No Time to Play Life Small, We Need You Now!

Well, Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, and the rest of the LIFE Founders (Tim Marks, George Guzzardo, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, Claude Hamilton) organized another fantastic Winter Leadership Convention this past weekend. For those of you who were in attendance, I’m sure you’ll agree it was a life-changing experience. For those who were unable to attend, you will definitely want to mark your calendar for the Spring Leadership Convention in Columbus, OH on April 27-29, 2012. The energy and excitement in the Nationwide Arena was amazing. There is no doubt that the journey to a million people is well underway. Now, more than ever, we need each of you to rise up and become all that God has intended. If we are going to make a positive difference in a million people’s lives, we can no longer play life small.

Dan Hawkins posted a great article several weeks ago titled, “Find Your Motivation and Chase Your Dreams”. With the momentum coming out of this weekend, I think this article deserves a re-visit. Here it is…enjoy!

In reviewing the book Launching a Leadership Revolution I came across the part on motivation. I remember thinking I do not need motivation just tell me what to do! After years of developing a business I have realized motivation is one of, if not the biggest piece to endure the price of success.

What do you want, what is the price….pay it!

No matter what you decide to pursue, if you want to be a success, pain and struggle will be part of the process. Motivation provides the fuel to persist through the pain. In Orrin Woodward’s new book Resolved 13 Resolutions for LIFE he talks about AQ, adversity quotient. In the end it will not always be the person with the most talent, but the person who will persist and improve. Here is a small piece of Orrin’s book on AQ:

Another compromise that leads to failure and despair is an improper response to the pain inherent in the process of growth. There are actually two types of pain: one comes from the inside due to the change process; the other comes from the outside due to criticism from those unwilling to make the same changes. Hope is the only fuel capable of burning through both types of pain. Without hope, either of the pain versions will trump one’s willingness to endure, instead choosing to stop the pain by quitting the journey. Author Robert Grudin writes, “One might reply that most people who surrender simply lack the ability to get very far. But it is more accurate to say that ability and intelligence, rightly understood, include a readiness to face pain, while those characteristics which we loosely term ‘inadequacy’ and ‘ignorance’ are typically associated with the avoidance of pain.” When the pain reaches a certain threshold, everything inside of a person screams for relief, but champions, people with high AQ, persevere. Pain is overcome through the continuous focus on one’s purpose. Moreover, achieving greatness will require a faith that can move mountains, an AQ to endure the rising pain in the process, eventually reaching levels of success that more timid souls refuse to believe possible.

There are 3 levels of motivation that we have found to help people persist.

Recognition and Respect
Purpose, Destiny and Legacy

These come in order of importance and impact in one’s life. Dig into the three levels of motivation and find what moves you to become your best and helps you to do your best when times get tough.

Here is a short video that I found that inspires me to continue to pursue my purpose and do something big with my life!

I love this video! Your future awaits, play life BIG, and go get it!

God bless and have a great day, Eric C. Blomdahl

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Don Fallis on January 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    What a Great Seminar in Columbus Oho. Definitely the vision was cast to Play Big. I think George Guzzardo on Friday Night set the stage for all to see as he ask the question “What are 5 qualities of a Leader?” After giving us about 10 seconds to write down our answers, he asked, “Would any of these qualities be useful as a Parent, Spouse, or Friend?” That was when all of us setting in our section seen that Leadership training is the foundation of everything. To travel for hours from all parts of the countries of both Canada and the United States, and is less that 2 minutes have an answer that could be used for an entire lifetime. WOW.


  2. Posted by Lisa Mangold on January 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Every person who attended this convention for the first time with me confirmed that they see their life in a different way than they did before, have more hope about their future and want to continue learning from and associating with the leaders of LIFE. I love seeing people get excited about changing their thinking and their life!! But, you are so right, Eric – that as we are on this path to learn and grow, there are growing pains from inside and outside of us. It is even more exciting to watch those who choose to stay on this path and work through this pain. That video says it all – IT IS WORTH IT!!


  3. Eric,

    Thank you so much for your example and ability to inspire greatness in others!!


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