Determination, Word of the Week

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English: Percent of Youth 4-17 ever diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: National Survey of Children’s Health, 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Determination, Word of the Week

Word of the week this week is DETERMINATION!

Determination; it is what drives the successful in life.  It is what has me here at 2am blogging about it, because I have a determination to accomplish.  I determined that in my homeschool plan we would eventually create an income that came in residually, but got me off of disability.

Here is an example of young Determination as little man crashes his dirt bike.

This is what drives me.  That little man, who has determined to become the worlds fastest dirt-bike rider.  How do we develop a homeschool curriculum around that dream?  Easy, as the determination video shows, just have discussions about the dreams.  Get outer-space big with them too.

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Did you know God made a determination about you?  He knew the hairs on your head before they were counted and he made a determination that you had a purpose, and by fulfilling that purpose you could bring Him honor and Glory.  We have made a family determination to read the catechism, and memorize it.  What determinations have you made with your family?

Where are you going?  What have you determined is your families destiny?Where is your determination coming from?  What is the why that is driving your determination to win in life?

Maybe you’ve been trying to homeschool but you can’t afford the curriculum this year, or maybe you are just tired of telling your kids no every time they want to do something fun, or go somewhere exciting!  Wouldn’t you like to make a change?

Change starts with making a determination to do so.  Deciding, making it final, a judicial decision making it final, or as the urban dictionary has it; Determination is simply not giving up. No matter how hard things get, or how badly you want to just give up, you keep on going.

What does your determination have to push through?  Does it have to push through physical pain?  Does it have to push through ADD or ADHD?  Does it have to push through your excuses to ensure your toddler boys are getting man training!  Does it require you to push through and do something you’ve never done before?  What are you waiting for?  DO IT!

Many times when new parents are trying to make the determination whether or not to homeschool their son, they ponder a lot of things.  Are we as parents qualified to teach our children?

They ask questions like, what do I do about algebra, I didn’t understand it when I was in school.  Or, do I need a degree to homeschool my toddler?  What about my teenager?

The answer is no!  If a homeless man can learn to blog and become a millionaire, then you can find resources to teach your son.  The determining factors on the health, and success of your child are his attitude, his inner circle, which should be his parents until he’s about 10, and their self image.  Nothing makes a determination for a man’s success more than how much time his father spends with him!

If you are convicted as a father to do more for your son, and your looking for a new direction, one that will allow you to homeschool in a radically new way.  Where you can visit historical places in person instead of just in books.  You can take your kids on vacation, you can be there when they experience their first breakup.  If this sounds like the father you want to be then you need to meet the leaders who can help you make a new determination!

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LOVE; Word of the Week

This week we focus on Love.  What is it, and how do we as parents show it to our little ones, and incorporate it into our homeschool learning curriculum?  

Focusing on a classic education we of course go to what we consider the source of all wisdom; the Holy Bible.  In 1 Corinthians 13 guides us that we can speak in the tongues of men and of angels, bu have not love, then we are but noisy gongs or clanging cymbals.  We can have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, we are nothing.  Love is patient and kind;  love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  Bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, endures all things.  Is not irritable or resentful, does not insist on its own way.  

Love never ends.  Faith hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

Aristotle says “Love is composed of a single soul, inhabiting two bodies.  

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage” Lau Tzu

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.”  Mother Teresa

To me there is nothing more clearly representative of love than when a child is first born.  Especially to a mother who wants, and looked forward to that child coming into the world.  So what happens?  How is it that we as parents can lose our love light, and be so impatient, over-expectant, and unloving in how we speak to, and act around those we profess to love the most.  

According to author, speaker and counselor Gary Chapman we all speak five Love Languages.  It is our natural tendency to speak to others in our unique love languages.  It is only when we seek to speak to others in their love dialect that true love emerges.  It is then that we put others before us.  

Do you know your kids love language?  Do they know yours?  How about your spouse or significant others love language?  

Personally I believe this very simple truth is responsible for the conflicts in every home.  We all truly strive to love our families and friends, but we see the world through our love language, and feel betrayed when we don’t hear that language, or feel that language.

You can be proactive about ensuring there is love in your home, spoken in everyones language.  Take the time and go take the quiz together as a family.  http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

If love is such an important thing shouldn’t we work to find out how to communicate it appropriately and toward the right things.  Think about how many times you’ve heard someone say; I love my ipod, I love my phone, I love my car, I love my house, I love steak, I love pizza!  Are we professing that same level of love for our friends?  Our families?  Our kids?  Ourselves?  

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” Oscar Wilde

Begin with learning the things you are worthy of being loved for, then expand that thinking to those around you, even your boss!  Spend this week focusing on how to love, and be loved.  What says love to you?  Then go and spread it to others around you.  It may just start a revolution in your live.

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Today Matters; Success stories for kids

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English: Kindergarten (NZ) a famous and successful Thoroughbred racehorse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fred the horse wanted to be a great racehorse.  He dreamed of being the Grand Champion of horse racing.  One day he decided to talk to all the farm animals and find out how he could be a racehorse.

Mitsy the cat told Fred; “You’re to young to be a racehorse, your just a pony.” and went back to chasing mice.

“We aren’t a race farm.”  Laughed Juan the donkey.  “How would you ever get to race?  You’ll be a plow horse forever.”  and he went back to driving the mill press.

This went on all day.  Betsy the cow told him it took hard work and a lot of luck and that Fred wasn’t lucky.  Roger the rooster fell off his perch laughing; telling Fred he would never make it.

Fred was sad, noone could tell him how to become a champion racehorse.  Finally he decided to go see “Mad Max” the grumpy old horse who had been put out to pasture.

“That’s a fine idea!” Said Max.  “Betsy is right about one thing, it will take a lot of hard work.  So you’d better have a plan.”

“What do you mean by a plan?” Asked Fred

“When opportunity comes it is too late to prepare, so every day you will need to have a plan of how your going to exercise.  You do realize that great racehorses exercise daily?  asked Max.

“Every day?” Fred asked surprised

“Every day.” said Max.  “And today matters, are you ready to start?

“You mean now!”  Fred said surprised

“Successful racehorses make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily.  Today is the only time you have.  It is too late for yesterday and you can’t depend on tomorrow.  That’s why today matters.  So show me your stuff.  run as fas as you can around the pasture and show me what a Grand Champion looks like.”  Max said.

Fred put his head down and got ready to give it his all.  Surprised that “Mad Max” was so supportive; he determined he was going to show him what he was made of.  Rearing up in the air and whinnying loudly Fred took off to run around the pasture.

Everything was going great, Fred felt like he was running as fast as lightning, he was ready to move into the first turn and…disaster.  He slipped in some mud and went crashing into a briar patch.   OUCH!  Max came trotting over to check on him.  By this time many of the other farm animals were watching and Fred could hear them laughing as he tried to get up and out of the sticky painful briars.

“I’ll never be a racehorse!” Fred said pitifully, tears of pain and embarrassment welling up in his eyes.

“Do you think things will get better or worse?  Max asked kindly, ignoring the jeers of the other animals.

“How can it get worse?”  Fred asked still pouting.

“You could have broken a leg.” Said Max. “You ready to try again?” Max asked Fred.

“I guess, though I don’t see the point.”  Fred said glumly.

“The thoughts in your mind will always be more important than the things in  your life.”  Max said.  “Instead of worrying about the point, focus on having fun and what it will feel like winning the Grand Championship!” Max encouraged.

Off Fred ran again, this time he didn’t give it his all, and only galloped half hearted, ensuring he didn’t slip in the mud again.

“Is that the best you’ve got?” Max asked as Fred made it around the pasture.

“I thought it best to take it easy today.” Fred said.

“The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.  If you only give a half hearted effort in practice, how will you give it your all when it matters?  The secret to success is to be ready when your time comes.”  Max coached.

“What if I slip again?  Fred asked fearfully.

“What if you don’t?” Max asked assuredly.  “Run it like a champion and remember you only fail if you quit.”

Fred was determined to make it this time.  He didn’t want to disappoint Max, or himself , so off he ran.  This time he slowed just a little before the mud, picking up his speed after making it through the mud and reared up next to Max, feeling much better for giving it his best effort.

“Excellent!” Max shouted.  “Now do it again!”

Fred was tired, but excited so he took off again, racing around the pasture, this time going even faster, and barely slowed down in the mud.

“AGAIN!” Shouted Max

The two stayed out in the pasture almost all night until farmer Dean finally came out to bring them in.  Farmer Dean was amazed when he saw his new colt running around the pasture, and his old plow horse prancing and playing with him.  Finally he brought the two into the barn and gave them each a nice brush down, getting the mud and briars out of Freds coat and giving them each a half of an apple for being such good horses.

Farmer Dean told his wife and kids that he was going to have to put that new colt to work plowing soon, as it seemed he had to much energy.

That night many of the barn animals began teasing Fred about becoming a racehorse.  He didn’t care, because tonight he felt like a racehorse.  He was worn out, sore, and enthusiastic all at the same time.  He began thinking about how he would exercise, running in the pasture every day, playing and racing.  Even if he never made it to a race he was a champion racehorse in his mind.  That night he dreamed of winners circles, and large barrels of apples, and special oats, and fillies galore.

The next morning he woke up and anxiously awaited the farmer opening the barn so he could get started practicing.  However; Farmer Dean had different plans.

“We’re going to hook you up and get you working since you have so much energy.”  Farmer Dean said.

Fred wasn’t expecting the saddle, or bit, or the harness.  He wanted to get out and run, and fought the process for most of the morning.  Frustrating Farmer Dean.

Max finally came over and talked to Fred about his behavior.

“Listen Fred, I know you want to just go out and race, but Farmer Dean provides you with oats, brushes you down, and gives you a barn to sleep in.  Part of you is going to have to be a plow horse and earn your keep.  Remember to choose your attitude carefully.  Just reframe the situation and think of plowing as part of your exercise regimen.”

Fred knew Max was right, and reframing his attitude about the harness, saddle and bit made for an enjoyable day.

Throughout the day Max would shout encouragement to Fred, or send one of the other animals over to give him an encouraging word.  Things like

“It’s not ok to lose!”  “Winners play hurt”

“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in.  Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out.

And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,

pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.

But never, ever, ever give up.”

“You can do it, believe in yourself even when no-one else does.”

“Champions are made in the one more fight, can you get back up one more time.”

“Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.”

Fred was so thankful for the encouragement and motivation because he was not enjoying plowing at all!  It was hard, dirty work.  The harness pulled tight on him, and the bit hurt his mouth.  Every time he slowed, Farmer Dean would snap the harness’ and sting his back haunches.  He would just imagine himself getting stronger by pulling, and determine to work harder and plow as fast as he can, knowing that when the field was plowed, he would get to run!

Finally, as the sky began to turn dark Farmer Dean untied the harness.  Fred took off like a streak, racing to the pasture, and running laps until he was ready to collapse.  Farmer Dean couldn’t believe it.  He had worked that horse hard all day, and here he was running laps when it got done.  What was wrong with this horse?

That night Fred and Max worked out the game plan for the next day.  Max was more excited than anyone had seen him in months.  Though the barnyard still didn’t believe that Fred could be a racehorse they were proud of the young colts energy.

It was a long hard spring as Farmer Dean plowed and plowed and planted and planted, and every day after plowing Fred would race around the pasture.  Some mornings he would wake up early and stretch his muscles and visualize what becoming a racehorse would look like.  Knowing that each day mattered, and he would only be given each day to prepare for the chance to race.  Finally one day late in the spring he got his chance.

Farmer Dean decided he would take this high energy horse into town for the local spring fling.  Every spring they gathered and raced, and showed off their horses, traded goods, and sold their wares, and swapped stories about what they planted and what they thought they would get out of the years work.

When Fred first saw the horses racing he got excited.  Could today be his day?  Could he get a chance to race?

Farmer Dean tied him to the fence post next to the race track.  The thunder of hooves excited Fred, and also made him nervous.  Was he really good enough to compete with these horses?  They all seemed so fast.  He remembered some of the things that Max had taught him.  He began focusing on his ability to win.  Things like; “Diliberate practice separates the amateurs from the professionals” and felt confident that he had been deliberate in his practice every day.  He felt strong and fast.  He knew that not only had he practiced every day, but had worked on ways to improve thanks to Max.  Knowing that the more one does, the more he learns.  That only through pushing past a person’s comfort zone will a horse improve his level of skills.  So each night he and Max would go over ways that Fred could get faster, stronger, and more focused knowing that someday he would get his chance.

“Alright Fred, you ready to race?”  Farmer Dean asked, petting Freds neck.  Fred Couldn’t believe his ears.  He was going to get a chance to race!

As he and Farmer Dean pulled up to the starting line Fred was focused on the win.  Repeating his mantras of success.  “Success is pictured in the mind first” he heard Max saying in his mind.  “What is imagined quickly becomes reality.”  “Imagination rules the world.”  and most importantly “I CAN WIN”

Then BANG! the gun went off and Fred rushed out of the gate, giving it all he had.  Farmer Dean could barely believe how fast the horse was running.  Fred wasn’t as used to racing with Farmer Dean on his back, but he just ignored the difference as best as he could and raced!  Soon he was pulling away from all the other horses, and people all around the track began to pay attention to this young horse who was running so fast.  Fred was living his dream.

This would be the first of many races, eventually leading Fred to be a triple crown winner, and Farmer Dean to turning his farm into a world class racehorse training facility.    Silencing all the other barnyard animals who told Fred he couldn’t do it.  Max would be a long-time coach of the many young horses who came through, coming in out of the pasture to be an important part of the training farm.

Entrepreneurism

entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, infopreneur, edupreneur

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Word of the Week is; Entrepreneurism.  See the definition

The act of being an entrepreneur is something that is vital to freedom.  With this weeks lesson we have been listening to teachings from Olliver Demille and his book FreedomShift.

Together little man and father have learned about Fred the horse using entrepreneurism to solve problems around the barnyard, using barter and exchange.

We’ve learned its spelling, and pronunciation, found images to feed the elephant of entrepreneurship.

Discussed entrepreneurism in geneology, sharing that his grandparents, and great grandparents for generations have been entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurism is what is helping mom and dad become better mom’s and dad’s.  A trend he has already noticed and is benefitting from.

Entrepreneurism is essential to freedom because it is an action undertaken by minds who find solutions to problems.  Who see social ills and needs in society and work to create a product or service to fill that need.  They don’t ask a government to solve it for them.

For our family and our journey to being self sustainable, entrepreneurism, coupled with free market capital systems, is the only means in which to obtain it.  For the tax man always cometh, in some form.  Nothing is free.  Entrepreneurism allows the individual to develop the vehicle which transports him best to his dreams.  For us TEAM and LIFE were a mere creation from a dream of the ideal business.  A three year focus on what type of business model one individual, (this author) could do given certain financial and personal limitations.

My criteria were it had to cost less than $100.00 and it had to help people.  One should be able to travel, do business without an office or anymore tools than a smart phone.  That most of the tools you needed were freely available if you just looked for them.

The Story is part of a collection of stories of potential.  What if tales that create a positive alternative to the future that is presented to the world today.  As Olliver Demille discusses in the latest LIFE subscription package, and his book FreedomShift, entrepreneurism is what is going to be required to save this world.  Secure freedom for future generations by creating independent thinkers, avid readers ,and entrepreneurs.

He didn’t say if you had to be a social entrepreneur working on #socent opportunities.  An #edupreneur or educational entrepreneur working to solve education.  Not specified if you have to be an #infopreneur, specializing in informational entrepreneur opportunities, or #agripreneurs those seeing opportunities in agriculture and food production.  He just said you need to be an entrepreneur.

So as part our 52 week program of education we have included entrepreneurism as a key element in our home school curriculum.  We are already seeing grand results in our son and his ability to relate to the cd’s and material coming through our training system and subscription with our TEAM LIFE business.  He knows it isn’t ok to lose.  He knows powerplayer is the goal.  He knows how to fire me up!  He is on version 2.928 today and we can foresee great enhancements in his future.  A fine  young man with manners, and the ability to choose to do the right thing if asked the right questions.  If he can, you can!

So get out there and chase your entrepreneurial dreams, see what positive affects you can have on your world.  Chase your passion and go for it!

So are you capitilizing on solving the nations problems through entrepreneurism?  Especially those with #OWS what are you doing to solve the problems that exist through the entrepreneurial spirit.  We are Living Intentionally for Excellence within an intentional community of entrepreneurs.  We invite you to challenge yourself to a higher level of personal best in order to ensure a positive solution for all mankind.

Helpful. Word of week

This weeks word of the week, part of a home education curriculum for our 2yr old son.

Helpful, one of the scout laws.
To be a person who helps others is something we should all strive to be and as part of the command to love your neighbor more than you love yourself.

This is something that we have been blessed with. Many people have blessed us with great helpfulness in our times of need.

Now with a LIFE TEAM we have a lot of helpful people working on our behalf, and whose behalf we are working on.

This week our son has been showcasing his ability to be helpful, just today he helped me carry groceries, he helped me pick what fruits he wanted, he helped me walk safely from the car.

There was of course a moment when none of us were helping each other. We all had our own agendas going and had lost perspective, therefore we lost our helpful attitude.

By applying principles that we learn from our business training, mainly asking questions, we have found it much easier to bring our son back round to being a helpful little boy rather than a crying screaming maniac.

Asking questions, it is how we can be most helpful of our fellow man.

Questions like;

HOW ARE YOU TODAY?
HOW IS YOUR FAMILY?
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU NEED?
OH YEAH WHYSAT?
DO YOU WANT TO BE DEBT FREE?
DO YOU WANT MORE FREE TIME?
DO YOU WANT FINANCIAL FREEDOM?

By simply learning how to ask questions we can be helpful to those God has sent us here to assist.

Being helpful is how friendships are born and blossom. Helping one another is how families get through the tough times together.

To be helpful requires that you must put your own wants or desires to be directed on being helpful. Focus on how you with your own unique skills and talents you can patiently bring forth positive changes in the world.