Wednesday, February 29, 2012

As The Mountain To The Climber Is Clearer From The Plain!

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.- Kahill Gibran

As a free individual we have the option to learn and grow. It's a gift that no scale can measure the weigh as it is an unknown treasure. The value lies within you and the decisions you make to cultivate the gift. A seed that sits in the root cellar has no value until it's place in fertile ground, sprouts and bears fruit. The magnitude of this gift is similar to standing at the base of a mountain, while you might be overwhelmed and get a pain in your neck looking straight up at the climb, your true assessment comes from when you step back and view the whole mountain from an adjacent plain. It's majesty is hidden at the on set of the climb, while the view from afar, or at the top of the summit reveals the purpose.

So don't be surprised if your journey on the path to gain knowledge doesn't expose all the secrets at the onset. It's a process, walk a mile, then you'll see the next mile. The proper system, as Gibran points out, is to be led to the discovery by one who is wiser than yourself. Might I suggest the LIFE program? It has a systematic process that helps you discover the truth with information screened by those who have the results we seek. You can trip and stumble up the mountain forging your own pathway, or you can take a defined trail, clearly marked and well traveled to gain access to the summit. As Gilbran goes on to say.....

Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is a bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:- Kahill Gibran

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leadership Responsibility!

It's so easy to look back on our lives and see the wreckage of lost opportunity. I daresay most of us have often asked ourselves, what if? Here's the real question...

What if you had a mentor to give you the advice and steer you through the turbulent waters of life? You know all of us are trying to make sense out of our existence, and when we find answers, we often times share our interpretations with others. All of us are people of influence! With that in mind, don't we bear a responsibility to be the best informed influencers there are? So as I expand on this line of thinking, what are we reading and what intellectual property are we consuming to aid our fellow man?

It would be less than human to lack compassion for our other earthly inhabitants. By definition compassion demands we stay tuned to another's need, and have a desire to aid them in finding relief. How prepared are you to administer that aid? Experience is an awesome teacher, but applied knowledge is much less painless.

I present you with these questions because I had cause to reflect upon them myself. The need is there, thank God for the LIFE education system. No longer is it necessary to offer an uninformed opinion based on a handful of experience and a smattering of knowledge. The problems of life can be resolved with a systematic solution....

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Monday, February 27, 2012

We Should All Be Samuel!

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord sees not as a man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."-1 Samuel 16:7

Is there anyone else out there who is grateful that the Lord sees through to a man's heart? I'm quite certain if the Lord had taken the human view and not looked deep, He would have written me off. Instead He sends Samuel's out daily to change our lives, and redirect us toward our purpose.

Look for your Samuel today, then thank him for doing the Lord's work!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hellbound Train!

So much said in so few words! Enjoy!
God Bless!
Capt. Bill

The Hellbound Train
A Texas cowboy lay down on a barroom floor,
Having drunk so much he could drink no more;
So he fell asleep with a troubled brain
To dream that he rode on a hell-bound train.

The engine with murderous blood was damp
And was brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp;
An imp, for fuel, was shoveling bones,
While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.

The boiler was filled with lager beer
And the devil himself was the engineer;
The passengers were a most motly crew--
Church member, atheist, Gentile, and Jew,

Rich men in broadcloth, beggers in rags,
Handsome young ladies, and withered old hags,
Yellow and black men, red, brown, and white,
All chained together--O God, what a site!

While the train rushed on at an awful pace--
The sulphurous fumes scorched their hands and face;
Wider and wider the country grew,
As faster and faster the engine flew.

Louder and louder the thunder crashed
And brighter and brighter the lightning flashed;
Hotter and hotter the air became
Till the clothes were burned from each quivering frame.

And out of the distance there arose a yell,
"Ha, ha," said the devil, "we're nearing hell!"
Then oh, how the passengers all shrieked with pain
And begged the devil to stop the train.

But he capered about and danced for glee,
And laughed and joked at their misery.
"My faithful friends, you have done the work
And the devil never can a payday shirk.

"You've bullied the weak, you've robbed the poor,
The starving brother you've turned from the door;
You've laid up gold where the canker rust,
And have given free vent to your beastly lust.

"You've justice scorned, and corruption sown,
And trampled the laws of nature down.
You have drunk, rioted, cheated, plundered, and lied,
And mocked at God in your hell-born pride.

"You have paid full fair, so I'll carry you through,
For it's only right you should have your due.
Why, the laborer always expects his hire,
So I'll land you safe in the lake of fire,

"Where your flesh will waste in the flames that roar,
And my imps torment you forevermore."
Then the cowboy awoke with an anguished cry,
His clothes wet with sweat and his hair standing high

Then he prayed as he never had prayed till that hour
To be saved from his sin and the demon's power;
And his prayers and his vows were not in vain,
For he never road the hell-bound train.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Deeds Not Words!

The instruction of words is not so powerful as the exhortation of works, for if they teach well and neglect to do well, they shall hardly profit from their hearers. Let us declare and profess that will, men will judge of us after all by our works. So that it is a dishonor to God, a scandal to religion, and a cause to why many become Atheists that men are permitted to preach and teach the people, who are unsound in morals, yea, guilty of some of the evil above mentioned. - W. Mather 1742

Does anyone else find it interesting that statements like this are timeless? Apparently the same issues have plagued mankind for quite awhile! What a wonderful reminder to us to completely understand from whom we get our information, as the application may yield the same results the teacher has yeilded.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Thursday, February 23, 2012

So What's Changed?

Contrary to what the democrats and their left wing arm leads citizens to believe, back in the Jim Crow days of segregation and racism, it was the democrat party that was guilty of attempting to block the legislation enacted by republicans to end the reign of terror inflicted upon the black community. You would think the way they point fingers and attempt to lay blame on the republican party that the opposite was true. In fact throughout history it was the republican party that has championed legislation to end racist attitudes in this great nation. But low and behold it's always the democrats that point the finger and cry "racist" when our latest President and republicans disagree. Let's see if anything has actually changed....

One of the tenants of a racist attitude is to stereo-type people. They assume because of nationality, creed, or color they can define them as alike. I'm sure you've heard some of these ugly generalizations passed down by ignorant individuals used in a derogatory manner. This unsightly behavior is summarized as bigotry.

With that in mind have you ever heard a conservative attempt to diminish another because of their faith? I'm sure there might be a few, but we can stereo-type them and assume the better part of them firmly believe in religion. It seems to help define a conservative. I've never heard one bash the Jewish faith as has become so common in our society of late. I've often heard conservatives insist we protect people's right to freely express their faith. So where does all the complaining about separation of church and state come from?

The left has transformed their bigotry from race to creed. While a conservative will always understand a person's right to express even the Atheistic view of absence of religion, it's always the liberals who insist on a secular view. That's not to say all left wingers are not Christian, but there is a hatred of religion prevalent in most liberal's platform. They have become religious bigots, and now their focus is pointed toward believer's of faith. Look at the signs during the occupy Wall Street demonstrations and the hatred they reflect toward the Jewish community. Have you heard of a conservative acting in that manner? How about the openly public display of indifference toward the Catholic faith when it comes to abortion and contraception? Look toward the hostility they express toward the Evangelical or Christian voting block. Is this not blatant religious bigotry? There are those in the liberal sect that because of their secular belief openly discriminate against those of faith. How does that differ from the open discrimination of the same party back in the Jim Crow era? Hate is hate, it doesn't know color, creed, or nationality.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It Maybe Time For A Book!

I may have finally come upon a topic for my first book. When I was a youth learning the rule of composition, my teacher always impressed upon us that the key to writing a great composition was to write about something you knew about. Author Malcolm Gladwell tells us that to become proficient in anything you have to devote at least 10,000 hours to it. I believe I am approaching that level of expertise when debating liberals. So I'm struggling with the title...

101 Crazy Things Liberals Say
1000 Foolish Things Liberals Say
10,000 Silly Statements From The Liberal View
1,000,000,000 Stupid Things Liberals Say

Maybe that last one was a little strong, but I'm sure the title will work itself out. One thing I've come to realize in my interaction with debating liberals, is they have a very linear thought process. They simply don't understand cause and effect. Which led me to another observation, (which is by no means complete yet, still in the stages of confirming). I also get to spend a great deal of time in the company of engineers. And believe it or not there is a common denominator with every engineer I've come in contact with. They all seem to be conservative Christians. Why is that? I have a theory....

Engineers are trained in systematic thinking. Everything they do has a cause and effect. They research everything to expose every possible scenario when a system is put into place. Engineers also have to deal with principles on a daily basis. For instance if they were designing an aircraft, a thorough understanding of the principle of gravity is an absolute must. Christianity is a defined set of principles, which a engineer can easily relate to. Liberals on the other hand, not so much. Engineers almost always have a high degree of the melancholy personality, so as a part of that personality, they have to be correct. A conservative Christian belief system satisfies all those needs and simply makes sense to an engineer. Using their systematic thinking process it fulfills their need to be right. Now there are exceptions to every rule, but it has been my experience that individuals who understand systematic thinking cannot justify the liberal stance as it just lacks the ability to pass the verification process and common sense. The last point is being conservative is important when designing something. A radical attempt to alter a set of principles that systematically bring you consistent results is rarely the path to success in engineering.

Liberals on the other hand when their thinking is challenged simply point the conversation toward another direction. A modern day example is when you catch a liberal regurgitating some talking point that is easily proven untrue, the simple say, "What about what George Bush did?" Actually the response of a liberal is almost completely predictable, it's as if they have a handbook with answers a liberal can respond with. Not unlike the liberal bible ,"Rules For Radicals"- by Saul Alinsky, where they are taught to divert the discussion to something completely unrelated.

A short quip from one of my discussions that'll undoubtedly make it into this book went something like this.....

Liberal-"You Christians are always trying to force your religion down our throats!"

Response- So what part gets you? Is it the "honor your father and mother" part, or perhaps the "thou shalt not kill" that throws you? Maybe you take exception to the commandment that demands we not be adulterous, or is it the fact Christians are taught it's a sin to steal that falls outside your value system? So really, tell us, where do you take exception to the teaching of faith? Remember even Christians are free to ignore these mandates from God, and they do, but the consequences aren't worth it. Your freedom isn't in jeopardy because of religion, your salvation will be due of lack of it.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Republic For Which It Stands.....

It's amazing how often you hear people characterize this nation as a democracy. Almost daily I hear someone use that term when describing our nation. It's funny how our population has been misled to a point where the description democracy that if used back in the founding of our country would have gotten you evil glares, is a common misrepresentation. Democracy was actually a bad word among the founders, they understood the evils of mob rule.

Probably one of the most glaring examples in history of a democratic action involved Biblical times. Jesus of Nazareth roamed the land teaching the word of God and performing miracles. Much to the chagrin of the Pharisees, who pretty much had a monopoly on the religious teaching gig. You see when you attempt to change the world, don't expect cooperation from those already in charge. As Jesus attempted to upset their apple cart, He found himself arrested for bogus charges and brought before Herod. Now old Herod, he was the governing body at the time, and after a thorough questioning of Jesus found he had done no wrong. Herod turned to the Pharisees and the ginned up crowd, (apparently the Pharisees were pretty good community organizers back then), and informed them that Jesus needed to be released as he had done no wrong. The Pharisees saw that as a threat to their power over the community and shouted down the ruler, with the help of the majority crowd, insisting Jesus be put to death. Herod, knowing that this was indeed wrong, but not having the spine to stand up to the crowd, gave into the will of the majority and Jesus was executed.

This story exemplifies why our founding fathers treated the term democracy as an evil term. The will of the people isn't always the principled path, it's simply what's popular. That's why they insisted this great nation become a Representative Republic, rather than a mob rule democracy. Please take the time to remind those who've become misled of the proper description of the method of governing we enjoy. There is a faction of this country that would enjoy mob rule and speaking it into existence is exactly why our children are taught terms like democracy in school. While the distinction to some maybe a small one, it makes the difference between the freedoms we enjoy and the tyranny of mob rule.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Monday, February 20, 2012

Okeechobee Mud Fest!

This weekend as I traversed the state of Florida I encountered a yearly phenomena occurring in the town of Okeechobee. It was the annual Mud Fest! This is really a sight to behold, hundreds of acres of campers and off road vehicles, and thousands upon thousands of people enjoying a three day event. It's the Woodstock of mud bogging!

So I couldn't help but notice that this too was a community of people. A community of people with a like cause built by word of mouth and becoming almost a nation. It's absolutely amazing that everywhere you look, communities are being built. This particular community shared some of our communities eight F's, and also added a few of their own.

Fun; The whole darn thing was founded and centered on entertainment and having fun. Wether your a vehicle owner or just a spectator waiting to see some pending disaster, your there to have a ball.

Friends: There are some friendships being created, renewed, reinforced, and lost during this event.

Following: It speaks for itself. These tens of thousands of people didn't just gather by accident!

Fabrication: Without a doubt there was some fabrication there. The engineering and ingenuity matched that of an aircraft manufacturer. I saw a lifted four wheel drive chassis, with four of the large farm tractor tires, with a full size Chevy van mounted atop of the whole contraption. All I could thing as I saw this vehicle being trailered away is, "I hope there are no bridges between here and wherever they are headed to go under."

Fortitude: Think about it. Three days in a mud pit with limited hygiene facilities. It doesn't matter if you were the person covered in mud for four days, or the individual who had to endure the funk it created, that's fortitude!

I'm sure there is more, but I've reached the limit of thought I'm going to put into this topic. Except every community has a critic, or critics. I encountered one of them too at the local convenience store when I stopped for a cold soda. She was at the cash register and was quite vocal about the whole to do.

"Do you know what they use that farmland for 362 days out of the year? It's a dang cow pasture! Bovine out there peeing and pooping, then these durn fools go out there and waller in it for three days. I tell you that's not for me! Them women and such wading in that mud and getting it all up in their junk, you have to be plumb loco. I guess to each their own, but that's not for me. No sir!"

You see everyone and everything has it critics!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Friday, February 17, 2012

All You Need Is Love!

"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."- Ronald Reagan

It's no secret that I love to enter the liberal blogosphere and do my best to correct the stinking thinking that runs rampant in their world. It's a method of personal growth I use to combat my urges to walk all over someone I disagree with. There is a course of action that just may bring results, worse case scenario I'm planting seeds that just might sprout somewhere in the future in that fertilizer rich environment. Here's what I've notice about the confrontation with those who view the world differently from me.

Confrontation confuses people and causes irritation and anger. Every stinking one of these blog posters insists upon dominating another's opinion. You can tell when their level of total frustration has been reached when they let the other party, "have it." They allow anger to distort the issue being debated, then resort to name calling. I use the confrontation as an opportunity to enlighten. They may not be open to the truth at that particular moment, but hopefully at some point down the road, common sense will open their eyes to the obvious. It's also a great opportunity to remind those who lose their tempers and resort to name calling that you can never raise yourself above another by demeaning that individual.

Poor data gathering leads to incorrect assumptions about the facts derailing the discussion. Truer words have never been spoken. I refer you to the Ronald Reagan quote that begins this article. I firmly believe that one of the most misunderstood aspects of our Constitution is as follows. "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." I've been told for example that says religion has to stay out of government. Of course I gently course correct those confused individuals and remind them of the text. "Congress shall make no law establishing religion," it doesn't say religion is forbidden in Congress. I've also been told it says religion cannot be practiced if it offends another. Again I remind them although they might wish it says that, the text actually says that Congress cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion. It's not uncommon for the debater to quickly switch the subject shortly after that. Like assigning a motive......

Confrontation is often marred by a judgement of motives. Exactly! The truth has no agenda, while most all of those debaters do. My purpose is to speak truth into their lives, nothing more. You can imagine what I've been accused of born out of frustration. But then it's hard to argue against the truth. In any case they are simply gently reminded of the truth in a loving manner, which just leads to more frustration on their part.

Inflammatory words, condemnation, and a lack of emotional maturity stains the confrontation. You can always tell when a debater has reached the end of their ability to present their point as it often turns nasty. The worse thing any individual can do is inflame their frustration. Make your point in love, backed by truth, and allow it to do it's work. Which leads me to my next point.

Confrontation often demands that change be an immediate event rather than a process. What I've found is that people are very protective of their opinions. They rarely change them overnight, as they spent so much time defending them. Yet if you speak a little truth into their lives and allow those seeds to grow, they might just move toward your point of view. If they find favor with the truth you present them, and their ego will allow, they will at some point adopt it. Mainly because the truth is easier to defend.

Anyway it's been a great exercise in personal growth. The old me would have told them where to go, exactly what route to take, and ensure they wasted no time in the journey. Now I present truth in love and patiently allow those thoughts to mature and become their own. It's a healthy form of venting for a former raging choleric.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Man's Best Friend!

As I began my morning I woke to the cover of "The Five Love Languages" staring back at me, as I rolled over away from the nightstand I was greeted by a pair of dark eyes demanding an act of service. My dog bear was ready to show me how much he appreciates my acts of service as he was wanting his morning ritual to begin. It was time for his pre-walk, pre-dawn bathroom break in the yard.

Bear then continued with his insistence that I fill his need of quality time as I placed his harness on him and we enjoyed the pleasure of each other's company while he investigated the neighborhood for any changes that might have occurred in the past 24 hours. Thankfully the neighborhood was basically in the same condition as he had left it just the day before.

As I sat at the computer Bear lays at my feet making contact and hoping for a good rub to fulfill his need for physical touch. This action will be repeated whenever I find it necessary to sit throughout the day.

Bear will also show his desire to have his love tank filled when I return home after leaving without him. This has evolved into a ritual where he receives a treat for outstanding behavior while being independently amused. His need for yet another of the love languages completed as I give him a gift of a dog biscuit.

Finally there is no greater need my dog has than to have words of affirmation praised upon him. He humbles himself as his ears rise to appreciation and his eyes glass over with the most attentive stare, as if he hangs on every accolade. He is a good boy!

Humans appreciate having their love tank filled too. Nothing accomplishes this better than learning and speaking the love language each of us responds to. "The Five Love Languages" is one of our top recommended books for a reason, and a read I cycle through often. In fact it's one of those books I never really stop reading! I simply restart it over and over, and will as it's a great reminder of how to treat our fellow man, (and woman). The lessons contained inside are priceless, and should be included on everyone's reading list.

Warning...Don't try this with a cat!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ant Or Elephant?

Have you ever wondered what motivates a person to sleep their life away? As a young man I couldn't wait for the weekend so I could sleep in. I loved holidays they equated to extra sleeping time. Truth be told, I'm just about certain it was all caused by boredom. Had you told me I was going to do something exciting on that next morning, I probably wouldn't have been able to sleep a wink. So really I wasn't in need of sleep, I was simply bored and sleep was a coping mechanism to pass the time away.

This is a perfect contrast of the ant and the elephant concept. When I was bored and wanting to laze my day away in bed, the ant side of my brain had control. My field of vision for the future was limited like the ability of an ant to see any distance because of his height limitations. All I could imagine was how wonderful it would be to enhance my idleness with sleep. It's also a defense mechanism to combat the rut of having the same routine day after day of going to work, doing my job, going home, and then sleeping. The highlight of that sentence in that scenario was the sleep portion! No wonder it was my goal!

Now in contrast, when your imagination is running rampant, sleep is the last thing you wish to do. This is the elephant side of your brain at work. Your imagination is sparked to foresee the wonderful events that lie in your future, the vision that is available to one who has the height of an elephant as opposed to the height of an ant. For me it was opening day of hunting season, going on a trip, deep sea fishing with my grandfather, or leaving on vacation. Those all fired my imagination to dream of all the wonderful outcomes that lie ahead for me. What wakes your sleeping elephant?

When you find an individual that holds sleep above all else, you've found a bored human being. Their ant has overruled their elephant. It's your job as a friend to inspire that person to dream again! They need to recall what fired their elephant, be it a vacation, an event that's about to take place, or a visit from a loved one. There is something that gives their life purpose. Help them find it once again!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bottoms Up!

"The reason more people don't get to the top is they fail to get off their bottoms!"-Chris Brady

What a profound statement! Defeating mediocrity is a battle that goes on in our souls daily. The victor is the one who puts in the effort. Is it easier to be a slob and not keep things neat and organized, or make the effort to have an orderly existence? Is it easier to be out of shape and obese, or practice the regiment needed to be fit, and disciplined in your meal plan? Isn't a greater effort required to be an exceptional student, or does a lackluster performance bring excellence results? Does it take much effort to be complacent about what goes on around you, or would the act of speaking up and demanding change require one to go the extra mile? All these questions, and so many more define the difference between just getting by, and a meaningful presence through effort.

So what's the reward? Well pride in one's self comes immediately to mind. A level of self respect not granted to those who chose to do the minimum. Income also has a place in this conversation. For what is income but a reward for effort? Are you doing the work necessary to maximize your income potential? There is also the reward for being the example. I don't think you can put a value on changing another's life for the better by being an example they look up to and having others emulate those principles. Then there is the gratification of improving your mind. Little compares to the swell of pride that is gained by achieving a level of enlightenment that eluded you previously.

Now what's the reward for a half hearted effort?

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Monday, February 13, 2012

Time To Vote!

The time has come for your voice to be heard! Elect your favorite leadership Guru by clicking on the link below and following the easy step by step instructions.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mandate This!

Way back in the late 1700's the men and women of this great nation decided to take a stand against tyranny. They rose up in defiance to secure their liberty, free from a monarch dictating the terms of their existence. No longer would they allow another human being to sit on high and mandate what their liberties would and would not be. They gave their lives and pledged their sacred honor to this cause. Here, 236 years later, we are back in the same battle.

There is a group of elected officials in Washington that has allowed the power of their office to go directly to their head. We actually have a President that is issuing mandates. Now I'm pretty familiar with just about all of the founding documents, and nowhere in any of them do I see the word mandate, nor is there any clause that issues power to anyone to enact a mandate. I challenge anyone to produce the word mandate in the paperwork that defines the parameters of this great nation. The founders avoided that word like the plague for a specific reason. It's the same reason they never used the word edict. They were tired of tyranny!

It's a sure sign we have taken our liberty for granted when we've become complacent or apathetic enough to allow our system to be abused like this. Honestly we need to do a self assessment. Are we a free people who cherish our liberty, or have we decayed into a people that suckle from the teat of government? I don't know about you my brothers and sisters, but I was weaned a long, long time ago. It's time to take our country back. The government is assaulting religious freedom, self reliance, and the very premise of liberty itself!

Are we Americans, or some spin off of a European socialist society? It's time to decide!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Desire Loop!

Have you ever had a desire? Ever wished upon a star for something that seemed unattainable? The evolution of a desire is an interesting process. It's birthed as a want, something you'd like to have. As that desire matures, it creates a demand. That demand is felt as a void, like something is missing in your life.When our lacking something it grows into a need. That reminds me of the old parable where a young man desires to become a knight. He seeks counsel with a wise old knight as to how to achieve his desire. The wise old knight rows him out to the center of the lake and tosses him overboard. The wise old knight then proceeds to hold him under the water till he fights his way to the surface gasping for air. The wise one asks him why he sought his advice. The young man screamed he wanted to be a knight. The wise one pushes him under again till the young man breaks free and explodes to the surface gasping for air. the question and the same process is repeated yet again. After the third dunking the wise old man tells the youth, "when you need to be a knight like you just needed air, your desire will become reality."

When you have a need in your life it creates an expectation. Successful individuals act on that expectation, and action creates results. Results give you the opportunity to evaluate, check those results against your expectation. This creates a crossroads. a less than desirable outcome either leads you toward disappointment, or a renewed plan of attack. Those who gain success ignore the disappointment and choose to move forward with renewed vigor, learning from the results. Those who don't end up punishing themselves and cycle back into the desire mode.

Do you have the where with all to see a desire through to the end victory?

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Thursday, February 9, 2012

God Bless America!

One of Hollywood's icons was paid to narrate a commercial during the Super Bowl by the auto industry to inform America that "it's only half time." Well that's one take, personally I feel it's a bit more serious than that. To use another football analogy we are in the two min. drill and down by 16 trillion. There is a sense of urgency! For example...

Today the Huffington Post reports that the Air force has removed the word God from the Latin logos on the side of their aircraft. The logo was recently removed, according to Forbes, after objections by the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.

Jason Torpy, president of the association, said the word "God" had no place in the logo because not all members of the military are religious. "We just hope (the Air Force) can provide more equal opportunities for atheists and humanists in the military."

The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military.

Now the First amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Now I know that Congress didn't mandate this, but the last phrase of that edict should end this controversy. No one should be permitted to prohibit the free exercise of religion. The aircraft doesn't promote a specific religion, they simply wear a logo that mentions God, our Creator, the Supreme Being. A higher power is the basis for every religion, so the reference should offend no one that is exercising the right granted by the First amendment to freely exercise religion.

There are many people in this great nation that would like you to believe we are at half time and there is no sense of urgency to the decline of our nation. They would love that America sit back thinking it's only half over and becoming complacent. It's not so bad, we have plenty of time to get back on track. Really?

God Bless!
Capt. Bill
(Yes, I said God!)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

All For One, And One For All!

Well the progressive movement has made a giant blunder now. In the interest of moving their agenda forward they have subverted the first amendment rights of the Catholic community. Now wether you believe in the teachings of the Catholic church or not, every citizen should understand this assault on what's noted as a God given right in our Constitution. The outrage shouldn't be limited to the Catholic community., but that in itself is quite enough. Here's why...

If the Catholic church followers should ever decide to unite, they number somewhere around eighty million strong. The amount of votes needed to win an election for President in this nation usually amounts to somewhere in the low fifty million range. As a voting block, this isn't a community you want to subject to infringing on their beliefs. They have the capability to kick you and your agenda to the curb. Perhaps they should take a page out of the AFL-CIO's playbook and hold a protest work stoppage day. How effective would it be if eighty million citizens decided to not participate in the economy. Not showing up to work, and not spending their income. They are known for their ability to fast! I think one day of this behavior would serve as a reminder that government has no business prohibiting the free exercise of religion. If need be a week would certainly drive home the point. As a united community the Catholic church is larger than any union, and should it seek to stretch it muscles would have a much more effective impact.

What if the Jewish nation added it's support? How about the Baptists? Let's add in the Christian community as a whole. Do you think that'd would remind Washington of the wording supplied to the citizens in the very first amendment?

United communities can make changes. The community organizer in chief understands that premise very well. He just doesn't believe we'd all find a common bond and unite to oppose one issue. That's a very bold gamble as this country hold religious freedom very dear and sacred. If we return to one of the main premises this country was founded upon and all unite for freedom, changes could be make quite quickly. The unions have nothing on us, their numbers are paltry in comparison. Time to flex our muscles people and take this country back from those who are trying to "fundamentally change" how it was founded!

God Bless
Capt. Bill

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"We're Mad As Hell!"

Creating an environment where people can grow starts with having a purpose worthy of one's commitment. We are all here on God's green earth by design, we have a purpose for our existence. Are you doing what you were called to do?

Being absolutely committed to growing people through a personal development system is an act of faith. You and the individual your working with have to sell out in your hearts that the vision matters, and all involved want to contribute and have a share in the results. Here is where the people who accomplish widen the gap from those who merely talk. This is the difference maker, or slight edge if you will!

We who offer the LIFE opportunity are not offering a product, we are merely spreading the truth. Aiding people in the act of self development isn't about profit. Anyone who thinks that is our purpose is missing the point. That's akin to thinking living life is about breathing. We have a purpose, and that purpose is you! We are going to affect one million lives and move the culture of this great nation back to one of responsibility and self reliance. Individuals who live a purpose driven life like Tim Tebow for instance, will no longer be an anomaly, but a normal part of society. The culture will be brought back from the brink of immorality.

Can you feel the momentum? The government has pushed us too far. The Catholic church has just awakened and decided they've been taken to the brink. Icons like Tebow have found favor with the public. We as a nation want this. The deceit and lack of accountability have lost favor, and a nation of moral guided, self reliant individuals are finding their voice. To coin a phrase, "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore."

The media can try to make a spectacle of the new age politicians like Rep Alan West, who boldly told the progressive left wing to "take their message elsewhere." It's not going to fly. American is moving the freedom shift toward individual freedom and away from the tyranny of government control, and LIFE will be there to guide those people in their journey back toward freedom. What you don't know can hurt you!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tribal Wisdom!

"You can't get to a good place in a bad way."

What a powerful statement! How many people on this earth could use this wisdom? It applies to everything we do, yet I've never heard it said before. It's origin is credited to a chief justice of a Navajo tribal court. There is so much to learn from everyone we meet, and everything we can read.

Politicians should take note and make this their mantra. Business leaders can gain from this philosophy. God knows I could have benefited from this in my youth. There are so many examples of us playing small and not trying to get to our highest level of achievement through the short cuts provided by unacceptable behavior. While it might return a short term gain, what has been sacrificed for short term satisfaction?

A smoker calms his nerves yet sacrifices his health.

A alcoholic self medicates their pain and escapes reality, but ruins their peak performance.

Adultery provides short term satisfaction yet demolishes long term relationships.

The list is endless!

The selfish striving for cheap short term satisfaction never pays off in the long run. It's safe to say that's the message this tribal leader was trying to pay forward with his wisdom. There are no shortcuts for achievement. As Orrin Woodward says, "Success never goes on sale." The principles for long term gratification are etched in stone, pay the price and earn the reward.....

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Which Is It?

Today I have a mishmash of things flowing through my brain, the majority of which are government inspired. One item that haunts me has to do with our tax code.

Here is a beauty. We give people a deduction for children, yet use the tax revenue to support foundations that promote birth control, abortion, and sterilization procedures. So which is it? Do we want to provide a tax incentive that increases the population, or use government tax dollars to deter birth? Is it only a certain type of citizen we wish to enjoy the right of parenting, or is justice equal under the tax code? I'm getting a mixed message, and this is the problem when you allow government to have it's hand in everything we do.

The purpose of the support toward foundations that provide birth control, sterilization procedures, and abortions is to limit the number of pregnancies by low income families. You see upper income families can afford those services on their own, without government assistance. They, (the desired ones?) are given tax incentives to have children, while lower income citizens are pointed toward government provided population control.

Call me silly, but if I were going to provide any service and avoid the appearance of granting special privilege, I'd take a pro-active education approach with responsibility and abstinence in mind, verses trying to shut the barn door after the horses got out government model. You know, like build a better nation of people by promoting personal responsibility, and self control, those sort of things. Who knows it might just spread to other areas of their lives and help them to rise out of poverty. At worse it'll aid them in becoming better parents.

Then there is the earned income credit tax issue. The same low income families that have dependents are given a tax break for exactly that reason. No money and children! Isn't that providing an incentive to create a family?

God loves children, and He certainly loves responsible parents and the family unit. Isn't that why He made it so simple to create life? The government doesn't have to provide incentives to reproduce, nor does it have to send mixed messages and provide contraception and abortion. It simply needs to do what the founding fathers appointed it to do. That is, free of the twisted interpretations that are used to abuse those privileges.

God Bless!
Capt Bill

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Vision Of Reality!

"Vision paints the picture of what we want to create. Systems thinking reveals how we have created what we currently have."- Peter Senge

When we grasp this concept we are off and running toward a whole new existence. If you really sit down and ponder this you begin to understand that most people, (the 95%er's if you will), do not comprehend that they are contributing to their current reality! With that fogging their perspective, they can't see how they can participate in changing that reality! Until you reach enlightenment, you constantly believe that your problems are created by somebody "out there" or by the "system." Only when you own the belief that your actions and belief system has led you to where you are now, can you move toward improving your existence.

The name of the game is generating change in your life, not reacting to the change. This my friends will create the "haves" from the "have nots." Do you own your reality? Are you fostering change, or being reactionary? Do you have a vision of where you want to be? Are you taking the necessary steps toward that successful outcome?

Dream a vision and create your own reality. That page in your book of life is yet to be written. Who will be the author?

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stalk Success!

Success has a base set of principles. John Maxwell has written about them in several of his books, as has a multitude of other authors. One of the principles that is often overlooked, yet stands out in my mind is the Law of Cause and Effect. So many people in this great nation view others success through a lense of luck, as if no preparation, planning or success-producing thinking was involved. Consequently those same people often view someone's bad luck as just another random set of circumstances. There are specific reasons these random luck swings occur, and the sooner the folks realize that they can begin to improve their "luck."

Suppose you were a deer hunter, would your luck improve if you set up your tree stand at 5th Avenue in New York City, or overlooking a well traveled deer run that has been scouted for signs of recent activity? Yet when that same hunter who did his due diligence scores a big buck, he was just plain lucky. Success is not an accident. The more you practice the laws of success, the better your chances become of achieving your defined goals.

So what holds you back from making the decision to lure success into your life? Is your tree stand in downtown NYC, or thoughtfully placed where success is in abundance? All great questions, and the answers define your chances of winning the prize.....

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Removing Limits!

Don't push personal growth; remove factors limiting that growth. I've found if you push someone toward a goal your likely to encounter a push back, or resistance. Clear the path toward that goal and encourage the individual to move in that direction! Promote the good they do and ignore the bad.

People who try to break a bad habit often come up against limits to growth. This is where positive reinforcement is the key. Those positive feelings uplifts them and creates a reinforcing spiral of improved behavior, creating a uplifting atmosphere and further improvement. Nothing promotes personal growth like the glow of achievement and the recognition of attaining that goal. It's the way to conquer limiting beliefs, which is a major barrier to growth.

If you desire to be a leader who develops leaders, understand the above principle and live it. It separates the positional manager from the true leadership candidate. I've also found it to be the most difficult to master. But then, no one said it was going to be easy...Just worth it!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill