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2016 State Champion Calvin Spiewak

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It’s amazing what happens when you change the way you think.

On March 12 this year, my oldest son Calvin won the Title of State Champion for the 50 yard Backstroke in the 10 and under age group at the Michigan State Swimming Championships.  He swam his personal best time of 31.82 sec.

Just a few weeks before I was reading in Orrin Woodward‘s Best-Selling book RESOLVED about former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden and his definition of success.  While most people would probably define “success” as winning an event, John Wooden, who is the most winningest coach in NCAA Div. 1 Basketball history (winning 10 NCAA Div.1 Championships in 12 years, 8 of which in a row), defines winning basically as “doing your personal BEST”.  My son definitely had an issue with attitude, he HATES losing!!!  No idea where he got that from??  Calvin focused so much  comparing himself with other swimmers, he totally forgot to do what John Wooden suggests and that is only focus on the ONE thing you have control over and that is DO YOUR PERSONAL BEST.

I still remember the day when Calvin and I drove home from a swim meet where he had lost to competitors  in certain events and he was very upset.  Being upset about a loss is not a bad thing but if your outbreaks of anger affect other people, then that’s not ok.  Of course, I’m not blaming him because guess who he learned that from??  The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…  Fortunately, I had just read that chapter in Orrin’s book and we started talking about winning, losing, and doing your best.  I told Calvin how proud Lindsey & I were of him and that we believe God has a bright future for him and I encouraged him to stop spending time thinking about other swimmers and start focusing on the one thing he has control of, DOING THE BEST HE CAN.

Looking back, I am very proud of my son because rather than responding, “yeah, yeah, dad, what do you know about swimming…”, after all, at 10 years old (now 11) he is already way faster then I ever was, he started taking these suggestions to heart.  At swimming events the following weeks he seemed way more focused on himself, visualizing an upcoming race, and getting himself fired up.

A few weeks thereafter, Calvin did really well at the State Championship Meet, not only winning the State Title in the 50 Back but also coming in 2nd for the 50 Free with a PERSONAL BEST individual time of 28.12 secs.  WOW, that’s fast!!!

My family and I are so grateful for the difference that LIFE Leadership has made and is making in our lives.  Having mentors and examples like Orrin & Laurie Woodward, Chris & Terri Brady, and Bill & Keisha Lewis is priceless and truly a blessing.

Congrats again, Calvin, you are an amazing son and I am very blessed to be your father!!!

 

A proud Dad

 

TTD!!! 🙂

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Al & Becki Matthews: DEBT FREE!!!

On February 28, 2016, Al & Becki Matthews paid off the remaining balance of their house mortgage making them COMPLETELY debt free, having escaped the Financial Matrix.  Below is their testimony and they give 100% credit to the financial wisdom they learned from the Financial Fitness Program.  Really proud of Al & Becki because they APPLIED what they learned and achieved amazing results!!!
God Bless,
Holger
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After utilizing the finance information and getting some real truth about how things work with the banks and their interest and easy loans that they are so eager to give to people, we had a rude awakening. We started to figure how much we were in debt and what the real cost in the end would be and it made us both sick. No one can get what they put into a house when they sell it later as long as they obtain it with a bank. We wrote down our goals, made several lists of what was making money and what wasn’t and started to focus on the end goal and sell everything not needed, paid off any debt we had and was left with only the house debt. On February 18th we made our last payment to Wells Fargo.
We went from 195,000.00 in debt with cards, farm equipment payments and house payments to 0. The finance pack helped us get things straight and the Life business helped us to communicate so that we were able to be on board together.
The biggest things we have learned is write down your ideas, talk about it, think about it wait and ask for the lord to help us do the right thing. It is amazing how things come together when principals and tools that are taught in Life are utilized. The most important tool we used was, set your end goal, then little goals, make the rewards simple and no matter what, Delay you gratification. In the end it is so worth it. Don’t play if you have to pay interest. If you think it is owed to you, think carefully. Are you debt free first.
Next is financially free with a residual income to get Al home from his job, so we can continue to help others everywhere.
Al & Becki Matthews
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PS:  Here is a picture of Al in front of his computer logged into his mortgage account.  If you look real close you can see it reads, “PAID IN FULL”!!!  Look at that smile… 🙂
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Changes in LIFE…

Hey gang:

God works in mysterious ways.  This weekend, He opened all the right doors for me to attend the LIFE Leadership Convention in Springfield, MA.  The biggest one being the birth of Eden Sandra Spiewak Friday, 7/20, at 5.33am.

Lots of great speakers and content shared.  So far, my favorite talk was Oliver DeMille’s ticket holder talk.  He shared that all of us and everybody we have ever met and will ever meet have genius inside.  He even gave us the technology to bring it out:

1.  How do you discover your genius?  Technology 1:   MISSION

He went on to encourage us to search deep as to what truly resonates with us.  For example:

(i) Feed the hungry

(ii) Clothe the Naked

(iii) Liberate the captives

(iv) Educate the ignorant

(v) Spread prosperity

(vi) Heal the sick

(vii) Spread beauty

(viii) Heal families

(ix) (other, your choice…)

2. How do you develop genius?  Technology 2:  SUBMISSION

“If you have a great mission, it is worth a great a submission.”

3. How do you polish up genius? Technology 3:  COMMISSION (& omission)

(i) omit what is holding you back

(ii)  Pull together the right group of people to come with you on your mission

4. How to let your genius loose in the world?  Technology 4:  TRANSMISSION

“Insert yourself between the way the world is right now and the way you want it.  Then say, “Here I stand, World, CHANGE!!!” and it will.

Finally, 5. Give glory to GOD.

DON’T try to start all at the at the same time, but figure out which stage you have not mastered and then work on that until you master it, then move on to the next one.

Really great stuff… Oh yeah, I was gonna talk about the awesome changes coming.  Well, I am tired (it is 3.36am), so here goes…

1) Sign-up $50 and 50PV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2) $35 LIFE Business registration fee is waived!!!

3) First 120 days of EBC are free if person signs up for system right away!! $45 savings!!!

4) First month of Open Meeting subscription is free if person signs up for LLR or LIFE subscription!!! $40 savings for single, $80 savings for couple!!!

5) Trip tracking starts now with month 3 (month 1 being the month they sign up), one more month of grace period!!!

Can you say, FIRED UP?!?  Who is getting 10/4 and 5/2 done this week with this new info???  Please post questions, commitments, and thoughts under comments.

God Bless,

Holger TTD!!! 🙂

Orrin Woodward

Through my good friend and business partner, Bill Lewis, I met Orrin Woodward (and Chris Brady) in October 1999.

I was 32 years old.  At that time in my life, I had exhausted all wisdom that had been imparted onto me on my road to success.  “Go to to school, get good grades, get a good job, and work hard.”  had been the message that I had heard clearly growing up.  Check, check, check, and check!!  Did all those things, got 3 (THREE!!!) Masters Degrees, just to make sure, got a “great” job as an engineer where I made “good” money.  However, after only 2 years in corporate America, it became very apparent to me that I could not be part of it for much longer, let alone, the rest of my life!!  Let’s just say, I was “looking”.  Enter Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, and TEAM.

Ever since then, I have attempted to follow these two incredible leaders and model my life after their example.  Here are 3 phenomenal articles about Orrin, 1) from my friend and business partner, Kirk Birtles, 2) from my friend and mentor, Bill Lewis, and 3) from TEAM legend Tim Marks, that really explain well what Orrin has done, will do, and who he is (very similar articles could be written about Chis Brady).  If people complain that TEAM doesn’t work, I have only the following analogy in response:  “If someone buys an exercise bike and does not loose any weight, it is NOT the fault of the bike!!”  Also, I reference a post I wrote in November of 2011 about Orrin being a “scam-artist”.

Now, almost 13 years later, I call myself a “recovering engineer” and my life is amazing.  Lindsey and I say to each other almost every day, how blessed we are.  it is all due to applying the principles taught through the LIFE business and having mentors like Orrin and Chris.

Today’s The Day!!!

Holger

Orrin Woodward and Team LIFE launch Mental Fitness Challenge

Wow, Team LIFE, lead by the #6 and #11 leadership gurus in the World, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, respectively, is embarking on one of the most exciting journeys that I can imagine.  It is called the MENTAL FITNESS CHALLENGE, or short MFC!!

How many of you guys have ever been on a diet to loose weight?  How many ever lost weight while on the diet and regained it after getting off the diet?!?  It sure has happened to me.  Why does it not work?  The only way to implement LASTING change is to change your habitual behavior, your habits.  And a diet focuses on fitness for your body but until your mind changes, your thinking is brought under your own control, lasting change cannot happen.  That is where the MFC comes in, it a fitness program for your mind!!  Monday this week, I opened my MFC kit and got started.  First you have to determine which area you are going to attack, so you take an assessment test where you answer a number of question and the program than ranks how you rate yourself in the areas of 13 Resolutions that Orrin shared in his book RESOLVED (part of the MFC kit).  You can then ask friends, family, associates, mentor, etc. for anonymous 360 degree feedback and discover discrepancies between how you rank yourself and how those who know you grade you.  Here is a great article from Orrin Woodward going into details.

Talking to my wonderful wife, Lindsey, I asked her whether my 90 day challenge should focus on a business goal or a personal goal and we both agreed, it should be a family goal, so here it is:

I, Holger Spiewak, will focus on becoming a better father in the next 90 days!!

God has blessed me with 4 awesome kids (#5 is due in July…), and I want to be the best dad I can be, the dad that they deserve and I am asking everybody reading this, to hold me accountable.  Let others know to please do so, as well.  This is very important to me.  Now part of the MFC is to have Accountability Partners, so you can actually enlist people that will automatically be notified of your progress as you complete daily tasks.  Of course, I will not ask everybody reading this to do that but I do encourage you to ask when you see me how things are going.

I am really excited because I already have noticed a change in a positive direction.  The 2nd day into the challenge, Lindsey asked me if I would let our oldest son read to me.  My initial reaction was to say, “No, I am busy!!”, but because I now have written down on top of my daily progress tracking sheet that I want to improve as a father, I held these words right before they left my mouth and said, “YES, I can!”

Today’s The Day!!!

Holger

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