The Financial Matrix

The Financial Matrix, like the fictitious Matrix in the film, is a system of governmental money control designed to keep people in bondage to debt (control the flow of capital & you control the masses & a culture of borrowing).

This seven minute video peels back a few layers of the onion and, more importantly, offers real-time solutions.

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The Financial Matrix

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The LLR Corporate Development Program (overview)

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In a Slump? Well . . .

Well – God’s not through with you yet . . . & neither should you be.
Do the next right thing, then the next & leverage up from there.

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Strike-Out

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4 Ways Leaders can Construct their Lives for the Long Haul

April 10, 2018 By Eric Geiger | Original

The headline of The Ringer article successfully grabbed my attention: “LeBron James’s Life Is Constructed to Keep Him on the Court.” And the details in the article from the podcast are fascinating, such as the statement that LeBron invests 1.5M a year in his body. He has replicated the team gym at his home, has multiple trainers, multiple chefs, masseuses, and understands the science on how to sleep. “Everything he does in his lifeConquer Self is constructed to have him play basketball and to stay on the court and to be as healthy as possible.” And the results are staggering. He is playing some of his best, if not the best basketball of his career as a thirteen-year veteran.

What does LeBron’s 1.5M-a-year fitness regime have to do with leaders? A lot, actually. Because he loves the game so much and is committed to playing at a high level, he is committed to investing in himself. He is committed to putting his body through grueling workouts instead of simply celebrating what he has already accomplished. Like LeBron, leaders must value their health more than their comfort. No, you likely don’t have 1.5 million you can invest in yourself, but you still must invest in yourself. Leaders must construct their lives for the long haul. Here are four ways to do so. (None of this is original or new … but it is important.)

  1. Invest in yourself physically

You don’t have to be a health nut and gym rat to be a leader, but you should invest in yourself physically if you want to lead for the long haul. Exercise, eating healthy, and healthy sleep patterns are proven to give you more energy and mental clarity. It costs money to invest in yourself physically. New running shoes, a gym membership, and eating healthy are not cheap. But they are cheaper than the cost of not taking care of yourself physically.

  1. Invest in yourself mentally

Whether taking classes, attending conferences, or reading books, investing in yourself mentally is an investment. It costs. And even if the resources are free, time is required. But if you stop learning, you will eventually stop leading.

  1. Invest in yourself emotionally

The pressure on leaders will take a toll. If leaders don’t rest, the pressure compounds and leaders can become numb to others or lash out in anger. You must rest. You must find something that helps you recover emotionally.

  1. Invest in yourself spiritually

The apostle Paul told Timothy, the younger pastor he invested in: “Train yourself in godliness. For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8). In other words, much more important than physical training is training yourself in godliness, in pursuing Christlikeness through the spiritual disciplines of the faith. We waste immense amounts of time in our lives, but prayer, reading the Scripture, fasting, gathering with other believers, and solitude and stillness are never a waste of time.

Plato said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” While leading self is the hardest person to lead, the better we are at leading ourselves, the better we will be at leading others. If we don’t invest in ourselves, we are not constructing our lives for the long run.
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Eric Geiger serves as a Senior Vice President at  LifeWay Christian Resources , leading the Resources Division.  Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from  Southern Seminary . Eric has authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the bestselling church leadership book, Simple Church. His latest releases are Designed to Lead and How to Ruin Your Life

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But What About the People who Don’t Care?

by Seth Godin

How do we work with someone who doesn’t seem to care?

I have a hard time believing that people can’t care. I think tI Dont Carehat they often don’t see. They don’t see what we see, or interpret it differently.  Or if they see, they see something you don’t see. But if they saw what you saw, and it was related to how they saw themselves, they’d act differently.

The gap is usually in the difficulty of getting the non-owner to see a path to happiness that comes as a result of acting like an owner. Most people are taught to avoid that feeling. Because it always comes with another feeling–

— the dread of responsibility.

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When Your Ideas get Stolen

(stolen from) by Seth Godin

A few meditations:

Good for you. Isn’t it better that your ideas are worth stealing? What would happen if you worked all that time, created that book or that movie or that concept and no one wanted to riff on it, expand it or run with it? Would that be better?Stolen Ideas2

You’re not going to run out of ideas. In fact, the more people grab your ideas and make magic with them, the more of a vacuum is sitting in your outbox, which means you will prompted to come up with even more ideas, right?

Ideas that spread win. They enrich our culture, create connection and improve our lives. Isn’t that why you created your idea in the first place?

The goal isn’t credit. The goal is change.
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Have fun, make money,make a difference; it’s the life you’ve always wanted!

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Digital Now, Transformation Later

We’ve recently made a strategic move to digital promotion (via audio & video). The delta (in terms of change in execution) is still lagging as the desire not to embrace the relatively new medium slowly recedes from the status quo.

I saw this article in Adweek & was semi-comforted to know that we’re not the only ones…

“For brands, digital transformation usually centers on optimizing the customer experience.”

by Dan Tynan, Adweek (excerpt) | February 25, 2018

When it comes to digital transformation, most brands have the digital side down. They’re using Adobe or Salesforce marketing cloud, Sprout or Sprinklr for social engagement, RedPoint Global or Segment to manage customer data, and so on. Hyper Speed

It’s the transformation that’s the hard part. Because it’s not just about having the right tools, it’s about having the right kind of organization, operating model, talent and mindset, says Jason Heller, partner and global lead for digital marketing operations and technology at McKinsey & Co.

“Most companies are technology rich but insight and execution poor,” he says. “They have the technology, they just aren’t using it properly.”

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Did Jesus Actually Say That?

Culture is interesting. It often pushes back on what it does not understand – or on what doesn’t fit into the dominant or trending worldview – especially on “hot topic” issues.

I blog (obviously). I don’t currently Vlog (Video Blog). So this blog gives expression to the things I’d like to communicate; it’s my voice in written form. I’ve had discussions about one’s ‘Ontic Referent’ & have also written about it, hereWhat Jesus Said

I’ve often gotten involved in a theological conversation, especially in church, and mentioned “Oh, I just said that on my Apologetics Blog.” The other person knows it’s “in writing” – but it’s my writing – so I’ve “said” it . . . without speaking it.

That being said – I’ll sometimes get someone who says “Jesus never said that!” And, if they mean “never uttered those exact words” – they ’re technically correct. However, let’s look at the Gospel of John

John 1:1-4 The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.

Jesus, “The Word” (another name for Jesus) became flesh). He (Jesus) is God & has been God from the beginning. All things, which would  include God’s Word (which is also Jesus’ Word) were created through Him.
So whether one is reading the written words of Jesus in the Old Testament – OR Jesus’ actual spoken words in the New Testament – one is reading the words of Jesus, a.k.a. the Word.

Often, Jesus did not directly address certain issues because they had already been addressed . . . in His Word within the Old Testament. There was therefore no need to repeat Himself.

Thus, regarding culture, be careful of the things you think Jesus didn’t say – because if it’s in the Bible . . . Jesus said it. He communicated it to us.

Period.

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The Bannister Method

Excellent strategy – @ LIFE Leadership, we label it ‘P.D.C.A‘ (Plan, Do, Check & Adjust)
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by Seth Godin

Roger Bannister did something that many people had said was impossible.

He ran a mile in four minutes.

The thing is, he didn’t accomplish this by running a mile as fast as he could. Bannister

He did it by setting out to run a mile in four minutes.

Bannister analyzed the run, stride by stride. He knew how long each split needed to be. He had colleagues work in a relay, pacing him on each and every section of the mile.

He did something impossible, but he did it by creating a series of possible steps.

It’s easy to get hung up on, “as possible.” As fast, as big, as much, as cheap, as small…

The Bannister Method is to obsess about “enough” instead.

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