My “Inner Voice”

16 08 2012

Well over ten years ago now, we were introduced to, and confronted with truth. A program of personal development created by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, was introduced to us by my now great friend and mentor Bill Lewis. The personal development program is called TEAM.

Having worked for the State of Michigan nearly 20 years at the time, I was confronted with my “Inner Voice”. Yes, we all have one (some of us have more than one) that speaks to us with truth. We can deny things all we want, but we know truth when confronted with it.

The following are some truths my inner voice was shouting very clearly!

I was a poser in my walk of faith

I was a poor example of a husband and father

I had created a debt my wife did not deserve

My occupation had become my primary focus

These four are plenty for this post. When Bill contacted me on the phone, I had no idea who he was, but we had a mutual friend named Carrie Will. When Bill asked me if I had ever heard of Orrin Woodward, I honestly had not. When he explained to me that Carrie had told him I was a sharp person and he was expanding a leadership team in the area, my inner voice (ego) said yes I have been a leader of lots of people for a long time. funny heh?

I explained to Bill that I was a supervisor and really did not need to read as he asked me if I had read a book called the “Cashflow Quadrant”. I’ll bet he thought I was an idiot. Well, to help you understand, I did read the book and that is how I know I was a financial moron. I had no stinking clue what that book was talking about. Talk about a wake up call!

You see a leader takes responsibility, listens to the inner voice of integrity and character, and then makes a decision based on his or her courage to do the right thing.  A leader by definition not only does not do what is the wrong thing, but also does what is the morally right thing. My financial decisions at that point in my life were made based on what made me feel good. That was my inner voice that received the most attention no matter what the outcome was. My financial choices were made based on how it made me feel. How selfish is that?

As I began to get involved with the leadership program that Orrin and Chris were establishing, my courage improved. When management at work would ask me to do things that I knew directly violated union contracts, I had the character and the courage to make my choice based on the correct moral solution. Many times today, natural resource management decisions are based on how they may impact the state’s budget, not necessarily what is truly in the best interest of the protection of the resource. And that is what I took an Oath to do when I was hired! My inner voice has spoken very loud and clear lately, as a result of one of the states largest wildfires in history that burned nearly 25,ooo acres. Nearly 100 structures were burned, and the truth is, suppression efforts are not what stopped the forward spread of the fire, GOD did. It is known as Lake Superior!  My inner voice is wishing I would have been more vocal with the recommendations I made for forest treatments. Praise GOD, no one was hurt or killed.

Lastly, This thing called Team, has led Sherry and I both down a path to restore our Faith. And that my friends, is the decision that has improved every part of our lives. That decision affects every part of a person’s life. The Biblical principles that this great nation was founded upon have deteriorated to a point where Sponge Bob cartoons are what is looked to to entertain our youth. How sad!

Sherry and I were recently honored to host Oliver and Rachael DeMille at an International Leadership Conference in Wisconsin. What an amazing man. Oliver explained to us that no one is really looking out for our grandchildren to tell them the truth!

Well ladies and gentlemen, someone is! They are Team and they have launched and education program called LIFE that is sweeping the world with truth. We find it so easy to blame others for the situation that our lives are in today.

We certainly have a long way to go and a short time to get there, but please do this. Ask yourself and have your inner voice be truthful

How is my faith?

How is my relationship with my wide and family?

How is my financial situation?

Has my job become the most important thing?

Am I making choices based on integrity and character or what makes me feel good?

Am I making my choices based on integrity and character regardless of what others think?

What will people say about me when I’m gone?

We all have a duty to fix things. I encourage you, come join Team Leadership!

Ladies and Gentlemen, my inner voice is “The Holy Spirit”

Your inner voice may tell you this is hard, BUT…..

Your children deserve it!!

GOD Bless

Brian








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