Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thinking Big

If thinking big accomplishes so much why doesn’t everyone think that way?

All of us more than we recognize are products of the thinking around us. And much of this thinking is little, not BIG! Here is some of the things that I would hear at work and around my peers, “Whatever will be will be”, or “your destiny is outside your control that FATE is in control”. And another that is common “You can’t succeed at that, your just like us so deal with it”. They actually say things like “Forget those dreams, forget the bigger house, forget helping others just help yourself because you got a long life ahead of you”.

Who hasn’t heard the statement that “Success isn’t worth the price, you’ll be OK just doing what you’re doing, this ain’t so bad”. As if you have to sell your soul , your family life, your conscience, your set of values to reach the top.

But in truth, success doesn’t demand a price. Every step pays a dividend forward to achieving all that you are set out to achieve.

There is also an environment that tells us there is too much competition for the top spots in life. I can tell you this in the Bonvera the only competition is you and your limited thinking. Life is too short to play little. So let’s attack some of that thinking and believe you can succeed and you will.

Success means Freedom; Freedom from worries, freedom from fears, frustrations, and failures. Success means self-respect, continually finding more real happiness and satisfaction from life, being able to do more for those who depend on you.

Success means WINNING!!

All success starts with Belief. You can win success by believing you can succeed. When you believe I-can-do-it, the how-to-do-it develops.

Believing it’s impossible to climb high, people do not discover the steps that lead great heights. Their behaviors remain that of the average person. But there are a small number of people who really believe they will succeed and they do.

They approach their work with the “I’m going-to-the-top” attitude, and with that kind of attitude the how develops and they reach the top. Believing they will succeed and it’s not impossible-these folks study and observe the behaviors of successful people and focus all their energies on doing the work and improving.

The “okay-I-will-give-it-a-try” attitude produces failure every time. Disbelief is negative power. When the mind disbelieves or doubts, the mind attracts reasons to support the disbelief. Doubt, disbelief, the subconscience will to fail, the not REALLY wanting to succeed, is responsible for most failures.

Think doubt and fail.

Think victory and succeed.

It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don’t worship him. Believe you can surpass, believe you can go beyond. Those who harbor the second best attitude are invariably second-best doers. Look at it this way, belief is the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. Look at the fellow who is shuffling down there in mediocrity, he believes he is worth little, so he reasons little. He believes he can’t do big things and he doesn’t. He believes he is unimportant, so everything he does has an umimportant mark. As time goes by lack of belief in himself shows thru in the way the fellow talks, walk, and acts. Unless he readjusts his thermostat forward he shrinks, grows smaller and smaller in his self-esteem. And since others see in us what we see in ourselves, he grows smaller in the estimation of the people around him.

Now look across the way at the person who is advancing forward. He believes he is worth much, and he receives much. He listens to leadership cd’s, he gets positive thinking from associating with winners, and changes his thinking by reading books that are recommended from people who are farther in life than they are. He believes he can handle big difficult assignments, and he does. Everything he does, the way he handles himself with people, his character, his thoughts, his viewpoints, all say “Here is a professional, here is an important person”.

A person is a product of his own thoughts. Believe BIG. Adjust your thermostat forward. Launch your success offensive with honest, sincere belief that you can succeed.

Believe BIG and grow BIG,

Jim Martin


The Lesson of The Election

This comes from a great freedom fighters blog Oliver DeMille

This election was a surprise. Not because of the result, which I expected.2012electoralmapresultsfinal110812 300x194 The Lesson of the Election

Before the election I wrote several times that it would come down to independents in the swing states—especially Florida, Ohio and Virginia, but also a few other battleground states such as Nevada, Wisconsin and Colorado.

I was right about the states, but wrong about which voters would sway things.

I thought it would be independent voters, like it was in the elections of 2006, 2008 and 2010. But I was wrong.

In the 2012 presidential election the swing voters in these contested states were Latinos.

This is the big message of the 2012 election.

As long as the Republican Party is seen as the enemy of immigrants, it is going to continue losing elections.

The number of Latino voters will increase by the 2014 midterm election and again by the 2016 presidential election, and as long as the large majority of them see Republican candidates as natural enemies, Republicans should get used to losing.

The GOP has to find a way to appeal to Latino voters.

This shouldn’t be difficult.

The majority of Latino voters are family-oriented, supportive of family values, hard working, entrepreneurial, and love freedom.

They don’t want bigger government, which they tend to see as aristocratic rule by elites.

But it’s hard to blame them for voting against Republican candidates who seem committed to their deportation and disrespectful of their desires for freedom and economic opportunity.

The needed change will demand a fundamental transformation of Republican beliefs, not just some pragmatic strategy designed to recruit Latino voters.

Republican candidates and voters need to genuinely embrace the right of people to seek freedom—and to leave their nation if necessary to find it.

Republicans need to return to the viewpoint that America stands for freedom, that we invite all hard-working, family-loving people in the world to come and join the melting pot and use their freedoms to work hard and build a better nation for all.

The GOP needs to once again see itself as the party of freedom for all people—everywhere.

One difficulty is that many conservatives who vote for anti-immigrant candidates do so because they dislike illegal immigrants receiving welfare and other government benefits funded by taxpayers.

But the welfare state is the problem, not immigrants.

Get rid of welfare, and we’ll once again be an America proud to invite immigrants here to participate in freedom.

But unless Republicans become the party of Latinos, or at least manage to convince more than half of them to support its freedom-and-family-oriented policies, Democrats will continue to win—and the welfare state will swell beyond control.

Republicans lost the presidential election of 2012 because of the strong anti-immigrant rhetoric of the 2011-2012 primaries, and until conservatives embrace the many great benefits Latinos and other minorities have to offer and make them central to the Republican Party, the Democrats are going to run America.

It’s time for a new Republican Party that:

1-promotes the ideals of limited government rather than Republican big spending (the message of the Tea Parties and also of many independents)

2-is truly tolerant, respectful, genuinely celebrating and embracing a diversity of cultures, enticing to Latinos and other minority voters

3-is more frequently winning than losing

The third item on this list will never happen in the 21st Century unless the second occurs.

In short: It is time for a fundamental shift in the Republican Party (or the creation of a new party that embraces these very values), because a GOP that fails to effectively attract Latinos and other immigrants is going to remain out of power.


odemille 133x195 custom The Lesson of the ElectionOliver DeMille is the chairman of the Center for Social Leadership and co-creator of Thomas Jefferson Education.

He is the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century, and The Coming Aristocracy: Education & the Future of Freedom.

Oliver is dedicated to promoting freedom through leadership education. He and his wife Rachel are raising their eight children in Cedar City, Utah.

Share and Enjoy:
  • email link The Lesson of the Election
  • printfriendly The Lesson of the Election
  • pdf The Lesson of the Election
  • facebook The Lesson of the Election
  • linkedin The Lesson of the Election
  • twitter The Lesson of the Election

Category : Current Events &Featured &Government &Independents &Leadership &Politics

mes from a great freedom fighter Oliver Demille,


%d bloggers like this: