Leadership

11 May

I’ve been reading Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell and it’s really challenging me to get out of my comfort zone.

I’ve been calling more people, and building better relationships.  I admit it has been emotionally exhausting (yet, rewarding), and totally against my introverted nature.

But, I have to fight it.  This is life or death and I’m going to win!

My Mission Statement

7 May

“BUT there should be a DISTINCTIVE difference between WHO you are and WHAT you do.  That is the very objective of an individual mission/purpose statement.  The statement is a one-sentence declaration of who you are and should describe your very heart and soul.”  -David Byrd, Achievement

I am an inspiring, compassionate young man with a burning drive to help others succeed.

My Dream List

5 May

“Dreams are not goals, but they are the beginning of goals.” – David Byrd, Achievement
1.  Waterfront home with a large wrap around porch.

2. A music studio in my home

3.  State of the art indoor home theater

4.  Pool

5.  Large yard for grilling/barbecuing/having guests over

6. Guest home on our property for family

7.  Debt free!

8.  1000 a month at least tithing

9.  Help my family with their finances

10.  Send kids to college without having to get financial aid

11.  Afford to send children to good schools

12.  Have 2 or 3 cars in good condition and be able to afford all the regular maintenance

13.  Have enough property to have a couple well bred large breed dogs

14.  Taylor guitars

15.  Have an art studio

16.  Open my own cafe

17.  Have a home library full of excellent books that I head read from cover to cover

18.  Have a home with interior designed rooms to match my vision and personality

19.  Buy my wife a very expensive wedding ring

20.  Visit Ireland

21.  Visit Japan

22.  See all the “Wonders of the World”

23.  Take a long road trip all over the United States

24.  250 dollar dates very week with Michelle.

25.  Bible college in Germany!

26.  Frequent mission trips

27.  Vacation homes near both families

28.  Be able to support all of my missionary friends

29.  Home gym

30.  Lots of nice suits

My Vision Statement

3 May

Today is Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.  I open my eyes and see that the time is 8 AM.  I can hear birds.  I get up and fix breakfast for everyone, and get dressed for church.

Our house is a nice, cozy, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home not to far from Laguna Beach.

We have a young child with a bright future ahead.  We can afford to put him (or her) in the best schools.  Preschool is an option for us, but not necessary since we both work from home full time.  I NEVER have to feel that longing to be with my family.  I have that peace of mind;  that knowledge that I will not miss the first steps.  I will not give my child over to be raised by other people because I have to work to support my family.  I will not worry about the financial future of my children.  College will be paid for.  They will be provided with only the best.  Every opportunity will be theirs to take.

We drive to church in a good car.  I don’t even think about the mileage, or getting repairs done.  It’s a non-issue, now.  We have plenty of money in the emergency fund to deal with any car issue that comes our way.

Our relationships at church are very fruitful.  It’s a blessing for us to be able to spend so much time investing in the people we care about.  We serve each week, and before we all head out, I leave a check for 1000 dollars in the box.

I decide it’s a good day to take my family out for dinner.  We invite some friends and relatives as well.  It is my pleasure to pick up the tab.

I have very little stress to deal with.  I’m still getting used to the fact that in the back of my mind there exists no thought of whether or not I will have a job,  reach my goals, or achieve my dreams.

At home I spend time with my family.  We do things together.  I have plenty of time and resources to pursue my art and music.  It’s something I do because I love doing it.

Did I mention we have two dogs?  It’s no problem for us to have two Great Danes.  We can afford to support them in this family.  Vet bills are a non issue.

My family is healthy, secure, and well invested in.  I’m excited that when my child gets older, I’ll be there for everything.  Every show, every ball game, every science fair.  I will not miss a single one.

When one of us gets sick, the other is always home taking care.

I have built a strong relationship with my immediate family as well because I’m able to fly out to see them on a regular basis.  I’ve helped my parents and brothers get out of debt so we can all be together and not have those things to stress over.

I love my life.

From Uncomfortable to Comfortable

30 Apr

Doing things out of my comfort zone is becoming a common practice.  I’ve found that as I do more things out of my comfort zone, they begin being comfortable for me to do.  This is going to be a key to my success.

Our organization grew by three people this week.  The evidence of momentum is astounding, and very encouraging.

Team Wood Has Arrived

29 Apr

Today we made it to the manager position with Prepaid Legal.  It’s encouraging to look back and see how little we did to get this position, and how easy it will be to duplicate with our associates.  We’ve created momentum.

Our vision is to completely penetrate the market in WV, and move on from there.  There are a lot of hurting people out there that need our product and need to be part of our business.

A celebration is on for tonight!

Put Through the Fires

27 Apr

It’s the end of the month, and we have goals to reach.  I keep thinking of how daunting they are; how small our chances really are.  I keep thinking of how small the window is for us to reach our goal.  It’s close to insurmountable.

At the same time, our goal could become a reality.  There is a window of opportunity.  It will require me to make myself very uncomfortable – to do things I wouldn’t normally do and are not comfortable doing.  I’m being put through the flame this week.

Regardless of what happens, today is my chance to make the right decisions and do those small things that lead to success.  It’s a liberating feeling to be able to take the helm and get to where you want to go.

My days of sitting around and dreaming of what could be have come and gone.