This is part two of a 2-part article. I posted part one yesterday, in case you missed it.
For over a decade now, Ann and I have held it in our mind that it's the
vision of creating a world on purpose that directs our decisions,
choices, and actions, while doing everything we can to stay fiscally
and financially responsible so we can keep the doors open and continue
to fulfill on the vision. And, we recognize and acknowledge that the
real C.E.O. of Life On Purpose Institute is God, Divine Source of it
all. ( C.E.O. for us equals Cosmic Enlightened Officer.)
Relating to Life On Purpose as a 'vision-directed, fiscally
responsible, spiritually based enterprise has helped us through some
tough times. When Ann and I look at our business in this way, we see
that it's time to make some adjustments that are consistent with being
this kind of enterprise. Adjustments that include:
** Deepening our own spiritual practices as they relate to our work in the world.
** Renewing our commitment to the vision of Life On Purpose Institute,
and trusting that as we allow that vision to direct our decisions,
choices and actions, all necessary resources will be provided for the
continuation of the vision being realized.
** And perhaps the most significant adjustment is in regards to our
policy around charging for our programs and coaching services.
A Purposeful Policy for These Turbulent Times
Effective immediately, our policy is this:
"Anyone who truly feels called to our work (programs and coaching
services), and feel that we can be of service to them in living a more
purposeful and meaningful life, will not be denied those services due
to monetary or financial constraints.
We will make every effort to find a way that will allow them to
participate in our work while continuing to be financially responsible
as an enterprise."
Said another way, money or financial issues will no longer be an
obstacle to people who are truly called to our work from benefiting
For example, in a few days we'll be opening the next Living the
Fulfilled Life Program: Purposeful Prosperity Edition, and there will
be 12 slots available…the number of people we feel we can most
effectively serve in the program.
And yet, given our new policy, as long as there are slots available,
we're committed to making those slots available to people who are
guided to this program, whether or not they can pay the full tuition.
Together with the client, we will determine what financial arrangement
is consistent with our being a vision-directed, fiscally responsible,
spiritually based enterprise.
Assisting Others to Live On Purpose
We also realize that in any economic climate there are people who are
'flush' with money and those who are 'tapped out' and many in between.
To help balance these temporary imbalances, we're starting a Life On
Purpose Scholarship Fund that will allow people who feel guided to
contribute to helping others live on purpose to do so.
So for example, let's say Alice feels called to do the upcoming Living
the Fulfilled Life program and she can take care of 50% of the tuition
without causing a hardship for herself or her family, then, if there's
money in the scholarship fund, we'll pull the other half of her tuition
from the fund. If there's no money in the fund, then we'll absorb the
Now, will some people try to take advantage of this new policy?
Perhaps, we'll see, but I don't foresee this happening. For one thing,
there will be certain conditions of satisfaction to be in our programs,
or use our coaching services that I believe will wean out those who are
(If you want to read the rest of the story including these conditions, go to: http://www.lifeonpurpose.com/policy)
This is an experiment. Then again, in a very real way, so is Life On
Purpose Institute and our lives. <G> You can be sure, Ann and I
will continue to meet with our C.E.O. on a regular basis over the next
several months, and we'll keep you posted how this all unfolds.
NOTE: Shortly after writing this article, I read another one on Steve Pavlina's blog entitled How to Make Lots of Money During a Recession. While it's a fairly long article, it has many good points in it, and in some ways I think really speaks to what has prompted us to create this new policy. I encourage you to take a look at it, and then return here for comments.