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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

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

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

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

Lessons of a Community Builder – Part 4 and Final


In this fourth and final article regarding lessons of a community builder, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Orrin Woodward and the rest of the Policy Council. It is because of their personal sacrifices and dedication to purpose and excellence that all of us have such incredible information on how to successfully build communities through TEAM and have the opportunity to pursue the life we’ve always wanted through LIFE. I hope you have enjoyed this series of articles and have found these lessons helpful.

Be a Problem Solver: As previously mentioned in this series, community builders need to use empathy rather than sympathy when helping people succeed in life. The reason why people are where they are at in life is because of the information they allow into their head, which leads to the way they think, which leads to the decisions they make, which leads to the actions they take, which leads to the life they are living. When you meet someone who is not happy with where they are at in life, you will find a big reason is because they continually allow obstacles to get in the way of doing the things that are necessary to make positive changes in their life. Empathy says that you understand what they are going through, but you don’t allow their excuses to stop them from doing the right things. This will require you to become good at empathetic listening and solving problems. Because of their current thinking, they will need someone with an outside perspective to help them think “outside the box”. Someone to offer solutions to obstacles that they would have previously allowed to stop them from doing what’s needed to positively change their circumstances. The better problem solver you become; the more people you’ll help; the bigger the difference you’ll make; the faster you’ll live the life you’ve always wanted. Check out Habit 5 in Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Become a Great Edifier: Edification is a biblical principle that in layman’s terms means to uplift and speak favorably about a specific individual or group to another individual or group. It is very important when edifying someone that only characteristics that are honest and true about that person are used to uplift. If you’ve ever heard someone give false edification using characteristics that aren’t honest and truthful, it is very obvious and usually results in a negative impression on both parties involved in the edification process. When used properly with truth, honesty, and a sincere heart, edification is a very powerful principle. The best edifiers have the biggest communities; and the biggest communities have the best edifiers. Become great at truthful, honest, sincere edification. Listen multiple times to TEAM 1 – “Edification, Duplication, Association” CD by Orrin Woodward in the “Top 50″. In fact, go ahead and listen to the rest of the Top 50 while you’re at it…you won’t regret it (even if you’ve listened to it before).

Get Your Worldview Right: I was raised and confirmed Lutheran, believed in God, but at 32 years of age, if you would have asked me to explain my worldview, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. At that point in my life, my worldview was that faith time with God was on Sundays from 9:30am – 10:30am and that the rest of the week was broken into work time, family time, fun time, etc. In addition, I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew of Him, but did not have a relationship with Him…which are two drastically different things. Back in those days, I believed that all the 8 “F’s” that we talk about in LIFE were separate from one another. Today, I now know that 7 of the “F’s” are governed by the 8th “F” (Faith), and that having a personal relationship on a daily basis with Jesus Christ is crucial…not just for life on earth, but for life eternal. I know that as each of you read this article, everyone’s worldview may be all over the place, but I strongly recommend seeking and understanding why you believe what you believe…you just might surprise yourself with what you discover. I would recommend starting your journey by listening to the “No Regrets – AGO First Night Pack” and “The LIFE of Christ Pack”. Remember, you’re going to be gone from this world a lot longer than you’ll be in this world…eternity is a long time to be wrong about your worldview…please take the time to get it right.

Resolve Conflict: If you’ve been around the community building industry for any length of time, you may have heard the following statement, or something similar, “Building communities is great because of the people, but it sure can be frustrating at times because of the people.” God has made us all different. In fact, it is because of those differences that communities are so powerful. But, at the same time, it is because of those differences that we will encounter conflicts with people. Unresolved conflict within a community of people over time will fester and spread like a cancer…ultimately having devastating results. Don’t allow conflict to have more than 24 hours of life…deal with it and resolve it immediately. Read Chapter 10 in Orrin Woodward’s book, “RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE”.

I want to end this series with the following thought: The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is a little extra…this world needs you to be extraordinary!

Have a great week and God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Lessons of a Community Builder – Part 3


I am so grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to be associated with Orrin Woodward and the rest of the Policy Council. The information that they have developed regarding building communities through TEAM and helping people live the life they’ve always wanted through LIFE is world-class. I hope you find these lessons helpful.

Lessons of a Community Builder – Part 3:

Stop worrying about what others think of you: For as long as I can remember, I worried about what others would think of me…at work, at church, other parents, neighbors…just about everyone. So naturally, this worry carried over when I started building communities too. And because of that worry, the speed at which I would grow my community was very slow. I would not contact great people who were probably in “the looking zone” for fear they’d think something negative of me…how selfish. I represented the greatest business in the world (LIFE) and because of my own selfish insecurities, I was withholding an opportunity from people that could allow them to pursue the life they’ve always wanted. Then one day I was listening to a sermon and the pastor made the following statement, “Instead of worrying about what other people think of you, start worrying about what God thinks of you.” That sentence changed my entire perspective. If you are pursuing your God-given purpose, who cares what others think of you. At that point, I decided that what God thinks of me will govern my life. Since that decision, it’s amazing how much more confidence a person has when dealing with people. Remember, in the end, it’s much more important to hear, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”; than to have your neighbor approve of what you are doing. I recommend the following: “The Christian Comfort Guide”.

Don’t argue with people: This principle is best explained through an example. Awhile back, I was getting a gentleman started in the community and he made a statement that he does not attend seminars of any kind. He was very adamant about his position. In the past, I would have responded like most people and proceed to explain to him how awesome these seminars are, how it is so important for him to go, and actually start to argue with him. This would only drive a wedge in between us and I would have lost my ability to positively influence him. As the saying goes, “A person convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” But, in this case, I just responded with “I understand” and left him more CD’s. Each time I saw him, I would feed him more CD’s, remind him of his dream and just be his friend. Now, he did not go to the very next seminar, but he did contact me a month later and asked me how he could get a ticket for the next seminar. I could have argued with him, after all, I knew I was right and he was wrong, but what I learned is that I had to let him learn he was wrong on his own by feeding him CD’s and just being a friend to him. I strongly recommend everyone read, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

Be an uplifting and encouraging person: Most people find themselves in environments throughout the course of their day that are negative, critical, depressing, and degrading. The reason why communities are so appealing to people is because they are looking for association that is different from their everyday routine. This principle will help you create the right environment. Encourage and uplift people. Be a “good-finder” with people. You will encounter people that need correcting, but if you just encourage and uplift and let the CD’s and books do the correcting, you will be amazed with your results. Not to mention, you’ll develop a lot of friends. If you create an environment where people feel great every time they are around you and around the association you create, your community will explode. Conversely, if you create an environment that doesn’t make people feel great, they will not stick around long. They will continue their search for a community where they do feel great and write off the LIFE TEAM as “not for them”. I recommend reading the following book: “Bringing Out the Best in People”.

No negative around community: I have been to community-building meetings where the excitement and energy is high, people are getting started, taking first-night material, booking follow-throughs and then here comes someone who’s been around for a while with a long face and proceeds on informing me (at a volume level for all to hear) how all their people didn’t show, how “so and so” quit, and 45 miles was way too far to drive. Within a few minutes, all the energy and excitement is sucked out of the room. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know when you are pursuing greatness and building communities you are going to have frustrating moments. When those moments happen, I am the first to encourage people to talk to their support person or mentor. However, there is a time and place to deal with frustrations…a fired up community-building meeting is not one of them. Develop the discipline and professionalism to have that discussion with your support person or mentor before/after meeting…not during. Only positive around community. I recommend reading, “Developing the Leader Within You”

Empathy, not sympathy: People who get started with LIFE and TEAM typically have big hearts and they want to help people succeed. When building communities, you are going to meet people with sad stories and difficult situations. It is very important when you encounter these situations that you display empathy, not sympathy. Here’s an example between the two: Sympathy says, “I know that you can’t afford to go to the leadership convention in Milwaukee in July, so it’s okay if you don’t go.” Empathy says, “I understand that you can’t afford to go to the leadership convention in Milwaukee in July, but I know that if you want to change your circumstances, you need to be there. What do you say we brainstorm together and figure out a way to help you get the money needed to go.” Sympathy actually hurts people more than helps them. Empathy says you care about them enough to help them fight through their obstacles so they can win in life. Read, “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People”.

Mentoring: If you’ve ever watched a NASCAR race, what you observed was 40+ cars driving at very high speeds all at once around a racetrack or road course with eventually one driver in the winner’s circle at the end of the race. The driver gets all the credit in the after-race interviews, but most drivers are quick to point out that it took a whole team to collect the victory. One of the members of the team is called a “spotter.” A spotter is positioned in a location where they can see the entire track and remains in communication with the driver at all times. Because the spotter has a different perspective of the race than the driver, he/she is able to help the driver avoid debris, accidents, etc. Basically, the spotter offers the driver information from a different perspective so that mid-race adjustments can be made to give the driver the best chance for victory. This is exactly the role of a mentor when building communities. A mentor can give you a different perspective about a given situation and then provide critical information to help you not only successfully maneuver around the track, but to make sure you win at the end. The driver that does not utilize a spotter is at great risk of crashing and knocking themselves out of the race. This is true of building communities and not using a mentor too. If you want to build large communities of people that will last over time, make sure you mentor on a regular basis. Please listen to the CD titled, “This is Mentoring”.

The fourth and final part of this article coming soon.

God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Lessons of a Community Builder – Part 1


A little over a decade ago I committed to building communities of people utilizing the TEAM 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 Community Builder:

Dare to Dream: It’s sad, but America in 2012 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. I also recommend you purchase “The Power of a Dream Pack” and listen to it regularly. 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” 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 educational program I have found is the Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) followed up with a LIFE subscription(s). Go to the MFC link and play the eleven minute video…great summary by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Then, LIFE offers four monthly subscription options to continue your personal development journey: LIFE (personal education), Leadership (professional education), AGO (faith education) and EDGE (life principles for teens). For the individual looking to make the most out of his/her life, I recommend subscribing to all three (all four if you have teens). A commitment to personal development is going to require taking the MFC, and 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 soon.

God bless, Eric C. Blomdahl

God-given Purpose: The Intersection of Passion, Potential and Profit

In Orrin Woodward’s book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, Chapter 1 is about finding your God-given purpose. Most people I know, myself included prior to LIFE, are so caught up in their daily routine of living life and making money that they never once think about their God-given purpose. I love the saying, “Our purpose in life is to find our purpose in life.” Now don’t get me wrong, I know there are people out there that have found and are pursuing their God-given purpose, but over the past 11 years of building communities of people, my experience has been that there are many more people out there that either never think about it, or think about it, but can’t find it. If you are the latter, I hope you find this article helpful.

Many people have this misinformed notion that what you do for a living and your God-given purpose are two separate things. In fact, this is not true. It is how our society has developed, but the reality is your God-given purpose doesn’t turn off from 8am – 5pm so you can go out and make money to live life. Our God-given purpose governs everything we do…including making a living. What LIFE has allowed me to do is to combine my God-given purpose with a way to make a living. If you pursue your God-given purpose and what you do is pleasing and glorifying to God, He will bless you. Now please don’t misunderstand, the adversary will make sure you still have problems to deal with in life. In fact, they may intensify the stronger your faith and commitment to your purpose becomes, but stay steadfast in pursuit of your God-given purpose and you will prosper.

In Orrin’s book, he discusses that God-given purpose is at the center of three intersecting elements: Passion, Potential and Profit. The following is an illustration of that principle:

Passion: God has wired every human being with passion. We all have many things in life we like doing and we all have many things in life we don’t like doing. However, there are few things that we love doing…that we are passionate about doing. In my experience, this is God’s way of “steering” us towards our purpose…follow the things you are passionate about in life.

Potential: God has gifted each and every one of us with special and unique skills and talents. He has equipped us with the skills and talents that are necessary to fulfill our purpose…follow your skills and talents in life.

Profit: God has made us and placed us here with the difficult task of living a righteous life that is glorifying to God while being in a secular world with man-made laws. Based upon this fact, God fully expects us to make a living. However, the living that we make should be righteous and glorifying to God…follow what is righteous and glorifying to God in making a living.

As the illustration above represents, your God-given purpose is found at the intersection of Passion, Potential and Profit. So if you find yourself questioning what your purpose is…go find this intersection in your life.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1 in Orrin’s book:

“Modern man is suffering the debilitating effects of his self-imposed loss of purpose and meaning. When Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him,” he understood that by rejecting God, he had also killed meaning and purpose. Philosopher Bertrand Russell agreed, commenting, “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.” Furthermore, Russell confronted the utter hopelessness of his atheistic philosophy:

“That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins–all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”

A dismal belief system indeed, but one that has infected millions of people leaving them without rims in the game of life. Woody Allen surmised, “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroad: One path leads to despair and hopelessness, and the other to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” The legacy of this acidic belief, poured directly upon the roots of purpose, destroyed the fruits of hope, meaning and significance, leaving only the bitter fruits of paralysis and cynicism left to fill the void in the poisoned soil.

Thankfully, one doesn’t have to swallow modern man’s toxic brew of beliefs. In fact, many are rejecting these fatalistic view of godless philosophers, yearning instead for meaning, purpose and a sense of destiny. Indicative of this trend is the smashing success of Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life”. With over thirty-plus million copies sold since 2002, Warren’s book is reaching many people with a message of forgiveness, hope and purpose. In the introduction Warren wrote, “You cannot arrive at your life’s purpose by starting with a focus on yourself. You must begin with God, your Creator. You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God-and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead-end.” As Author Carl Townsend said, “They say there are two important days in your life: the day you were born, and the day you find out why you were born.” No one can choose the day he was born, but everyone can choose responsibility for discovering why he was born.

Why are people created? What is the specific purpose for one’s life? Author Daniel Pink identifies three elements that encompass a purposeful life:
1. Autonomy: The urge to direct our own lives.
2. Mastery: The desire to get better at something that matters.
3. Purpose: The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

To achieve one’s purpose, autonomy, mastery, and character must combine together. For without autonomy, a person isn’t directing his life, therefore isn’t accomplishing his purpose but someone else’s. Furthermore, without mastery, a person is not improving in something that matters, and if it doesn’t matter, then it certainly isn’t one’s purpose. Lastly, it’s only a person of character who desires to be of service to something larger than himself, contributing to others to make a difference and leaving one’s mark in the world, transcending all selfish motives and actions. In order to fulfill one’s purpose then, a person must have or build all three prerequisites. A person must build character, hunger for autonomy and develop mastery in his profession by living intentionally for excellence.”

I recommend everyone get a copy of Orrin Woodward’s book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE and read it. Better yet, get two copies…read one yourself and pass the other one to a friend.

Your future awaits, go find your God-given purpose and go get it!

God bless and have a wonderful weekend, Eric C. Blomdahl

Failure: A Necessary Part of Success

Orrin Woodward posted a great blog article on failure as it relates to success. Most people believe that success and failure are at opposite ends of the spectrum. You either succeed, or you fail. But the reality is that the road to success is paved with failures. You show me someone who has success in life and I’ll show you someone who has failed…the bigger the success, the more failures encountered.

The way I was taught in school was to learn and study a lesson and then take a test to determine what we learned. The result of that test would then determine whether I succeeded or failed that lesson. After the test was administered and the grade recorded, we would then move on to the next lesson and do it all over again. All subjects throughout my entire academic career utilized this process to ultimately determine whether you were a “good” student or a “bad” student. This repetitive process over 19 years of my life become the way I viewed things…you were either a success, or a failure. But since joining LIFE TEAM, I have learned that in order to succeed, you must be willing to fail. Just because you failed at something you tried in life, doesn’t mean you are a failure in life. All it means is what you tried didn’t work…try again. Use your failure as a life lesson to learn from and move on. Remember, you only are a failure when you quit and don’t try again. I love Thomas Edison’s attitude when inventing the light bulb and people criticized him for failing 200 times. He simply responded by saying, “I haven’t failed 200 times, I have just found 200 ways it won’t work.” Here’s my question to you…Are you willing to fail 200 times to find the one way that will work? I hope so! I know that Orrin Woodward was willing to fail as many times as it took to succeed because he knew that God had a purpose for him and that if he stayed consistent and persistent, God would honor his commitment. Here’s Orrin’s article:

“What separates the many from the few in leadership? Simply put, leaders learn from failures while most avoid them. Sadly, when a person avoids failure, he also misses the “teachable moments” needed in order to grow. Chris Brady and my #1 Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution, covers the principles of the learning through the Five Levels of Influence.

Surprisingly, the biggest success is typically the one who has failed the most. The faster a person can go from principle understood to principle applied, the faster he or she becomes a leader. For example, what makes the LIFE community so valuable is the fact that people can learn leadership and then apply the principles immediately within the community. The greatest principles of leadership are practically worthless unless a person has a community in which to apply them.

LIFE provides both the leadership principles and a community for people to practice application. If a person does his best and fails, it isn’t an issue, since everyone is failing and learning continuously. Do you have a community that provides a grace filled environment to apply your leadership?

LIFE provides a safe environment to listen, apply, and fail, so a person can ultimately learn. What are you waiting for? Stop avoiding failures and start learning from them. Here is a video segment describing the process. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward”

Your future awaits, go fail your way to success and go get it!

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

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