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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 6

Posted by Brandon Dillon on June 6, 2012

Wow week 6 so far in the Mental Fitness Challenge and its awesome, it really is amazing how fast time goes by when your tracking something and not just letting the days blend together. I wanted to stop and write on this chapter from Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved 13 resolutions on Attitude and reframing because I think it so important.

People often think that their situations will cause them to have a good or bad day or good or bad trip or what ever the case may be, but you don’t want to let something that’s out of your control determine weather or not your going to have a positive day. You want to be in complete control if your life don’t you? You want to determine weather or not you have a good day because then your in control and you have the power to change it, if you leave it up to someone or something else then your at the mercy of anything that could happen. Here are some examples from Orrin’s book.

In your mind bank there are two tellers – both of whom are obedient to your every command. One teller is positive and handles positive deposits and positive withdrawals. The other teller is negative and will accept all negative deposits and provide you with negative feedback.

As the owner of your mind, you have complete control over all withdrawals and most deposits. The deposits represent your total experience in life. The withdrawals determine your success and happiness. Obviously, you cant withdraw anything that hasn’t been deposited. (That’s true in the cash bank too, isn’t it?)

Each transaction involves a choice of which teller to use. Confront the negative teller with a problem and he will remind you of how poorly you performed in the past. He will predict failure with your current problem. Confront your positive teller and he will enthusiastically tell you how you successfully dealt with far more difficult problems in the past. He will give you examples of your skill and genius and assure you that you can easily solve this problem. Both tellers are right because: whether you think you can or think you cant – you are right.

Our negative teller is usually screaming at us inside while the positive one is whispering and it takes constant focus and working, to turn down the negative and turn up the positive. But its so important that we pick the positive teller and he Zig Ziglar said we must put in positive to be able to with draw positive. What positive messages are you putting in your brain on a daily basis?  if your not we have a great way for you to get that here thought a subscription of audio and books chosen by the best leaders in the world and association for challenge groups for the Mental Fitness Challenge and leadership seminars with people who want to move forward in the game of life, not just stand still.

This next story is amazing and it really shows how you can look at the same situation two different ways, and shows the power of choice. This is from Creators Syndicate by Mary Hunt and shows how powerful reframing is.

years ago, my husband and I decided not to replace my car once the lease was up. The plan as that because we work together, we would share his car until we could pay cash for a second car. We figured that would take 6 months or so. I won’t say this new arrangement was enjoyable. Actually I hated it. I felt as if I’d lost my freedom. My wings were clipped; no more spontaneity for me. if I wasn’t being “chaperoned” as a passenger in my husband’s car, I was having to ask permission to borrow it. Let me just put it this way I was not the most pleasant passenger.

we’d been commuting together for about 3 months when I realized that it wasn’t the situation that was intolerable. it was me. I was making myself miserable, not recognizing that the nicest guy in the world was willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go, anytime I wanted to get there. I was ungrateful and horribly self-centered. I needed an attitude, and I needed it quickly.

I decided I had to reframe my thinking because the situation wasn’t going to change anytime soon. I decided that rather than be a pathetic dependent child, I would see my self as a woman of privilege. I have a driver! Every day, I am driving back and forth to work, during which time I am free to chat, read, write, think knit or nap. I never have to wash a car. I don’t have to pump gas into it, insure it, register it or have it “smogged” ( a California thing) – all because my driver is also my maintenance man. Several times a year when I need to go in a different direction, I get a rental car, which allows me to try out some brand-new fancy cars and get my fix behind the wheel. See? A different way of looking at the same situation.

When Hunt listened to her negative voice, she framed the events negatively, when she chose to talk to the positive teller then she got a new perspective.

Have a great day and see you at the top!!


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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 1!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on May 6, 2012

Well week one is in the bag for the Mental fitness challenge, and I have to say its amazing! Orrin’s latest book Resolved 13 resolutions for life is truly a hand book for you life. Orrin didn’t write another book juts to pad his wallet, he said he wrote Resolved because if  he died tomorrow what would he have wanted his children to know and how to live their lives. Amazing!

Not only will this 90 Mental Fitness Challenge help you live the life you’ve always wanted by helping identify areas in life that your great at right now and the others that need some work, we can help provide the help needed though an amazing community support around the world and products to help you in every one of the 13 areas, from subscription based products which is the best way humans learn, little bits at a time over a longer period of time, that’s why the mass media and TV play those visual images to program your subconscious, but now you can choose to program it with things that will help you and not them. Specialized packs like our finance pack and marriage pack, and parenting packs and many more.

I am just super excited to keep doing the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge my self and help others do the same, the cost is so cheap for a product of this quality, 220 bucks! Plus if you get 3 people to join ya in living the life you’ve always wanted you get your 220 back! how can you not like that! The same goes for any of the subscriptions as well!! So if your not interested in making money (but seriously who doesn’t want more money?) as customers you can get yours entirely free!!

Here is a link to more info and I am looking for some more Challenge & Accountability partners so join me and lets have some fun!


Here is a great video too help ya understand how big this is!

Mental Fitness Challenge


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The life you always wanted to live.

Posted by Brandon Dillon on April 29, 2012

Mental Fitness Challenge

This weekend in Columbus Team and Life launched the ground breaking Mental Fitness Challenge to help you live the life you’ve always wanted to live though principles called resolutions. These resolutions are written in detail in Orrin Woodward’s new book called 13 Resolutions for Life in which he has studied 3 very important people in history, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin & Jonathan Edwards. What he found is that the accomplishments these gentleman had were the results of resolutions applied over their lifetime. Just think about it, what would we have today if Benjamin Franklin didn’t resolve to change and come up with his 13 virtue’s? For sure there would be no USA. I don’t want to go in to all the detail here but I am starting the challenge this week and I highly suggest you do the same, I am looking for partners that I can be accountable to and get feed back from that are going to join me on the journey of living the life they’ve always wanted. So lets go! I can help ya do it. Check this video out!

During the next 13 weeks I will be reading the 3 books and listening to the audios in the pack and working with other people who are already committed to doing this with me so they can get their life that they always wanted to live so each week at least once I will be updating you on the books chapters and things I did that week.

See you all in the challenge!

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Coming Apart or Community Together?

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 15, 2012

Coming Apart or Community Together?.

This is another Great Blog and new book coming out talking about how the Founding Fathers were right! listen to this.

Although many believe that the complex challenges facing us today cannot be solved through the lens of the American founder’s virtues, Murray writes:

I take another view: The founders were right. The success of America depended on virtue in the people when the country began and it still does in the twenty-first century. America will remain exceptional only to the extent that its people embody the same qualities that made it work for the first two centuries of its existence. The founding virtues are central to that that kind of citizenry.

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Self-Talk of a Winner

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 15, 2012

Self-Talk of a Winner.

A Great blog article by Orrin and a great video by Jessica! on her Daily affirmation! a must watch and read =) you will love it!

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Orrin Woodward Wins IAB Top Spot

Posted by Brandon Dillon on January 6, 2012

This was just released and Chris Brady posted this and its just amazing so I had to repost it, if your not Following Orrin and Chris blogs on a regular basis your really missing out on things that will help you in your life and get your dreams and goals.

here it is! enjoy! this is amazing!

The Internet Age is a peculiar one in which the small can make themselves appear big. In a world now ablaze with information, we are bombarded by companies and individuals who present themselves as being something more than their actual substance. We also witness the obscure, bizarre, disgruntled, unprincipled, and undisciplined having access to a voice louder than merit would bestow.

This is why it is tremendously refreshing to see that sometimes the exact opposite is true. Occasionally some individual or organization dedicated to excellence and toiling upward far from the hot light of personal glory sometimes receives recognition that is due, and perhaps even over due. This occurs most justly when it has not been sought either directly or indirectly.

Yesterday I received an innocuous email seemingly no different from the other 100 that come in on a daily basis. I opened it with no more anticipation than one opens a phone bill. But as I read through its contents I was warmed by its announcement that my friend and business partner Orrin Woodward had received the prestigious IAB Top Small Business Award Top Leadership Website for 2011. IAB is the International Association of Businesses, a worldwide membership of business owners more than 1 million members strong. For this year’s award, Orrin Woodward was up against the likes of leadership giants such as Jim Collins, John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Tony Robbins, and Jack Welch, among others. It is an incredible honor just to be among such icons of the industry, but to finish first is absolutely impressive.

Those of us who have worked beside Orrin Woodward these many years and witnessed what he has done in the world of leadership development understand that this award is well deserved. It is indeed exciting to see that others are taking notice of work that is done largely without fanfare or acclaim. As long-time Chairman of the Policy Council of the Team, a leadership development service provider, and (this past year) as one of the principle founders of the LIFE business, dedicated to bringing life-changing leadership training to everyone, Orrin Woodward has “stood tall in the pocket,” working tirelessly for excellence, setting a solid vision for the future, and standing firm upon conviction. In a world where success and timeless principles are under attack from envy and entitlement thinking, Orrin Woodward has remained resolute that a better life can be lived by anyone seeking to take personal responsibility and align their lives with fundamental principles. It is sometimes an unpopular stand to take. People don’t always like to be told the truth. The rules of success are hard and merciless. People often choose to blame the messenger instead of facing the mirror. But Orrin Woodward is not a student of convenience, nor a cohort of mediocrity, but rather a revolutionary for personal developmental excellence and a “no excuse” lifestyle of greatness. Whereas in many cases these would be mere high-sounding words, in the case of Orrin Woodward they are well deserved.

Congratulations Orrin, to you and your entire organization. You have earned it, and yet, it is only the beginning!

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Orrin Woodward Legacy

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 26, 2011

This is a great clip from one of our leadership meetings with Life and Team which any of you can come associate with great positive minded people wanting to help others and make a difference.

You will really enjoy this.


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Completing the First Month of LIFE

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 20, 2011

here is a great post from Chris Brady whose blog is listed in my links. This is Awesome!!

I remember thinking that people who got involved in home-based, word-of-mouth businesses were dupes. They were using the false promises of a fake business to fill an empty void of underachievement in their lives. They weren’t in a “real” business, I thought, they were merely deluding themselves.

Then, because of the personal credibility of an old acquaintance, Orrin Woodward, I eventually got involved myself. I was full of hopes and aspirations, sure that I had been wrong before about my predispositions about the industry. But over time I discovered that many of my negative ideas had been correct. There were certainly some great aspects to the networking profession, but there were also many, many things that needed to be fixed.

On November 1st of 2011 the LIFE business launched, in large part to address those “things” Orrin Woodward and I (and many others, including Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, George Guzzardo, and Dan Hawkins) felt deep in our hearts had to be changed. In short, we wanted to address the concerns we had about the industry by launching a company that would seek as its highest ideal the fulfillment of the potential inherent in the concept, without any of the baggage of meagre pay plans, corporate “breakages,” and an outrageous “effort to reward” ratio.

Today, December 20, 2011, the first round of monthly bonus payments went out to LIFE members across North America, just in time for the holidays. Thousands and thousands of people are making money and finding themselves profitable in their first month in business. I guess this means that it’s not a “real” business, after all, because that could almost never happen in a conventional setting, with overhead and employees and rent and fixtures and the like. But it is a “real” chance, and we are delighted to have the first month under our belts. We congratulate those of you who have already joined us on this journey and commend your efforts so far. This first month and the payment of bonuses to members represents the completion of one little circle on the way to the overall dream. And it is just the beginning!

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Orrin Woodward I resolve to discover my God-given purpose

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 16, 2011

There are so many amazing lessons and things we can learn from Chapter 1 in Orrin Woodward’s latest book Resolved which is about discovering your purpose in life. Everyone is created to do something that just calls to them and its up to us to find out what that is. Orrin quotes  Rick Warren’s The  Purpose Driven Life,

“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 ford 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.”

Orrin also talks about where Potential, Passion and profits intersect is where your purpose is. We all have something we feel called to do that when we think about it we just feel so emotional about it and if we started working on becoming a person capable to do that, then we would be fulfilling our purpose.

Some questions that will help you with that if you have no clue what I am talking about.

  • What can you be the best in the world at (and, Equally important, what you cannot be the best in the world at)?
  • What drives your economic Engine?
  • What are you deeply passionate about?

These questions will help its called the Purpose hedgehog by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. Another Amazing read and I highly recommend it. Orrin has read so many books and applied these things in his life and thought on these things for nearly 20 years now, which is why he is the #7 leadership Guru in the world and the only man on the list to Bring Chris Brady to the #12 spot, no other “leader” has mentored anyone on to that top 30 list with them except for Orrin Woodward.

He writes in this chapter a great clip from Marianne Williamson under the potential section.

“Our Deepest Fear is not that we are inadequate,

our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,

who am I to e brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you NOT to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does NOT serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the glory that is within us.

And as we let out light shine we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Very Powerful worlds, and so true, our playing it small does good to no one. I want to show one more section in this chapter and I highly recommend you get this book and study it, if you need help getting it let me know. But I couldn’t do this chapter justice unless I rewrote it all and that just wouldn’t be good so get it, study it but I will leave you with one last thing from this chapter. Its a story about Ivy Lee who called on Charles Schwab, one of Andrew Carnegie’s business partners in Bethlehem Steel talking about his services starting with

” With our service, you’ll know how to manage better. The indignant Schwab said “I’m not managing as well as

I know as I know how. What we need around here is not more knowing but more doing; not knowledge, but action;

if you can give us something to pep us up to do the things we ALREADY KNOW we ought to do,

I’ll gladly listen to you and pay you anything you ask”

“Fine Said Lee. I can give you something in twenty Minutes that will step up your action and doing at least 50%”

Okay , said Schwab. I have just about that much time before I must leave to catch a train. What’s your idea?”

Lee Pulled a black 3×5 note sheet out of his pocket, handed it to Schwab and said:

Write on this sheet the five most important tasks you have to do tomorrow.

That took about three minutes.

Now said Lee Number them in the order of their importance.

Five more minutest passed.

Now, said Lee, Put this sheet in your pocket and first thing tomorrow morning, look at item one and start working on it.

Pull the sheet out of your pocket every fifteen minutes and look at item one until its finished.

Then Tackle item two in the same way, then item three.

Do this until quitting time. Don’t be concerned if you only finished two or three or even just one item.

you’ll be working on the important ones. The others can wait.

If you cant finish them all by this method, you couldn’t with another method either, and

without some system you’d probably not even decide which are the most important.

Lee went on, Spend the last five minutest of every working day making out a must do list for the next day’s tasks.

After you’ve convinced your self of the worth of this system, have your people try it.

Try it our as long as you wish and then send me a check for what YOU think it’s worth.

That amazing interview took place in the early 1900’s and lasted about 25 min, in two weeks Schwab sent Ivy Lee a Check for $25,000 (in todays terms that’s about 25 million) Schwab added a note saying the lesson was the most profitable he had ever learned. And in five years it turned Bethlehem Steel Company into the Biggest independent steel producer in the world and made Schwab a hundred million dollar fortune and the best known Steel man alive.

So why don’t we do this same process in our lives? What are the 5 most important things you need to do at your Job, your family, your business, what ever it is this system will work and inaction is one of our biggest challenges in life.

I am going to leave you with that, read the rest of the chapter and I will be working on Chapter 2 which is Titled “I Resolve to choose Character over reputation anytime they conflict.”

have a Great weeekend!

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Jonathan Edwards – Resolved to Serve with Humility

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 5, 2011

As I was reading Orrin Woodward’s Blog this morning as I do every morning along with Chris Brady’s and Darren Hardy’s he put this great post up about Jonathan Edwards who is said to be among the greatest American minds. He is one of the 3 main people he talks about in the first chapter of Resolved his new book so I thought it fitting to share what another one of the greatest American minds, Orrin Woodward had to say. I highly suggest you book mark his blog as well as find him on Facebook and twitter and such.


Jonathan Edwards – Resolved to Serve with Humility

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 4, 2011

Here is the section from my new book on Jonathan Edwards. Here is another great American who utilized the power of resolutions in his life. Have you implemented RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE into your life? Let’s start a resolution revolution together. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

Jonathan Edwards was a preacher, theologian, a missionary to Native Americans, and shortly before his death, accepted the Presidency of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian.” Furthermore, Author George Marsden, writes, “Edwards was extraordinary. By many estimates, he was the most acute early American philosopher and the most brilliant of all American theologians. At least three of his many works – Religious Affections, Freedom of the Will, and The Nature of True Virtue – stand as masterpieces in the larger history of Christian literature.”

But Edwards began his ministry with little advanced billing. His first pastoral position in 1722, at 19 years of age, was far away from his Connecticut hometown, in New York City, then a thriving metropolis of 10,000 people. Dr. Stephen Nichols, author of The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, writes of the young pastor, “Amidst all of this uncertainty and flux, this young man, Jonathan Edwards, needed both a place to stand and a compass for some direction. So he took to writing. He kept a diary and he penned some guidelines, which he came to call his ‘Resolutions.’ These resolutions would supply both that place for him to stand and a compass to guide him as he made his way.” A.C. McGiffert described Edward’s method of resolutions, “Deliberately he set about to temper his character into steel.” Tempering is a process to “toughen” the metals, just as written resolutions “toughen” the internal person through study and course corrections. The tempering process takes time, but the internal fortitude and self-mastery gained living one’s convictions, not one’s preferences, is worth any price.

Jonathan Edwards dutifully wrote out 70 Resolutions (see appendix) between 1722 and 1723. Edwards committed to read the 70 Resolutions once per week for the rest of his life, and fulfilled that commitment, reading the resolutions more than 1,800 times over the next 35 years. Here are two of his resolutions.

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

2. Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this resolution.

Edwards would have many occasions to apply his resolutions. After his pastoral service in New York, on February 15, 1727, Edwards joined his father-in-law, Solomon Stoddard’s congregation in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 1729, Stoddard died, leaving Edwards the sole minister in charge of one of the largest, wealthiest and proudest congregations in the colony. Stoddard, in his later years, had introduced several doctrinal changes not founded upon scriptures. Edwards, being new, continued the innovations when he assumed pastoral leadership. But, in 1749, after years of successful ministry and intensive biblical study, Edward’s conscience balked at the doctrinal errors, precipitating an angry response from church members. The controversy concluded with Edward’s dismissal by the margin of one vote. Many would have railed against the injustice, but Edwards, dignified as always, preached his farewell sermon with the truth, love and grace, exiting Northampton without rancor or bitterness.

Edwards was, as Randall Stewart wrote, “Not only the greatest of all American theologians and philosophers but the greatest of our pre-19th century writers as well,” making his gracious humble spirit even more impressive. He didn’t fight for his rights; instead he merely accepted the ruling as God’s Will, taking a position as missionary to the frontier Indians. Edwards consistently displayed a grace-filled spirit of forgiveness to his many detractors, some who, years later apologized for their involvement in the misinformation spread. Can one imagine the infamy of being associated with the congregation that dismissed one of the best theologians and philosophers in American history? But Edwards, in his final years, never missed a beat, writing several classics of Christian literature, leaving an enduring testament to the power of character-based resolutions to transform a person from the inside out. Edwards faithfully lived his principles externally because that is who he had become internally. Specifically, he didn’t just give lip service to his resolutions, he truly lived them.

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