Twelve Step Vision – After thoughts

by bobsanders49

In my post “12 Step Vision”, I left the reader with an admonition to seek by following feelings and promptings. I have since come to realize that it is an extremely unusual occurrence for The Lord to say: “Go dial 555-555-1234 and ask for training in the xyz business”. I have heard of rare occasions where someone dialed a wrong number and good came from it, but that is the exception that proves the rule.

So, what am I trying to say? Simply this: please allow me to give you some specific guidance.

Where I and my wife Maggie have chosen to go is in the direction of Living Intentionally For Excellence (LIFE). LIFE is built around the 8F’s of Faith, Family, Finance, Following, Freedom, Friends and Fun.

For Faith, we have chosen The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will be happy to discuss our choice with anyone who is also committed to living intentionally for excellence.

Families are determined by the “genetic lottery” so no amount of argument or persuasion will make or unmake someone a family member. The point here is to avoid a family member legally changing their name and moving away like someone in witness protection! Hopefully all the family will agree on the other 7 of the F’s.

Finance. This is a big one. Why? Mostly because the education system always lags behind. The industrial age model is: go to college, get a degree, work for a good company, retire on a good pension. 95% of the population still believe that. 5% don’t. Obviously the 5% are wrong, right? Maybe. If the 95% are right, then why do

  • 94% of all 65 year-old’s have less than $35,000 per year to retire on? 

In my own opinion, the United States and other industrialized nations are 95% poor! There is no reason, other than ignorance and apathy, why at least half of us could not have a $50,000 lifestyle working no more than 4 hours per week!

Oh, I hear the Socialists, screaming how wrong I am. Fine. I’m not talking to them. If you are a Socialist, or one of the “compassionate people”, who just happen to agree with much of the Marxist philosophy, I have nothing but opposition for you here. But, If you agree with at least some of the philosophy of Ayn Rand in her book “Atlas Shrugged”, then this may be worth a read.

In the book, the heroes were business owners. Industrial Age to be sure. The problem with creating Industrial Age businesses is that the Industrial Age has passed. It is now the Information Age. Am I advocating you Google “get rich” and take the first offer presented? Absolutely NOT! So, how can half of the 95% retire on more than $50,000 per year after working a whole 5 to 10 years?

It requires a specific combination of attributes, personal and economic. First: Personal.

Only those who are Looking for this kind of income opportunity are likely to find it. Self evident? Maybe. The real problem is in belief. Most of the 95% do not believe that such a thing is possible. Most of those who do believe, feel that it requires some sort of moral or legal perversion to make it happen. Yes GOD created many “honest poor” but I don’t see how that fits in the vision of the Prophets of the Thousand Years of peace and abundance.

 I have come to the conclusion that scarcity is not what The Lord desires for us. For example:
“I, the Lord, am willing, if any among you adesire to ride upon horses, or upon mules, or in chariots, he shall receive this blessing, if he receive it from the hand of the Lord, with a bthankful heart in all things.”  (D&C 62:7)

The key word here is DESIRE. Should you desire wealth?

“And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get awealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”(Detutronomy 8:17)

How is giving you wealth going to establish HIS covenant?
 “And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to ado good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” (Jacob 2:19)
Are you under any obligation to “seek” wealth?

“He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them tenapounds, and said unto them, bOccupy till I come.

But his acitizens hated him, and sent a bmessage after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these aservants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been afaithful in a very little, have thou bauthority over ten cities.

And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

For I afeared thee, because thou art an baustere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have arequired mine own with busury?

And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

For I say unto you, That unto every one awhich hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.” (Luke 19:12-26)

Do you have the “Talent” of attracting wealth?
How do you know if you never try?
If you do, and you do not develop it, will that have Eternal implications?
In my prospective, the 95% work just as hard building their Employer’s vision or dream as they would if they built their own dream. To say you do not have “The Talent” to create that 50 to 100 thousand dollar lifestyle is to say you are not talented enough to be valuable to an employer. It has very little to do with talent. It has to do with preference. So I ask again: Could that not have eternal progression implications?
While it is true we are not held accountable for truths that have not been revealed to us, it is true that we have a basic responsibility to “seek and find”, to “knock” in order to get the door to open. If you are not “looking” I have nothing for you.
The Second requirement is Ambition. That is more of a preference. Some people are just not ambitious. Hippocrates classified all humanity into four types of personality: The Aggressive, the Passive, the Playful and the Detailed. He called them: Choleric,  Phlegmatic, Sanguine and Melancholy. Can a passive person be ambitious? Since GOD created him that way, how can he be held accountable for not being ambitious? That is a very good question. So, let me ask another: Should not the passive person be ambitiously seeking his eternal welfare? Should he not be ambitious about raising a righteous generation? It turns on the question: what are you ambitious about? If you are not ambitious about your finances, then the best I can offer is a list of sources for information on whatever you are ambitious about. If you are ambitious about money, keep reading.
The third qualification is to be Teachable. This also has the ring of “obvious” to it. How can an employee who has not been trained in business ownership go into business and hope to succeed? Why am I writing about business? What if you don’t want to run a business? Well, then I must ask: How else will you be able to “clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.”?
I suppose you could marry someone who is wealthy. If you are born into great wealth you may be a “trust fund baby”. And, don’t forget there are always those who think force or fraud are legitimate ways to accumulate money, but I doubt they have any intention of using it for “doing good”. If you believe all wealthy people got their wealth by any of the above methods, you are not teachable. I have nothing for you.
The final requirement is Character. Are you honest? Really? Do you keep appointments you agree to? Do you say things people want to hear, just to avoid “unpleasantness”? That is a very Phlegmatic trait, but no excuse. Honesty is honesty. If you can’t be honest about what you will or will not do, I have nothing for you.
So, now I ask: do I have something for you?
If so, you will be willing set aside 15 minutes to receive the 2 CD’s and the book I will loan you.
Set aside next Thursday at 8pm in Sandy, UT to meet the community.
Listen to both CD’s.
Read the book.
Then decide.
At this point I have but two observations:
1- My physical unfitness is a metaphor for the rest of my life and
2- I will have more to say, in a positive vein, in a later blog.
This is actually leadership. My opinion is so completely aligned with Orren and Chris, the best I can do is refer you to their book:
Ask yourself: Do I want to be a better leader of my Wife and Children? Do I want to be looked upon as a leader by my larger family? What about my Church Community? Would being a better leader at work pay more? How can I hope to reach ” …the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:13)  if I shy away from leadership?
In my opinion, this does have “eternal progression” implications. For the non-Mormons, that means the Mormons who don’t want to be leaders don’t really want to become “Gods” like they preach is possible. Too strong? Maybe I don’t understand my own doctrine. You tell me: what does it mean:
“Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Young’s Literal … ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who is in the heavens is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Is The Father not a leader?
Is there nothing more you can learn about leadership?
or how about this:
“Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from aeverlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be bgods, because they have call power, and the angels are subject unto them.” (D&C 132:20)
If that is not leadership, then I know nothing at all about anything.
Are we more or less free as a people that our ancestors were who lived 100 or 200 years ago?
There were 56 signers of the Declaration of  Independence. The US Population was around 3,000,000.  Each signer represented around 53,571 people.  I believe the reason we are loosing our freedom is because we are missing the 5,357,100 leaders like the founding fathers, our current population requires.
If a leader Must be Hungry for change, Caring for those who follow him, Willing to learn how to do better and personally Honorable, then:
Politicians are NOT leaders!
Bureaucrats are NOT leaders!
News anchors are NOT leaders!
University professors are NOT leaders!
Who is leading us to greater FREEDOM?
That is why we are “loosing it”!
If you get stuck on the freeway and don’t have the money for a tow truck, are you going to post in Facebook for help?
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
There is more to friendship than “liking” a Facebook post.
How much more fun can you have with a 5-figure monthly income than without it?
Comments are welcome.