The Great Kindness Challenge

The Kaufman Cougar standing next to 
Kaufman Elementary School's marquee advertising 
"The Great Kindness Challenge" week for 2017
Kids at Kaufman Elementary School are focused on more than just the three "R's" this school year, and the neighborhood is starting to take notice—to our individual and collective benefit.  

I have no direct ties to Kaufman; my kids are still too young to attend elementary school.  I learned about the "Great Kindness Challenge" while jogging past the school's south side along Northridge Forest Drive; the challenge was advertised on their marquee.  It readily caught my attention and as I continued my jog eastward, I began wondering what it was all about.  My curiosity being thus piqued, I decided to visit the school to learn more.

Tina Oliver is Principal at George C. Kaufman III Elementary School, a K-4 elementary school in Southeast Montgomery County where a little over 800 students are enrolled.  Principal Oliver welcomed me into her school with a smile and provided me with an opportunity to visit with her and Mrs. Stephanie Shaw—a second grade teacher at Kaufman and the originator of the initiative—in her office where I learned all about the Great Kindness Challenge and related character and leadership oriented initiatives at Kaufman.

WAVE Club Members waiting to greet their fellow students with
poster messages encouraging them toward kindness and respect.
After spending an hour with these two positive, enthusiastic, capable educators, I came away uplifted by the work being done in my neighborhood's local elementary school—the school my children are projected to attend beginning in 2018.  I was further inspired by the ripple effects for good that "The Great Kindness Challenge," and other, similar initiatives, are promoting throughout the community.


The WAVE Club


And speaking of ripples, that is where it all began—with Kaufman's "WAVE Club," a fourth grade club created and led by Stephanie Shaw, who patterned her student organization after a similar club pioneered by a friend and colleague of Shaw's who teaches at another school.

The purpose of the WAVE Club is to help students develop strong character, develop leadership skills, and serve others to thereby create productive "waves" and a corresponding "ripple effect" that positively impacts others throughout the community.  Students who join the WAVE club are well behaved, demonstrate leadership potential, are willing to invest the time and energy required by an extracurricular activity, and typically come recommended by another teacher.  The Club meets twice a month after school for 90 minutes to learn how to be a good citizens and effective leaders.  Most importantly, they engage in service projects that benefit the community.

Some of the service projects that Shaw's WAVE club has undertaken since its inception earlier this year include:

  1. Making fleece blankets for local women's shelters, children battling cancer at Houston's world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center, and local animal shelters.
  2. Donating toys and other items to MD Anderson for families visiting a loved one in the hospital.
  3. Decorating a Kaufman staff member's home at Christmas.  The staff member has cancer and chemo therapy treatments had left her too weak and ill to do it on her own.
  4. Helping assemble shoes for children in Uganda through the Sole Hope program.
  5. Collecting rocks which the students then paint and affix kindness quotes thereon before strategically placing them throughout the neighborhood for others to find.

The Great Kindness Challenge


Avery Moss, a 4th grade student and WAVE Club Member 
at Kaufman, prepares for "The Great Kindness Challenge"
In January, Kaufman's WAVE Club sponsored "The Great Kindness Challenge."  As it turns out, The Great Kindness Challenge is actually an international movement that began in 2006 thanks to the efforts of Danielle Gram and Jill McManigal, co-founders of Kids for Peace, a non-profit organization that promotes youth leadership, community service, and global friendships.

The goal of the Great Kindness Challenge is to promote kind acts of service throughout the school and community.  Kaufman Elementary School both took part in the International Challenge held January 22-26 last month.  The Challenge's overall impact included over 500 million acts of kindness touching the lives of over 10 million students in over 15,000 schools in 90 different countries around the globe!

Shaw and her WAVE Club students led the way at Kaufman by being examples of kindness on campus throughout the week.  They also spent time outside the school near the bus loading zones before and after school greeting students and encouraging them toward kind attitudes and actions.

Dr. Don Stockton, Superintendent of CISD, at Kaufman 
examining a student's kindness project.
Principal Oliver, an enthusiastic advocate of Shaw's work with the WAVE Club, helped to further ensure a successful week by promoting the Great Kindness Challenge each day on the morning announcements.  Oliver and Shaw also invited special guests to visit the school during the week to participate in the morning announcements and further ensure its promotion and success.

These guests included:

The results of the initiative were visible throughout the school all week and beyond.  Further evidence of the program's success was seen on social media and otherwise shared anecdotally among faculty, staff, parents, and students.  Oliver and Shaw agree that a spirit of kindness, respect, and camaraderie was indeed elevated throughout the school's hallways and classrooms during the week.  More importantly, the initiative has helped students to remember the importance of kindness and respect generally speaking, so as to move beyond the confines of just one, isolated week in January.


Mrs. Stephanie Shaw with her family

Mrs. Stephanie Shaw


Stephanie Shaw — the 2016-2017 Kaufman Teacher of the Year — is originally from Huntsville, Texas. After graduating from Huntsville High School in 1994, she began pursuing a degree in business at Sam Houston State.  Early on in her college career, Shaw got a summer job at Sky Ranch (a youth summer camp) near Tyler, Texas.  Working with young people changed her perspective on what she desired from a career and she quickly changed her major from business to elementary education.

After graduating with her Bachelor's degree in 1998, she got a job as a long-term substitute teacher at Scott Johnson Elementary in Huntsville.  During the next two years, she taught at Huntsville Elementary.  The following year she was hired on at Oak Ridge Elementary in The Woodlands, where she taught for two additional years before giving birth to twin girls.  After spending a year at home with her newborns, Shaw taught for a couple more years at Oak Ridge before getting hired at Kaufman, where she has been a second grade teacher ever since.  According to Principal Oliver, Shaw is a highly valued member of a stellar faculty at Kaufman.

Shaw wishes to acknowledge Jill Martin, Missy Flanagan, and Donna Gregory.  Martin and Flanagan serve with Shaw on Kaufman's second grade team and have assisted the WAVE Club throughout the year in a variety of ways.  Gregory is Kaufman's art teacher and has allowed the WAVE Club to use her art room for many of the service projects.


An Example and Light to the Community


Freedom Focused commends Mrs. Stephanie Shaw and Mrs. Tina Oliver for the uplifting and inspired work they have undertaken at their school in Southeast Texas.  It is our hope that other educators throughout Texas and the United States (and beyond) will read about their work in this blog post and, in turn, determine tangible ways and means of promoting leadership, character, and life-skill education in their own schools, classrooms, communities, homes, and lives.

To assist educators with this grand objective, Dr. Jordan Jensen has written a book to serve as a comprehensive textbook in self-leadership and character education that administrators, teachers, coaches, and others can use in the education of our youth—as well as their own, ongoing leadership education.  

We invite you to buy and read Dr. Jordan Jensen's new book: Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom.  We further invite you to pay special attention to Book the Fourth (Part 4), whereby Dr. Jensen highlights the efforts of several additional educators who have found creative ways to teach and promote leadership, character, and life-skill education in classrooms in the States of Georgia and Texas.

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How I Became a Metaphysicist

What is METAPHYSICS?

The details of this subject of inquiry can get philosophically complicated and logically complex.

Fortunately, I am a simple man, and therefore like to keep things simple for both myself and my readers.  In the spirit of this simplicity, I will define this topic simply, as follows:

METAPHYSICS: The nature and study of the non-physical world and universe.

Metaphysics is the study of that which you cannot see or otherwise detect with your five senses, but is very real nonetheless.  This subject of inquiry contrasts, of course, with Physics, which is the nature and study of the physical world and universe—that which can be seen or otherwise detected with your five senses or through verifiable scientific experimentation.  If you wish to add a tad more texture to this basic definition, a simple consultation of Webster expands it as follows:

Metaphysics: The branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space. [1]

Metaphysics matters!  If you don't believe me, just think about all of the things you benefit from in this world but cannot see or otherwise detect with your five senses without the aid of high tech scientific instrumentation (e.g. x-rays, gamma rays, cellular waves, radio waves), as well as that which cannot be adequately detected or measured by science at all (e.g. goodness, love, desire, happiness, hope, joy, intention, passion, pain, anxiety, depression, despair, hate, evil, etc.).

In my book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom, I introduce the Self-Action Leadership Theory & Model, which I put forth as a self-help—or metaphysical—"Theory of Everything."

Click HERE to read more about this Metaphysical Theory of Everything.

My purpose in making such an admittedly audacious claim, and undertaking such an arduous lifelong project is an attempt to keep pace with (or perhaps even surpass by degree) the field of physics by providing the kind of mental, emotional, and spiritual help and hope from metaphysics that mirrors the scientific help and hope that exists in the elusive, but ongoing pursuit of a physical, scientific "Theory of Everything."

I also wish to provide unbelievers (both the irreligious and the anti-religious) with food for thought that they might find more palatable than the fare of whatever prophets and pastors they have chosen to reject.

Lastly, I wish to provide believers of all kinds with an academic apology (generally speaking) for their religious faith and hope, which, even if every detail of their present vision of an afterlife turns out not to be entirely true when they actually get there, can prove to be a productive force for positive metaphysical development in this world.

I should note up front that I, myself, am an ardent believer.  I would bet my life on my religious and spiritual faith.  Nay, I already have bet my life on it—and continue to do so as I write this—and will continue to do so each day of my life until physical death transfers my spiritual being to another realm for the next stage of my physical and metaphysical journey.

It is out of my own religious education, faith, and spiritual experiences that my passion for metaphysics has arisen.  Moreover, my deep spiritual convictions and continued religious education and practice will, no doubt, continue to influence my investigation and understanding of metaphysics.  While my religion and spirituality are vitally important—even essential—components of my collective metaphysical inquiry, they are, nonetheless, not the only components.  In the following paragraphs, I outline different elements that have contributed to my passion for metaphysics, which have arisen in my life over long periods of time.

It first began with my religious education and experience, which began early in my life.  My first formal religious address was delivered at age three (3), a week shy of my fourth birthday, in a children's organization in my Church.  This was followed by continued education and experiences, including formal seminary instruction, two-years of full-time, unpaid missionary service, and nearly 20,000 hours of combined participation in learning, teaching, serving, worshipping, and leadership oriented activities.

My spiritual experiences likewise began at a very young age.  In intervening years such experiences have continued unabated, whereby I have, in the aggregate, experienced many, varied, and sometimes quite concrete and definite spiritual illuminations—the veracity of which, while I cannot scientifically verify or sentiently validate, would nonetheless bet my life upon because of their existential value and practical utility based on actual results achieved over long periods of time in the laboratory of real living.

This growing metaphysical bent rooted in religious and spiritual experience was further expanded at age eight or nine when I attended my first self-help oriented seminar and began to first learn and apply metaphysical principles of time management (i.e. values identification, clarification, prioritization, and goal setting).  This led to a deep and often careful study of many of the self-help masters of the past century, including: Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill; and more recently: Og Mandino, Anthony Robbins, Hyrum W. Smith, Stephen R. Covey,  and Eckhart Tolle.

Despite my passion for metaphysical subjects of inquiry, my academic interest was not limited to the metaphysical realm.  As a youngster, I was quite good at arithmetic, and I yearned for the day when I could someday enroll in chemistry, calculus, physics, and other, scientific related classes—something I saw my older brothers do, which I greatly admired.

During my junior high school years, I became sufficiently interested in physics to borrow a physics textbook (one of Paul G. Hewitt's early editions of his famous text, Conceptual Physics) from my 8th grade physical science teacher, so I could study it over the summer.  Later, in high school, my science fair entry investigated principles of kinetic and potential energy, and included an experiment involving archery—another passion of mine.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, my aptitude in higher mathematics and the physical sciences drastically failed to match up with my innate interest in the subjects, thus influencing me to pursue an increasingly metaphysical line of academic pursuit in high school, college, and graduate school. Translation: Much to my existential chagrin (but practical relief), I never ended up taking calculus or chemistry.

Immanuel Kant
An 18th Century German
Metaphysical Philosopher
Upon entering college, my interest in metaphysics grew even deeper as I was introduced to philosophers both ancient and modern, foreign and American.  From Aristotle and Confucius to Kant, Mill, Franklin, Emerson, and Thoreau, my mind naturally gravitated toward the metaphysical elements of life, inquiry, and conversation.  You might say that I developed a penchant to, and liking for, swimming in the "deep end" of the pool.  [2]  However, recognizing the inherent dangers of doing so in an unbridled fashion, I strived to keep things simple enough to be able to clearly articulate and then readily apply my musings into real life practice.  I was thus able to avoid getting sucked into black holes of academic inquiry, where many an intellectual has been trapped and lost from both practicality and reality—to their damning loss, and the loss of any others they bring down with them.

At the confluence of all this metaphysical interest lay an ever-whirling storm of mind in the form of a mental disorder, specifically obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which has proven to be a two-edged sword wielding positive benefits along with its hellish symptoms. Over time, the whirlwind of my OCD-influenced mind whipped the entirety of my sometimes maddening, but ultimately invigorating and productive thought chains into a productive helix that led continually upward into the development and publication of the Self-Action Leadership Theory and Model—made possible through diligent research and writing completed at the doctoral level of graduate school.

I do not claim that my Theory and Model is perfect, or even complete.  Indeed, I intend to continue working on it until the day I die—and beyond.  But in the meantime, after nearly three decades of diligent study, painstaking effort, and a deep, multifarious collection of rich metaphysical experiences, I am pleased with the results so far, and present it to YOU in hopes that you might find its principles and applications to be as intellectually delicious and existentially practical and beneficial in the laboratory of real living as I have.

Welcome to the world of practical metaphysics!

If you would like to begin (or accelerate) your own journey into the world of metaphysics, I invite you to buy my book, and begin reading it, TODAY.







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Notes

1. New Oxford American Dictionary (electronic version for Mac)

2. My older brother Joe applied this metaphor to describe my intellectual proclivities, and added a worthy caveat thereto: "It's fun to swim around in the deep end, but if you stay there too long, you might drown."  





Restoring American Greatness Through Education


Business and politics play a sizable role in America's 
Greatness, or lack thereof.  But it is the EDUCATION 
of her citizens that matters most in the long-run.
Much has been said recently about "Making America Great Again" through means of political change.  The slogan itself has become sufficiently popular to propel the leader of its movement into the White House.

Freedom Focused does not endorse political candidates.  We do wish Mr. Trump and his team—in conjunction with ALL other elected civic leaders from all political parties—well as they move forward to fulfill the duties and responsibilities they hold toward We the People.

This historical juncture the United States has recently crossed has filled some Americans with hope and other Americans with fear.  That the Trump Administration will bring about change is a foregone conclusion.  The question in the minds of many is whether or not that change will be positive or negative.  The answer to that question will, no doubt, be found in the passage of time.

At Freedom Focused, our FOCUS is on Personal Freedom
Freedom Focused exists to bring about positive changes in the lives of its clients and customers and the cultures in which they reside—changes that lead to their personal and professional happiness, success, and long-term well-being.  In our efforts to do so, we hold that the most essential and primal catalyst of long-term change is never rooted in economics, politics, or physical elements, but in EDUCATION, personal leadership, and metaphysical TRUTH.

The key to long-term success and 
freedom lies in an EDUCATION in, 
and an APPLICATION of, True Principles.
Education in true principles and the subsequent application of those principles is THE KEY to positive and constructive LONG-TERM ENDS.  There is no other way.

The true principles of which we speak have now been comprehensively canonized and recently published in a groundbreaking new textbook entitled Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, and Global Freedom.

This book takes readers on a vital metaphysical journey toward the acquisition of personal freedom through the right understanding and perpetual application of morally informed principles of personal leadership.

The leadership, character, and life-skills
TEXTBOOK of the future.
At Freedom Focused, our long-term vision is to see schools everywhere utilizing Self-Action Leadership as a primary text addressing core academic pursuits of leadership, character, and life-skills education.  We also envision it playing a role in business similar to Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Click HERE to read about a 21st Century 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Whatever your political persuasion, or how you may have voted in the recent election, or what your views may be on the political and economic pathways to greatness, we invite you to join us in an educational quest for American Greatness that, in the end, is the only long-term means of achieving greater degrees of national unity.

Click HERE to Review a Copy of Self-Action Leadership



SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.

Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial elements of our individual natures is within the grasp of each one of us.

NoteFreedom Focused is a non-partisan, for-profit, educational corporation. As such, we do not endorse or embrace political figures. We do, however, comment from time-to-time on historical or political events that provide pedagogical backdrops to illuminating principles contained in the SAL Theory & Model.


Additional Freedom Focused Blog Posts Related to this Topic Include...


Click HERE to read about Life Leadership: The Textbook

Click HERE to read A Class in Life

Click HERE to read Truth with a Capital "T"

Click HERE to read about The Patriotism Principle

Click HERE to read about a 21st Century 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Click HERE to read about The Winds of Change are in the Air

Click HERE to read more about postmodernism

Click HERE to read more about The Age of Authenticism

Click HERE to read about A Portrait of a Fully Flourished Age of Authenticism

Click HERE to read about Aristotle's Golden Mean

Click HERE to read about The Paradox of War and How to Prepare for Coming Conflicts

Click HERE to read about A Metaphysical Theory of Everything

Click HERE to read about Pre-structuralism: The Equally Dangerous Far Side of Postmodernism        

A Textbook to Turn the Tide

The Textbook to Turn the Tide on our College Campuses is Finally Here...



For years now, common sense pundits have been calling out college campuses and professors for filling the minds of students with hateful, far-left, liberal-progressive ideology and rhetoric. History teaches us that left unchecked, educational patterns of this nature inevitably lead to socialism—and then to communism and dictatorship.

The news flashes from the pundits have been helpful; to all of you, we say, THANK YOU for bringing this issue to the forefront of American news and politics. Nevertheless, something more is needed if long-term change is ever to be realized within the walls of America's universities.

The only way to effectively combat the decades-old academic surge of postmodern pap is to address it with an even greater intellectual surge of truth and common sense rooted in principles that lead to collective liberty and individual freedom.


The TEXTBOOK that accomplishes this has now been written.  


We need your help to spread the word. Please review this groundbreaking text to decide for yourself if it has the capacity to lead the way to a bright new future where truth, common sense, liberty, and freedom win the day.

Click HERE to Review a Copy of Self-Action Leadership



Self-Action Leadership comes well endorsed in the Academe, including endorsement quotes from professors from major universities around the nation and a University President. 


“The model of Self-Action Leadership is a thought-provoking read of a topic vital for our day. While Dr. Jensen draws upon multiple disciplines, he manages to produce a broadly accessible book that shows how this type of leadership is attainable for anyone willing to accept responsibility and work at it.”
Matthew S. Holland, Ph.D., President, Utah Valley University


SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.

Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial elements of our individual natures is within the grasp of each one of us.

NoteFreedom Focused is a non-partisan, for-profit, educational corporation. As such, we do not endorse or embrace political figures. We do, however, comment from time-to-time on historical or political events that provide pedagogical backdrops to illuminating principles contained in the SAL Theory & Model.


Additional Freedom Focused Blog Posts Related to this Topic Include...


Click HERE to read about Life Leadership: The Textbook

Click HERE to read A Class in Life

Click HERE to read Truth with a Capital "T"

Click HERE to read about The Patriotism Principle

Click HERE to read about a 21st Century 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Click HERE to read about The Winds of Change are in the Air

Click HERE to read more about postmodernism

Click HERE to read more about The Age of Authenticism

Click HERE to read about A Portrait of a Fully Flourished Age of Authenticism

Click HERE to read about Aristotle's Golden Mean

Click HERE to read about The Paradox of War and How to Prepare for Coming Conflicts

Click HERE to read about A Metaphysical Theory of Everything

Click HERE to read about Pre-structuralism: The Equally Dangerous Far Side of Postmodernism

The Winds of Change are in the Air

In the famous "Brexit" vote, Great Britain recently voted
to leave the European Union to strengthen itself from within.
Following on the heels of the surprise "Brexit" vote in Great Britain, voters in the United States recently produced an even more surprising geopolitical upset by electing Donald Trump as our 45th President.

Whether or not you are personally pleased with these largely unforeseen and seemingly abrupt geopolitical shifts, it is evident that the winds of change are in the air throughout our troubled world.

Or perhaps a more apt metaphor would be that a tropical storm has arisen to blow to pieces the hegemonic status quo, at least ideologically speaking, thereby ushering in a fundamental recalibration of the socio-cultural mores and philosophical paradigms of an entire generation dominated by liberal political ideology.  

Freedom Focused does not endorse political parties or candidates.  We do however, welcome geopolitical events that are conducive to facilitating the pedagogical shifts that we as an institution seek to influence and lead.  While we remain uncertain precisely how recent events will positively or negatively impact our goals on a global scale, we are encouraged by them for at least a couple reasons.

The purpose of this essay is to explicate two of these reasons, and invite you—the Reader—to delver further into our message to see if you agree with our fundamental premises and conclusions, and if so, to share them with others for the sake of the education of our children and grandchildren.

Nile Gardiner is a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain during America's Conservative Reagan Era of the 1980s.  Gardiner recently wrote an op-ed for CNN.com entitled, "We Are Witnessing the End of the Liberal Era."  In his article, he writes:

"The winds of change are sweeping through the West, challenging decades of conventional wisdom, overturning the dominant liberal consensus, and reviving a greater sense of national identity and self-determination." [1]

Nationalism is on the Rise in the U.S. and the UK
It is "a greater sense of national identity" and the concept of "self-determination" that we at Freedom Focused welcome and support, and that I address in this article.

In previous posts, I have written a great deal about postmodern philosophy, and its dangers to society.  I wish to note up front that it would be a mistake to posture postmodernism as being synonymous with liberalism, despite their many similarities.

Furthermore, an immoral, greedy, narcissistic, conservative capitalist can turn out to be just as evil and dangerous as an amoral, selfish, nihilistic, liberal socialist or communist.  The TRUTH of the matter is that truth, light, and goodness will not be found in either political extreme—or any other extreme for that matter.  Thus it is that pre-structuralism (the far right) is just as potentially dangerous as postmodernism (the far left).  As Aristotle so incisively taught over two millennia ago, VIRTUE, or The Good, is not to be found in extremes, but rather in the mean, or, the perfect balance, between extremes.

The Greek Philosopher Aristotle
384-322 BC
It is, however, no secret that postmodern thought leans to the extreme left rather than to the extreme right.  Pre-structural notions rooted in the radical right are the basis of Radical Islam.  In spite of fear mongering by some on the left, the radical right poses a much lesser problem in the West than it does in the Middle East and other regions where terrorism is allowed to thrive.

While Trump-haters will always try to brand "The Donald" as little more than a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic monster, and while he has brought some of the hate upon himself for things he has said (and the way he has said them) the reality is that he is an imperfect, but practical, businessman who likes to get results.  As such, his Presidency is more likely to resemble the pathway of a pragmatic centrist than that of a ideological radical.

One writer even compared Trump to the Pillsbury Dough Boy, [2] suggesting that he will ultimately conform to a governing approach that is more moderate than either his supporters or his detractors currently want or assume.  Click HERE to read this CNN article entitled, "Don't Worry! Trump is the Pillsbury Doughboy," by Paul Callan.

Notions rooted in the extreme left are the basis of Western postmodernism and the problems it has spawned in recent decades.  Thus it is that the Occident's troubling tilt toward the extreme left the past two generation has left Western Society wavering not only about what is right and wrong, but whether or not there even is a real right and wrong in the first place.

Freedom Focused therefore sees recent political events as a potentially positive geopolitical movement not because they represent the beginning of a march back to the radical right (a place just as dangerous as the radical left), but because we are hopeful that they might represent a collective cultural check that produces a collective revival back toward the Aristotelian Golden Mean — that blessed, non-partisan landscape sought for by the "better angels of our nature." [3]    

Specifically, we at Freedom Focused see these recent geopolitical events as a golden opportunity to revive "a greater sense of national identity" as well as to strengthen our resolve toward "self-determination," two values we hold near and dear to our hearts.  I will discuss these two issues in order.  First, "a greater sense of national identity."

The image of the 26th President of the United 
States is carved on the face of Mount Rushmore 
along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, 
and Abraham Lincoln.  He is almost universally 
recognized (by a bipartisan milieu of historians) 
as one of our nation's greatest Presidents.
President Theodore Roosevelt taught that:

"A [person] must be a good patriot before he can be ... a good citizen of the world.  Experience teaches us that the average man who protests that his international feeling swamps his national feeling, that he does not care for his country because he cares so much for mankind, in actual practice proves himself the foe of mankind. ... 
Now, this does not mean in the least that a man should not wish to do good outside his native land.  On the contrary, just as I think that the man who loves his family is more apt to be a good neighbor than the man who does not, so I think that the most useful member of the family of nations is normally a strongly patriotic nation." [4] 

At Freedom Focused, we have adopted this common sense notion of Roosevelt's, and turned it into what we call, "The  PATRIOTISM  PRINCIPLE."  In short, this principle holds that you can only help larger units of society if you are a patriotic, contributing member of lesser units of which you play a role.  And you can only help smaller units of which you play a role if you YOURSELF are in proper working order as a healthy self-action leader and moral human being.

The Declaration of Independence
Second, "self-determination."  Our Nation was founded on the ideology that human beings were born into this world with certain "inalienable rights," among which are: "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  In other words, every man or woman ought to be free to live and act for him or herself— within the confines of the law—in an attempt to secure happiness for oneself and one's family and friends.

In support of these fundamental values, our nation was then built on the exemplary courage, capacity, vision, and divinely inspired intellect which led individuals to act (rather than to be acted upon) in a proactive, conscience-guided manner for one's own prosperity and the good of the collective.  In other words, self-reliance, self-determination, personal responsibility, hard work, and discipline become inalienable duties that each of us holds toward ourself and each other—in recognition that no man is an island, [5] and every person's speech and actions inevitably influence (for good or ill) those around him or her.

Dr. Jensen's new book is a compilation of his
life's and career work to date.
Freedom Focused was founded in large measure to educationally address the profound problems that have arisen all around us because of the disintegration of national unity in the United States and beyond, as well as an atrophy of self-determination—including self-discipline, self-reliance, personal responsibility, conscience-driven decision making, and the dereliction of one's individual, civic, and communal duty.

It is our hope that the recent winds of political change will help to facilitate the cultural resurgence of these two, noble values and virtues.  We further hope that these changes will inspire others to read at length the EDUCATIONAL PLAN we have put into motion to bring about this much needed return to the Golden Mean of national identity and self-determination, without making the mistake, in-turn, of going too far the other way (to the extreme right).

You can get started by reading my new book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom, or by reading some related articles I have published in the past couple of years.  To access these articles, just click on one of the links below...


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Click HERE to read about Aristotle's Golden Mean

Click HERE to read about The Patriotism Principle

Click HERE to read about The Paradox of War and How to Prepare for Coming Conflicts

Click HERE to read about Life Leadership: The Textbook

Click HERE to read A Class in Life

Click HERE to read Truth with a Capital "T"

Click HERE to read about A Metaphysical Theory of Everything

Click HERE to read about Pre-structuralism: The Equally Dangerous Far Side of Postmodernism


Notes:

1.  CNN.com  November 21, 2016 online article.  Click HERE to read the full text of Gardiner's Article.
2.  Callan, P. (2016). Don't Worry!  Trump is the Pillsbury Doughboy.  CNN.com  November 25, 2016 online article. URL: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/23/opinions/trump-is-pillsbury-doughboy-callan/
3. A famous phrase from Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, delivered on March 4, 1861 in Washington, D.C.
4.  From Roosevelt's famous speech, Citizenship in a Republic, delivered on April 23, 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
5. A line made famous by John Donne, a famous 17th Century British poet.



Current Edition of Self-Action Leadership:
A Textbook for Life
SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.

Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial elements of our individual natures is within the grasp of each one of us.

NoteFreedom Focused is a non-partisan, for-profit, educational corporation. As such, we do not endorse or embrace political figures. We do, however, comment from time-to-time on historical or political events that provide pedagogical backdrops to illuminating principles contained in the SAL Theory & Model.


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A Metaphysical Theory of Everything

In the last century, Albert Einstein forever altered mankind’s understanding of physics and astronomy when he discovered his famous theory of relativity, which states that: Energy = Mass multiplied by the Speed of Light squared. Written in shorthand, this famous formula reads: E = mc2.

This groundbreaking theory forever clarified the astronomical relationship between space and time. It also enhanced our understanding of the law of gravity and how it operates in our universe. Einstein’s groundbreaking theory, put forth in the first two decades of the 1900s, signaled a quantum leap for mankind in the field of physics. It was also an important step forward in achieving an even greater, and more elusive, goal of physicists: the discovery of a “Theory of Everything.”

Gravitational Singularity Theory: One of many theories
that a physical Theory of Everything would take into account.
A scientific theory of everything—related to “string theory” and sometimes referred to as a “final theory,” a “master theory,” or an “ultimate theory”—is an undiscovered mathematical formula that would, in one equation, synopsize the physical ontology and operation of everything in the known universe. The pursuit of such a profound, yet mysterious, theory is perhaps the ultimate ambition of twenty-first century physicists.

I have always been fascinated by the concept of a theory of everything in the physical world. I am not a physicist, but as a metaphysical poet-philosopher—and more specifically, a personal leadership expert—I have been racking my brain for the past 13 years in search of answers to an analogous question: what would a metaphysical, philosophical, self-help theory of everything look like?


Self-Action Leadership helps human being to harmonize
their thoughts, speech, and behaviors with universal, natural laws.
The Self-Action Leadership Theory and Model are the results of my efforts to produce a self-help, metaphysical theory of everything. While I do not claim to have perfectly achieved such a difficult and ambition undertaking, and while I am confident future revisions will continue to refine and improve upon the work I put forth here, I am pleased with the present synthesis of my studies and research, which is deeply rooted in the narrative of my ongoing attempts to successfully apply the SAL Theory and Model in the laboratory of my own life.

If there is one preeminent lesson I have learned throughout all my efforts to produce the SAL Theory and Model and comprehend its many principles, it is this: there is nothing existentially special about me above any other human being; however, everything is special about the principles put forth in the SAL Theory and Model. As such, any human being who studies, learns, and then applies these principles will eventually grow to fill the measure of their creation and realize the grandest levels of their existential potential. Thus reigneth supreme the virtue of True Principles and the veracity of Universal Laws. This virtue and verity fills my soul with a deep humility before the immovable and irrevocable physical and metaphysical laws of nature.

I present this Theory and Model to the world in hopes that as many people as possible will choose to be willing to pay the price to learn and apply these True Principles to thereby earn and receive as much Existential Growth as possible during the time they spend in this world. It is therefore the earnest desire and humble hope of this self-help “metaphysicist” that you may choose to study and utilize these True Principles—rooted in Universal Laws—to unlock the power they hold to transform yourself into all YOU are capable of becoming.


Strangled by narcissism, hedonism, and
self-deceived ignorance, America and the
rest of the world is largely unaware of its
collective potential for greatness and service.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of life in the twenty-first century, and betwixt the endless and often hectic details and minutia of daily living, it is easy to lose perspective of who we really are, and what we are really capable of as members of the human race. As a result, we are often “half-hearted creatures … far too easily pleased fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us.” We are “like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea” [1]. All of us have spent our share of time "making mud pies" when something far greater lies on the horizons of our potential.

When I reflect on the omnipotence of Universal Laws and the opportunity, liberty, and power we possess to align our behavior with True Principles, and then combine it all with an understanding of the intrinsic Existential Equality of mankind, my mind, heart, and soul is filled with a perpetual reverence for all human beings. One writer put it this way:

It is a serious thing to live in a society [where] … the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship … It is in the light of [our] overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal" [2].

I developed the SAL Theory and Model with the sincere desire and express purpose of opening your eyes to your own incomprehensible potential for Existential Growth. In addition, it is my earnest wish for you to catch the vision of the endless opportunities you have to contribute meaningfully to the lives of others, and to enjoy the indescribable growth, development, maturation, happiness, satisfaction, contentment, fulfillment, joy, and peace that accompanies those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.

To properly serve others, however, you must first be in proper working order yourself. Anyone who learns about and diligently applies the True Principles contained in the SAL Theory and Model will come out on the other side a fit servant leader who is prepared to make the world a better place by virtue of his or her presence and actions therein [3]. Just as importantly, you will be on your way to becoming a highly-trained soldier—an elite warrior—who is ready to do battle with error and evil whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head within your sphere of individual or organizational influence.


To learn more about Dr. Jordan Jensen's Self-Help Theory of Everything, Click 
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Current Edition of Self-Action Leadership:
A Textbook for Life
SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.

Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial elements of our individual natures is within the grasp of each one of us.

NoteFreedom Focused is a non-partisan, for-profit, educational corporation. As such, we do not endorse or embrace political figures. We do, however, comment from time-to-time on historical or political events that provide pedagogical backdrops to illuminating principles contained in the SAL Theory & Model.


Click HERE to learn more about the SAL Theory & Model.


To receive weekly articles from Freedom Focused & Dr. Jordan R. Jensen, sign up with your e-mail address in the white box on the right side of this page where it says "Follow by E-mail."


Click HERE to read more about Dr. Jensen's book, Self-Action Leadership, and to review what experts in the leadership field are saying about this groundbreaking new personal development handbook.


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Notes:

1. Lewis, C.S. The Weight of Glory. As quoted in Dorsett, L.W., Editor (1996). The Essential C.S. Lewis. New York, NY: Touchstone. Page 362.

2. Lewis, C.S. The Weight of Glory. As quoted in Dorsett, L.W., Editor (1996). The Essential C.S. Lewis. New York, NY: Touchstone. Page 369.

3. Greenleaf, R. (1977). Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power & Greatness. New York, NY: Paulist Press.

SAVE the DATE! Freedom Focused Corporate Ribbon Cutting




On Friday, January 13, 2017, Freedom Focused will officially be "Cutting the Ribbon" in celebration of our entrance into the professional seminar training industry.


This event signals the beginning of a new phase of our corporate development.


We extend a special invitation to our friends, colleagues, and readers to attend this special commemoration ceremony.


Those in attendance will get to share in the celebration of our company's first official ribbon cutting ceremony.  The event will be highlighted by a few words from Dr. Jordan R. Jensen, our Founder and CEO, as well as from our Chief Financial Officer and a surprise VIP guest.  


We invite YOU to SAVE the DATE of January 13, 2017 for this special occasion.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. and will last for 15-20 minutes.  Light refreshments will be served afterward.


This event will be held at The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce in The Woodlands (North Houston), TX.  The address is:


9320 Lakeside Boulevard
The Woodlands, TX
77381.


Those attending will receive a raffle ticket which will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE copy of Dr. Jordan Jensen's new book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom, a $30 retail value.


To RSVP for this Commemorative Event, please e-mail us at info@freedomfocused.com, or call us at 832-618-5451.   


In celebration of this new phase of our corporate development, we invite you to review a summary of our company activities to date.  This timeline provides a synopsis of the most important events in our history, which is still in the beginning stages.

A Brief History of Freedom Focused LLC


1987-1988 School Year:  Eight-year old Jordan Jensen attends his first time management seminars taught by his Uncle and Father.  He also begins using his first Franklin Day Planner as a second grader at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona.


2001-2003: As a young college student, Jensen reads Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and completes a personal leadership statement (a forerunner to his self-constitution) in a leadership class at Brigham Young University.  Jensen graduates with a bachelor's degree in English from Utah Valley University.


November 3, 2003:  First Freedom Focused seminar  a pro bono gig to a student group at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA.



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for Your Teenage Student
September 13, 2005:  Officially incorporated as "Freedom Focus," an LLC registered in the State of Utah.  The name would later change to "Freedom Focused," the result of a clerical error made by the Hartford Company.  Jensen liked the derivative form and decided to stick with it.  Thank you, Hartford Insurance, for this fortuitous error!


October 12, 2005:  First paid seminar to 300 ninth graders at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


April 2006:  First shipment of I Am Sovereign: The Power of Personal Leadership (Jensen's first published book) arrives at home office in Woodstock, Georgia.  (565 copies)


October 1, 2007:  First professional contract seminar for Fred Pryor Seminars in College Station, TX, on the topic of Mistake-Free Grammar and Proofreading.


November 17, 2007:  First keynote address at the FBLA/PBL National Student's Conference in Birmingham, AL, with 1,300 students in attendance.


June 20, 2009:  Jensen begins doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Fielding Graduate University where he would eventually study under the tutelage of Rodney J. Beaulieu, Ph.D.  Beaulieu is credited as being the first to coin Freedom Focused's all-important phrase, Self-Action Leadership, which is a hybrid term that combines "Self-Leadership" and "Action Research."


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2012:  Jensen publishes his second book, Psalms of Life: A Poetry Collection



May 9, 2013:  First contract seminar for SkillPath Seminars in Lufkin, TX.


August 22, 2013:  Jensen awarded doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.


October 2015:  Jensen publishes fourth book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom


October 18, 2016:  First professional, all-day, corporate seminars booked for December 2016 on the topics of Grammar, Proofreading, and E-mail Etiquette.


January 13, 2017:  Official Freedom Focused Ribbon Cutting at The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce.


What will the future bring for Freedom Focused?  We don't know for sure; the end of our story is yet unwritten.


However, we work each day to write a little bit more of its unfolding story, and are confident that as we remain committed and persistent, we will yet tell a tale that will someday be retold around the globe for the educational services and benefits of freedom it provides to individuals, organizations, communities, nations, and even the world-at-large.


We invite you to join us today in this movement of freedom that begins, in constructed by, and ends in an education in—and application of—true principles rooted in universal laws of nature.


What can YOU do to help?  First, you can sign up to receive this weekly blog in your e-mail inbox. To do so, just enter your e-mail address in the white box on the right hand side of this webpage where it says, "Follow by Email." Then click on the "Submit" button.


Second, you can buy a copy of Dr. Jordan Jensen's new book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom.  Third, you can encourage your personal and professional networks to do the same.


Alone, there is little we can do to bring about the authentic hope and change that so many persons of character and integrity seek to realize in our nation and beyond.  Working together in harmonized unity there is little we cannot do in accomplishing these worthy, long-term objectives. We invite YOU to add your voice to ours as we seek to increase the volume of a message whose time has come, and that has the power to transform individuals lives, families, neighborhoods, communities, schools, organizations, States, Nation, and even the world-at-large.


Click HERE to buy a copy of Self-Action Leadership.


Current Edition of Self-Action Leadership:
A Textbook for Life
SELF-ACTION LEADERSHIP is the key catalyst for initiating transformational leadership that lasts in any organization. The truth of the matter really is that simple; and the transformation of organizations through the holistic development of individuals really is that difficult—yet altogether possible for anyone willing to invest the time, effort, and sacrifice required to achieve authentic, transformational results.


Unlike any training program that has ever preceded it, Self-Action Leadership provides a single vehicle wherewith individual self-leaders can discover—and then act—upon the great truth that HOLISTIC personal development and growth spanning the mental, moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial elements of our individual natures is within the grasp of each one of us.


NoteFreedom Focused is a non-partisan, for-profit, educational corporation. As such, we do not endorse or embrace political figures. We do, however, comment from time-to-time on historical or political events that provide pedagogical backdrops to illuminating principles contained in the SAL Theory & Model.


Click HERE to learn more about the SAL Theory & Model.


To receive weekly articles from Freedom Focused & Dr. Jordan R. Jensen, sign up with your e-mail address in the white box on the right side of this page where it says "Follow by E-mail."


Click HERE to read more about Dr. Jensen's book, Self-Action Leadership, and to review what experts in the leadership field are saying about this groundbreaking new personal development handbook.


Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Jordan R. Jensen.

Click HERE to visit the Freedom Focused website.