Finances. Orrin Woodward says “spend less than you make, and make more than you spend. These posts are from members of Team Maximus and LIFE, who have implemented many of the principles of wealth, taught by the Team and The LIFE Business and its materials.
Yesterday’s Scripture Sweet was Psalm 118:5. “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” I’ve always found the Lord’s response to the Psalmist’s plea quite interesting. This morning as we discussed this scripture as a family several thoughts rang through my mind. This ancient recording does not read that the Lord answered him and “rescued him from his afflictions,” “lightened his load,” or “saved him from distress.” Instead, it simply states that he was answered by being set in a large place. I am struck by the reality that in the midst of personal adversity, He gives us room to grow. What a blessing this is!! Yes, he commands perfection (Matthew 5:48), and He offers us His grace along our journey.
I am blessed with friends and family that have also “set me in a large place.” I feel their grace also as they have repeatedly given me room to grow on my journey through this mortal life. Michelangelo once shared, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” As the stone is carved away, the David beneath is revealed. In that sense, there’s nothing to attaining perfection either. With the help of the Almighty, we can remove all the obstacles in our life that would stand in the way of perfection. In a grander sense, our inner Davids slay our personal Goliaths on a daily basis.
How is this accomplished? In many ways, the task seems insurmountable. In enters LIFE and the Mental Fitness Challenge. Yes, our greatest tool for perfection is God’s word. However, we have been given companion tools that are specifically designed to help us along our journey. The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) designed by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward is a revolutionary way to start our journey to perfection! Changes come best if we take one item at a time. The MFC starts out by offering us a baseline view of ourself through the Self-Assessment and 360 degree feedback. By examining our Wheel of LIFE we can target key areas of our life that are those pieces of stone ready for crumbling. When we perform the daily steps of the MFC…reading 15 minutes, listening to two audios, watching the video, reviewing our goal, and taking specific action toward that goal…we are chiseling away at the sculpture waiting to be revealed. The Challenge Group environment helps us to see how the mallet is working in the lives of other LIFE members and customers, and our chisels are sharpened through the LIFE subscriptions and LIFE’s coaching and mentoring process.
What better way to achieve perfection than by focusing on one area at a time! Striving for perfection in business? home? family? Begin with one area in your life and become perfect in it! Add trust in your relationships by becoming perfect at always being on time. Show your wife you love her by becoming perfect at speaking her love language. Increase your health and wellness by becoming perfect at quitting smoking. Grow your business by becoming perfect at edifying and validating those you work with. Share optimism by becoming perfect at avoiding negative self talk.
We have been set in a large place. As pebbles in God’s canyon, He awaits the discovery of our boulder within.
A Man learns systematic Success from LIFE and its mentors!
Scott & Angie Ballah
I always had great examples to follow in the area of hard work which is required to achieve success in anything. It was only after being introduced to the Team system and our future mentors Mark and Rita Haas that I realized I had found a cure for the “pain” I had endured as an engineer. Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward, and Mark Haas taught me that hard work alone will just make a person tired. Hard work coupled with a system and the correct information is the true key to success.
I can remember sitting at my desk during work hours and being extremely frustrated about our financial situation and not having a way to be free to make my own choices. People would always tell me “you must be doing very well since you’re an engineer and your wife is a nurse”. Little did they know we were drowning in debt and having to spend more time away from each other and our twins at the time.
The first night I was introduced to the Team business system and what eventually became THE LIFE BUSINESS, I was extremely excited!! All of the dreams I had when I was in college that I thought would be provided through getting an engineering degree were awakened. At first, I only saw the financial benefit of the Team system and LIFE business. I have learned and applied so much about each of the 8 F’s of LIFE (Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness, Fun, Friends, Freedom, Following).
Our marriage and finances were a wreck. I didn’t have much of a spiritual background or foundation. Leadership was not in my vocabulary and I didn’t understand the importance of keeping our freedom (personal and national). I had plenty of friends and fun usually involving 12 ounce arm curls (the results of which were stated in the first sentence).
I am eternally grateful to the Haas’ and the Brady’s for steering me out of that train wreck through their mentorship and the books and CD’s in the LIFE business. Our marriage is amazing (twins plus 3 more)!! We have been able to get out of debt, pay cash for vehicles, help some family members financially, raise our children in a Christian home, have more friends and fun and find a purpose that will affect generations to come. LIFE will never be the same and I’m fired up about that!!!
In Christ, Scott “In a man’s heart, he plans his course but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
There is a current post on Orin Woodward’s Blog “Dreams, Dramas, & Creative Destruction” that would help me to explain one reason why I’m so excited to be able to offer the best business on the planet. Which if you are any kinda of Team LIFE business builder at all you should read it near daily and point others to it. Think! What business owner doesn’t read his top trade articles as a staple to success for “sharpening his saw, regularly?” Think also! What other trade has two top 12 leadership experts writing specifics for your success? Orrin Woodward’s and Chris Brady’s insights are awesome! Anyway here is an excerpt with “Some of the facts, Jack!”
“Orrin Woodward: LIFE is striking at the foundations of the old networking business model. It is taking the best examples of leadership, community building, and life coaching, and marrying them together into a digital age busines Anyways. The benefits to the consumer are lower prices, higher rewards, and best value proposition, making the risk/reward ratios the best in the history of networking.
I have yet to see any legitimate criticisms of the LIFE business model and I am not shocked by this. How can anyone criticize these improvements on the current benchmarks in the profession?
1. LIFE is attracting numerous customers. In fact, one member had a customer sign up over ten customers in two days! You heard me correctly. I said a customer just signed up ten other customers so that he and several of his friends can enjoy their products for free through the three for free program. 2. LIFE has the lowest monthly subscription price on the market – ($50 to $125). 3. The leadership information is taught around the globe on the principles taught from two Wall Street Journal and New York Times best selling authors and Top 30 leadership gurus. 4. LIFE has meetings anywhere in the USA and Canada thanks to internet streaming technology. 5. LIFE flows close to 70% of the PV revenue back to its members (the highest in the industry to my knowledge). 6. LIFE has a 30 day no questions asked return policy. We want satisfied customers or your money back. 7. LIFE products already have thousands of satisfied users. Our best product is the changed lives of our customers and members. 8. The TEAM community building techniques have been benchmarked by nearly every other networking company, with many of the top networking leaders already customers of TEAM’s business building materials.
If any legitimate analyst would like to compare LIFE’s break-away compensation plan with any of the other break-away business models, then I am more than happy to do so. Show me any company that has a break-away compensation plan that rewards its members better? Since no other break-away pays up to 50% on the first type of bonus, I don’t think they really want to go there. In fact, it’s probably why they haven’t. In addition, when the older models pay 4% leadership bonus and LIFE pays 8%, I can see the need to deflect attention from that anyway they can. More telling, when the older models pay a 1% depth bonus and LIFE pays 4%, maybe the “no comment” policy is the right option. Lastly, when the older models pays no depth bonus after three legs, but LIFE compensates another 2% bonus on six legs, it becomes clear why the cat has got their tongue. Another 1% is the reward for nine legs over with further bonuses continuing through eighteen legs currently.”
I think of all the good that can be done with a successful business that builds with a community striving to be better in the areas of the 8F’s. I’m proud to be associated with Men and women leading their families with financial wisdom. I love being able to offer people who are struggling with faith, the same books and CDs that helped me get answers. I so enjoy seeing marriages fortified and even being saved. I’m inspired as I watch men become heroes to their wives as they learn from others and the Life information what it looks like to be a leader and a person of character and then fight with a purpose to help others do the same.
We need more men and women of character in this country. We need strong families and family values! We need finances to help us propogate our freedoms to create that kind of community that has the ability to turn back the destruction of our country. We need you to take LIFE and live it as if it’s our last chance to fix what is broken before its too late!
Money, time, and information are tools! What you do with them make all the difference!
“In each of the 8 F categories of Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friendship, and Fun, one can imagine a certain grade based upon how one is doing in that category. In the diagram the center represents horrible, as in, you are totally “stinking up the joint” (as my kids say) in a certain category. Working your way out from the center to the outer ring in any of the categories represents a stronger grade. So someone with a dot near the outer ring is doing well in that category. By connecting the dots on your subjective personal estimation of your life at this moment in each of the categories you can come up with a shape that roughly represents your life right now in each of the 8Fs.
Quite simply, the LIFE business supplies life-changing information to help you increase your score in each of the 8Fs. The goal is to take someone from the not-so-good black shape represented toward the center of the diagram to the much improved (and happier, we would think) life represented by the red outline toward the outer ring of the circle.
Who doesn’t have at least a category or two, or three, or eight, in which he or she would like to have a better score? Who wouldn’t want to transform his or her life from the tiny blob (and who among us hasn’t felt like a tiny blob from time to time?) in the center to the big wheel (and who hasn’t wanted to be a big wheel at least once in his or her life?) toward the outer ring?
Following TEAM Maximus and Orrin Woodward in to a new LIFE, Jason and Gina Sweet have changed so much for the better!
In just 3 short months my (Jason Sweet) life has changed in several ways for the better and more rapidly than I could have predicted or expected and all I did was change my information and my association! Since signing up with TEAM and getting on Leadership System I immediately dove into the system tools. I began reading books and listening to CDs. Prior to TEAM I had areas of my life like finance that needed help but had neither the confidence or information to fix it. It was a very overwhelming feeling! I’ve now read several books on personal finance that have not only introduced us to an immediate plan to begin the climb out of the financial hole we were in but have educated us on how to budget. We are now saving several hundred dollars a month using the same financial resources that we’ve always had. Books like “The Richest Man in Babylon” should be read by everyone feeling overwhelmed by their own financial burdens as I WAS. By implementing a budget, practicing long-term vision, and reevaluating my financial responsibilities we were able to create an extra $300/month. We still have the debt but it now is manageable and is not the mental goliath that it was before. Defining exactly what we wanted in life was instrumental in determining what we could live without. My wife, Gina, two sons Kevin 7 and Lincoln 4, and even my 11 month old daughter Julie all understand what delayed gratification is and I can assure you that my family is happier today than it has ever been.
While the finance portion was a huge victory in my life and the TEAM does deserve all the credit for the ignorance it corrected, personally it was not the most important. The personal growth that I am developing in my life has been priceless. Through system tools and now LIFE products as well as association through Tuesday opens, live seminars, and major conventions thing are beginning to happen in my life that I never thought would be possible. The system is second to none but I believe as good as the system is you still have to have leaders and mentors that are strong and live by example. As far as I am concerned none are stronger than Mark and Rita and Josh and Annie. I believe that they have more character and integrity than any group of people I have ever met in my life. They are true products of an incredible system. I aspire to be more like Mark Haas and Josh Dames. Since mentoring with Josh and participating in a marriage class led by Mark as well as reading books on leadership, faith, and family all areas of my life are improving and I am so happy and proud to be a part of this TEAM. Being a leader is what I always wanted to be and I thank God for the opportunity to serve and grow with the men and women of TEAM Maximus!!!
How can you really retire in today’s world? What is the secret? What kind of LIFE can you lead by changing your thinking?
My husband Scott and I had both worked hard our entire lives. We had great examples in our parents who believed in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
We both pursued Bachelor of Science degrees in our field, his engineering and mine nursing. I can remember feeling so confident in the conventional thinking we had followed. It seemed; however, as time clicked by that the results of our choices were not what we had hoped. We had accumulated a lot of debt with student loans, car notes, a mortgage and various credit card debt.
After five years of marriage we felt it was hard to just keep our heads above water each month let alone pursue the priority we had set of me being a stay at home mom.
Through a mutual friend, Scott and I were introduced to Mark and Rita Haas who became instrumental in being able to turn our life around. Mark had been mentored by Chris Brady and plugged into information Chris and his partner Orrin Woodward had systematized for several years Through being a great student of Chris and Orrin and the information they made available on leadership, finances and relationships, Mark was able to guide us to take control of our own finances and lead others to do the same
We learned to delay our gratification and pay off our debt. New habits of thinking about long term goals and not impulsively living for the moment financially were common in the communities of people that influenced our lives! By following their example and applying the same principles we had learned about being a good student and working hard I have been able to be a stay at home mom for over 7 ½ years.
The impact of being able to prioritize my time with our children has completely changed our family. It certainly allows us choices in slowing down to enjoy the day to day moments as our children grow. No longer being reliant on a job for income has also allowed us to homeschool our children. The most precious gift this decision has offered us is the ability to be the main influence in our children’s lives…priceless!
Is the world leading you astray? Can you get new information, mentorship and leaderships skills for a LIFE purpose?
I was in a worldly paradigm and deep down knew something was not right. Many people have this mindset; unfortunately their associations prevent them from gaining the courage to act or the wisdom to grow. There has to be a solution for this gut feeling…
Seeing my parents divorce when I was 15 was an awakening. I repeatedly said I would not have a girlfriend or get married because in my mind having a girlfriend ultimately led to a broken relationship and hatred. However, deep down though something did not feel right. There had to be a solution for this gut feeling…
I used to go out into my workshop and build things nightly to escape the daily grind. One day I decided to turn my passion of woodworking into a business. Over time I ended up with a gut feeling that the craft remain a hobby. There had to be a solution for this gut feeling…
I would hang out with peers on a Friday night at local establishments and discuss superficial topics such as sports, women, and gossip. I had this gut feeling that my time should be used more productively. There had to be a solution for this gut feeling…
My wife gave me a bible 11 years ago. I opened it only once from that time 8 years forward, primarily due to association and lack of purpose. Then one of my good friends Brandon Brazier courageously stepped out on faith and showed me a business plan for personal growth on the back of a pickup truck. Sounds strange doesn’t it? He told me about Orrin Woodward and his leadership organization called the Team and Now what is being called Life. Over the past several years I have been reading scripture, have found Christ, am developing my purpose and striving to be the best example of a Christian Husband, Father, Brother, Son, and Friend. LIFE is the solution for this gut feeling…
Understanding my purpose has developed confidence. When this passion was combined with a dream, hope began to fuel my desire to grow and develop. A hunger to lead overthrew logic; my elephant began to steer the ant reframing the “self” perspective. I can really notice a difference looking back over the past 6-9 months.
When somebody goes out and serves (1 Cor 2:4) their paradigm can only be transformed in a positive way. Seeing friends who were originally negative and are now your best friends in this business, seeing a marriage destined for failure turn around over a 6 month period, seeing people edify you for your efforts/sacrifice; all these are wonderful examples of what the dear Lord has blessed me with through the LIFE business. Here is the video of My wife retiring from her Job to be able to be a stay at home mom with our son Austin. This would never have been possible with out the TEAM, Orrrin Woodward, Mark Haas, and the Leadership Skills we Learned from them. It has changed out LIFE!
Do you have to “Pray about it” Are you sure? Can God’s will be determined only through prayer?
Often times, I meet people who say, “I’ll have to pray about it.” Not to be disrespectful, but many times I know they are self-deceived. Many times they actually don’t even follow through and pray. At times, it seems to just be a “knee-jerk” response Christians make to the fact that someone just made a request of them to do something that wasn’t what “they” were planning.
Certainly the Bible instructs us that there is a need for prayer. I’m in no way advocating not to pray. But usually what they mean is “let me investigate (as if everything that God brings us we are capable of understanding..Ha ha!) and see if this is gonna be easy and in the direction I’m already going.” (if they are going anywhere at all) However biblically, what they should be doing is truly praying and investigating with a humble spirit to see if the new decision about an opportunity or new direction in their life is honoring to God. Often times one direction is just as honoring to God as the other and, you get to chose either.
By honoring to God, I mean it is in alignment with God’s framework in the bible. Sometimes prayer isn’t even required. For example, you don’t need to pray and ask God if you should get a loan for a new boat. He will not say yes because he never contradicts himself. Since a boat depreciates, borrowing money on such an item would violate the framework that God has set forth to be a good steward (Luke chapter 16) and the warning that “the borrower is slave to the lender” (Prov 22:7). Remember, “He made us for his pleasure” not for us to pursue pleasure at the cost of being enslaved to the borrower. He certainly wants us to enjoy ourselves, but not to the extent that we idolize boats buy trading our freedom for them.
I don’t think God takes pleasure in seeing Christians stagnant. A stagnant Christian doesn’t demonstrate a powerful and glorious God very well. Christ commanded us to “Go and make disciples of all the nations”. (Matt 28:19) Stagnant Christians rarely make a disciples of themselves. A follower of Christ by definition would include making followers of Christ. A new opportunity should test your character, cause you to have to stretch and grow in a way that what you are doing honors the God you say you represent. Many times a New opportunity is just that and you should run to it after determining it honors God and embrace the new change.
I not trying to be an expert here. It’s just a perspective having been mentored by a Christian man named Chris Brady. He, along with Orrin Woodward, is co-founder of a Leadership organization called the TEAM. I have subscribed to their materials for many years and learned things I could not even articulate before. They have been LIFE changing.
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Stay tuned to our topic as in “God’s will: The requirements for your life you must know! – Part 3 we discuss new opportunities and the threats to Gods will they create …..or not!