Archive for November, 2011

Orrin of the-team.biz has come up with another great illustration to describe the 8F growth process.  I have seen a simliar diagram used to visually show improvement in a persons golf game.  These kind of diagram are great because they give an immediate feedback on how you are doing.  bill lewis

Chris Brady and I flew up to Atlanta for a 6 hour mastermind session on Tuesday. Here is one of many concepts that were generated from brainstorming together. Generating ideas with Chris Brady is like drinking water from a firehose – fast and furious! :) I love our 17 year business partnership! LIFE is something special and I have never felt as good about community building as I do today. Laurie and I started a new leg 10 days ago and it is now over 10 levels in depth! The LIFE Business is good because it helps people become good in their Circle of LIFE. Here is Brady’s article explaining what our products do in a person’s life. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

I had a very engaging conversation with my friend and co-author Orrin Woodward today.  As usual, we kicked around a ton of stimulating ideas and pieced together something that, in our estimation, will immediately convey greater understanding as to the purpose of the LIFE business.  (See the inset diagram).

The CIRCLE of LIFE

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?

That’s it.  From little blob to big wheel.

But all kidding aside.  This CIRCLE of LIFE is the snap-shot diagram to which people can easily relate when it comes to understand the goal of LIFE and the life-changing information we offer.  We will help people learn and apply truth in each category and thereby improve their shape.

LIFE: Because leadership is for everyone!

I love this wheel.  My LIFE wheel used to have flat spots on it, big one’s.-Steve Morgan

To view the entire article go to Bill Lewis team life blog

Why is it that the greatest leaders of all-time seem to either have rabid fans or rabid critics? The answer is simple: truth polarizes. When a leader leads with his convictions, others, who do not hold the same convictions, will criticize the endeavor. Throughout history, men and women like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther, Sam Walton, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few, have received mountaintop praise and sewer-based criticisms. In fact, if a person desires to change the world, then he better build a tough skin while maintaining a soft heart, because he will be criticized!-Orrin Woodward

 

I have seen this in my own LIFE.  As I went out and started my business there were many that criticized what I was doing.  I could never understand why someone would criticize a person for trying to do better and trying to get ahead.  Then one day I was at a Team leadership seminar and I heard the answer.  The speaker said that its like watching a dog that is chasing a rabbit.  The dog is running over plants, through bushes, doing everything he can to try and catch the rabbit.    If the people who were watching the dog couldn’t see the rabbit they would think the dog was crazy.  This is how some of my critics saw me.

 

Orrin also covers how and why conflict resolution is important.  Hope you enjoy it.- Bill Lewis

 

People don’t understand how important Conflict resolution is in LIFE. Please read up on this, the world needs it.- Steve Morgan

I am writing this to have some interaction with the readers.

10 years ago Beth and I joined a leadership development company called Team.  Over the  10 years we have worked at getting better and leading from the front.  Now involved with the LIFE company, which is a company focused on bringing development materials to people in their lives in many areas. LIFE has 8F’s,  Faith, Family,Finance, Fitness, Freedom, Following, Fun, Friends.

Take a moment and comment on how you have noticed, or others have noticed some growth in you, since you started the personal growth journey. I know I have heard many stories from people that have gotten out of debt because of their knew knowledge they have implemented. I know of people that have come to Faith, lost 40+ lbs, taken time for their family again, realized that they could help preserve freedom, and got promotions at work.  So many great stories out there.  Please share a brief comment that tells what spot you have noticed big change.

thanks

Steve Morgan

Living a Dad LIFE

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Dad Life

This video Cracks me up.  Its fun to live a Dad LIFE.  I would like to think that I am a little cooler than these guys.  I think its funny to see my kids faces when they think about how old we are.  I don’t think its as bad as their faces make it out to be.

Its been such a blessing to be a parent and be here for all the little moments in their lives.

Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward have been great examples of, being a great business owner, making a difference in peoples lives, and still being great dads. Thanks guys.

Steve Morgan

Dream Big

Posted: November 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady are the biggest dreamers that I have ever been around in my LIFE.

When I was little I remember thinking that anything was possible.  There were times when I even thought I could fly, until I hit the ground. Gravity was the first dream killer that I encountered.  After I graduated high school and joined the work force I experienced a bunch of dream stealers.

I would say “I am getting married,” they would respond, “the old ball and chain huh?”

I would say, ” we’re pregnant,” they would say, “there goes your recreational fun.”

I would say,” we just bought a house,” they would say, ” that’s gonna cost a bunch of $$.”

That made me less willing to share my “Dreams” with people anymore, it was easier to avoid judgement.

I remember the day after I saw how I could partner up with Woodwards and Bradys, and I told guys at work I found a way I would be able to get my Muscle car I always wanted, they laughed.  They said, ” Steve, your just a dreamer.”  Also said, “Don’t get your hopes up too high.”

Now thats funny to me looking back, what would have happened if I kept my hopes down?  I would be in the same spot as I was back then, maybe worse.  I am a firm believer in Dreaming Big.  Chris Brady’s old license plate said DREAMBIG on it.  Being around big dreamers is refreshing.  Going from a world of Pessamists to being around the Optamists and feeling good.

Dreaming is nothing other than seeing the future events in a reality mindset.  We must at all times steer our own dreams or we will end up working for someone else’s.

I encourage you to make a Bucket List of at least 50-100 things you want to be, do, or have in the years to come.  This is how you get leverage on yourself to go do the things you know you should, but maybe won’t.

In the end you will always get what you picture.

Thanks Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady for Dreaming Big when everyone said it was a waste, it helped my family and many others.

 

Steve Morgan

Bacon & Eggs

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I have the pleasure of working with 2 of the most amazing leaders in the world named Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward.  Their thinking has changed my LIFE forever.  I never thought I would be working directly with the #7 & #12 Leadership Guru’s in the world.

I would like to tell you a story that I heard in my journeys with this amazing group known as LIFE.  The story goes like this:

A little boy was sitting at breakfast one morning and his father was making him some egg’s, toast, bacon and orange juice.  The smell filled the whole house and he was so eagerly waiting for the plate to be sat down in front of him.  His stomach was hungry and his favorite food was bacon.

As his father brought the plate to the table with the hot food on it, he said “have I told you about bacon & eggs yet?”

The boy said ” I have no idea what you are talking about.”

The father said “There is a big difference in what it took for the bacon and eggs to hit this plate.”

The boy responds hungrily ” yes they are from different animals”

Passionately the father pulls the plate back and says ” The chicken only had a good interest in this breakfast but the pig was committed son, that’s the kind of commitment it takes to win in LIFE. The all in type.”

I know it’s a fun little story, but have you witnessed someone trying to win at something with just a good-interest effort?  I have, and it’s kind of sad, because it only takes a little more effort and more consistency to be great.

I hope that this story will help you in your journey of LIFE, to be the committed winner that it takes to do something great.

I remember being scared to be committed, it was much easier for me to back out of things when I just had a good interest.  I had always liked having a way out.

Parting thought: “Be the Bacon.”

Like Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady always say ,”Dream Big”

Steve