Plans Possible–Actions Needed–Results Desired

On this page:

  1. Mission
  2. Vision
  3. Scope of Work
  4. Seven Areas of Calling
  5. About Life Leaders and doing more with you


To empower citizens, communities, and country
to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE.

Vision for 3 Priorities

I. Plan for School and Life

Vision: Students write plans for school and life while in school. This fulfills a best practice for student development that helps students increase sense of purpose and “grit” to do their best more often because of enhanced attitude leading to improved attendance and achievement, including graduation. Students use their plans for assignment grades with teachers and with parents, counselors, mentors, and applications to college or career. College students expand plans for college and life, adding draft professional plans that inspire them to prepare and to use seeking opportunities. The State adds a positive brand for positive, common sense applications that lead to improved student performance, graduation rates, and national rankings.

Because: A+ fulfillment of student and professional development requires this component–student development literature already calls for this–we just need to implement. Alumni and parents want this addition, especially for their children. Approximately one of four students do not finish high school, intended to be a fundamental academic preparation for success and good citizenship. If we have been spending what we can and teachers have been doing what they can, then it makes sense to add new strategy to develop more purpose and personal leadership within students–or accept what we have been getting.

Plans enhance sense of purpose, which increases attitude, attendance, and achievement leading to more “grit” and perseverance (a school character trait) to graduation. Alabama often measures in the lower half of performance standards–if you are already doing most all you think you can with school leadership and teacher performance, adding self-reliance to students is a workable strategy that will have more long-term benefits related to developing citizenship. At the college and university level, only a few schools report even 75% of students finish. At many schools, the success rate for graduation is less than half, even less than one in four. At the college level, personal leadership including purpose, time priorities and habits, plus often determine if the student finishes–more than academic ability.

Strategy: research, development, publication, and posting free or low cost online resources to help teachers and students state-wide and nationally–web pages, books and planbooks, videos, presentations….

Advise and assist leaders with vision for student development to add requirements, rewards, and resources needed for implementation and sustainability. And, persist to advise and assist state leaders guiding requirements to put motivators in place to support desired behaviors. Key implementers include educational leaders and teachers, executives and HR professionals, human services organizations, coaches and mentors, civic club leaders, ministers of education, and other motivated citizens. Leaders of these groups must put processes in place to reward action for sustainability.

Life Leaders seeks to serve government, education, and human service organizations to reach the next level in the movement to add plans for life and best-self leadership in schools, colleges, universities, professional, and spiritual organizations as part of a brand for schools, other development organizations, and the state fulfilling Freedom to Flourish.

Progress: Life Leaders is the longest-running nonprofit in Alabama, perhaps the U.S., teaching, advocating, and serving leaders and personal development advocates to help people write plans for life and learn personal leadership princaiples. Dr. Dyson started efforts in 1973 to help students get this added preparation. Life Leaders adopted this goal by 1993. We have made progress through efforts, though sustainability will come after schools require and reward students to do this recommended action.

Our first public seminar was hosted January 1992. Over 250 seminars have been sponsored to advance planning, personal leadership, and professional development. Pilot classes have been taught in Birmingham City Schools on Veterans Day History, Freedom of Rights, and plan for 10 Character Traits. Life Planning and Leadership was taught at Birmingham-Southern College and UAB School of Engineering. Radio shows, videos, and blogs on Planning, Best-Self Leadership, and Master Your Goliaths support people and this purpose. Google Ads invite the public to preview and print publications to use at no cost. And, we have added Life Leaders Ranch Day events for students to help inspire them to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE aided by experiences with horses and activities in nature.
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Partners: foundations and friends provide advocacy to leaders and key implementers, volunteerism, and/or money for the mission. They subscribe or follow as many as possible of our communications for their information, use, and sharing: journal, email, blogs on Facebook, and posts on Instagram.
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II. Veterans Day Founding History and Character Education

Vision: Teachers of millions of students know the “who, when, where, why” national history of America’s Veterans Day starting in Alabama so they can teach this often-missing history. Alabama schools teach why America’s take a day off annually to commemorate veterans of all U.S. wars connected to the Civil Rights Movement and creation of Freedom to Flourish.

American educators know and teach that Veterans Day started in Alabama in 1947, endorsed by General Eisenhower (1946) and honored by President Reagan (1982). School character traits are taught supporting this history–these are five of the 25 adopted by Alabama in 1995 for instruction for 10 minutes per day: Patriotism, Courage, Perseverance, Loyalty, and Citizenship. These additional character traits and values should be taught, we believe, especially in Alabama: Freedom, Trust, Honor, Peace, and Leadership.

Because: Less than 1% nationally know this positive history. Alabama is losing national brand, event and tourism revenue because some national veteran, educational, and patriotic organization event planners do not know they should consider Alabama for their meaningful events and meetings. More in Birmingham (the founding city) have additional awareness (perhaps 50%) thanks to annual news stories though successful education to all citizens for city, state, and nation fall short because this history and character education has not been required. Our educators can make a difference by implementing, and Life Leaders can advise, assist, and provide resources to succeed better and faster.

Prior to our escalated involvement rising in 2012, most online resources used by well-intentioned teachers cited another state started Veterans Day. The U.S. Congress had passed a resolution also stating that. The state credited with this official recognition contributed to the national movement, though Alabama started the holiday seven years earlier (1947). Mr. Weeks, founder, invested 40 years starting and growing Veterans Day, though he had officially lost his legacy. All of us can learn good lesson: the event plus education is required for sustainability.

Strategy: provide the nation’s top web site for teachers, historians, and media professionals on the founding of National Veterans Day history. Provide free online resources supported by training and coaching for inspired educators, historians, and media–web pages, book, poster, videos, teaching materials, lessons on 10 character traits, events, social media, plus Google Ads providing free resources. Partner with National Veterans Day as historian, help them create web pages for teachers connected to our complete collection.

Progress: Education partner with National Veterans Day and serve as Historian and Author for National Veterans Day. After the “9-11” attacks on America, we wrote and published Patriotism in Action: The Founding of Veterans Day in Alabama. Since then, our Patriotism in Action program has presented Personal Leadership for Patriots and Tribute to the Founder of Veterans Day. We developed, host, and support the top U.S. web site with free resources for Veterans Day Founding Education. Google ads with links invite visitors to free online teaching resources. Programs and posters have been presented in schools such as Birmingham City Schools, Hoover, Vestavia…Teacher Conference at American Village, Freedom Institute for City of Birmingham, Boy Scouts…. And, we have presented at major veterans organizations. Our book on the history is presented to the National Veteran Award honoree and national officers of veteran organizations visiting for National Veterans Day annually.
More Progress…

III. Advance Alabama

for national contributions to Freedoms. Alabama is branded nationally for college football and civil rights, especially among millions who have not lived or visited here. We can add positive branding for the city and state that started America’s National Veterans Day and the connections to Freedom–Freedom of Liberty, Freedom of Rights, and Freedom to Flourish–before Birmingham hosts the World Games in 2021.

Because: Most students are missing important and inspiring history with applicable character traits. The state is losing positive branding and revenue from events, tourism, and commerce. The opportunity is for Alabama to lead on events and education related to Veterans Day, Civil Rights, and Plan for School and Life. The positive brand can include standing for patriotism, freedom, rights, and good citizenship.

Strategy: Provide online resources (web pages, Facebook blogs, Google ads) supported by speaking, training, and coaching for inspired visionary government leaders who can advance policy, educators who can add lesson plans and requirements, civic club presenters, and media who can help educate and inspire the public.

Progress: Our Patriotism in Action team led the campaign resulting in the U.S. Senate passing a new resolution restoring historical leadership for starting America’s Veterans Day for the State of Alabama (after Congress passed an earlier resolution giving credit to a state that started their Veterans Day commemorations seven years after Birmingham). The 40 year legacy of Raymond Weeks was restored.

The Governor of Alabama presented to us a proclamation as did the Mayor of Birmingham in a presentation at a public City Council meeting. Dr. Dyson served on the Freedom Institute Faculty for “50 Years Forward” for the City of Birmingham (1963-2013). We host the Advance Alabama blog on Facebook as well as Central Alabama Positive News and Possibilities.
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Beyond the Mission

Support other nonprofits such as Raleigh’s Place, University of Montevallo Environmental Studies, and animal shelters.

Scope of Work Goals

Plan for School and the 7 Areas of Life
Supported by Best-Self Leadership increased in college and career

  1. Goals and Resolutions Planbook: written, published, and posted for students and the public to use.
  2. Video: 7 Proven Steps to Set Achievable Resolutions produced, posted.
  3. Video: Goals for the 7 Areas of Life.
  4. Video: The 7 Areas of Life.
  5. Best-Self Strategy Planbook: 7 Best Practices to Plan & Lead your Life
  6. Google ads nationally offering educational resources and individual tools: planbooks, video, web.
  7. Professionalism Under Stress book added to Amazon for Kindle readers and free for reading at the web site.
  8. Free blogs for public on Facebook: Plan for School and Life, Best-Self Leadership, Master Your Goliaths, Professionalism and Leadership Under Stress, Life Leaders Journal…
  9. Plan for College and Life planbook (to help more students stay in school and perform at a higher level of commitment).
  10. Plan for School and Life planbook (to boost attitude and achievement).
  11. Provide Plan for School and Life to GEAR UP leaders who help students attend college.
  12. Presentations and publications to Alabama Department of Education.
  13. Presentations and publications to College of Education deans.
  14. Mission and Vision handout template and training for college students preparing to be teachers.
  15. Plan template for Agricultural Sustainability and Personal Leadership.
  16. Plan template for Personal Environmental Leadership.

Veterans Day Founding History, Character, and Leadership Education

  1. National web pages for government leaders, teachers, civic clubs, and media to use presenting–handouts, videos, slides…
  2. Help National Veterans Day create web page content for teachers and other visitors and link to our Veterans Day Founding Education pages.
  3. Serve as Historian for National Veterans Day.
  4. Google ads to reach teachers, students, veterans, patriots nationally.
  5. Book that tells the history of starting Veterans Day and patriotic guide.
  6. Poster that summarizes the history lessons for Veterans Day Founded in Alabama and 10 character traits to teach in schools.
  7. Video: How National Veterans Day started in Alabama (<5 min.).
  8. Video channel playlist for Veterans Day Founding Education.
  9. Blogs on Facebook: Veterans Day Founding Education, Patriotism in Action, Freedom to Flourish, Freedom City, Advance Alabama.
  10. Civic club presentations and resources for their presenter to use: video, handout….

Advance Alabama

  1. Brand Alabama better as the founding state of America’s Veterans Day–web page, publications, Google Ads in the state and nationally.
  2. Brand Alabama better for the emerging national initiative to help schools help students write Plans for School and Life–Google Ads targeted for state, nation, and selected countries.
  3. Advance Alabama blog on Facebook.
  4. Freedom City blog.
  5. Freedom to Flourish blog.
  6. Google ads taking media and interested people in key World Games countries to our information branding Alabama positively for national and international contributions–supporting the team leading Birmingham’s efforts.
  7. Advocate to City of Birmingham and assist on improved strategy to provide positive information to media of World Games countries.

Research, Publication, Posting Books and Videos Open Educational Resources for students, teachers, professors, motivated citizens

  1. Goals and Resolutions Planbook
  2. Plan for College and Life Planbook
  3. Plan for School and Life Planbook
  4. Best-Self Strategy Planbook
  5. Master Your Goliath Planbook
  6. Assess and Develop Attitude and Ability Planbook
  7. Motivating Values Planbook
  8. Patriotism in Action book
  9. Professionalism Under Stress book
  10. Financial Fitness Planbook
  11. Veterans Making Comebacks Planbook: Look in the Mirror Assessment
  12. Veterans Making Comebacks Planbook: Goals and Actions
  13. Agricultural Sustainability & Personal Leadership Planbook
  14. Planbooks free to preview and download at Life Leaders and added to for Kindle readers for only $.99
  15. Facebook blog pages for each calling: Plan for School and Life, Best-Self Leadership, Master Your Goliaths, Veterans Day Founding Education, Patriotism in Action, Advance Alabama…
  16. Life Leaders Journal and donated subscriptions
  17. Google ads offering free reading of publications.


  1. Lecture at the University of Montevallo (2 classes).
  2. Flag Day 2019: dedicate Barefield Flag Pole and Dunn Dogwood.
  3. Camp Rockhurst Ranch Day (students improve plans for life, learn of personal leadership, and equine-assisted coaching…).
  4. Personal Leadership for Patriots at the Southern Museum of Flight.
  5. Tribute to the Founder of Veterans Day at the Weeks Monument.
  6. Planning for the 7 Areas of Life seminar.
  7. Best-Self Leadership seminar.

7 Areas of Calling Summary

I. Help people Plan and Lead in Life

1. Best-Self Leadership: so students and professionals learn common denominators of doing our best regardless of academic, professional, or other life choice with a written strategy for doing our best we can use and teach, proving ourselves better prepared to serve.
Best-Self Leadership

2. Plan for School and the 7 Areas of Life: so youth (and the adults teaching them) each write a plan in school to inspire and guide them with improved attitude, attendance, and achievement, help parents and counselors know intent better so they can advise better, plus help students communicate, attract, and match with college and career opportunities. Plan for School & 7 Areas of Life

3. Master Your Goliaths: so people know better how to set goals and resolutions to help them develop and achieve, assess and change, and overcome threats and challenges to benefit them and society while learning a process they can use again.
Master Your Goliaths

II. Advance Freedom, Patriotism, Veterans Day Founding Education

4. Patriotism in Action: events to advance more people taking action in addition to feeling patriotic spirit. Events promote personal leadership, true professionalism, and appreciation for military and veterans, first-responders, and families who serve and sacrifice for freedoms.
Patriotism in Action

5. Veterans Day Founding History and Character Traits Education: so schools add missing education so students can learn the national history of America’s Veterans Day starting in Alabama connected to 10 character traits: patriotism, courage, perseverance, loyalty, and citizenship, as well as honor, freedom, peace, trust, leadership. Alabama informs and benefits better from national movements led here connected to freedoms.
Veterans Day History & Character Education

6. Freedom to Flourish: so more students know Freedom Lives, how, and they have Freedom to Flourish because of liberty and rights and learn best practices for how to flourish, plus implement with a plan to develop capacity and commitment for fulfilling callings and choices.
Freedom Lives/Freedom to Flourish

III. Events and place for people to plan, develop, renew with animals

7. Farm and Ranch: so more people seeking to plan, improve, renew, or make comebacks have a unique program to think, plan, and implement to improve results and habits–in nature with animals also needing sanctuary.
Farm & Ranch for Animals and People 

Life Leaders Can Advance Citizenship

  • Life Leaders Institute serves education, government, nonprofits, and others who care about development of citizens and positive branding.
  • We provide research, development, publication, posting of resources, and service to consult, teach, speak, and help the state and nation do our best to help our citizens do their best.
  • Life Leaders can partner with and/or support schools, colleges, government leaders, and institutions who work to advance good citizenship to implement this expanded vision, at least, until key organizations and people implement this work regularly for sustainability.

To inquire about more in the vision or offer your insights: or 205.422.6484

For a more compressed overview: Profile and Purpose
See Progress thanks to Partners

Plans, programs, and pages for these 7 callings continue to improve. Introductions to people who may be looking for us welcome:

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