How to Quantify the Value of “Showing Up!”

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Society pays a price when people don’t show up.  Coaches complain when their teams don’t “show up” to play.  You and I pay a price when we halfheartedly show up and nations can rise and fall depending on who shows up.  So what does our lack luster approach to “showing up” in every sense of the word cost us?  Now that the fire works and parades of the American Independence Day celebrations have ended what will you do today to secure your own freedom?  And whether or not you “show up” has more to do with it than you may imagine.

Click here to listen to this Podcast of a dramatic true story about the power of “showing up!” 

*some of the events of Abraham Baldwin’s story was gathered from content in  Ron G. Carters book, Unlikely Heroes.

Thomas Jefferson, Titan of Liberty

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Podcast # 13: Thomas Jefferson, Titan of Liberty

The list of incredible accomplishments assigned to Thomas Jefferson seems super human.  How did he accomplish it and what was he most proud of?

You’ll discover the foundation of this answer here and in the process you just may find yourself accomplishing a whole lot more.

Listen in and tell me what you think

George Washington and Analysis Paralysis?

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It’s hard to imagine George Washington experiencing analysis paralysis, but the truth is we all do.  The trick is overcoming it.  CLICK HERE TO FIND out what Fred Smith, Founder of FedEx and George Washington have in common….

Benjamin Franklin and the Power of Resolution

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Benjamin Franklin headed for Philadelphia at age 17 and arrived broke, hungry, dirty and exhausted.  Everything he owned he was literally carrying.  In fact, Franklin would start from “scratch” so to speak several more times as he clawed and willed himself to grow and improve.  So if it wasn’t birthright, inheritance, position or politics that placed young Franklin in favorable circumstances what accounts for his incredible success in life?—in one word, resolve.

CLICK THIS LINK and enjoy a powerful video/podcast on the subject… It will help you with your resolutions this year.

Freedom of Choice — A Personal Application

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For those of you how listened to the recent podcast “Garbage in Garbage Out…” Consider the following PERSONAL APPLICATION:

In your childhood and especially in adolescence, freedom of choice was a primary motivator. If you’ve watched a two year old speed away from a pursuing parent or witnessed a teenager assert their independence, you know what I am talking about.  Properly channeled, this instinct is a good thing.  Unfortunately though, some combination of school, careers, social status, culture, vice, events, etc., tends to change youthful zeal into cynicism and apathy, or some other form of victim-hood. Remember, the cynic is a critic who never solves anything.  Just as America’s problems will never be solved if the people waste their energy on doom and gloom sermons preached by politicians and media moguls, your problems will never be solved with pessimistic self-talk and doubt.

Yielding to pessimism will never create positive outcomes. So broaden your vision and fill your mind with success principles and hopeful stories like those on this website.  The principles our founders discovered and applied brought unparalleled freedom. Seeing them conquer in the face of great opposition will inspire you to avoid falling victim to anti-freedom rhetoric for America and your personal life. You are the author of your own story so write it according to your dreams and greatest expectations! Remember, brave men and women sacrificed greatly in this country to grant you the ability to choose freedom…but only you can choose.

You must take responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.    — Jim Rohn