-ed from the New York Times (“Bill Schools Barry on Syria,” June 15, 2013), which characterized the majority of the American people’s view of the government spying scandal as: “Spy on me.”

Individuals care when the government spies on them and uses it against them personally, but most Americans don’t care that the government spies on everyone.

Some feel that spying is okay if it helps national security, and many have just become cynical: “Of course the government spies of all of us,” is the new common response. “We’ve known that for years.”

“Whatever,” they say as they shrug their shoulders.

This is the very definition of apathy, and such indifference always comes toward the end of the historical pattern nations follow when they lose their freedom.

Maybe people are so tired of fighting for the 2nd Amendment that they just don’t have the energy to stand up against the Obama Administration’s attacks on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th Amendments.

In case anyone is counting, that’s seven of the ten Bills of Rights under direct attack — from the U.S. Government, the most highly-funded, most humanly powerful entity on earth.

For that matter, the Bush Administration started the attacks on Amendments 1, 4, 5, and 8, and the spying as well, so the momentum against freedom is growing.

If the majority of Americans don’t care that our government spies on us, then they don’t care if it unjustly arrests, tortures and imprisons citizens. And if we don’t care about these things, we don’t care about freedom.

That’s where we are as a nation.

Freedom is hanging by a thread.

Unless something changes, something big, we will soon lose our freedoms for good.

“It can’t happen here,” someone is sure to say.

But it always happens. It has happened in every free nation in history. And it is happening to us right now.

“I don’t really care what the government does. Just keep me safe. Spy on me.”

Really?

Really?

Maybe too many decades of relative peace and plenty have created an American citizenry that doesn’t realize just how precious our freedoms are. Maybe we’re too caught up in our own challenges at work or home to do something when freedom is being lost.

If so, we don’t deserve freedom.

An earlier generation of Americans refused to allow British tea to be unloaded on their continent because it would mean accepting a tax without representation. They drew the line on principle, and suffered greatly for it.

But it was worth it.

In contrast, we don’t even stand up for freedom when our own personal privacy is at stake.

“Forget the Bill of Rights,” our generation seems to be saying, “and forget the Constitution. Leave these things to the experts. We are too busy making a living and enjoying our freedoms to get involved in something as silly as the government spying on its people.”

When John Adams heard that the citizens of Boston had thrown the tea into the harbor, he wrote that he considered it the beginning of whole new epoch in history.

And when the great British leader William Pitt, Lord Chatham, heard that America was in open rebellion, he rose in front of the British Parliament and declared:

“I rejoice that America has resisted. Three million…people so dead to all the feelings of liberty, as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest [of the British Empire].”

I wonder what he would say about our generation finding out that its own government is spying on us all, including the press, and a majority saying, “Duh! Of course they are,” and going back to whatever they were doing without a second thought.

Three hundred million American people, a majority of whom are apparently “dead to all feelings of liberty,” is itself the beginning of a whole new epoch in world history.

“Spy on me”?!

Wow! How far we have come since, “Give me liberty, or give me death” and “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

When did the American people shift their motto from “Don’t tread on me” to “Spy on me”?

It is time for anyone who cares about freedom to take a serious look at our life. Are we really going to just sit back and watch freedom die?

If this sounds too melodramatic, then we don’t live in a nation where the majority can be characterized as choosing: “Government, spy on me.”

Yet we do. That’s how the majority of Americans now feel about our freedoms. That’s not melodramatic, that’s reality.

It’s time to get real: Freedom is being lost, and few people are doing anything at all about it.

Of course, I’m not suggesting violence. That won’t solve our current problems. Not at all. We need real solutions, not angry posturing or stupid violence. These would only make things worse.

What will actually work is for regular citizens to get outside their comfort zone and find ways to really influence our government.

This will be hard, but it will work. This is what I’m suggesting.

I’m suggesting activism. I’m suggesting getting angry, scared, or SOMETHING enough to get involved. In elections but even more between elections. I’m suggesting making your voice heard, and making a difference.

I’m suggesting not just going with the flow when the flow is headed off a cliff. And make no mistake: that is exactly where we are headed.

I’m suggesting that unless a lot more people stop being complacent and actually get involved — right now — in influencing government, we will witness the end of freedom. I’m suggesting that YOU are one of those people.

One thing is absolutely clear in history: People who don’t take a stand for freedom lose it. And people who don’t even care about protecting their freedoms enough to take real action lose it very, very quickly.

I hope you are angry, too. Have you shed some tears that we’ve come so far in losing our freedoms that a majority of citizens are okay with being spied on by the government?

Think about it. Cry. Weep.

Tremble for your country.

I know this kind of emotion is dismissed, even ridiculed, by many in the current press and academia, but this is a low point in America every bit as shocking as the Boston Tea Party was a highpoint against monarchies.

It’s a game-changer. Tears are appropriate. Freedom is dying.

When are regular people who care about freedom going to make their desire for freedom really known to our leaders?

DO SOMETHING.

Figure out how you can best, most wisely, effectively promote freedom and make a real difference. Be smart, be respectful, obey the law, and take action!

Don’t tear anyone else down — that doesn’t really help. Find a way to positively build freedom. Do something that will really, truly help the cause of goodness and freedom.

Do it soon.

Seriously, if you care about freedom, do something to promote it. Something good. Something uplifting. Something positive.

I don’t know what you should do, but put your talents, gifts, time and resources to work for freedom. Figure out the best way you can truly influence freedom, and do it.

The world needs you.

Now.

Oliver DeMille

Leadership Starts With One

I recently came across an article in a magazine that I thought was spot on to achieve true leadership. It starts with self-development. Without that someone is just managing. When someone falls into management mode things can get stressful… business doesn’t grow as fast as you would like, lack of loyalty, lack of buy-in and cooperation from constituents. The article was written by Glenn Gutek – a consultant for professional workplace improvement. I hope that you can take something from this article and use in your personal life as well as your work environment as i did.  Hope you enjoy!

Great Leadership Starts With Leading an Organization of One

All leadership begins with “self leadership.” Before a leader can aspire to lead a thriving enterprise, he must first master leading an organization of one.

Tom and Susan are partners in the same firm and produce at a very high level. Over the past five years, Susan has not only outpaced Tom but also many of her senior partners. What is most surprising about Susan’s performance is that her ascent to excellence was slow in coming, and Tom was very reluctant to open the doors of partnership to Susan after her lackluster performance during her initial years in the firm.

Out of curiosity, Tom summoned the courage to investigate the root causes of Susan’s consistent growth. What Tom observed and discovered was that Susan had an incredible ability to do what needed to be done when it needed to be done. She seemed to respond appropriately to the right opportunities and dismiss the less-relevant distractions. Tom shared with his partners that Susan “leads herself with discipline and precision.”

What made an impression for Tom were the practices Susan engaged in to help her have a sense of what needed to be done. A leader engages in certain practices or disciplines to produce that result when required.  Self leadership employs intentional action in advance to ensure the right action happens when necessary.

Although some people are more naturally disciplined than others, for those who struggle with discipline, it can help to create the structures that promote greater “professional will.” To begin, consider the following five disciplines of self leadership:

1. Control Time

The most basic expression of self-discipline is controlling your time in such a way that you are focused on your “highest and best” use. Your leadership effectiveness is limited when you allow others to set too much of the agenda and spend your time on the trails of rabbits. There is a wealth of material available to assist with time management, so there is no need to reinvent the wheel; however, there are some practices you can intentionally engage in that will promote a greater ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done:

  • Time Blocking: Predetermine blocks of time allocated for your most important activities.
  • Landing the Plane: Do not allow meetings and conversations to extend beyond the appropriate time limit.
  • Time Cop: Give your assistant or colleague some authority to assist you in executing your calendar.
  • Power Sprints: Protect one-hour blocks of uninterrupted time to execute your most complex work.

2. Fuel Energy

Leadership is an energy-intensive endeavor. One of the primary reasons why leaders often sweep unsolved problems under the carpet is a lack of energy. It is imperative to sustain the appropriate levels of energy to intercept entropy at its earliest stages.

The disciplines most commonly associated with fueling energy often involve diet, exercise, and sleep habits. Beyond these practices, build into your schedule opportunities to engage in things that put wind in your sails. What are the activities that energize you and ignite your curiosity and passion? Below are some practices that you may want to be sure your calendar allows time to proactively pursue:

  • Reading, which helps you think bigger thoughts
  • Travel, which helps you see a bigger world
  • Networking, which helps you learn from other businesses

3. Temper Emotions

So much business literature will reference the all-important aspect of “passion.” There is no argument that passion is essential to effective leadership; passion is the natural reservoir of energy that propels a leader forward in the face of adversity. However, at times it is critical to practice the discipline of being “dispassionate.”

The discipline of being dispassionate allows a leader to protect the environment from becoming toxic and avoid engaging in the wrong battles. A leader should fuel his energy by investing in his passion but also keep things from running off the rails by not pouring gas on a volatile situation.  Below are few techniques that you can practice in advance to promote appropriate dispassion:

  • Ask questions.
  • Define the problem.
  • Spend more time on solutions.
  • Take deep breaths before speaking.

4. Focus Words

Just about every teenager wanting a driver’s license has most likely read a copy of the book, Rules of the Road. Unfortunately, once we graduate from grade school, there are no qualifying tests to ensure we have a license to speak. The most commonly used tool in the arsenal of a leader is his words. Far too often we lack the right words at the right time. Why wouldn’t the wise leader make time to practice the discipline of focusing his words for the greatest amount of impact?

The discipline of crafting or outlining scripts for crucial situations will assist in making sure that the words that flow from your mouth achieve the purpose of the right words at exactly the right time. Being prepared in advance with a script or outline, such as the following, is a wonderful exercise in self leadership:

  • Vision: A brief outline that calibrates key players on the vision of the organization
  • Conflict: A brief outline that defuses hostility and allow people to work the problem
  • Correction: A brief outline that identifies problem behavior and promotes improvement

5. Use Power

The fifth important discipline that must be an ongoing practice for a leader is disciplining power, particularly as it relates to knowing where the source of authority comes from. Are you building your power base from the positional role in the organization or your credibility with the people you lead?

As the industrial revolution comes to a close and we give birth to the “personal age,” it is becoming clear that the authority of a leader rests in the relationships he forms with the people he leads. The risk most often encountered when influencing people where there is a personal relationship is not maintaining the authority to exercise power. One practice that can assist in maintaining authority is identifying those with whom you need to come out from behind the desk and those with whom you must stay behind the desk:

  • Out from behind the desk: Individuals with the maturity to be clear on your authority
  • Stay behind the desk: Individuals who need you to maintain your position of authority

All leadership begins with self leadership. Practice the disciplines in each of the five areas of self leadership and you will find you possess an uncanny ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

Building Teams… or Shredding Teams?

1 life    To be successful in today’s society, Community is the key. To create and to maintain a strong community, one must watch out for certain pitfalls. I will attempt to convey some of the pitfalls to avoid and some keys to maintain a strong community.

The other day while going through some older notes that I had taken at a LIFE Leadership Convention, I came across a page that I titled “15 Things that Shred Teams” that was based on a talk that LIFE Founder Orrin Woodward had given on building Compensated Communities. [Orrin is #6 on the list of world ranked Leadership Gurus, has written many best-selling books, and was awarded by the IAB with the #1 Leadership award last year!! Definitely the kind of guy to get leadership information from…].  I hadn’t looked over those notes for a while and thought that they were a very helpful reminder in not only Compensated Communities, but ANY type of community, whether it be a church, work, social group, military, political, or even in your own home. First I will go over the 15 things that Orrin says will shred a community and then I will cover the things to combat those areas to maintain a strong community, based on other information that I have accumulated over the years.

Top 15 Things That Shred a Communityshred

  1. Self-Pity – Someone who has self pity lowers morale for a group.
  2. Temper – People don’t like to be around someone with an unpredictable attitude. Always feels like walking on egg shells.
  3. Resentment – Disappointed, doesn’t like change.
  4. Jealousy/Envy – Can’t be happy for other’s achievements.
  5. Pride – Someone who thinks they know it all. (all that and a bag of chips, as the saying goes)
  6. Selfishness – Win/No Win in human relations. Not concerned about he well-being of the other parties involved in the proposal.
  7. Fear – Accumulates over time. Disables people mentally.
  8. Blaming – No responsibility.
  9. Greed – Concerned only of themselves and their personal state of affairs.
  10. Groan – Constantly complaining. Sucks life out of a conversation or a room for that matter.
  11. Hate – Turns into poison. Sours the heart and builds walls.
  12. Cheat – Lack of integrity. Cuts corners.
  13. Cursing – Foul mouth. Detracts from leadership or following.
  14. Criticism – Finding fault in others.
  15. Doubt – Second guesses goals or dreams. Limits themselves.

These things can turn any relationship or community sour if they are not confronted soon enough. The following is just a list of things that I believe combat these things, based on my notes from other leadership talks:

15 Things to Hold Communities Togethersticky

  1. Grateful – Be grateful for what you have, because you have been blessed beyond measure!
  2. Smile – Someone can’t be angry and have a temper for long with a smile on their face. Another thing that can help here is positive input. (motivational/leadership cds, books, or other positive association) “What goes in, must come out”
  3. Acknowledgement – Realize there is a problem and that you are in control of the actions of the outcome. Then get your heart in the right place.
  4. Edify – Congratulate others achievements in front of them and behind their backs. (the only time gossip is ok.) Realize that you can get where they are if you just do what they did.
  5. Humility – Be humble and know that there is a lot more to learn. There is always room for improvement. I believe there was only 1 Perfect human.
  6. Generous – Win/Win or no deal. Become a giver. Do what we know we should do but so few do.
  7. Courage/Action – Step out against your fears because they are really only “false evidence appearing real”
  8. Responsibility – Take personal responsibility for a situation. Once you take responsibility you can fix the problem. If you pass the buck you are basically giving up control.  As the saying goes when you point your finger at someone there are 4 pointing back at you.
  9. Giving – Give more and again get your heart where it should be.
  10. Thankful – Give thanks for what you have. It could be a lot worse. If everyone threw their problems into a bucket and picked someone elses they would likely ask for theirs back soon.
  11. Love – Be a compassionate, merciful person. That is what we were created to do. Love is not a noun, it’s something that we DO.
  12. Character – Have integrity. Don’t cut corners. Develop yourself.
  13. Uplifting – Don’t say bad stuff about things or other people. Uplift them. Encourage.
  14. Self-Seek – Search yourself for faults. There is always room for improvement. A relative of mine once said, “Don’t worry about your neighbors stoop, when there is snow on your own.”
  15. Believe – Have faith that things will work out. When you start believing, truly believing, that you will achieve something, your mind will start taking the correct steps to get you to whatever you are chasing down.

8 F's     I, myself am constantly working on these areas and will continue to, because there really is always room for improvement. I am on a leadership journey with the LIFE Community, and all of the materials offered through the LIFE Business helps a person fix the chosen areas that he/she wants to improve on in the 8 F’s of LIFE: Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance, Following, Freedom, and Fun. I pray that you are able to take something from this post and begin applying in your own life.

God Bless,

Jeremy Pethke