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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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