Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,
In yesterday's newsletter, we focused on dreaming and dreaming big. Today's issue contains goal setting information and a variety of other empowerment resources. From dreams come goals. From goals come plans. From plans comes action if the dream is to become reality.
As most of you know, one of my passions is political literacy. The first essay today tells a chilling story of how far we have gone away from the fabric of this Constitutional Republic. Ignorance begets slavery and a lack of financial, economic, business and political literacy begets ignorance. It will be my pleasure to spend a couple of hours tomorrow with Mason Weaver as we put together the framework of his movie project and prepare for the launch of the New Underground Freedom Railway. As Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad" taught him...The wealthy build networks and the rest just go to work. The last article in this issue covers building an empowerment network FAST. We will be implementing the recommendations in our own networks in the the coming weeks.
To help you jumpstart your ACTION Plan for 2005, I am going to provide an issue of Essays on Excellence each day during the month of December. Should be a wealth of information to help you grow and prosper in 2005
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Declaration of Independence Banned
While the Claremont Institute normally does not send out more than one Precept in a day, we believed the breaking news concerning the Declaration of Independence might be of interest to Americans as they prepare for their Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow.
In the city of Cupertino, California, a fifth grade public school teacher at Stevens Creek School, Stephen Williams, has been prohibited by the principal from distributing the Declaration of Independence among other documents from the American Founding. Why? Because they mention God. Like the recent challenge to the Pledge of Allegiance, many Americans will view this as an outrage. It is. But it would be a mistake to think that striking down the Pledge or banning the Declaration or any other historical document from our public schools is a new development. The sad fact is that these actions are supported by more than fifty years of Supreme Court jurisprudence.
Carried to its logical conclusion, the position staked out by modern courts would prevent not only any mention of God in the classroom, but would render teaching the natural rights principles of constitutional government unconstitutional. In his dissenting comments in the 1985 case, Wallace v. Jaffree--which struck down an Alabama law allowing students a one-minute period of silent reflection as unconstitutional--Justice Rehnquist predicted that upon the arguments of the Supreme Court, the Pledge of Allegiance could also be held unconstitutional. Two years ago, Rehnquist's predication came true, as a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance represented an unconstitutional establishment of religion.
As Americans prepare to give thanks to God for the blessings they enjoy, many are asking why there is a concerted effort to drive God out of our schools and out of our public square. Modern Supreme Court jurisprudence regarding religion, and the all-too-familiar instances of students and citizens being prohibited from acknowledging the existence or authority of God, are symptoms of the liberal project to remake America. Thomas Krannawitter and Daniel Palm wrote this summer about the attempt by Los Angeles County to remove a cross from the county seal.
Liberals want to remove constitutional limitations on government power, and, at the same time, replace moral, free, self-sufficient citizens with needy, subservient citizens dependent on government. Removing God from the American mind advances both goals.Understanding that sound government and a free, moral society rest upon a belief in the "laws of nature and of nature's God," California passed a law in 1997 requiring public schools to teach the Declaration of Independence and other documents from the Founding period.
By prohibiting Mr. Williams from distributing the Declaration, not only is Stevens Creek School undermining legitimate civic education, they appear to be in direct violation of California law. John Eastman, director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, commented, "Unfortunately, our courts have abandoned the original meaning of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, and what we are witnessing today is the logical consequence of a half-century of misguided jurisprudence." Eastman, who also filed an amicus brief in the case of Newdow v. U.S., may be reached for comment by members of the media at (562) 900-3902.
Ten Steps To Goal Getting
by Zig Ziglar
These ten steps will help you achieve your goals in 2004.
1. Make the commitment to reach your goal. "One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest." Mary Crowley.
2. Commit yourself to detailed accountability. Record your progress toward your goals every night, and list the six most important things you need to do the next day. Daily discipline is the key to reaching your goals.
3. Build your life on a sold foundation of honesty, character, integrity, trust, love, and loyalty. This foundation will give you an honest shot at reaching any goal you have set properly.
4. Break your intermediate and long-range goals into increments.
5. Be prepared to change. You can't control the weather, inflation, interest rates, Wall Street, etc. Change your decision to move toward a goal carefully--but be willing to change your direction to get there as conditions and circumstances demand.
6. Share your "give-up" goals (i.e., give up smoking, being rude, procrastinating, being late, eating too much, etc.) with many people. Chances are excellent they're going to encourage you.
7. Become a team player. Remember: You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
8. See the reaching. In your imagination see yourself receiving that diploma, getting that job or promotion, making that speech, moving into the home of your dreams, achieving that weight-loss goal, etc.
9. Each time you reach a goal your confidence will grow so that you can do bigger and better things. After accomplishing any goal, record it in your journal, Weekly Planner or Palm Pilot.
10. Remember, what you get by reaching your destination isn't nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals--what you will become is the winner you were born to be!
SIX BEHAVIORS THAT INCREASE SELF-ESTEEM
by Denis Waitley
Following are six behaviors that increase self-esteem,
enhance your self-confidence, and spur your motivation. You
may recognize some of them as things you naturally do in
your interactions with other people. But if you don't, I
suggest you motivate yourself to take some of these
important steps immediately.
First, greet others with a smile and look them directly in
the eye. A smile and direct eye contact convey confidence
born of self-respect. In the same way, answer the phone
pleasantly whether at work or at home, and when placing a
call, give your name before asking to speak to the party
you want to reach. Leading with your name underscores that
a person with self-respect is making the call.
Second, always show real appreciation for a gift or
complement. Don't downplay or sidestep expressions of
affection or honor from others. The ability to accept or
receive is a universal mark of an individual with solid
Third, don't brag. It's almost a paradox that genuine
modesty is actually part of the capacity to gracefully
receive compliments. People who brag about their own
exploits or demand special attention are simply trying to
build themselves up in the eyes of others ? and that's
because they don't perceive themselves as already worthy of
Fourth, don't make your problems the centerpiece of your
conversation. Talk positively about your life and the
progress you're trying to make. Be aware of any negative
thinking, and take notice of how often you complain. When
you hear yourself criticize someone ? and this includes
self-criticism ? find a way to be helpful instead of
Fifth, respond to difficult times or depressing moments by
increasing your level of productive activity. When your
self-esteem is being challenged, don't sit around and fall
victim to "paralysis by analysis." The late Malcolm Forbes
said, "Vehicles in motion use their generators to charge
their own batteries. Unless you happen to be a golf cart,
you can't recharge your battery when you're parked in the
Sixth, choose to see mistakes and rejections as
opportunities to learn. View a failure as the conclusion of
one performance, not the end of your entire career. Own up
to your shortcomings, but refuse to see yourself as a
failure. A failure may be something you have done ? and it
may even be something you'll have to do again on the way to
success ? but a failure is definitely not something you
Even if you're at a point where you're feeling very
negatively about yourself, be aware that you're now ideally
positioned to make rapid and dramatic improvement. A
negative self-evaluation, if it's honest and insightful,
takes much more courage and character than the self-
delusions that underlie arrogance and conceit. I've seen
the truth of this proven many times in my work with
athletes. After an extremely poor performance, a team or an
individual athlete often does much better the next time
out, especially when the poor performance was so bad that
there was simply no way to shirk responsibility for it.
Disappointment, defeat, and even apparent failure are in no
way permanent conditions unless we choose to make them so.
On the contrary, these undeniably painful experiences can
be the solid foundation on which to build future success.
THE SECRETS OF WORKING NETWORK MARKETING FAST!
by Doug Firebaugh
I had an upline tell me when I was active, who has done 6
BILLION in this industry, that you need to work your
business fast, not slow... and it would become easier...
Oh... he was SO right!
If you work this business fast, and put the pedal to the
metal, it becomes easier and more rewarding...
1) "The right people have a tendency to show up if you work
this business fast... and the wrong people have a tendency
to show up if you work this business slow... "
So true... because when you work this business fast, you
exude a certain energy that attracts the right people, and
also they can see that you are someone that really wants to
get things done.
2) "You have a tendency to be more focused, more
determined, and more serious."
People who are determined, focused, and serious, do not
play with this business... they are like a heat seeking
missile... dead on to the target and won't be denied.
Working MLM slow has little appeal to them.
3) "Your thinking and mindset changes..."
When you kick it into overdrive, and do more activity in a
day than most do in a week, you will find your whole
perspective on this business changes, and you realize what
it really takes to succeed massively in MLM, and life
Are you working FAST or slow?
FAST in MLM stands for:
"Fuel Accelerating Success Track"
Truly, working this business fast is a Success Fuel for
SLOW stands for:
"Stagnation (and) Losing Overpower Winning"...
Seems that Stagnation and Losing many times becomes too
strong of a force to Win at MLM...when you work slow...
Yes, you can succeed at network marketing working it
slow... but most of the millionaires I have met (including
my former upline's success and mine) in the industry have
worked it in overdrive, to overcome stagnation and losing
in the long run...
What is your choice???
William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation
PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989