Financial Fitness

ffbannerYou have the power to improve your finances, develop financial fitness, and positively impact the lives of those in your community and nation. and the time to take action is now. Below is a sample of the 47 Financial Fitness Principles:

Principle 2

Money is a gift. It has a specific use. this means that you have a stewardship. You are to use your money for something that matters, for your family and beyond.

Principle 11

Never sacrifice principles for money or possessions. Be honest. Keep your integrity. Keep your priorities in the right order.

Principle 21

Put some money into preparing for a worst-case scenario. Don’t be fanatical about this, but don’t ignore it either.

Principle 31

Teach your children and youth the principles of financial fitness. Set the example for them. Mentoring them will help you as well as them.

Principle 42

Studying and understanding free enterprise is an essential part of financial fitness.

True Financial Fitness Begins Now!

What is required is an understanding of the principles behind the Offense, Defense, and Playing Field of personal finance.

OFFENSE

  • Why you need to have a long-term vision
  • Harnessing the power of compounding to work for you instead of against you
  • Why investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make

DEFENSE

  • The habits of saving and budgeting
  • The benefits of practicing delayed gratification
  • A strategic plan to get out of debt

PLAYING FIELD

  • The history of money
  • How inflation works
  • How to rate your nation’s economy

What You Will Get:

A Financial Education that involves budgeting, roll-down reduction training, planning tools, offensive game plans, teaching on how to arrange your money into a hierarchy, and even learn how your nation’s monetary policy affects your money.

For only $99.99 you will get all of the following:

  • Financial Fitness: The Offense, Defense and Playing Field of Personal Finance in hardcover.
  • Financial Fitness Workbook
  • 8 Information Packed CDs
  • A Financial Fitness Decal

Point Man – How a man can lead his family

Reading a great book by Steve Farrar titled “Point Man”.  In a section he talks about Satan’s two specific ways of waging war on the family.  Strategy #1 To effectively alienate and sever a husband’s relationship with his wife.  This can be either physical or emotional.  Strategy #2 To effectively alienate and sever a father’s relationship with his children.  Again either physically or emotionally.   We see this on a daily basis around us and for some, in their family or extended family.  Here are a few statistics that show how important a Godly husband and father is to the family.

  • One out two marriages end in divorce
  • The median age for divorce is thirty-four for men and thirty for women
  • In 1960, one out of every ten households was maintained by a woman with no husband present; in 1996, two out of every five households was maintained by a woman with no husband present.
  • Tonight, enough teenagers to fill the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the average Super Bowl will practice prostitution to support drug addictions.
  • One million teenage girls will get pregnant out of wedlock this year.
  • Five hundred thousand of those girls will abort their babies.
  • Of all the fourteen-year-old girls alive today, 40 percent will become pregnant by their nineteenth birthday.
  • Sixty percent of all church-involved teenagers are sexually active.
  • Every seventy-eight seconds, a teenager in America attempts suicide.

I am not writing this to bring everyone down.  This is an example of how import we are men, to society through our effect on our family.  Men, we need step up and be the example for our wives and children.  If you didn’t have a great example as a father I’m sorry but you break the cycle of dysfunction.  I suggest  finding a mentor, someone who has the the kind of family you want yours to be.  Second read, read, and read.  Start with this book, I would also recommend the Bible.  Regardless of what modern society says the principles in there are as current today as they were when it was written.  Third, forgive yourself, you can not change what happened in the past.  If you have suffered one or all of these statistics all you can do is forgive yourself and then ask those involved to forgive you.  Then, ask God for help and resolve to grow yourself and be the example you would be proud of.   I’m no expert or have any plaques of certification on the wall in this area.  I’ve been married for almost 20 years, have 3 children and pray daily that I can be the husband and father they deserve, knowing that many times I fall short.  My goal is to lift up the men striving to be the example and encourage all men that God has put the seeds of greatness in you.   You have what it takes to lead your family, it is not only critical to your families but our country.

God Bless.

Leadership – John Wooden, Coach, Leader, Mentor.

Wanted to post John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. John Wooden was a great basketball coach because he was such a great leader. While I respect his ability as a coach and all his accomplishment, he was probably the best coach of all time, I admire him as a man, husband, and leader. Here is line from Wikipedia, about his devotion to his wife Nellie.

For a great article about a Wooden principle go to Leadership Guru, Mentor, Coach, ORRIN WOODWARD’S post.  John Wooden’s Attitude – Set of Three

Wooden remained devoted to Nellie, even decades after her death, until Wooden’s own death. Since her death, he kept to a monthly ritual (health permitting)—on the 21st, he visited her grave, and then wrote a love letter to her. After completing the letter, he placed it in an envelope and added it to a stack of similar letters that accumulated over the years on the pillow she slept on during their life together.

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Mental Fitness Challenge

Taking the 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge!  Awesome, Awesome information.  I believe this is an absolute phenomenal place for anyone to start their self-education and self-improvement journey.  This program will not only point out the areas of weakness in one’s life but also start them on the proper trail of habits to grow personally.  Please review the post by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady regarding the Mental Fitness Challenge.  I highly recommend taking the 7 day Free Challenge and get a taste of the information.  If your brave enough to do that I believe you want to buckle up for the full 90 days.

God Bless and Lead On.

Chris Brady’s “Tearing Down the Play Set”

Please take the time to read Chris’s post.  Tearing Down the Play Set.

It is so relevant to whats going on in our society today.  Just recently my 14 year old son came home from school, physically upset, over the family struggles of several of his friends.  He said, Dad it seems all my friends parents are divorced or separated.  I probably don’t thank the Lord as much as I should that I have loving wife willing to grow and improve our marriage constantly.    In fact most of the time I have to study just to catch up to her.  It is something I never want to take for granted.  Thanks to our Mentors, LIFE, our own resolve, and our faith, our marriage is always growing.  In our “fast food” have it now society fewer people are willing to put in the work to improve their marriage.  Unfortunately the divorce rate is not drastically different in our Churches today, but that is a whole different post.  I have seen it explained this way and personally believe it to be true. 

As a husband and wife grow closer to God they grow closer to each another.  I hope and pray that more people will decide to “get better” than to “get out”.

God Bless and Lead On.

DEMOCRACY IN THE NBA Warning: Excerpt from Leadership & Liberty

This is humor and is meant to be funny and teach some lessons before it’s too late! This is not slanted toward either Democrats or Republicans as I feel they have both let the American people down and have lost touch with free enterprise American Ideals! We would never do in sports what we do as a matter of course in business. Have you ever noticed how business people are portrayed in Hollywood? There is little recognition of their commitment, little celebration of their success, just criticisms for daring to win in a free enterprise business. Free enterprise is designed to separate the wheat from the chaff. If you are not good enough you will fail; until you either get good enough or go into another field better suited for your gifts. No stimulus package will change that! This is a non-negotiable economic law. In the following satire I hope you will enjoy learning that we do not help industry by artificially keeping people in the game who have not earned the favor of the customers!

Democracy has spoken. Sources in our all-powerful government have leaked to the press that HOPE NBA is rolling out. HOPE – Helplessly Out-skilled People Entering – NBA is an important government policy designed to give the less fortunate an opportunity to participate and share every boy’s dream of playing in the National Basketball Association. For years selfish, greedy athletes with skills given to them through little effort of their own have taken most of the headlines and playing time in the NBA. Our government and many American voters became concerned about this blatant inequality. What about all the overweight, out of shape weekend warrior guys like Fred Snodgrass? Fred has never been given his fair playing chance to show the NBA what he can do. Fred played basketball in the 8th grade and he even collected NBA cards before Magic Johnson and Larry Bird made the NBA cool again. It is guys like Fred who bought Cleveland season tickets year after year to support these prima donna athletes. Why can’t people cheer for Fred once in a while? Is that so hard America? Fred is a lifelong fan and felt something should be done! Fred and his HOPE-NBA political action committee, CRYBABIES – (Committee to Restore Your Belief in American Basketball’s Integrity and Equality of Scores) are backed by millions of angry fans and weekend warriors who have vowed to fight until this injustice is corrected. Anyone who can vote can now play in the NBA! Fred and millions of CRYBABIES utilized the democratic process to vote in a government to bring HOPE and CHANGE – (Collective Handouts Allowing No Grounds for Excellence) in the NBA. Fred believed that he could gather enough votes from other CRYBABIES to bring this type of CHANGE and HOPE to the NBA. Fred envisioned a time sharing plan for the NBA. This would allow the men down on their luck to experience the joy of playing in the new HOPE-NBA. The fact that the NBA players voted against this “fair play stimulus package” just proves their selfish hearts and the denial of the equality principle that America stands for today! Fred pointed to the current NBA players’ 100% vote against the stimulus package as further confirmation of government’s need to get involved.

Sources say government bureaucrats are working hard to enforce maximum playing times for the selfish All Pros. This will allow the less gifted and committed the time sharing formula necessary to enjoy the American dream. Pictures of Fred Snodgrass practicing with the Cleveland Cavaliers are making the rounds. Imagine what a fairer world it will be when our American government finally limits Lebron James to a maximum of 25 minutes per game and no more than 12 points per game. Why does any NBA player need to score more than 12 points? When is enough, enough? Our government must teach these selfish prima donnas a lesson in fair play. Any points in excess by the All Pros will be pooled and dispersed in a “redistribution stimulus package” to Fred Snodgrass and the other less fortunate wannabe athletes. Imagine the dignity and self respect Fred Snodgrass will feel when he looks at the statistics and he is averaging 12 points per game just like Lebron James! This is an America worth fighting for – results without sacrifice! CRYBABIES around the country are elated by the latest developments, but many coaches questioned the wisdom of giving weekend warriors so much playing time. One anonymous coach said, “We are faced with international competition that is putting the best of the best on the court night after night. How can we possibly compete when we have CRYBABIES on the court who haven’t played the game at this level?” Government officials replied, “Winning games while American CRYBABIES who are just down on their luck sit in the stands is not American anymore. We have to stop the hurting for everyone, even if it means losing games to other nations to ensure equality in America.” A gleeful Fred Snodgrass was quoted as saying, “For the first time in my life, I feel proud to be an American. I am an NBA player regardless of my lack of basketball gifts and talents. America is now a place where anyone without talent, training, effort, commitment, or size can play in the NBA. All I did was dwell on my hurts and gather up enough other CRYBABIES who are sick of competing against those selfish winners. We utilized the democratic process with our voting and our government did the rest! I am so proud to be an American!”

Season ticket holders for the Cleveland Cavalier have dropped 25%, but the government is proposing a tax on all citizens to make up the difference in lost revenue. If the tax does not generate enough income to pay the CRYBABIES’ salaries, the government will quickly print new money. In the first scrimmage against the Albanian national team, the Americans suffered their first loss ever against this small mountainous country. Fred scored his 12 points, thanks to the stimulus package collected from the excessive points of the All Pros. Lebron James was not available for comment, but sources say that negotiations between the Irish national team and Lebron’s agent are underway. Our government, in anticipation of the greedy athletes, has proposed the building of a wall around the entire United States. This will keep athletes in our country to enjoy the benefits of the new HOPE and CHANGE in the NBA. Our government was concerned that without this wall, only CRYBABIES would want to stay in the country to play American basketball. The Detroit Lions have taken the lead in promoting the same type of HOPE and CHANGE for the NFL. A Detroit Lions official shared his thoughts, “We are sick and tired of attempting to compete against the Pittsburgh Steelers (a greedy group of sports athletes and capitalists) who act like winning trophies is more important than sharing the laurels. The Lions have never won a Super Bowl while the Steelers have six! How is that fair? Many of the less fortunate teams are forming groups to right this obvious wrong. I want to thank our government for having the courage to lead the way in legitimizing this righteous maneuver. In the American past, this was called loser’s envy, but today this is equality! Thanks to our government, the Detroit Lions franchise and our fans will no longer be ashamed to be part of the NFL and wear a Lion’s jersey.” The American Government is meeting with Major League baseball, the NHL, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps later this month to review joint plans for HOPE and CHANGE. Welcome to the new fairer, non-competitive America.

Brady, Chris; Woodward, Orrin (2009-08-01). Leadership & Liberty: Pieces of the Puzzle (Kindle Location 1329). Obstacles Press, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

2011 TOP LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER! ORRIN WOODWARD

The IAB Small Business Awards recognizes and awards businesses who achieve both qualitative and quantitave results in their organization.  The leadership award is the highest award given among all 10 categories.  This award applies to ones own leadership principals and how they help develop and influence successful leaders throughout American businesses.

Who is the International Association of Business (IAB)?

The IAB is a million plus member nonprofit organization, helping American small businesses start, grow and effectively create jobs in the US. President Shane Madigan shares the vision of the IAB:

“This is the dawn of a new generation in America.  It is a time of tremendous growth, innovation and communication of American entrepreneurs and the Association.  For nearly three decades, IAB has created and navigated innovative solutions that provide basic protections for small business owners, the self employed and their families.  The innovation, vision and leadership of our founder, Mr. James C. Wood, is unprecedented.  Mr. Wood has redefined innovation in the Association industry. IAB remains a center of education and access to membership benefits that helps independent business owners and the self employed prosper with abundance in this new age of entrepreneurship.”

Who were the contenders for the 2011 Leadership Award?

Jim Collins, John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Jack Welch, Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, Marshall Goldsmith, andTom Peters.

Congratulations Mr WOODWARD.