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Who Even Wants to Reclaim Their Legacy?

By Dennis Petersen

close up headshot of Dennis PetersenLegacy is one of those words that are stuffed with meaning, but  our generation has almost forgotten what the word even means, so why should anyone want to ‘reclaim’ it?

What do you think of when you hear the word?  If I were to ask you, “What do you think is your legacy?” what would you tell me?  Is it the economic ‘inheritance’ you leave to your family?   Is it some of the intangible qualities of your life that you think others might remember you for?  For some, it might be a tradition or an institution that was shaped by their participation.  Whatever it is, it’s made up of lots of things that cross the ‘bridge’ of your life from all that went into your heritage to all that is received by your posterity (the next generation).  Is it something worth consciously reclaiming?

I believe a true ‘legacy’ is built on the foundation of truth itself and supports several essential ‘pillars’ that leave an undeniable benefit for those who follow your lead.  At least five major principles of life contribute to our legacy and they each strengthen one another.

Five Major Principles of Legacy

Character grows from the seedbed of truth and inevitably stirs our desire to pass along what we’ve learned through the education of others.

Personal Development is a life-long process of increasing transformation out of darkness into light.  One of the most primary domains of personal development surrounds all the aspects of what constitutes our health and wellness, both materially and spiritually.

Health and Wellness enables us to be creative and productive so we can generate varying manifestations of wealth that can affect generations to come.

Wealth is a powerful tool that enables us to influence others.  When grounded in God and truth your wealth must be cherished as a ‘trust’ that is managed with God’s kingdom purposes in mind.

Influence is enabled by all the previous ‘pillars’ that Providence has built into our lives and should clearly be an effective ‘platform’ to establish a society-wide acknowledgment of the truth that is constantly at war with the deceptions and darkness that constantly tries to hide it.

Pop Culture has Obscured Legacy Consciousness

Looking at our culture and our generation today, everywhere I turn I see deception and distortion in all the areas of our legacy.  Truth is thought by many to be ambiguous, changeable and irrelevant.  Character is so compromised that it seems normal  when we don’t even trust ourselves.  Education is so corrupted and ‘politically correct’ that the basic life skills are marginalized and history is ‘rewritten.’  Health and Wellness is failing badly as nature is ignored in favor of synthetic ‘remedies’ and even synthetic ‘foods.’  Wealth is perverted by forgetting the purpose of it to establish Godly influence in human lives.  And influence has become more about ‘buying’ power than leading others to discover the truth.

I believe that we live in a generation that is rediscovering the timeless reality that we all pass on a legacy.  Rather than just living day to day for the fleeting pleasures of here and now, a legacy-minded man or woman deliberately considers life as a gift not to be wasted and all these really important things are ‘invested’ in the light of a multi-generational perspective.

The Personal Challenge

Will you be pro-active with your legacy?  Will you seek to maximize the influence you will have on your generation by taking the truth to heart and engaging the challenges of a distorted view of these five areas of life?  If so, you’re bound to have opportunities to stretch yourself as early as tomorrow.  And once you’re stretched you’ll never be the same.  The legacy you leave will be increasingly appreciated by those whose lives you influence.

The Biblical Mandate

“We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.”

Psalm 78:4-8

12 Personal Development Dynamics that will Enhance Your Life so you can Enhance the lives of others

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Personal-growth-550Imagine you just got a direct message from God that your efforts in a critical area will soon be rewarded! You’re excited… Are you ready for your marching orders now? Imagine that his next download to your brain is this: “Take action today on that excellent thought you just had.” That’s a pretty straight forward simple command. Are you ready to take his command to heart?
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Within the providence of our Creator, the only way you can truly prosper in life is to bring benefits, advantages, profits or blessings into the lives of others. Once we grow up enough to realize that in order to harvest a crop you have to plant and cultivate a seed, we can be free to focus on others and not be so worried about ourselves and our self interests all the time. But that takes some extraordinary self control and openness to adjust our natural tendencies to fear everything around us that appears to threaten our personal prosperity and peace of mind.

Think about it. Do you want to get off the vicious cycle of self-centered anxiety that tends to make us think we have to dominate others or trick them into giving us what we want? There are reasons why more than 90% of the people around our society are anxious about temporal things continually and lacking the abundant life that we were designed by our Creator to experience.
Have you heard the basic principle of the law of the harvest? The Golden Rule? If you want to make a change in your destination you have to make a change in your direction. As you take the high road of developing yourself and becoming more of what you were created to be, you are then able to help others do the same and experience more of the abundant life that is available to them.
And because we were put into a tangible world filled with stuff to be developed and expanded with the touch of our own creativity and resourcefulness, we inevitably have to get mature about the use and management of the stuff that is on loan to us for this fleeting ‘vapor’ we call our life.
I believe that these suggestions will help you accomplish more, discover more, profit more and add more to whatever your business is about… even inviting more people to your cause, your project, your business and your community.
If you are one of the people who have chosen to participate in a project or business that is all about building a network of team members for a special cause or enterprise, you MUST understand something that great leaders have discovered. It’s simply this: that IF you become a better person, you WILL attract better people to you – just the kind of people you want on your team. AND you will inevitably enlarge your influence. You may think it is only a great script or book full of facts that influences people to take action. In reality it’s much more. The words and the facts must be made vibrant through HOW you actually say things and WHO you are to the person when you are talking to them. IF you improve your life and how you feel about yourself, the dynamic energy that you send out will be greater and more compelling so that people will actually want to be around you.

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Good Fortune Is Not About Chance

Keys-To-SuccessGood Fortune Is Not About Chance
By Dennis Petersen
Reclaiming Your Legacy show #167 aired 04-15-2014 and 06-02-2015

Good fortune and prosperity has virtually nothing to do with chances.

I read that: “the odds of becoming a huge success are so low because it’s insanely tough.”

If you think your success is a matter of “odds” like winning the lottery then you’ve probably swallowed the lie that you are a victim of your circumstances rather than the architect of your choices.

While you rest in the conscious humility of dependency on God, don’t ever forget that God expects you to determine your vision, your mission and your objectives while you trust Him for His guidance. His grace takes up where your effort leaves off.

The choice is yours. You can give 13 Reasons Why You Will Never Be Successful or you can decide to be a winner instead of a whiner.

The changes you decide to make for your journey in life will demolish those casino “odds” against you because you decide to take some very simple actions. They’re simple, but not easy. It’s largely in your mind. Are you ready to make major changes in your life? Let’s get to it. Here are 13 factors why you will either choose to be successful or choose to resist success.

A Word to Delete from Your Vocabulary

Do you want to make one of the most important decisions that can positively change your life starting today perhaps more than anything else you can do?

I’m completely convinced that many of us and those around us are far more capable of being much more productive, more influential and happier than they ever dreamed.  Is it possible that just one word can ignite a beacon-light of hope for you today?  Is there a word that can make a 180 degree change in your future?

Before we get into this… if you have had a tough day, or even a rough year watch this amazing 5 minute video about a girl born without legs.  I guarantee, you’ll be challenged and encouraged to eliminate a word from your speech too.

Just to rattle your cage a little, let me ask you something.  Do you want to completely sabotage your life, destroy your potential, and ultimately look back on a life of wasted years with intense regret? Of course you don’t. No one WANTS that. But for many people, their actions — and more importantly their attitude — are leading them down a road of self-destruction that will ultimately lead them to such an undesirable final destination.

That road’s name is “I Can’t Boulevard” and it’s full of millions upon millions of unsuccessful, complacent, and mediocrity-filled men and women.

Yes, many of these people are also good hearted and well meaning, but unfortunately they’re stuck in a big fat rut with their health, their body, their income, their marriage, their career, or their relationships. And they are stuck because of their attitude, because of the phrase, “I can’t”.

I can’t achieve a body like that. I don’t have the genetics.

I can’t make a six figure salary. What skills do I have?

I can’t fix my marriage. It’s too far gone.

I can’t be an entrepreneur. That’s too risky.

I can’t. I can’t. I can’t. Enough!

This negative “can’t do” mentality is holding them back.

As employees, when a problem arises, they’d rather tell you about every potential solution that WON’T work instead of spending their time focusing on finding the one solution that will work.

Whine.  Complain.  Negative thoughts.  Negative words.  Negative action.

Fact is, when it all boils down, how you handle the problems and obstacles that arise in your life will determine whether you excel and soar like an eagle, or if you remain grounded in a chicken coop full of other self-limiting thinkers.

You see, problems and obstacles are OPPORTUNITIES for leaders. Are you a leader? You can be a leader, if you learn to RESPOND like a leader.

Leaders fix problems. Leaders learn from problems. Leaders grow from problems. Leaders become BETTER LEADERS because of problems.

Other folks, however, let problems and obstacles consume them, control them, and serve as the fuel for rationalizing their many excuses.


“I can’t eat healthy while traveling. It’s too hard.”

Yes you can. FIGURE. IT. OUT. Thousands of people do it (while hundreds of thousands don’t). What separates the few from the many? Simple. You can’t just “wing it” and hope it all goes well. Of course, if you do that, you’re going to fail. You have to have a plan – a plan for success – and you need to map it out in advance. Know where you’ll be and when you’ll be there.  Create options for success.  Creating a plan is creating a blueprint to solve your problems.

“My spouse and I can’t get along. My marriage is going down the tubes.”

Start with yourself and change the things about YOU that cause your spouse to react negatively to you. If you deal with the needs of your spouse, you will automatically have a much happier relationship and in turn you’ll find that conflict becomes less frequent. But, that’ll never happen as long as you’re pointing fingers in any direction other than back at yourself. Before long, once they see your changes, your spouse will also want to change to please you. Why? Because the relationship now becomes one of meeting each other’s needs again.  Isn’t that the way it once was?  I guess most relationships begin in a place of mutual admiration don’t they?   The first step begins with you; your spouse will follow.

“I can’t have a successful business. I wouldn’t even know where to start.”

FIND OUT WHERE TO START. What does that even mean? Do you think anyone who has a successful business magically knew where to start? No, they didn’t. Talk to people who have done what you want to do. Hire a coach. Get the support you need to succeed. OR, just stop being negative long enough to do a little research on your own. That’s where you start.

If you want to excel and move into a place of success, you have to see yourself there and ACT, TALK, and WALK like you belong in that league.

Bottom line, leaders accelerate and excel while others remain stagnant. Do you want to be a leader? The #1 quality of a leader is having a positive, problem-solving, “can do” attitude. Leaders find solutions because they relentlessly LOOK for solutions instead of focusing on the problem. They breed positivity and suffocate negative thinking. Leaders CHOOSE to view problems as opportunities. Leaders are refined and fine-tuned by the continual problem-solving process.

Leader’s don’t say “I Can’t”. Instead, they just move toward making what they want to happen, happen.

Do you want to be successful? Eliminate all the excuses and self-limiting beliefs that are keeping you from living the life you want to live. Get rid of all the negative thinking surrounding your career, your relationships, and your health. Abandon all the reasons you “can’t” and find the solutions that will allow you to make your wants a reality.

You MUST adopt a leader’s mindset.

LEAD your career. LEAD your home. LEAD your health.

How do you do that? You do that by taking charge of your life and by finding solutions to the obstacles that stand in the way of where you are now, and what you want to achieve.

If you’re not living the life you want to live, you can change that, starting now.
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What does it take to Live a Really Good Life – A Life filled with Legacies?

By Dennis Petersen © 2012

In our materialistic world we sometimes forget the common sense reality that we all know deep down that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). The ultimate expression of life is not something you can necessarily measure by a paycheck or the car in your driveway.  It’s not about the amount in your bank account or the glamour of your dwelling.  In my opinion, the big question is: “are you living the good life?”

It’s clear that God has put inside of man the conscious desire to have a good life.  King David wrote Psalm 34:12, “What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?”  And then proceeds to give some extremely wise counsel on how to achieve that ‘good life’ by watching our words and our actions while we pursue peace.

  Here’s what we must ask constantly. “What, for me, would be a good life?” In fact, go a step further and ask “What, for me, would be a great life?”  And, if you don’t want to fall into a ho-hum roller-coaster of highs and lows, from boredom to anxiety, you have to keep going over and over your list.  It should include things like: personal development and spirituality, economics and financial well-being, health and vitality, relationships and recreation.  What would constitute a good life for you?  Before we look at a short list of some of the most valuable characteristics of ‘the good life’ how would you like to have a simple roadmap to steer you in the right direction toward that good life – just in case you may find yourself a little lost on some back country dirt road that isn’t exactly the smooth highway that you were expecting at this stage of your journey?

Every one of us eventually discovers the reality that we all have choices about how we live our life.  Those choices are formed by many factors and we might tend to think that external experiences, over which we have no control, might be the most important.  However, our attitudes, our philosophies and our beliefs have proven to be so instrumental in determining our course in life, that many who have mastered their lives best have discovered that what Jesus said is literally true: “..all things are possible for one who believes” (Mk 9:23).


Today, let’s explore some possibilities.  Let’s see what it takes to make the changes in our lives that can truly make a difference in our outcome – the results of our choices, the results of what we truly believe.


Let’s consider four Powerful Things that are sure to turn your life around.  When I read and heard this little list from the late Jim Rohn, I was inspired to write down some additional thoughts that I hope will reinforce your determination to discover the pathway to your own better future.


If you believe in ‘fatalism’ and think you can do nothing to make changes in your own life, you might as well quit having any hopes, dreams or ambitions for anything right now.  Why would you pursue anything with honest ambition?  Too many people these days have already succumbed to being mediocre when they could be exceptional.  They get confused about the power of goals, not realizing that the improved person you become in the pursuit of those goals is vastly more valuable than the rewards of achieving the goals.


The Day That Turns Your Life Around


If you truly want to be all that you were created to be, then maybe it’s time to make this the day that will turn your life around.  It might begin with these four powerful words.


First is Disgust.  It’s a powerful negative emotion.  When you get to a point where you can honestly say with conviction that “I’ve had it” you will begin to chart your course on a different path.


Get to the place where you believe yourself when you say that you will not continue to do or experience the negative outcomes that you have in the past.  Get to the place where you decide to find out what changes you must make in your life to experience the results you are determined to have no matter what.


When you’re willing to get the advice, read the books, meet the people and do what it takes to make the difference… that’s when you will start to turn your life around.


Commitment is the key attitude here.  Are you disgusted enough with your past or your existing results to determine to do the actions that will change your results?


If you keep doing what you have been doing all along, what makes you think that you will keep getting anything different than the results you’ve been getting for longer than you would like to admit?


You don’t have to be as brilliant as the famous 20th Century scientist, Albert Einstein, to see that doing the same things over and over while expecting different results is insane!


So doesn’t it make sense to stop doing the activities that produce results you don’t want?  Do you honestly believe that?  Then why not determine to figure out what changes you need to make and then just choose to make those changes?


Adding an action to your disgust is a powerful way to tell your subconscious that there is no turning back.  Cutting off your old dependencies is a good action: Tearing up the credit card, giving away the things that tie you down, putting a reminder to yourself on your mirror, making a promise to someone who will hold you accountable – all these are ways to help you reinforce your disgust.  And you might even have to change your environment.  Unplug the TV if you have to.  Put it in the closet or give it away if it’s the thing that has been draining your valuable time, preventing you from finding a seminar to learn new skills that could change your life.  Join a new group.  Meet new people.  Quit hanging out with the people that you know are poisoning your beliefs and attitudes.  Take it upon yourself to do the actions that will commit you to your goal to change your life for the better.


Next is To Decide to do it.  The day and the moment that you make a self-determined Decision is the marking point that puts the pathway to your new life on the map.

Think about it.  If you were to go home and make a list of decisions tonight – decisions that you cannot allow yourself to back out of or renege on – it could keep you busy for the next five or ten years with life changing positive new inputs in your life.  What do you need to decide to do differently to put you on that path Continue reading What does it take to Live a Really Good Life – A Life filled with Legacies?

Plan B? Achieving Your Dreams

By Dennis Petersen

Do you have a “Plan B?”  Can dreams really unleash a creative force to overpower obstacles in your path?

Before the challenges of today’s economy make you do something stupid, consider asking yourself if you’re open to a proven “Plan B” that allows you to do more than you thought possible with what you’ve seen before.

Let’s read what Jim Rohn wrote about how dreaming can set your course for a new future.  We’ll gain insight that could be life-changing if we’re open.

“While most people spend most of their lives struggling to earn a living, a much smaller number seem to have everything going their way. Instead of just earning a living, the smaller group is busily working at building and enjoying a fortune. Everything just seems to work out for them. And here sits the much larger group, wondering how life can be so unfair, so complicated and unjust. What’s the major difference between the little group with so much and the larger group with so little?

Despite all of the factors that affect our lives – like the kind of parents we have, the schools we attended, the part of the country we grew up in – none has as much potential power for affecting our futures as our ability to dream.

Dreams are a projection of the kind of life you want to lead. Dreams can drive you. Dreams can make you skip over obstacles. When you allow your dreams to pull you, they unleash a creative force that can overpower any obstacle in your path. To unleash this power, though, your dreams must be well defined. A fuzzy future has little pulling power. Well-defined dreams are not fuzzy. Wishes are fuzzy. To really achieve your dreams, to really have your future plans pull you forward, your dreams must be vivid.

If you’ve ever hiked a fourteen thousand-foot peak in the Rocky Mountains, one thought has surely come to mind “How did the settlers of this country do it?” How did they get from the East Coast to the West Coast? Carrying one day’s supply of food and water is hard enough. Can you imagine hauling all of your worldly goods with you… mile after mile, day after day, month after month? These people had big dreams. They had ambition. They didn’t focus on the hardship of getting up the mountain.

In their minds, they were already on the other side – their bodies just hadn’t gotten them there yet! Despite all of their pains and struggles, all of the births and deaths along the way, those who made it to the other side had a single vision: to reach the land of continuous sunshine and extraordinary wealth – to start over where anything and everything was possible. Their dreams were stronger than the obstacles in their way.

You’ve got to be a dreamer. You’ve got to envision the future. You’ve got to see California while you’re climbing fourteen thousand-foot peaks. You’ve got to see the finish line while you’re running the race. You’ve got to hear the cheers when you’re in the middle of a monster project. And you’ve got to be willing to put yourself through the paces of doing the uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable and until you realize your dreams.”

Have you noticed how suddenly our lives can take a different direction?  It was a life changing discovery for me.  How many of us now realize that the purposes and specialized career directions of our lives are subject to change.   It happens as we interact with people and circumstances that providentially enter our experience.

Now don’t miss this.

Since “change” in our world is so inevitable and adjusting ourselves to change is so challenging, could it be that the realization of our own dreams will be accomplished when we make it our goal to help some other people reach for their own dreams?

Read that again…

Why not discover the tools, the systems and the methods that can help you to empower those you’re privileged to team up with?

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The American Debt Crisis – What it Means to You

It has been said a generation that does not know history has no future.

By Jim Lynn – Copyrighted 2012

On my radio show, Reclaiming Your Legacy, I recently (May 2012) interviewed my well informed ministry friend, Jim Lynn, about what the collapse of the dollar means to you.  Please listen to that interview on KFIA.com.  Access it in the Podcast-Local Program section.  Find our program title.  Click on the archive and select the May 8, 2012 show.  Below is an introductory report to introduce you to what is ahead very soon.  More than any single influence we have known in our lifetime, this unraveling of events will change the way everyone in today’s generation lives

Warning: Be careful not to allow “Cognitive Dissonance” to keep you from taking action on this information.  The warning of a coming invader could not be more real in causing you to “grow up” very fast in taking charge of your future.  In coming days I will be giving you links to other important resources of high value to share with your loved ones.  Please be sure you have requested to be on my opt-in list at www.ReclaimingYourLegacy.com

Proverbs 27:12 “A prudent man sees evil and hides himself. The naïve proceed and pay the penalty.” (see Isaiah 26:20)


Most Americans know by now something has fundamentally changed the

U.S. banking system and our economy. That something is a black hole of

government spending and debt that can have but one outcome. While we

may not know the details, large numbers of people know the end result and

aren’t waiting around to see what happens or for help to arrive. People are

actively now preparing for the inevitable bankruptcy of the United States

government and collapse of the U.S. dollar.

The purpose of this report is to explain and give you information that can

literally make the difference between life and death. You already know we

are going to go through hard times…You already know you must be wise in

how you spend your money…And you already know you are going to have

to make plans on how you make your income both before and after the

collapse…The question is…Will you and how will you?

I did not write this report as some “Doomsday Prepper,” locked and loaded

for whatever comes our way. Rather I wrote it as a Christian concerned for

God’s children, one who has studied the subject and sees heartache ahead.

My admonition is that after reading this report, you discuss it with your

family and Church and pray for guidance.

Few Understand How Big and Bad it really is

Few people in the U.S. understand how our monetary system works (Thank

the government run school system for that). And the few people in political

power who do understand it are keeping quiet: Not because of the trillions of

dollars our country owes, but because of what is going to happen BECAUSE

of it. They are scared to death.

The greatest life-changing event of our lifetime, a total collapse of our

monetary system, will happen sometime this decade. Words like “hardship,”

“struggle,” and “calamity” do not come close to describing what we as a

nation of individuals and families will experience.

It matters not which political party is in power. I sincerely hope you

understand this. The matter is out of their hands to prevent. The U.S.

Congress may slow the progress of the inevitable default and bankruptcy of

the federal government, but no one can stop it from happening.

America is in deep, deep trouble. The federal government is over $16

TRILLION dollars in debt. This debt is so huge; it is almost equal to the

debt of all other nations on Earth…Combined! Here’s the thing: The debt is

more than can ever be repaid without destroying our standard of living.

Whatever savings and underlying net worth millions of people may claim

will be systematically destroyed in the process. No one is telling us this.

How is this possible?

What we call money today is an abomination unto God. The monetary

system we use now (fiat currency) was conceived in iniquity and born in sin

(Proverbs 20:10). Time was when our paper dollars were redeemable in real

money (silver and gold), but no more. What we call a dollar today is no

more than a deception, a broken promise.

U.S. Government

Compare the paper dollars below. The paper dollar on the left is a Silver

Certificate; the paper dollar on the right is a Federal Reserve Note. Our U.S.

monetary system was once on a gold and silver standard. Our paper dollars

were Certificates that could be redeemed for actual silver or gold coins in

any U.S. bank. The assurance people had that their paper dollars could be

redeemed in silver or gold was stated on the face of each Certificate. For

example the $1 Silver Certificate below reads: “This Certifies That There Is

On Deposit In The Treasury of The United States of America One Dollar In

Silver Payable To The Bearer On Demand”

As long as people could redeem their silver and gold certificates for actual

silver and gold, they knew their paper dollars were safe and sound. That is

no longer the case today. The U.S. monetary system works now like a Ponzi

Scheme. Today instead of Silver Certificates we carry around I.O.U’s.

Take a U.S. dollar out from your wallet and look at it. See where it says

“Federal Reserve Note?” That word, “Note,” means a debt exists against the

dollar bill you are holding, and every other dollar in existence. In other

words, U.S. dollars are nothing more than monetized Debt Notes…Empty


The government abandoned our silver and gold standard required by the

U.S. Constitution. Our monetary system is now based on debt, not silver or

gold. This means the government must continually borrow and therefore

print and circulate ever more Federal Reserve Notes in order to function, or

else the entire system will collapse. Each new dollar Note printed has one

dollar of debt plus interest of more Debt Notes accrued against it. We are

borrowing Debt Notes into existence (from a private corporation called The

Federal Reserve Bank), and paying for them with more Debt Notes that do

not exist yet. There is nothing of substance or value backing these notes.

We have to print and borrow ever more Debt Notes (paper currency) in

order to pay off (roll-over) the interest on existing debt. This means even if

the government confiscated every Debt Note dollar ever printed or created

by a keystroke, there still would not be enough dollars in existence to pay off all debt.

Our national debt is now so huge; the government is no longer paying down

the principal owed. Even with low interest rates it’s all the government can

do just to pay the interest owed to keep America afloat. When interest rates

once again rise, as they will, making future interest payments on the debt

will eventually become impossible. There will not be enough dollars to both

pay the debt and run the government.

Debt based monetary systems work until eventually there is so much paper

currency in circulation the paper is rendered worthless. As the sheer quantity

of these dollars find their way into the economy, they lose purchasing power

causing everything we buy to go up in price (product inflation).

This explains why, for instance, a box of Kellogg’s Corn

Flakes that cost .99 cents back in 1980 costs $3.99 today.

Same product, there simply are more dollars (debt notes)

competing for the same box of cereal which increases its

price. Inflation is insidious in that it robs us of our ability to

maintain our standard of living.

The U.S. Treasury must now borrow $4.1 BILLION dollars every DAY just

to pay the interest on our $16 trillion dollar debt. It does this by selling

Bonds to investors. Of course creating and borrowing more Debt Notes just

adds to the debt. It also explains why our government must always raise our

taxes to keep functioning. This CANNOT continue for much longer.

As the national debt grows, paying the interest due will soon become

impossible, as the payment will become greater than the entire national

budget. Either that or investors will stop buying Bonds long before the

interest rate earned from those Bonds no longer keeps up with inflation.

Eventually, the rate of inflation will increase so rapidly, no one will want

U.S. dollars: Not investors, business people, consumers…No one!

Coupled with the economic depression we are already in, America cannot

last, as we know it for much longer. Consider where we are:

•An average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day closed down in the

United States during 2010. Overall more than 56,000 manufacturing

facilities have shut down since 2001.

•As the economy unwinds, more and more job prospects disappear.

Right now for every job opening in America, there are 5.5

unemployed Americans.

•67 million Americans (that’s 1 of every 5) receive some kind of

financial aid directly from the federal government to the tune of 2.6

trillion dollars annually (that’s more money than the federal

government takes in from taxes for the entire year).

•Over 46 million people are receiving food stamps (23% more than

just 3 years ago). 1 of every 4 homeowners is under water with their

mortgage, due to home values falling.

We are no longer the land of the free…We’re the land of the afraid!

And for good reason…

Things are going to get much worse for the economy as a whole, and for life

in America as we know it. The debt crisis will get far nastier than we can

imagine, and go on far longer than we can imagine before there’s any hope

of a real recovery.

Continue reading The American Debt Crisis – What it Means to You

Keys to True Success in Challenging Times of Change

By Dennis Petersen

Adapted from: True Success in Times of Change
By Tom Morris, Nightingale-Conant Corporation

The Bible teaches followers of Jesus Christ to ask God for wisdom when you realize that you lack it, and trust that He will give it to you.

How do you think that wisdom is found?   Can we really believe that there is wisdom for the way forward from where we are right now?

When the seemingly overwhelming crises of the world are swirling around us, how can we find a well-lighted path into some sort of sustainable future that we all want?

Joshua chapter one sets the stage after 40 years in the wilderness, facing one of the most challenging times of change that any people has ever faced.  They were facing constant conflict and stress.  In Joshua 24 Joshua summarizes that “we will serve the Lord.”

At the start of the years long project to conquer the Promised Land God says in Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

If we are honest, we all want success.  When discouragement is all around us, God promised Joshua success when he kept his eyes on God and His Word.  Could it be that God’s wisdom for those who are asking for it can come from a message like this that is delivered in a timely season?

Tom Morris put together a list of seven conditions for success that are strikingly universal and basic to practically any situation.   These keys serve to lay a foundation for the most deeply satisfying and sustainable successes in life.  We should apply them to every challenge, opportunity, endeavor, or relationship.

The 7 Cs of Success

(1) A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined.

(2) A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain that goal.

(3) A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach the goal.

(4) A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision.

(5) An emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we’re doing.

(6) A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course.

(7) A CAPACITY TO ENJOY the process along the way.

There are no doubt other key concepts associated with success, but they can almost all be listed as components of one or more of these 7.   These 7 Cs give us a logical and comprehensive framework for success.

Let’s take a moment to look at each concept. Start with our need for a goal or set of goals.

(1) A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined.

No matter where we live or what we do or who we are… every facet of our lives that anticipates successful achievement of something needs us to think as clearly as possible what we want to accomplish and what we’d like to see happen.

It’s not enough to say “I want a job.”  We must target what kind of job and where we want to work.

I’m reminded of the advice given to Alice in Wonderland (by the Cheshire cat – wasn’t it?).  If you don’t know where you’re going it doesn’t matter which way you go.  You’ll surely get there.  But it may not be where you’d like to get.

True success starts with an inner vision.  Sure, it’s incomplete at first.  But the vision for your goal will grow once you define it.  Just as Adam was given a defined goal to care for and develop the Garden of Eden, our world (as we find it) is just the raw material for what we can make of it.  God created us to use our creative energies to bring unique expression to the world He made.  It’s part of the condition of man to be made in the “image” of God – to be creative.  It’s part of His nature and our nature to be creative, artistic and expressive.  When we have clear goals in our minds and express them with our words and actions (like writing them down) then we start to develop structure for our actions.

So what do you want?  Get creative and think about where you want to go and what you want to be.

Did you know that if you choose to delight yourself in your Creator, He expressly promises to actually GIVE you the desires of your heart?  That’s in Psalm 37.

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Is it possible that if we make a habit of pleasing and worshipping Him, He actually arranges things for us to think about goals and desires that originate from the heart of God Himself?  Isn’t it interesting to know the origin of the word “desire”?  Think of it.  “Sire” means “to father.”  “De” means “of”… so “Desire” means “of the Father.”  Could it be that our ability for creative expression — in dreaming about and planning goals — is a direct reflection of being created in the image of God?  If you are delighting yourself in the Lord He is promising to impart those heart desires and help you see them fulfilled.

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(2) A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain the goal.

Jesus tells us in Luke 12:6-7 that “you are of more value than many sparrows.”

If confidence is in any way related to faith, then how do we develop stronger confidence… stronger faith?  The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word.  Let’s face it, the more we listen to and think about whatever we choose, the more knowledge about it we gain and the more confidence or faith we have in those words and concepts.  What’s our inside attitude?  It is absolutely the foundational key to outside results.

Are you launching a new enterprise?  Do you desire to seek a new direction?  You need upfront faith in what you’re doing.  Do whatever it takes to learn about your goal to have the faith, the confidence and the reassurance that you will arrive at your desired destination.   If we lack experience we may have to work hard to generate a confident attitude.   Is it worth it?  You bet it is.  Get the coaching and the education with someone who has been there before you.  In the process, you will raise your prospects for success. If you want confidence … then develop competence.  Let you natural curiosity urge you to dig deep in your study of the things that will help you achieve success in reaching your goal.  Will this guarantee success?  No… but your faith will compel you to take the risk anyway. And what if you fail?  You’re just one step closer to success.  You must fail.  It’s part of the pathway to success.  You will learn much and become stronger in the process.

(3) A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach the goal.

The Bible tells us to do whatever we do with all our heart as a direct service to God and not just ourselves or other people.  Aim to please God no matter what you do… it’s the best thing you can do to assure success in reaching your goal.   Concentrate on your goal with focus.   When children are raised to succeed at little goals and then expand to bigger goals, they will be prepared to dream about even bigger goals as they grow up.  It’s important to understand that big dreams can lead to big disappointments if we don’t learn how to chart our way forward. Continue reading Keys to True Success in Challenging Times of Change

The History and Legacy of Thanksgiving?

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” —Psalm 100:4-5

Who do you suppose are the people represented in this painting?

First Pilgrim Thanksgiving

A thankful heart is a content heart.  More than that, I give thanks to God for all the sacrifices of those who have gone before me and even protect me now to make possible all that we experience in our lives (my life) today.

Would you like to know some of the The History and Legacy of Thanksgiving?

The article about the history and legacy of Thanksgiving Day is introduced and linked just below the following comments… I hope you like it… dp

If we want to be the kind of people who are characterized by thankfulness, then we must make sure that we focus on it, and not just on Thanksgiving Day, but all through the year.

Here are a few key thoughts you can use to become more thankful:

Time. Set aside time every day to be quiet and to reflect. We live in the fastest-paced time ever. From the moment we awake to the moment we collapse into bed, we tend to go full speed and rarely slow down.  Let’s pause at a private time of day to free our minds from the tyranny of the urgent.

Thought. Deliberately think of the many blessings that you have. Living in a consumer culture, how often do we reflect on what we already have? Take some time each today and everyday to think of one or two things you have that you typically take for granted.  Then take a moment to give thanks to God for them.  Maybe try writing a list of those things each day and share the whole list with a loved one at the end of the week.

Generosity. Be generous toward someone with less.  Repent of any envy you have toward someone with more.  Envy breeds jealousy rather than contentment. How can we break that cycle? Be generous to someone less fortunate than you.  Offer to help someone do something that will help them prosper in the future like applying for a job or learning a new skill.  Go volunteer at a food bank – do it during the year, not just on a holiday. Do you think that will remind you of how good you really have it?

Ask. Ask a friend: “What are you thankful for?”  It might be amazing to hear the answers.  What a special bond of friendship could develop with your friend when you focus on such a simple question.

Acknowledge. Lastly, tell at least someone you love: “I’m thankful you are in my life.”  Let’s face it… We rarely take time to express to those close to us what their life means to us.  Why not take a moment today to write them a note?  On Thanksgiving Day, why not put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes and tell them.  Let them know what they mean to you, and in return you’ll begin to create the possibility of deeper, richer, more fulfilling relationships with those you love.

Of course, we should do what we can to make the most of the day we call Thanksgiving, but wouldn’t it be a shame if the only time we reflected on our blessings was that one Thursday in November? And the answer is, of course! So let’s do our best to be aware of the many great gifts that we have each and every day of the year. As we do so we will see our hearts soar and our minds more and more at peace as we regularly remember and remain aware of our good fortune. Continue reading

Your Carbon Footprint was wiped out by Iceland’s Volcanic Eruption

by Dennis Petersen

Iceland Volcano 2011

We all know that there’s hardly a person in the literate world today who hasn’t been at least a bit confused by all the conflicting opinions about “global warming,” “climate change, “carbon emissions” and all the hullabaloo raised in the media and politics about this topic.  It certainly has a bearing on everyone including followers of Christ.  And frankly, the serious tone that is often presented can be a real “downer” for any of us who are trying to keep an optimistic and positive attitude.  And I know we can get deep in all the boring science that 90% of people have difficulty grasping, but why not have a simple, down-to-earth way to make people think how utterly ridiculous the whole controversy really is?

Here’s a one minute attempt to do just that…

In any significant battle between nature and people guess who wins?

Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better!

If you’ve read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.

What Effect Did Iceland’s 2011 Volcanic Event Do to our Climate Change Recovery Efforts?

The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.

Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow, and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans, and all animal life.

I know, it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid’s “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes – FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon.  And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.

I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in its entire YEARS on earth.  Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year – think about it.

Of course I shouldn’t spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years.  And it happens every year.

Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus “human-caused” climate change scenario.

Isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention “Global Warming” any more, but just “Climate Change” – you know why?  It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.

And just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.  It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.

But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!

Principles for Building Your Legacy

Dennis Petersen and grand daughter

Dennis Petersen and grand daughter 2011

“Without a clear understanding of the beginnings of something, you cannot understand it’s purpose.  Without a clear understanding of purpose, you cannot fully realize the truth of your legacy.”

Over 3 decades ago the truth of Isaiah 58:10-12 really hit me.  If you read it I’m sure it has been deeply meaningful in your own life.  The ‘fast’ that God chooses for us is to essentially set other people free to live the life their Creator desires for them.  Only the truth can do that.

A few years ago I was gripped by the concept of ‘legacy’ and how our generation seems to have lost the sense of being a bridge from the heritage of our past to the divinely intended destiny of our posterity’s future.  That’s where your sense of legacy connects with so many truths that have been distorted by many influences in modern culture.

My heart resonates with the principles of Legacy summarized by the respected business trainer Jim Rohn.  He wrote:

“…actions are great, but the important stuff is what lies underneath—the principles.  Here are what I consider to be the principles that we must commit to if we are to leave the legacy we desire:

Life is best lived in service to others. This doesn’t mean that we do not strive for the best for ourselves. It does mean that in all things we serve other people, including our family, co-workers and friends.

Consider others’ interests as important as your own. Much of the world suffers simply because people consider only their own interests. People are looking out for No. 1, but the way to leave a legacy is to also look out for others.

Love your neighbor even if you don’t like him. It is interesting that Jesus told us to love others. But he never tells us to like them. Liking people has to do with emotions. Loving people has to do with actions. And what you will find is that when you love them and do good by them, you will more often than not begin to like them.

Maintain integrity at all costs. There are very few things you take to the grave with you. The Number One thing is your reputation and good name. When people remember you, you want them to think, “She was the most honest person I knew. What integrity.” There are always going to be temptations to cut corners and break your integrity. Do not do it. Do what is right all of the time, no matter what the cost.

You must risk in order to gain. In just about every area of life you must risk in order to gain the reward. In love, you must risk rejection in order to ask that person out for the first time. In investing, you must place your capital at risk in the market in order to receive the prize of a growing bank account. When we risk, we gain. And when we gain, we have more to leave for others.

You reap what you sow. In fact, you always reap more than you sow—you plant a seed and reap a bushel. What you give you get. What you put into the ground then grows out of the ground. If you give love, you will receive love. If you give time, you will gain time. It is one of the truest laws of the universe. Decide what you want out of life and then begin to sow it.

Hard work is never a waste. No one will say, “It is too bad he was such a good, hard worker.” But if you aren’t they will surely say, “It’s too bad he was so lazy—he could have been so much more!” Hard work will leave a grand legacy. Give it your all on your trip around the earth. You will do a lot of good and leave a terrific legacy.

Don’t give up when you fail. Imagine what legacies would have never existed if someone had given up. How many thriving businesses would have been shut down if they quit at their first failure? Everyone fails. It is a fact of life. But those who succeed are those who do not give up when they fail. They keep going and build a successful life—and a legacy.

Don’t ever stop in your pursuit of a legacy. Many people have accomplished tremendous things later on in life. There is never a time to stop in your pursuit of a legacy. Sometimes older people will say, “I am 65. I’ll never change.” That won’t build a great life! No, there is always time to do more and achieve more, to help more and serve more, to teach more and to learn more. Keep going and growing that legacy!

These are core principles to live by if you want to become the kind of person who leaves a lasting legacy.”

This article is excerpted from Jim Rohn’s Twelfth Pillar of Success: Legacy, part two of The Jim Rohn One-Year Success Plan.

Think of the joy of helping people, young and old, to apply these timeless principles into their lives while discovering the truths that set them free in some of the most practical areas of modern life!

Dennis Petersen

contact me at dennis@reclaimingyourlegacy.com

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