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What is Really “Real”?

I received a text a couple of weeks ago from a good friend and LIFE business associate as follows: “In Depth Viking Style by Tim Marks he says, “It’s not time to be a realist.” How does one not be a realist when they are a realist?”

Dictionary.com says a realist is “a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.”

A realist once said, “Man can not fly!” But then a man flew.
A realist once said, “Man can not walk on the moon!” But then a man walked on the moon.
A realist once said, “You have nothing to worry about with Sam Walton, he’ll never make it.” But then Sam made Wal-Mart the #1 retailer in the world.
A realist said, “Man will never break the four-minute mile.” But then a man ran a mile in 3 mins, 59.4 seconds.

So, what is really “real”?

It is clear in the above examples that what is defined as “real” by one person, isn’t necessarily what another person chooses to be “real” for them. So, what’s the difference?

In order to determine what’s “real”, it is necessary to understand what’s true. Therefore, it is very important that a person have a biblical-based understanding of the world. God made each of us with dreams, desires, passions, talents and abilities that together equip us to find and fulfill our purpose. If God has allowed us to think it, then God will help us to make it happen. In addition, it is vital (eternal life depends on it) to understand how special we are to God…He sacrificed His only Son so that we can one day be united with Him in heaven. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With this understanding, we are unstoppable.

The next hurdle is to stop doing things based upon logic and start doing things based upon emotion. Logically, there are many things that can’t be done, but emotionally someone has done them. In last year’s NFL play-offs, logically the Green Bay Packers at 15-1 should have went to the Super Bowl, but the New York Giants at 9-7 beat the Packers and went on to win the Super Bowl.

Here are some recommendations to help expand what is “real” for you:

1) Live daily with God as your center and know that if He allowed you to think it, He will help you accomplish it.

2) Continually dream build and expand your imagination.

3) Associate regularly with uplifting and encouraging people.

4) Get involved in a self-directed education program and work specifically on developing a “can do” attitude.

5) Mentor regularly.

6) Be willing to fail and understand that failure is just a part of success.

So in conclusion, when a realist really evaluates what’s really “real”, they will find that the “real” they once thought was real isn’t really real after all and that the real “real” can be so much more than what they originally thought was real…really.

The following video is old, but worth watching. Actual footage of Roger Bannister doing what the realists said couldn’t be done…way to go Roger!!!!!

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Limiting Beliefs: You Can Do More Than You Think

Shortly after beginning my LIFE Leadership journey, I remember hearing a story about an experiment regarding fleas and how high they can jump that illustrated how limiting beliefs can greatly diminish what we are really capable of accomplishing. The story of the experiment goes as follows:

It is well-known that fleas can jump very high compared to their size. An experiment was performed where fleas were caught and placed inside a jar that was half the height of what a flea can normally jump; then the lid was placed securely on the jar. The fleas would attempt to jump to their normal height, but would repetitively hit the lid…unable to get out of the jar.

Eventually, the fleas learned that they couldn’t jump normally any longer so they began to jump just high enough to miss hitting the lid. Once conditioned to think they can only jump high enough to miss the lid, the researchers removed the lid and not one flea jumped out of the jar…when in fact, every one of them could have jumped out with ease.

We humans are a lot like the fleas in this experiment. We too become reconditioned and establish limiting beliefs based upon our experiences and environment. It is important to realize that you can accomplish more than you think…we all have a little extra to reach new heights.

The following video is a great example of how each of us have the ability to overcome our limiting beliefs and accomplish much more than we think we can…enjoy!

God bless and have a great week!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please take time to be thankful, travel safely, and enjoy family and friends.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Visualization


The following article was written by my awesome wife, Jennifer…enjoy!

My son is a sports fanatic. He will be in a sport he doesn’t really care for just because he knows it will keep him in shape or strengthen his muscles so that he can play his favorite sports more effectively. He does have some natural athletic ability but he also has a hunger to learn and improve his skills and the discipline to practice the basics.

He was so excited this past summer because he earned a spot as a pitcher on his baseball team. He had a big responsibility and he took it seriously. At his first game, he couldn’t wait to get out there and show what he could do. However, it didn’t go as he had expected. With each bad pitch his attitude and belief in himself was dropping very quickly. When they came off the field I could see he was disheartened. I had to do something about it. Fortunately, because of being associated with LIFE/TEAM, I had learned some principles about visualizing that could help him. So I pulled him out of the dug out to talk with him.

First, I had to build his belief back up. We talked about a strike he pitched during warm up. I had him close his eyes and picture in his mind that perfect pitch. Picture the target. How’s your stance? Now, you’re winding up to throw the ball, what does it feel like, when do you let go? What are your eyes focused on? He visualized that pitch in his mind several times. He got a renewed belief that he could throw that perfect pitch again.

Then we had to talk about attitude. You may not be able to throw a perfect pitch every time and that’s okay. Each pitch is a chance to start over. It doesn’t matter what happened in the last pitch. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and visualize that perfect pitch again. Then pitch.

The second inning began and I watched him confidently walk up to the pitcher’s mound. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, visualized and pitched. STRIKE 1, STRIKE 2, STRIKE 3. After each strike he looked at me with a big smile. He ended up getting 3 strikeouts in a row that inning. Next inning he started having trouble again. So he closed his eyes, took a deep breath, visualized, and pitched. With each bad pitch he was able to re-focus and not get discouraged. I was so proud of him. It was so empowering for him to learn that he has the ability to control his attitude and beliefs by visualizing the desired outcome ahead of time. He has learned to use that principle now in other areas of his life as well.

Athletes have been using the visualizing technique for decades. We have a dear family member that followed the team roping circuit for close to 30 years. He was a heeler and before every event he would sit quietly, close his eyes and visualize successfully roping the steer’s hind leg in record time. When asked, he will be the first to tell you it is because of visualizing that he had so much success.

Visualizing doesn’t just work for athletes, it will work for anyone in any area of life where you want different results. Bill Lewis did an incredible blog article titled “Visualize the Change You Want”. I highly recommend that you read it if you want more ways on how you can use the power of visualization to improve your life.

God bless,

Jennifer Blomdahl

The Race

When I was younger, I had a feeling inside of me that I could never quite figure out. It wasn’t until joining LIFE/TEAM and Orrin Woodward that I realized that feeling was placed inside of me by God as an “indicator” that He had something big planned for me. I believe God has something big planned for you too. Our job is to figure out what God’s plan is for each of us and then…fulfill it.

At some point in each of our lives, an opportunity will present itself where we are given a chance to show the world what we are made of…will you be ready when that opportunity arises for you? All the training and preparation will not matter…you can’t coach it…it will come down to sheer heart and determination from down deep inside. God has given each of us everything needed for greatness. Never underestimate what you can accomplish with God’s help and guidance. The video below is one of those “must see to believe” moments for a young Minnesota athlete…enjoy!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

God bless,
Eric C. Blomdahl

LIFE Business – Incredible First Year

WOW!!!! Amazing article posted by Orrin Woodward with a summary of the first year results of the LIFE Business. Check it out…LIFE Business: First Year Results

I hope everyone is getting on board for an incredible journey.

God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Vital Behavior: Challenge Groups and Live Opens

Orrin Woodward and the other co-founders of LIFE have developed, in my opinion, the best business modelon the planet to improve the quality of people’s lives. Is it perfect…no, but it’s simply the best. If you ever wanted to be part of something big that can produce life-long results, building compensated communities is it!

When building compensated communities, there are several habits that need to be implemented into our daily activities in order to have lasting results. Perhaps one of the most important vital behaviors is to regularly attend both live opens and challenge groups. Exploding teams have consistent and increasing numbers at both live opens and challenge groups. Not attending either one because you don’t have a new person to bring is wrong thinking. Having the attitude that challenge group night is a “night off” is wrong thinking. If you want to build a strong and growing compensated community, attending and supporting your community every Tuesday night is crucial.

Here is a great article from Orrin Woodward regarding challenge groups and community…check it out: Challenge Groups & Community

Enjoy!

God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl