Posts Tagged ‘TEAM’

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

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


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

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


God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Orrin Woodward: The Truth About the Man

Looking for the truth about Orrin Woodward? Bill Lewis posted a fantastic article that does a great job of speaking the truth about Orrin. Check it out: The Shocking Truth About Orrin Woodward

God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Success Principle: Servanthood

Every day that goes by, the more proud and honored I am to be associated with Orrin Woodward and the other co-founders of LIFE. The brains, energy, character, integrity, and vision of these men are amazing; you’ll not find this caliber of quality individuals anywhere else in the world. Because of their efforts, we are able to access life-changing information through LIFE and to build communities of people through TEAM. Thank you, gentlemen, for your hard work, commitment, and sacrifices!

By being in the living rooms across this great country building communities of people, I have found that living in today’s world has caused many people to become alienated, resentful, bitter, self-centered, opinionated, judgmental and down right ornery towards people and life. The “Mayberry” and “Leave It To Beaver” days are, unfortunately, gone. Times have changed, there’s no denying it, but the incredible leaders associated with LIFE/TEAM believe even better days are ahead of us. I love the fact that they pride themselves on being life-long learners and are humble enough to admit that they don’t know everything. The next series of article will focus on several success principles that have been lost over the years.

Success Principle: Servanthood

I remember when I was a single man with no children…my whole life revolved around…me! Every decision I made and action I took was for my pleasure, my advancement, my personal gain…I was the sole beneficiary of everything I did. I then had children and my world turned upside down (in a very good way). When you find yourself so in love with the children that God blessed you with, you very quickly give up the selfish notion that you are the center of your world and they become the center of your world. You find yourself puting their needs in front of yours…making meals, eating last, changing diapers, picking up messes, afternoon tea parties, and crawling around on the floor playing “Tonka truck” (which is pretty fun actually). And the surprising thing is that you find yourself totally at peace with how your focus has shifted from self-centered to servanthood towards your children.

For me, however, my servanthood attitude only extended to my family. My attitude within the business world was still pretty self-centered. After all, if I didn’t look out for my best interests, no one else was going to. Then, through a series of divine events, I was introduced to the community-building industry by, then stranger, now dear friend, Renee Oettinger. And just like having children, I learned that if you truly want to make a difference in people’s lives, you need to serve them unconditionally.

This was a tough transition…serving others with no regard to what’s in it for me. Investing time, energy, and love into people who quite frankly often times didn’t deserve it was very difficult at first. But Orrin Woodward and George Guzzardo kept encouraging me to continue on and that someday…it would pay off. They said, “Servanthood is a biblical principle and that God honors commitment.”

So, you serve others in good times; in bad times; in times when money is tight; in times when you don’t feel like it; in times when they don’t deserve it…just like Jesus Christ served while alive on earth. Here’s the really cool thing…the LIFE business is set up to financially compensate individuals based upon how many people you serve and help succeed in life. I could have stayed self-centered in “corporate America” and continued to be miserable, but, thankfully, I found my purpose in building communities of people within a business model that rewards individuals for serving others.

Now don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to serve others haphazardly just because this article said you should…your heart needs to be in the right place (humbly serving others because it is the right thing to do) and you need to have a game plan and be involved in the Plan, Do, Check, & Adjust (PDCA) process with your mentor. Humbly serving others with specific intent will make a big difference over time in your life, in your family, in your workplace, and in your business.

The life you’ve always wanted is waiting for you…go humbly and unconditionally serve others and claim it!

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Hut 1, Hut 2, Power Player!

Orrin Woodward just posted a great blog article, titled, “Power-Player Promotions” that I recommend everyone read. Below is an excerpt from his article:

The Team is on its way to 1 million people through the LIFE Business because we keep Power-Player the main thing. The Mental Fitness Challenge, LIFE & LLR subscriptions, and the EDGE series are all amazing, but they are not the main thing. Only Power-Player ensures the community grows through depth which leads to numbers and then volume. LIFE has nearly 9,000 customers (not including the tens of thousands of members) since November 1, 2011, mainly because anyone out starting conversations about LIFE and the MFC will stumble across customers. Even so, the number one focus point for anyone desiring a long-term business plan for success should focus on Power-Player.

This past Sunday, Jen and I had the opportunity to have dinner with Orrin and other great local leaders at a PC Primer Meeting at Dan and Lisa Hawkin’s new home…amazing evening! After the evening was over, it was very clear…Power Player is what we do!

The LIFE products are amazing; the Mental Fitness Challenge is incredible; but executing Power Player is what we do to earn freedom.

The life you’ve always wanted is waiting for you…Hut 1, Hut 2, Power Player!!!!

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 2

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 compensated communities 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 Compensated Community Builder – Part 2:

Grace Over Law: The melancholy part of my personality had a tough time with this one. Let me explain through an example. I had an individual that was relatively new to the community and had incredible potential to become a great leader. He was listening to CD’s, reading books, associating on a regular basis, but was a little hesitant to make phone calls because of fear. Over time, he finally mustered the courage to make a phone call. The phone call was a “no”, but this gentleman was extremely excited about his phone call and couldn’t wait to call me and tell me about it. He explained to me what he did and said and was really fired up.

Now for the moment I wish I could take back…instead of congratulating him on his personal victory of overcoming fear and making the phone call, I chose to concentrate on the fact that it was a “no” and focused the next ten minutes on correcting him on everything he did wrong according to the “LIFE Team Builder’s Textbook”. Over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, he stopped listening to CD’s, stopped reading, stopped associating and drifted away forever. Even after all these years it still weighs heavy on my heart, because I am convinced that if I would have just congratulated him on his courage and be excited with him and for him regardless of the result of the phone call, he would still be around today. Remember, being excited and congratulating on someone’s personal victory (regardless of the end result) is way more important than correcting or condemning.

Relationship Over Task: This principle was tough for the choleric part of my personality. When I take time away from my family to build communities, I want to fill my schedule and maximize my results…which for a choleric means I’m on a mission with tunnel vision…get out of my way. The problem with being on a mission with tunnel vision is that the people who don’t get out-of-the-way get run over. Now here’s the balancing act regarding this principle…develop that “art” of having a specific intent with people while leading with relationship. Most people are either all task or all relationship, but the “art” of this principle is to find the balance between the two. The people who I know who have developed this balance are called Policy Council members and Co-Founder’s of LIFE. I recommend getting and listening to the “How to Build Relationships Pack”.

Get it Together, Together: Regardless of whether you’re married or not, this principle is very important when building communities. If you’re single, I am sure that you will be working with people who are married and it will be beneficial for you to know this information. Besides, I am guessing that a good percentage of you will be married someday (impress your future spouse with what a good “catch” you are by mastering this early). If you’re married, it is important to not just be a good example to other couples in your community, but to allow yourself to be blessed by developing the marriage that God intended for you. I recommend listening to the “Marriage Pack” and reading “The Five Love Languages” and “Love and Respect”. Ladies, you can ignore the next sentence. For the guys only…don’t just listen and read…implement…it’s your responsibility to improve your marriage!

Part 3 of this article coming soon.

God bless and have a great weekend!

Eric C. Blomdahl


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