Posts Tagged ‘Personal Responsibility’

Primary and Mid-Term Elections: What a privilege it is to vote as a citizen of the USA.

Since I turned 18, I do not remember an election I did not vote in regarding my community, state or nation.  History was never a subject I enjoyed in school but through life and work experiences I have learned to appreciate the value of voting.  To be a citizen is a great responsibility.  You have the ability to determine the vision of your community.

This is my first year to ever take an active role in politics.  Monthly I attend our small city’s council meeting to learn and ask questions.  I have found a candidate for governor that I believe in and trust he will move the State of Arkansas in the right direction.  The Constitution of the USA and personal responsibility are core principles that must be maintained for our nation to be what the founders meant for it to be.

There will never be a perfect candidate, but it is time we had representatives at all levels for the people and not for themselves.  I think that the light of accountability will be even stronger in the coming years.

 

Finding the Balance to Reach Goals: Exercise and Eating Right

There is not a miracle cure, program or pill out there when it comes to achieving a healthy weight and fitness level.  Actually, their is simple math to the whole thing:  Burn more calories than you consume.   I have had doctors tell me that most people don’t understand that they can do more for themselves than a doctor or hospital can do for them.

I am the first to admit that now that I am closer to 50 than 40, eating right and staying physically fit have become a priority.  I am in a different season of life.  My eyesight has given in to reading glasses.  My pants’ waistline has attempted at times to go another size up.  I tend to want to sleep a little longer.  And on and on it goes as we get older.

I lived a very active life in my younger years of 35 and below.  Then I was in my corporate/work mode and lost my focus and desire to stay in shape.  So here we go again, setting goals and making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Here’s what I have done to get reengaged:

1.  Started slow.  I heard about this one guy who had a plan for eating and exercise to kickstart my effort.  Go here and learn more.  http://www.fit2fat2fit.com/

2.  While I had initial success, life got in the way of my focus after 60 days.  It was then 6 months later that I restarted.  This time with quality stretching and daily jogging.  What started out as 1 mile without stopping has expanded to 3+ miles in 60 days.

3.   Now that my commitment level is back in line, I am going back to the fit2fat2fit game plan.  I needed to see myself exercising whether or not I had a program to follow.  If it was always about a program, then I wasn’t committing to myself.

4.  Working out in the early morning is my best method to stay committed.  Nothing interferes with my mornings.  I am talking about exercising for 30-50 min between 4:30 am – 6:30 am.  I believe in the philosophy that if I workout early, the burn lasts all day.

Get started, do something, sweat, drink water, change your diet little by little, find a partner, stretch well, push yourself, set goals, track your results.

School is Starting, Time to launch S.A.F.E. TEAM Programs!

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I invite you to checkout Schools and Families Engaged (the S.A.F.E. Team on Campus).  Tell someone you know about this program that supports family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.

Don’t worry, I don’t have to be the presenter at your school to launch the program.  If I do show up, I am sure camo will be my choice of color.

So was it just Luck or was it Hard Work, Focus and Determination?

Hard Work NOT Luck: So I just heard that my nephew, who came out of high school with excellent grades and a high ACT, has maintained excellent grades at K-State, participated in different leadership roles and responsibilities at K-State, has worked 2 internships for companies in his field of interest during his Soph and Jr summers, and now has received a job offer from one of those companies prior to starting his Sr. year at K-State. So what has my nephew done that has allowed him these opportunities? He did what you saw above. He has given full effort in life to set himself up for success. He had no connections, he made the connections through his success. Isn’t it amazing how lucky he is?

You Only Know what You Know, Usually Based on Your Experiences

42-movie-poster__spanMy wife and I just got home from seeing 42 the true story of Jackie Robinson. No, I cannot imagine what it was like in 1948, let alone the 60’s. I only know what I know from the short life I have lived at 46 yrs old.

I remember in 1989, right out college, working in sales in southern Arkansas. I visited a couple of very small towns to talk to the physicians. Some single doctor clinics still had two entry doors. It was understood within those communities that your skin color determined which door you entered to sit in a waiting room. I had never been exposed to accepted segregation prior to that experience. And still today, there are some who look at the color of skin and not the heart, words or actions to determine the character and quality of a person.

Because people are racist towards religion, skin color, political party affiliation, income level, etc., I am sure it will never truly go away. I guess the hope in the movie 42, is that there are some strong people who will have the character to stand strong and find a way to overcome those who hate. Be the person who stands up with these individuals and win the hearts of those who hold up the barriers.

Even “Professional” Presenters Need to Wet Their Whistle

As a board member for Youth Strategies, a non-profit in Northwest Arkansas, I have volunteered this summer to teach/train the high school version of Financial Peace University.  Every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks, we have been going through the content of FPU and inspiring these 20–25 students to think about their future and how money will affect their lives and decisions.   A new University of Arkansas intern was a guest in the class and posted this photo and pic on Facebook.

“One must be fully caffeinated to teach ‪#‎daveramsey‬‘s‪#‎financialpeaceuniversity‬ to a room full of high schoolers. ‪#‎youthstrategies‬ ‪#‎kumandgo‬ ‪#‎caffeine‬ — with Scott Huse and Scott Huse.”

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Before Facebook, I didn’t really know how You felt about a Subject

Before 2009, none of my family was on Facebook.  We actually gave the FREE service to our children as a Christmas gift.  AAAAAAAALL their friends had FB pages, but our children didn’t for nearly a year.  And since we are parents, parenting our children, we allowed them to have a FB profile when we let them.  Fast forward to 2013 and now FB is a way to be in constant communication for many areas of our lives.  We can learn just about anything about anyone if we want to based on their pics, posts, likes and so on.  If you read my blogs or posts, you know that I am huge fan of Personal Responsibility.  Here’s a FB post I made regarding this topic:

I just visited a FB page that has very opposite views of mine on many topics. I would suggest they rename it to:
“You DON’T have to take Personal Responsibility for Your Life Decisions and My Life is Someone Else’s Fault and the Government can Fix Everything for Me.”

 

Life is not roses and puppies, so every now and then I have to put up a shock post to wake some folks up.  :o)

This Is What Success Looks Like

Here’s a pic (not all are pictured) of our graduating Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class. Since we started the class 9 weeks ago, here are some stats:

1. Over $160k in credit card offers by mail have been declined and shredded.
2. $78k in debt has been paid off so far.
3. 15 credit card accounts were closed and chopped up during our class. :o)
4. An additional $35k is accessible in savings.

Which Baby Step are you on?

“Live like no one else so you can some day live and give like no one else.” – Dave Ramsey

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Marriage isn’t Easy, but there are a few stats that could Benefit a Marriage

I love watching married couples do real life together.  It is not easy to be married but when you battle through the challenges and stay committed great things can happen.  Here’s Dave Ramsey‘s quote of the day:

“If 52% of marriages end in divorce, what can our children do to beat the odds. A recent study showed that marriages only have a 20% divorce rate when the following factors are present:

1. 6 month or longer engagement.
2. Detailed and in-depth pre-marriage counseling. Have agreement regarding $$, religion, children and crazy in-laws.
3. Both sets parents are still married.
4. Both graduate from college.
5. Marriage occurs after both are 22 yrs or older.
6. Combined avg. income of $50k or more. (As college grads it should be higher.)
7. Both attend regularly at a house of worship.

The lower your income, the more likely you are to “shack up” and not commit to marriage. But if you do live together prior to marriage, there’s an 88% likelihood that you will get a divorce.”

It was a God Thing

So how about a God thing tonight?  5+ yrs ago, Kevin Miles came in to my life and I watched from afar as a man chased a vision God gave him to start Go the Distance Ministries. Their purpose is to help men and women: Recover their PASSION, Find and live their PURPOSE, Restore their Hearts to live in FREEDOM and Enjoy LIFE in God. This past weekend I accepted Kevin’s invitation to participate in Hearts Alive & Free in Michigan. (based on John Eldridge’s Ransomed Heart ministries.) Question for you that hit me this weekend: Are you authentic or a poser? If you Are who you Aren’t, then you Aren’t who you Are. It was a great weekend for getting FREE!!!

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