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Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 1 (Revisited)


A little over a decade ago I committed to building communities of people utilizing a proven marketing system that Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady developed. That decision has proven to be the most rewarding experience of my life. However, along the way, many important lessons were learned. Some of those lessons came with a great amount of personal pain and suffering and, unfortunately, with a negative impact on the community (sorry to everyone that suffered because of my growing pains). The purpose of this article is to share some of those lessons with the hope that other community builders can learn from my experience without suffering the personal anguish and without negatively impacting the community (i.e. people’s lives).

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder:

Dare to Dream: It’s sad, but America in 2014 doesn’t dream anymore. In fact, if you are a “dreamer” in today’s society, you are alienated and made to feel like something is wrong with you. The reality is, God gave each and every one of us the ability to dream. And if He gave us the ability to dream, He surely will give us the opportunity to make those dreams come true. I would like to challenge everyone before you go to bed tonight; make a list of 100 dreams you want to accomplish in your life. Once that list is complete, keep it in your planner and look at it daily and become passionate about accomplishing them. Muster the courage and develop the habit to not just dream, but dream BIG with PASSION!

Get Your Elephant Charging: The subconscious mind (“elephant”) is a very powerful force, but it is totally underutilized by the majority of our society. Most people live their lives allowing the conscious mind (“ant”) to lead them. If you truly want to transform your life and strive for greatness, you need to reprogram your mind to allow the subconscious (“elephant”) to lead. I recommend reading “The Ant and the Elephant” by Vince Poscente and listening to “The Ant and the Elephant” CD by Orrin Woodward.

Humble Yourself and Commit to Personal Development: Contrary to my personal belief when I got started, I didn’t know everything about everything. That realization is rather simply stated in the previous short sentence, but in actuality it took me several years to learn and finally accept. You may have heard the saying, “You can’t take your old self into a bright new future.” If you find yourself reading this article and not liking where you are at in life, it is going to require you to humble yourself and commit to personal development. The best personal development education system I have found is through a LIFE subscription(s). LIFE offers several monthly subscription options to launch your personal development journey: LIFE (personal education), Leadership (professional education), AGO (faith education) and EDGE (life principles for teens), Freedom and Finance. For the individual looking to make the most out of his/her life, I recommend subscribing to all of them. A commitment to personal development is going to require developing the daily habits of listening to educational audios, reading from great books, and associating with like-minded people on a regular basis.

Control Your Schedule, Don’t Let Your Schedule Control You: When asked, most people in today’s society are very quick to list their top priorities in life, but when you compare their schedule to their priorities, most are 180 degree opposite…their schedules don’t match their priorities and their priorities don’t match their schedules. In order to truly get where you want to go in life, it is vital to make sure that your priorities match your schedule and that your schedule matches your priorities. Once in alignment, every decision that impacts your future should be made referring back to your priorities. Don’t let a decision regarding a #4 priority get in the way of a #2 priority. I recommend reading “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.

Be Consistent: When pursuing the life you’ve always wanted, the amount of activity you put in is extremely important, but it is not enough all by itself…it needs to be consistent activity. I was stuck for a very long time at the “busy enough to be frustrated” phase, which is not a fun place to be stuck. If you find yourself at that phase, evaluate both your activities and your consistency. I am guessing the solution to get you “unstuck” lies within the combination of the two. Discovering and pursuing my purpose really helped in getting my activity and consistency up to a level that was required to get “unstuck”; to go from “busy enough to be frustrated” to “busy enough to get results”. I strongly recommend getting and studying the “Finding Your Purpose Pack”.

Be Persistent: If your part of my generation, you probably remember the toy called a Weeble, and their advertising catch-phrase, “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” When I heard that phrase as a young boy, I never realized that it would be one of the key principles for success in life some 40 years later. We all get knocked down in life, but the key is to get back up each and every time. A famous motivational speaker/author once said, “When you fall down, make sure you fall on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up.” What helped me to have the proper perspective regarding being persistent through all of life’s struggles was strengthening my faith life. I recommend you purchase a “No Regrets – AGO First Night Pack” and begin developing your faith to the next level.

Part 2 of this article coming tomorrow.

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Shiny Butterflies

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Guest post by my awesome wife…enjoy!

I have what my husband calls, “Shiny Butterfly Syndrome”. I get easily distracted. A typical day for me went something like this: I’d be sitting on the couch by Eric and think “I’m really thirsty, I could use a glass of water.” I’d go to the kitchen to get the water and realize that the dishes need to be done. So I’d start to do the dishes, but the dish rag is the one from yesterday and smells a little weird so I take it to the laundry room. Then I notice that the clothes in the washer need to be put in the dryer, but the dryer is full of towels.  So I start to fold the towels when I hear a voice from the bathroom say, “Mom, I’m done”. So I go help the child and now the bathroom needs to be cleaned.  By now, I am working up a sweat and start thinking, “I’m thirsty, I could really use a glass of water.” So I get my water, go sit back down and Eric asks, “Where have you been for the last hour and a half?”  To which I reply…”Getting a glass of water.”

I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get anything done. There were many things I wanted to incorporate into my schedule, but felt I was so busy and couldn’t see how to fit it all in. I felt rushed, unbalanced and unable to give my best to all my priorities.  I have heard LIFE Co-Founder, Claude Hamilton, say, “You can’t expect what you don’t inspect.”  It hit me that maybe I need to inspect my daily actions. It was time to take an honest evaluation of what I was actually doing with my time and identify my true priorities.  It was also time to stop allowing my busyness to keep me from achieving the goals I wanted and expected.

When you are that scattered you need a system to keep you on track. There are some great books through LIFE on organizing your time, prioritizing your schedule and how to stop procrastinating. Those books are: “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephan R. Covey. The “7 Habits” book is one of my favorites because it helps you identify your core values/priorities and walks you through how to set up your schedule based on those core values.  My initial plan was to keep track of everything I did throughout the day for a whole week. That only lasted about 2 days. I quickly realized how much time I wasted by being distracted and by not having a specific plan for each day.  I also realized there were things in my schedule that were interfering with my priorities.

Once I identified my shortcomings, I could now come up with a plan to change. I took my to-do list and assigned a time slot to each item. I treated those things as an appointment I had to keep. Over time I learned to focus on one task at a time and that I could make time for what matters most to me. I also learned it was okay to say, “No” to anything that would keep me from my priorities.  At the end of the day, I felt I had invested time in each area of importance, felt more balanced and at peace knowing that I was doing what would lead me to the results I wanted and expected.

Only when you identify where you are currently at can you make the necessary changes to move toward your ultimate goal.  Your future will be a result of what you do today. Don’t get distracted by “shiny butterflies”…make today count.

God Bless

Jennifer Blomdahl

How Bad Do You Want It????

With Super Bowl Sunday behind us and the Baltimore Ravens earning the title, “World Champions”, I started thinking about why the Super Bowl has developed into such a big deal. Why do grown men playing a game cry on national television for the world to see? Why does the entire world drop what they are doing for five hours on a Sunday night to watch a football game? The only thing I could think of was that there has to be more to it than most realize.

What I discovered was, that God has created each of us with a desire for pursuing excellence and achieving greatness. In our society, it shows up more in sports than other areas of our life, but the fact remains, humans have an internal drive for purpose, meaning and greatness.

Now, just because we aren’t athletes doesn’t mean we don’t have that drive within us, it’s still there, but it tends to get lost in the daily struggles of earning a living for our families. I want to throw out what I concluded this past weekend…no matter what each of us do for a living, we each have the opportunity to play in our own respective “super bowl” in life. The questions to ask then are: 1) Are you performing at a level that will help you reach and win your “super bowl”? and 2) How bad do you want it?…..

Go win your “Super Bowl” and become a “Champion” in life!!!!!

Gob bless and have a great day,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Who Will Step Up and Save America?

If you’ve been following the news over the past several weeks, it is becoming increasingly apparent that America is in trouble. With every news report coming out of Washington D.C., we Americans are losing our freedoms at a very rapid rate. It is very obvious that Republicans won’t cooperate with Democrats and Democrats won’t cooperate with Republicans. With that being said, how can any of our problems be solved…with both sides being unwilling to work together? …with both sides blaming each other? …with Washington D.C. giving up our freedoms with no concern for future generations?

So, who will step up and save America?

I am neither a Republican, nor a Democrat…I am a proud American who loves this country and who is committed to do my part to make America great again. Therefore, it is with great excitement that I share with you the following article: LeaderShift: Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille

If you too are concerned with the direction America is heading and you found the above article intriguing, mark your calendar and make sure you get a copy of “LeaderShift” by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille when it is released on April 16, 2013.

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! 2013 holds great potential for each of you…go make great things happen…God is behind you 100%

God bless,

The Blomdahl Family

Christmas Memories

I was having a conversation recently with a new-found friend and she was sharing all the things she had to do yet before Christmas. She was getting a little frazzled because she was running out of time. Then what she shared next shocked me. She said that she just found out what Christmas was really about…the birth of Jesus. She is now in her early 30’s and this is the first she’s heard about this? Really? How can a child grow up celebrating Christmas every year and never know the true meaning behind it until she’s in her early 30’s?

It got me thinking about how many families are out there that really don’t know the true meaning, but celebrate Christmas anyway. It’s one thing to choose not to believe and, therefore, not celebrate. But are there really people out there that think it’s all about a guy in a red suit sliding down a chimney leaving presents? They really don’t know the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior?

Could it be some parents get so busy with preparing for Christmas, the baking, decorating, cleaning and the shopping, that they forget to take time to teach the reason for it and lose sight of what’s most important. It’s as if the Christmas traditions got passed on, but the meaning got lost along the way. I can’t say for sure and I’m not passing judgement, but I guess I just assumed that either you’re a believer that celebrates or you’re a non-believer and don’t.

In preparation for our Christmas celebration my daughter and I have been doing some baking and trying out some new recipes. Some turned out great and others, not so much, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed talking about Christmases past and future things we want to do.

When I asked her to share some of her favorite memories not one of those memories had to do with a gift she received. Every memory she shared had to do with time together with family. Playing games, baking, making up plays and reminiscing with relatives.

So I started thinking about some of my favorites memories. I couldn’t remember even a handful of gifts I had received in my lifetime. Most of what I remembered was the quality time together. So if that is the case, why do so many people go into debt for Christmas? Spending so much money they end up taking the whole year to pay it off, or not even getting it paid off by the next Christmas.

Rather than getting the kids a bunch of stuff that they’re just going to forget about anyway, what we have done is give the gift of quality time and creating fun memories together. For example, ski trip with the boys and a concert with the girls (to see one of their favorite boy bands). Making homemade gifts for family and friends, and helping others in need. And of course, having birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

There was an email I had received years ago titled, “Teach The Children”. It goes through all the symbols of Christmas and the meaning behind them. So we had decided that we would include the reading of that on Christmas and place an ornament on the tree to go along with each symbol to remind us and to teach our kids what it all means. I believe the best gift we could ever give our kids is to teach them about a Savior and our Savior can give them the greatest gift of all…their salvation.

I want to encourage you to take time to think about the memories being created and the messages it sends. The memories we create with our kids will stick with them for a very long time, maybe, forever. Are we teaching them to just be busy, or are we creating memories that teach them values and focus on what’s really important?

Here is the link to the poem,“Teach the Children”

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and created some great memories.

God bless,

Jennifer Blomdahl

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Please travel safely and enjoy time with loved ones this holiday season. And, most importantly, please remember…

God bless,

The Blomdahl Family