Posts Tagged ‘Claude Hamilton’

Shiny Butterflies

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

LIFE: Right Place, Right Time, Right People, Right Reason

Orrin Woodward and the other co-founders of LIFE (Chris Brady, Tim Marks, George Guzzardo, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, Claude Hamilton) just produced a great new video that was launched at the Winter Leadership Convention in Columbus, OH this past weekend. Everyone loved it and has been asking to see it again. Here you go…enjoy!

Your future awaits, go get it!

God bless, Eric Blomdahl

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

LIFE Entrepreneurship & Opportunity

Orrin Woodward fired up in front of a big crowd!

Orrin Woodward, leader and co-founder of the LIFE business, posted a great article today on his blog. I am so proud of my profession and am extremely blessed to be associated with Orrin and the rest of the co-founders (Chris Brady, Tim Marks, George Guzzardo, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, Claude Hamilton and Chris Mattis). Click the title of this article to visit Orrin’s actual article. Here is a brief excerpt:

“Leadership requires seeing things before others see them, believing in the future before others believe it, and moving in that direction before others will move. This is the path that new truths follow to enter the marketplace. In truth, however, isn’t a new concept. This has been the reception of new ideas for as long as human beings have populated the earth.”

Being part of an organization that just launched a brand new industry that will shape the future of business and leadership is really exciting and rewarding. The idea of being part of a movement that is striving to change a million lives is exhilarating. When I first joined TEAM in April 2000, all I wanted was a couple hundred extra dollars per month. Little did I know that along the journey, I would find my purpose and position myself to be a part of a totally new industry called…LIFE.

It’s sad when I think about all the “critics” over the past 11 years that said what we do wouldn’t work. When, in fact, what we have done over the past 11 years is prove that all those “critics” were wrong. Come join Orrin Woodward and the rest of the co-founders of LIFE and let’s go to a million people together!

Make your life count!

God bless and have a great day, Eric Blomdahl