A Life of Priorities

  priorities This morning as I was reading a post by Bob Rasmussen on his leadership blog, a thought popped into my head… How many people are really living a life of priorities over obligations? The thought struck me pretty hard because I realized that there were very few. What I have found to be true is that with the correct information and mentorship, someone can get themselves on track to live a life based on those priorities. Through the mentorship of Bob and Tina Rasmussen, and principle based information through the LIFE Subscriptions and the LIFE Training tools, Samantha and I have learned to start living a life focused on our priorities instead of our obligations. Many people today are too busy going home to work trying to collect a paycheck. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that, as long as it what you were called to do, but today most people are so strapped, that they have nothing else on their mind other than that paycheck. Because of what we were taught growing up, many of us have forgotten that this country was founded by entrepreneurs. It was by the labor of their back and the sweat of their brow that we are here today. But most of our founding generation built businesses that provided an income that didn’t require them to be there, which then allowed them to pursue their purpose and live their life closer to their priorities. Are you pursuing something of value? something worthy? something that can produce those type of results for you?  As you read his post I want you to ask yourself: What are my priorities and am I living my life based on them?Bob and Tina

God Bless

Jeremy

Here is the post:

Priorities or Obligations?

I became excited about 10 years ago when I was first introduced to a principle that others had adapted of living a life where my priorities would come first and obligations would be handled after the priorities were satisfied. This seemed like a wonderful way to live and at the same time a very daunting principle to establish and live by. Yet successful people I was studying and associating with were doing just that and wanted to teach me and my family how to do just that!!

The first step to implementing this lifestyle is to clearly define what my priorities are and ask the hard questions of what obligations stood in the way. The tools we used to start came from our LIFE business education system. A key component to begin is to create a mission statement for you and your family and clearly define what is important to you. I found the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey, instrumental for us to begin to clearly define our priorities. steven covey quoteCovey walks through a life changing process that will help change your thinking. One thing I have learned beyond a reasonable doubt is that all change and true success begins with a change in our thinking. You see my wife and I had been raised or programmed to believe that to chase the “American Dream” of material wealth and power was where true happiness or joy would be for us. That could not have been further from the truth!! It seemed every time we got that next thing or the next income increase we became further indebted to others and the short-term excitement wore off quickly and created a void which we then wanted to fill with the next material upgrade. Basically, I felt as though I had “sold my soul to the company store” and created a bondage to the bank which forced me to spend my time doing work more than any other activity. It is interesting that as we sat down to clearly define our priorities in life, that work ended up on the bottom of the list. We found that what we truly valued the most were centered around God and family, not work and wealth.

The real eye-opener for us was when we said okay these are our real priorities, how much time do we spend doing and/or living them on a daily basis? What I found for me was that my life was consumed in chasing the dollar to the point where somewhere between 70-90 physical hrs. per week were spent on the job and another 10-20 mental hrs. were consumed in running my construction business. Well assuming a 16 hr day, when not sleeping, I was spending about 100 of 112 available hours to the job and only 12 to my God and family! The LIFE business and TEAM leadership has taught me how to reverse those numbers and we feel so blessed to have experienced this change in our lifestyle.

The bottom line on learning new habits and changing our lifestyle to live out priorities instead of our obligations is learning to take a stand and lead. My mentor George Guzzardo, posted on 4/12/2013, in his blog article, “A call to stand up and Lead” , We see the philosophy of relativism becoming prevalent in our world. Cinematic, political, and journalistic influences distract us by redefining traditional values.  The classical theory of truth was held by virtually everyone until the nineteenth century. Today, post modernism and relativism rejects the theory of truth.

These influences have over time harnessed us and confused us and have torn away at the true core values that I believe most people have yet feel unable to really live. Today, I say to you take the time to evaluate the truth in your  life and stand up and lead your family to what you value as a priority for your future! Come join us in Madison WI, on April 16th, from 8-10pm, at the Alliant Energy Center to hear ORRIN WOODWARD teach us how to do just that! God Bless, Bob

Freedom And Our Future… Or Loss Of It?

Freedom is becoming more and more crucial in today’s society. Looking back to our history gives us an idea of what to expect in the years to come without some action. As LIFE Founder Laurie Woodward says, “Lesson repeated until lesson learned”. We are at that crossroads today. We as a nation were at these same crossroads before, once in 1860 and again in 1939. In the book “Freedom Shift“, Oliver DeMille clears the confusion up about the subject. (Where I got most of this information) He says that we are coming to a “shift period” again. There are two directions we can go; Force Shift or Freedom Shift. He states that our decisions in the next few years will determine what type of shift we have. The problems leading up to this period have been affected by the following. (Ask yourself if we are here today)

  1. The people stop giving heed to the wisdom of the Gurus.
  2. Voters (or those in power) replace Statesmen with politicians, whereupon freedom steadily decreases.
  3. The natural result is increased regulations and taxation, frivolous lawsuits and judicial decrees, and government policies that discourage and then attack producers, initiative, and the abundance mentality in general.
  4. Investment capital flees the nation to follow the Rule of Capital–it goes where it is treated well.
  5. Finally the people have a scarcity mentality, refuse to heed to the Gurus or to empower Statesmen. Entrepreneurs leave to go where investment gives them opportunity and intrapreneurs likewise lose their place. The nation stagnates and declines.

Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome, Spain, Italy, Bismarck’s Germany, and Han China all followed this Pattern. Each was a center of world power, influence and prosperity, and many declined into third world nations. France copied this pattern in the 1800s; Britain followed it in the 1900s. The United States is on an identical track today.

Recently I was reading a blog post by George Guzzardo and in there he talked about the Cycle of Democracy… “The ‘Cycle of Democracy’ has been documented through the ages. As you can see the Pilgrims went from “Bondage to spiritual faith”, then from “Spiritual faith to great courage.” By studying history you will find reasons why democracy fails to exist. The voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. They vote for the candidate promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. As the cycle continues it leads from “Selfishness to apathy”, then from “Apathy to dependence”, then from dependency back to bondage”. Where is Western Civilization in that cycle today? This cycle will have a direct impact on a people’s hunger to pursue their dreams verses staying in their comfort zones.

Cycle of Democracy

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependency;
From dependency back again to bondage.

Honestly look at where we are today and ask yourself ‘At which point are we as a nation on the chart of the Cycle of Democracy?’ Does it seem that we are already a nation dependant on big government? Do you see complacency or apathy in today’s society; people just scurrying back and forth from home to work and just struggling to pay the bills? Many people have stopped striving for great achievement in their lives. Is it because of the inflation that is causing the dollar to become worth(less), which is limiting the length that one’s money can go for purchasing power?

As it states in the Declaration of Independence “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”

Do you think that people have forgotten that they are the ones who give the government consent to secure these rights? Have they forgotten the rights to alter or abolish the problem government we face today?

For the preservation of our Great Nation and for our Freedom of our unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, I strongly encourage you to read 1913 by Oliver DeMille, and “Leadership and Liberty” by LIFE founders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Dig into the LIFE materials and the Team Training System and study the principles that this United States of America was founded on!

Until next time God Bless!

Jeremy Pethke