How Do You Challenge Your Mental Fitness?

27 04 2012

Walk into any store check-out line and it doesn’t take long to realize we live in a culture that places emphasis on physical fitness. Walk on to any beach in America and doesn’t take long to realize that many more people think about their physical fitness than actually do anything about it.

We all know that physical fitness is key to a long vibrant life and eventually the high majority of people realize it putting a fitness plan in place. The question is, why do so many people neglect their mental fitness? Maybe Henry Ford said it best, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few people engage in it.” Ouch! Hey, I didn’t say it, Henry did. He’s right because how often do we want to get through our day with mind numbing activities?

I know three things for sure. There is a God, I love my wife more today than the day I married her, and people who grow themselves mentally are compensated better than those who do not. For this third reason is exactly why LIFE has created the Mental Fitness Challenge.

Imagine you are a boss of a company and you are going to hire a new employee. All candidates appear the same but one has embarked on a challenge to develop themself mentally in leadership through a step by step process. Who would you hire? Or how about giving a raise? A friend of mine who has been on the preliminary steps of this program was offered a $3 raise when no other employee in the company was offered any kind of raise because of the troubled economy. The reason the boss gave was the gentleman’s positive attitude and leadership he brings to the company.

This coming weekend in Columbus, Ohio there will be a rumbling happening and it won’t be coming from the football stadium. You see, there will be tens of thousands of people celebrating a great victory coming….there own!

What will we see:

*A LIFE changing packet of information (3 best-selling books)

*Audio’s of success principles from people who live them

*Videos of success principles

*Mental Fitness assessment and tracking

*360 feedback on improvement

*And much more….

Companies who understand the importance of leadership pay thousands of dollars for less for their employees to help improve their company’s performance. Jaws are going to drop when they see small investment needed for an already established program through LIFE. Then they will realize there is so much more.

For those looking for a challenge to improve their mental fitness welcome to LIFE.

Steve Leurquin





What’s The Scoop?

25 04 2012

Stealing an idea from best selling author and Top 30 Leadership Guru Chris Brady’s material I have decided to have a caption contest of my own. The only difference is that Chris gives out stuff to the winner for his contest and I give out nothing! Maybe an atta boy (girl)  and some props to people who can come up with some creative ideas.

Heres the scoop. Send me a reply as to a what you think is happening in the picture and I will post your response for all of us to get a good laugh. Have fun and enjoy!

Steve Leurquin





How Many Do You Think?

19 04 2012

If you randomly asked twenty people if they have ever read the “Declaration of Independence” or Constitution, what percentage do you think would be able to answer yes? 70%? 50%? 20%?

I associate with a well read group of people and it amazes me how few people have read the documents that shaped the foundation for our country. Recently I was listening to an audio recording from Larry VanBuskirk titled Economics 301. In it he encouraged everyone to read/study these documents to create an educated populous as a first step in turning this country around. I hope you will invest the time to read it for yourselves. Our country needs you to.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

Click for Copy of Constitution

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah BartlettWilliam WhippleMatthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John HancockSamuel AdamsJohn AdamsRobert Treat PaineElbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger ShermanSamuel HuntingtonWilliam WilliamsOliver Wolcott

New York:
William FloydPhilip LivingstonFrancis LewisLewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard StocktonJohn WitherspoonFrancis HopkinsonJohn HartAbraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert MorrisBenjamin RushBenjamin FranklinJohn MortonGeorge Clymer,James SmithGeorge TaylorJames WilsonGeorge Ross

Delaware:
Caesar RodneyGeorge ReadThomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton

North Carolina:
William HooperJoseph HewesJohn Penn

South Carolina:
Edward RutledgeThomas Heyward, Jr.Thomas Lynch, Jr.Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button GwinnettLyman HallGeorge Walton





Are You Still Being Bullied?

11 04 2012

When I was younger I was bullied by some older kids. They would physically harass me because they were much bigger me and they could. As I got older I learned that I could get stronger standing up to their actions and the physical abuse stopped. Smart as a bully is in their pursuit of keeping people down they learned the most powerful tool to keeping people in their place: go for the mind. Realizing they could no longer physically attack they unleashed a continuous verbal attack on me over many years that affected my thoughts on the way I perceived myself.

I thought of this powerful tool used to control others as I came across an audio recording of Paul Harvery’s radio broadcast from 1965. How do you keep a large group of people in their place? Control their thinking. This was recorded 47 years ago but it sounds like Mr. Harvey was right on with his analysis of our nations future.

Agree with the video or not what I like about Paul Harvey, he is a thinker. If you disagree with the video I hope at least it got you to think because if we are going to turn this thing around we are going to have to become a nation of people who learn and think for themselves.

Steve Leurquin





Mental Fitness Is The Challenge

2 04 2012

The toughest battles we have in life are the battles we face everyday with our own minds. Sooner or later we all have to face the reality that what we have done, or not done in life has come from our efforts or lack there of. This is a tough reality for many as they are left with the choice of getting better to succeed or lower their definition of success becoming good at something that does not matter (video games, sports leagues, beer pong).

I recently attended the Wisconsin State Wrestling Tournament. This weekend brings me great exhilaration and sadness at that same time watching many young men who have worked hard their whole life for one shot at their dream. Excited for the victor I can’t help but feel for the one who came up short as he will forever think what might have been. Wrestling is a great sport because there is no one else to look at for failure but yourself. There is no quarterback to blame for a bad pass, no pointguard to point to for a missed free throw, or a pitcher to blame for a bad pitch. It’s just you.

Wrestling is a tough sport mentally because lack of success leads to two choices: get better or quit! Maybe it’s my background in wrestling that lead me to my future in leadership development. Mentally it’s challenging to be a leader as my lack of succes does not give me a boss, partner, or customer to blame. Much like wrestling if I am bad as a leader I have two choices: get better, or quit.

As a coach I would tell my wrestlers that not everyone can be a wrestler, we are the lucky ones. I used to think the same thing about leadership but I was wrong. Everyone can be a leader, but not everyone will. In an age when mediocrity is celebrated I salute those leaders in Life who aspire to be the change needed in this world.

Enjoy the journey,

Steve Leurquin








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