Cure Yourself Of Excusitis

You will find that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is going to make excuses. But the fellow who has gone nowhere and has no plans for getting anywhere always has a book full of reasons to explain why he can’t……..

Persons with mediocre accomplishments are quick to explain why they haven’t, why they don’t, why they can’t, and why they aren’t. Like any disease, excusitis gets worse if it isn’t treated properly. A victim of this thought disease goes through this mental process: I’m not doing as well as I should. The problem is when you tell yourself these excuses so long you start to believe them and your actions move you to failure mode and eventually giving up. I have seen this in my business for the past 12 years, people start out great and when things get a little tough they start to talk negative to themselves that they can’t succeed. In reality if we don’t listen to our own excuses and listen to people who have succeeded we can and will reach their level, BUT it will take hard work and discipline. Some people think of hard work as not worth the effort, in reality hard work and a solid committment is the recipe for success.

Association, past accomplishments or lack of accomplishments need to be all learning experiences. If we hang around people who make excuses for everything that takes a little work, we will become lazy ourselves. If you want to further yourself you must associate with people who are going forward in life and accepting responsibility to do so. Most people’s excuses really need to be turned around as to reasons why they should do what they are making an excuse not to do. This is a cause and effect here. Here is what I hear when people make an excuse, “when the going got tough, I quit”, or “because I’m not as good at this as others, it’s easier to say I can’t instead of how do I?”

There are two things that make people use an excuse 1) Belief and 2) Ambition

1) Belief; when someone starts a sentence with “I can’t” they have already sold themselves that they won’t succeed at what they are trying to do. What needs to be done is to find a way to make it happen or fix the problem. When I say “I can’t get people to listen to me” then everywhere I go the issue is ME. Here is the good news, I can fix me if I have the ambition to do so.  Or the “I don’t have any time because we’re so busy with the kids and work and………ect. The good news is with some time management skills we can teach people how to get more done in each day with more effectiveness and less mental energy. But all of that takes ambition which is number 2.

2) Ambition; People who lack ambition are always full of excuses. An excuse that is often used is “I don’t have any money” now when we are talking about succeeding people should be ambitious to come up with money to succeed! But in their next breath that same person that just said they don’t have any money is going out to eat, has cable television, and is talking about a vacation they are planning. Or when they are offered overtime at work they grumble that they are too tired. Call me crazy but this is a big reflection of their wrong thinking.

There is a solution to these problems but again most people are quick to make the excuse with no ambition for a solution. There is a great saying “You can make a million excuses or you can make a million dollars but you can’t make both”.

Gang I challenge you the next time you feel an excuse about to come out of your mouth, seek first to understand where it is coming from and find a way around it. Look for solutions not excuses! Be a problem solver and an excuse eliminator.

Go chase your dreams!!!


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.

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Goal Setting

Many people feel as if they’re adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile.

A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from Life, and haven’t set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.

The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

Why Set Goals?

Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

One easy goal to set for yourself and to raise your self-confidence is a number of cd’s that you are going to listen to, and a time limit that you are going to read each day. By doing this simple task each day and accomplishing the goal that is not dependant on what others do, you will raise your self-esteem by hitting the goal you set out for yourself each day.

As you set goal for you personal development you will also want to set goals for your business. In our business there are three indicators of how well the business is growing. Those indicators are 1)depth in an organization (meaning how many people are joining a organization on a monthly basis in-depth) 2)system (how many people are getting the information it takes to build a business) 3)tickets to seminars (how well is the organization leveraging the seminar and power of association). Each month Dolores and I set goals to keep ourselves motivated and on track to increase these three indicators and it also creates an urgency to hit larger goals we have set.

If your just starting your journey of setting goals for your life don’t just set goals in one area of your life. I did this in my plumbing business years ago and without goals set for my family, my family got way out of balance. We look at a well-balanced life is made up of eight areas 1) Faith 2) Family 3) Finances 4) Fitness 5) Friends 6) Following 7) Freedom 8) Fun. As you set goals you may get out of balance in one or two of these areas short-term, but looking at the long-term when you hit your goals your life will be balanced.

Life is too short to let things happen to you, winners make things happen! When you create an environment of goal setting and being accountable to someone like a mentor you will be exhilarated!!!

God Bless,

Jim Martin


Kicking Off 2012 with Goals in Life

We have all heard that the best way to go about setting goals and achieving them is with SMART goals. But if setting goals and achieving them were as simple as making them SMART, why aren’t more people achieving like crazy using this standard and often-repeated mantra?

1. Goals are a Messy Business. The process of setting goals and achieving them is a dirty one. Our plans fall apart, our self-confidence and pride get tested to the point of breaking, and more often than not, that glorious goal at the end of the rainbow starts to look a little less glorious once we’ve shed some blood, sweat and tears. Go into the journey of setting goals and achieving them knowing that things won’t go awesome 100% of the time.

2. Don’t Repeat Your Mistakes. Seems like a no-brainer, but you would be amazed at how many people fall back into their old way of doing things. It’s not our fault—we are creatures of comfort and habit, even if those habits are bad. If you failed at getting that promotion you want, try a new approach. If that fails, try again until you find what works. Finding the right way to setting goals and achieving them is often a trial-and-error process. Painful, but it’s much faster than doing the same thing over and over. Make sure you are PDCA’ing with a mentor on a monthly basis.

3. Stay Away from Absurd Goals. These often fall into the “all-or-nothing” category. An example: “I am going turbo 50 this month” . If you’re at turbo nothing it is always best to set a stretch goal but also a goal that is achievable.

4. Whether You Like it or Not, Stuff is Going to Happen. In the process of setting goals and achieving them we cannot plan for everything that happens.  Realize that things will not always go your way—it’s how you react when that first obstacle comes hurtling down at you that ultimately matters. Stay consistent and you will win.

5. Don’t Make Massive Changes Overnight. A frequently overlooked aspect to setting goals and achieving them is the fact that it takes time to mould ourselves into the person we want to be. Trying to change numerous bad habits in the blink of an eye is ambitious considering that it took years, possibly even decades to form those pesky habits to begin with.

6. Avoid Publicizing Your Goal Till You Absolutely Know It’s What You Want. Before declaring to all of your friends, family and neighbors that you are going to quit your job in the next two months make sure it is something you are absolutely going to follow through with. Try not to be one of those people who commonly talk about doing amazing things and never get around to doing them; instead, be that rare person who simply does them.

7. Don’t Wait. Ever. Putting off starting your goal, or the next step in your goal, makes sure that you will never get to it. Procrastination is a polite way of saying you are not going to do it. If your goal means this much to you, there shouldn’t be a single, solitary reason for not acting now. The only thing standing between you and setting goals and achieving them is action.

God Bless,

Jim Martin

Princibles to Review to Build A Life Team

In the business that  and the rest of the has launched  is growing at a fast rate! It’s very exciting to talk to people in different locations around the country and hear the stories of the personal growth taking place. I wanted to take a moment and write out some of the principles that I have learned from the Team training system that has helped me to build a community and develop leaders.

1) Dare to dream: Our dreams are our blue prints of our future successes. The people who have the biggest success in life are always the biggest dreamers. Our dreams and the belief we have in getting those dreams will determine the level of commitment we have to do the right things long enough to achieve those dreams.

The dreams you have is the only boss on the Life Team that you have. They will drive you into action.

2) The power of belief: It is so very important to replace the thinking of “I can’t” with the thoughts of “I can”. When you believe in what you’re doing your activity in all areas will be more effective, your passion will be on display.

What helped me get my belief was digging into cd’s, reading the right books, showing our business plan, and attending events on a consistent basis.

3) The courage to take action: Consistent action and perseverance of rotating the 5-step pattern and developing myself gets results and builds confidence. Leading by example will influence your teammates to follow you when they see the results you are getting by going power player.

4) Take responsibility: This is your business. Whatever happens good or bad the leader is responsible. Be sure to know your where your ticket numbers are for the next seminar, know where your system count is at all times, and when those two key indicators grow, your volume in Bonvera will grow.

Take responsibility to putting a game plan to the goals that you have set for the week, month, and year.

Take responsibility for the depth in each of the legs that you are working in. As they grow ten deep a month, you give the credit to the guy or gale that lead you to them. If they don’t go ten deep, accept responsibility and PDCA with your mentor to figure out why.

Take responsibility for setting up your tap roots for power player, that is where you get multiplication on your teams is breaking power players.

5) Attitude: Would you be in business with you? Do you see things in a positive light or a negative light? The things I found to keep my attitude up was cd’s, reading attitude books like “Attitude Is Everything” by Jeff Keller, and “The Difference Maker” by John Maxwell. These materials are incredible to push out the negative and feed the positive.

6) Develop Productive Habits: While you’re in business mode is everything you do getting you closer to your goals or further from your goals? When I was working a full-time job, I had to be as efficient as I could since I worked a lot of hours a week, so some of the habits I had to acquire were

1 do only what I could do

2 create the habit of reading everyday

3 listen to cd’s on a daily basis

4 associate with positive people

5 be coached and mentored

6 overcome my goliaths

7 personal mastery

8 move my business forward everyday by either stp, doing a f/t, or developing self

9 attend everything required for power player

10 show the plan 15 times a month

these were not easy habits to form right off the start, the belief in getting my dream made it easy to form these habits which I still live by today.

7) Manage your emotions: Can everyone tell how you feel by your facial expressions? If people are always asking you if something is wrong, you may want to smile a little more!

8 Prepare for success: Are you listening to 4-6 cd’s a day? Are you reading 2-4 books a month? Do you pdca with a mentor on a 30 day basis?

9) Change: The key to change is having a big enough goal that makes us get better everyday. Change is what is going to get you to where you want to go!

God Bless,

Jim Martin

What a Life Commitment is About



A great business leader once said:

“…the basic philosophy, spirit, and drive of an organization have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organizational structure, innovation, and timing. All these things weigh heavily in success. But they are, I think, transcended by how strongly the people in the organization believe in its basic precepts and how faithfully they carry them out.  has put in place in the Business the spirit and drive to restore hope back into people, thousands of people believe show up at seminars every month to get information on how to build their communities and spread truth in the American culture. There could not be a better time for the  Business to be launched and carried on.

As true as this is for the success of a corporation, it is even more so for the individual. The most important single factor in individual success is COMMITMENT. Commitment ignites action. To commit is to pledge yourself to a certain purpose or line of conduct. It also means practicing your beliefs consistently. There are, therefore, two fundamental conditions for commitment. The first is having a sound set of beliefs. There is an old saying that goes, “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” The second is faithful adherence to those beliefs with your behavior. Possibly the best description of commitment is “persistence with a purpose”.

Many successful business people are hailed as visionary leaders. On careful inspection they are found to be individuals who hold firmly to a simple set of commitments, usually grounded in beliefs such as “the best product money can buy”, or the highest possible customer service”. It is the strength of these commitments, religiously followed, that led to their business success. Life has provided world-class products with a commitment to continue to deliver.


It appears that effective leaders hold dearly to a half-dozen commitments. The first, and most basic, of these is a commitment to a set of values, principles or beliefs. These underlying principles define both the organization’s uniqueness and the fundamental direction in which it wants to lead. This first commitment leads to a common vision and purpose within the organization.

The second commitment is to oneself, to how one acts as a leader. An effective leader possesses a strong sense of personal integrity and self confidence. This leads to a willingness to share the credit for success. Another side to this commitment is a deliberate emphasis on continual self-improvement. We in Team have always strived to be the best person we can become, not to change who we are, but to be what God created us for.

The combination of a strong, positive commitment to self and to a set of principles serve as a foundation to effectively maintain the remaining four commitments. These commitments are to: God, customers, results, teammates, and the organization.

Everyone has a customer and is a customer to someone else. Customers are usually thought of as external to the organization who needs your product or service. A question worth asking is, “How much are others willing to pay for my work?” The price your customers are willing to pay measures its values in their eyes.

Besides serving customers, all organizations target specific results. Given the large number of demands placed on all of us, it is important to concentrate on achieving the most important goals and objectives. Commitment to results is largely determined by how clear priorities are, what actions get rewarded, and what risks are being taken to improve intended results.

The next commitment is to the people. The quality of the organization’s commitment to customers and results is largely based upon the quality of its commitment to people. The simple reason for this is that it is these people who serve the customer and achieve results. How are people treated in the organization? Commitment to people is largely the product of treating people with respect, challenging them, and giving them effective feedback on how they are doing. Life coaching is so important, your coach has been where you are at and they will help you move forward.

The final leadership commitment is to the larger organization. Communication is the key with this commitment. How people talk to, and about, each other greatly affects the quality of cooperation. How open are the channels of communication up, and down?  Will people support policy counsel decisions and changes?

Balancing all six commitments is the key to well-directed leadership. When management supports its employees, they will be able and willing to achieve intended results, When these results support customer needs and expectations, customers will support the organization with their business. A strong and healthy organization can then continue to show commitment to its people. The glue that holds this process together is the values and leaders in the organization.


Effectively demonstrating commitment to others, to the organization’s basic principles, and to oneself is never easy. The truth is, demonstrating commitment is hard work. Wavering commitment is usually seen as no commitment at all. The only way to achieve a reputation for commitment is through determination and persistence. Genuine commitment stands the test of time.

Day to day, commitment is demonstrated by a combination of two actions. The first action is called supporting. Genuine support develops a commitment in the minds and hearts of others. This is accomplished by focusing on what is important and leading by example. It is not uncommon for people to be either confused as to what is important, or lose sight of it over time. Supporting means concentrating on what adds value, spotlighting what’s working, and rewarding others who are focusing on what is important and leading by example. A crucial aspect of true support is standing up to those who would undermine commitment, those whose words or actions show disrespect.

The second action underlying commitment is called improving. Improving stretches our commitment to an even higher level. Commitment means a willingness to look for a better way and learn from the process. It focuses on eliminating complacency, confronting what is not working, and providing incentives for improvement. The spirit of improving is rooted in challenging current expectation and ultimately taking the risk to make changes. These changes are based more on an optimism in the future than dissatisfaction in the past.

It is the combination of both supporting and improving behaviors that makes up the practice of commitment. Separately neither action is capable of sustaining commitment. Promoting alone can come across as a shallow and pollyannish. Continuous improvement can be seen as “good is never good enough”. Together they provide a needed balance. Both are essential to commitment.


Commitment is most difficult and most readily proven during tough times. How someone weathers the storms most clearly demonstrates their basic beliefs. In antiquity, Epicurus stated: “…a captain earns his reputation during the storms.” When your competition scores big against you, when the money dries up, or when the glamour of success wears off, this is when it is easiest to compromise your commitments. The real test comes when you can hold the line against the easy route of compromise.

Fortunately, paying the price that commitment commands has payoffs worth the cost – a reputation for integrity and, even more important, the commitment of others in return. Commitment is a two-way street. You only get it if you are willing to give it.

God Bless

Jim Martin

Life Strategies on Time Management

If you ask the smartest and most experienced leaders what’s one thing that makes their meetings successful — most will tell you it’s having a clear agenda. But contrary to this popular point of view, we regularly see off-sites, strategy sessions and team meetings being held hostage by an agenda — rather than liberated by it. Here’s why.

When a meeting is oriented around an agenda, the focus becomes making sure that all the topics listed are talked about in the time they have been allotted.

This means that if item X is scheduled to be discussed for 15 minutes, from 10:15 to 10:30, that’s what happens. But what if item X turns out to need an hour of conversation? What if the dialogue around item X is so engaging, compelling and important that people want to keep chatting about it beyond the allotted time frame?

In most cases, the discussion, regardless of how important or meaningful, will be tabled to a later date to make way for the other scheduled items on the agenda.

The opposite is also true. If item X is slated for a 15-minute discussion, but really only requires five minutes, rarely will the agenda be adjusted. In most cases, the team members will simply fill up the time talking about the less important aspects of the item until the designated time is up.

So instead of having your meetings be oriented around a set agenda, with topics and the time allotted to them, we suggest orienting your meetings around the outcomes and results you want to accomplish.

The difference looks like this:

In an agenda-driven meeting, you have 30 minutes allocated to discussing the depth of a team.

In an outcome-oriented meeting, you declare the objective of having everyone agree on how to drive the spine ten levels deep.

So the next time you want to have a powerful meeting oriented around results, ask yourself:

1.What are the specific outcomes I want this meeting to achieve?
2.What results do I want to come out of this meeting?
3.What are the most important results I want to walk away having accomplished?

Having goals and a way to help others accomplish their goals is always going to be more effective and more efficient when the task at hand is written down and having a game plan to get it.

The same set of strategies goes for game planning the three other indicators of your Life business:
1. The number of systems you want to increase this month.
2. The number of tickets you are going to increase in each team.
3. The total volume you want to run in each leg.

These measurable results works like this. When you drive a leg ten levels deep, more people go on system and treat this as a profession. When people treat this as their profession they attend the seminar so your tickets increase. When your tickets increase volume follows. So from what I am seeing when you have a leg at 50 systems and that leg has 100 tickets in it, it will run 15,000 points thru it.

Of course this will all happen by going MVP,  set up the MVP over twelve years ago and it still scores every time it is executed!

God Bless,

Jim Martin

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at Plymouth
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

After reading this many of you that are on the Life Team will see a connection of what these Brave men and women did, and what the Life Team is going to help preserve for future generations of North America. What Orrin Woodward and the rest of the policy counsel are doing, will be read about in history books and those of you that are on the Life Team are the protectors of the freedoms we have now.

God Bless,

Man of Steel and Velvet

In the book Man of Steel and Velvet,  Aubrey Andelin writes about what a mans most important responsibility in life is to be the guide, protector, and provider for his wife and children.

In these painful and confusing times it ia all too easy to lose sight of the fundamental meaning of what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman. Based on Christian ethics as taught in the bible, Man of Steel and Velvet helps men and woman gain a clearer perspective on true masculinity. It shows how the combined traits of the firmness of steel and the gentleness of velvet make a man who is a good provider and devoted husband worthy of the respect of his wife and children.

This book came to me from my mentor Tim Marks. He had just gotten finished reading for what I remember the third time. Just as I went thru the introduction I knew this was going to be a hard-hitting but VERY truthful book that every man who wants to lead, this is a must read! If every man in this country not only read this book and applied what is written, but had their sons read this book and live up to what the author says about a mans role is, this world of ours would not be in the shape its in right now.

In my profession of community building I get to meet people from all walks of life and every different profession there is today. In the past ten years of getting close to people, I have met people who are very successful and some not so successful. I look back and wonder what is the biggest difference in people who are happy and people who are frustrated with where they are at. I see that people who are happy where they are at and going, THINK very differently than people who struggle thru life and get frustrated. A major factor is taking responsibility for the results in life that you have and making the changes that you want. With hunger to strive for excellence opportunities will show up because they are there all along, problem is many people are waiting for opportunity to knock on the front door, but the problem is they don’t hear it because the TV is too loud.

I believe this book “Man of Steel and Velvet” teaches what it means to be a man and our responsibilities as men are. I love America and what our founding fathers stood for. Today I don’t see to many men standing in the gap and assuming their responsibilities. We have a lot of people with the thinking that they should be taken care of from someone else. This is wrong thinking, men and woman fought for freedom and when people want outside forces to assume their responsibilities we ALL lose our freedoms. At a seminar we had the privilege to hear a gentleman named Oliver DeMille speak on freedom, he was talking about a shift that we all feel is happening but not a lot of people know how to stop it. And that shift is not a freedom shift it is a FORCED shift. This is when the government gets to big and takes our freedoms away. We in the LIFE business believe based on what Oliver said that we can stop this forced shift and turn the rudder to a freedom shift, just like our founding fathers did some 200 years ago. Just when it looked like it was all over for America a few great MEN stood in the gap and gave us FREEDOM!!

Men of today I call out to you not to play small, but to stand in the gap and fulfill your responsibility. To be the head of your house and raise your children with the principles in this book “Man of Steel and Velvet”. This country needs you to not take the hand out, but to give a hand up and raise more leaders behind you.

God Bless,

Jim Martin

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