Plans Possible-Actions Needed-Results Desired

This page is for people wanting to know more specifics about what we intend to do and how support can be used.  

On this page:  

    • Summary
    • Mission
    • Vision
    • 7 Callings
    • Strategy
    • Rationale (Case for the work)
  • Goals and Priorities to Serve Leaders and Provide Resources


Plan for School and Life

  1. Goals and Resolutions Planbook published
  2. Seminar on Goals and Resolutions
  3. Video
  4. Plan for College and Life planbooks donated to students and staff to help more students stay in school and succeed
  5. Materials to the Alabama Department of Education and teachers
  6. Coach exiting prisoner and wife to plan their comeback
  7. Donate materials to sheriff for inmates

Veterans Day Founding History, Character, and Leadership Education

  1. National web site for teacher and civic club resources
  2. Google ads to reach teachers, students, veterans, patriots nationally
  3. Book that tells the history of starting Veterans Day and patriotic guide
  4. Poster that summarizes the history lessons for schools, veterans


  1. Camp Rockhurst Ranch Day
  2. Personal Leadership for Patriots at the Southern Museum of Flight
  3. Tribute to the Founder of Veterans Day at the Weeks Monument
  4. National Veterans Day historian and partner
  5. Progress and Plan review

Institute Research, Publication, Posting Open Educational Resources

  1. Life Leaders Journal and donated subscriptions
  2. Goals and Resolutions Planbook
  3. Plan for College and Life Planbook
  4. Plan for School and Life Planbook
  5. Best-Self Strategy Planbook
  6. Master Your Goliath Planbook
  7. Veterans Making Comebacks Planbook: Assessment
  8. Veterans Making Comebacks Planbook: Goals and Actions
  9. Assess and Develop Attitude and Ability Planbook
  10. Financial Fitness Planbook
  11. Motivating Values Planbook
  12. Facebook pages for each calling: Plan for School and Life, Best-Self Leadership, Master Your Goliaths…

For a more compressed summary: Profile and Purpose


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

Vision Highlights for the Main Three Goals

  1. Students, professionals, and other citizens learn and use Best-Self Leadership (best practices for developing and serving), write at least a basic Plan for School and the 7 Areas of Life, and use a process to Master Goliaths.
  2. Students also learn in school the history and impact of National Veterans Day Founding History and Character Traits, including who, where, why….connected to Freedom to Flourish and Leadership.
  3. Advance Alabama for three national movements related to Patriotism and Freedom to Flourish historically rooted here, adding education to events for Veterans Day, Civil Rights, and Plan for School & Life to create positive national resources and branding by informing and supporting state leaders, teachers, event planners, historians, and media.

7 Areas of Calling

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, better prepared to serve.

2. Plan for School and the 7 Areas of Life: so youth write a plan in school and supporting organizations 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.

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 seemingly insurmountable challenges to benefit them and society while learning a process they can use more.

II. Advance Freedom, Patriotism, Veterans Day Founding Education

4. Patriotism in Action: so more people take action in addition to feel patriotic spirit as we provide events promoting personal leadership, true professionalism, and appreciation for veterans, first responders, and families who serve and sacrifice for freedoms.

5. Veterans Day History and Character Education: so students learn the national history of America’s Veterans Day starting in Alabama connected to character traits: patriotism, courage, perseverance, citizenship, loyalty, honor, freedom, peace, trust, leadership–and Alabama informs and benefits better from national movements led here connected to freedoms.

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

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

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

Strategy Summary

  1. Research and Development of Publications and Presentations to provide at events and online as resources primarily to educational leaders and teachers, human services organizations, mentors, and motivated citizens.
  2. Expand online resources for teachers, event planners, government policy makers, and public information aiming to develop into a top national resource in our top areas of service.
  3. Organize and present events plus support goals of partner organizations.
  4. Advise Leaders to boost awareness and action: inform leaders in schools, colleges, government, foundations, education, and youth development organizations of opportunities and gaps, action needed, and support those who care with advice, resources, and service.
  5. Align with partners and organizations with similar missions who need awareness or additional action to succeed at their jobs.


1: Teach students and young professionals basic best-self leadership principles and practices and guide them to write plans for school, profession, and other areas of life to boost attitude, attendance, and achievement, plus prepare them better for common denominators for doing their best regardless of academic, professional, or other life choice. 

I am called to help people in this way because this is something I wanted in school decades ago and now want to help create this needed service for our generation and future. We can succeed by taking massive action now. Otherwise, this could take decades.

Alumni want this. Alumni, who have used their education in personal, professional, and other areas of life, wish they got preparation in planning and personal leadership because we use it most days.

Parents want this. Virtually every parent I have asked wishes their children or grandchildren were helped with plans and purpose. In parts of my work as executive and life coach plus training professionals of all ages and levels, I see a need for us preparing people in school and college with knowledge and skills they need in school and beyond. Working with Veterans Making Comebacks from homelessness and addictions, it’s easy to see these former students could have been equipped better for making better choices. If we help people in despair–homeless, prison, etc.–to identify a purpose that inspires them, more will restore their lives. Better still, young people who prepare for inspiring purposes are more likely to live better without gaining the experiences and habits associated with crime and other bad choices.

Best-Self Leadership is the second most important topic in the world–equipping people with knowledge and skills like planning, motivation, time management, leadership, and more they use in most every role–to help succeed in their most important topics, such as their callings and relationships. True professionalism and spiritual stewardship require plans and actions on callings, gifts, and talents as well as other purposes. Many bright people teach the concepts though few take action to benefit students, professionals, and other members of society.

The USA is already moving toward adding this preparation in pockets around the country—a few people, schools, and organizations. Education, institutions, and programs are moving slowly, evolving toward addition of this preparation, which is required for “doing our best.” If we commit to take action on this better path, add better requirements and resources, we can go to the next level in this generation.  –David

Planning for Life is a known best practice recommended by best-selling books and leadership experts on personal and professional development. Scripture calls us in multiple passages to plan use of talents. Most people say they “know” goals are good though fewer than 5% have taken action and written a plan for school and/or life to use. This best practice can be implemented to improve inspiration, decision-making, performance, and sustainability among students, professionals, and families.

The paradigm has shifted for what it takes to earn A+ preparing students and professionals. Similar to a teacher providing a syllabus stating what gets rewarded, we can improve what we reward for graduation, for promotion, and for more incentives. It is up to leaders to require and reward learning and doing what we need, what we say is important. Leadership “by walking around” to see, encourage, and guide works better when people know what gets reward when the leader is not around.

Vision Highlights to Advance Planning for Life

  • Students write Plans for School & Life to inspire and guide them toward Character-College-Career-Citizenship to fulfill a requirement for Best-Self Leadership and to fulfill a request of alumni, parents, and employers. Schools should require and reward, and youth programs can support with encouraging thinking and acting on opportunities and challenges along with fun and interesting experiences.
  • We can help teachers and parents answer the question from young people, “you keep encouraging me to do my best–how do I do that?” “How do you do that?”
  • Students earn credit in writing and other courses, and improve this assignment through grade levels so by graduation clarity and value are high.
  • They share with counselors, parents, and in applications to career and/or college, having the option to keep some private until ready to share.
  • Attitude, attendance, and achievement should increase because of more motivation and sense of purpose “on the inside” instead of relying so much on teachers.
  • Satisfaction from teachers, alumni, parents, and employers improves.
  • Colleges continue advancement of plans and development helping with professional plans and teaching more on professionalism and best-self leadership.
  • Professional organizations boost performance in hiring, training, and developing people with better processes, including professionals state intent better with plans and leaders mentor better. Watch more people get prepared for promotion faster.
  • Marriages and families are more likely to succeed because of preparation with Mission and Vision for Marriage statements and alignment guided by pastors, counselors, and expanded societal expectations that couples do this exploration together to build on strengths and resolve more compromises in the beginning.

2: Teach all students who and where America’s National Veterans Day started (missing from many lesson plans and curricula). Teach how this celebration of Freedom of Liberty, appreciation of veterans, and commitment to world peace connects to the Civil Rights Movement, and provided Freedom of Rights. Now, we can teach this and why students have Freedom to Flourish. We can teach them how to use this freedom to Plan and Lead in Life better.

Veterans Day (Freedom of Liberty). This is national history for establishment of a federal holiday adopted to honor veterans who sacrificed for freedoms and to keep our nation working for world peace. The movement started in Alabama with the first National Veterans Day in 1947 and led to the national holiday signed into law in 1954.

Unfortunately, only an estimated 1% in the USA know this national history, less than half even in Alabama. Many schools celebrate Veterans Day. Some know and teach “why” the holiday started though most teach without sharing “who and where.”  It’s not their fault, but is their opportunity: Alabama and the nation have not yet taught most students so most teachers today do not know this part of the history. Schools usually do a good job featuring veterans who served who tell of experiences, though we also need to teach and honor the missing elements in the desired lesson plans. This is a must for Alabama and can be shared with teachers nationwide for their use.

Civil and Human Rights.  Freedom of Rights. As many as 10 cities have claimed to be the cradle or part of the “cradle” of the Civil Rights Movement. Alabama has 4 of 10 cities often cited (Birmingham, Montgomery,  Selma, Tuscaloosa) known best for historic events, some for action today. The Civil Rights Movement was able to take place because WWII veterans and others protected liberty and freedom so the nation could focus on higher level needs.

Alabama led on both national movements for Veterans Day and Civil Rights. Both are linked by the shared value of “Freedom.”

The state could benefit from improved branding, tourism, and commerce associated with events and economic development by adding lesson plans in schools, strategic plans by government, and coordinated efforts in education, tourism, and development.

Vision Highlights to Advance Veterans Day Founding History, Character, Leadership

  • School students can learn national history of where and why Veterans Day started in Alabama connected to the Civil Rights Movement, the shared value of Freedom, at least 5 of the 25 character traits taught in Alabama and other states (Patriotism, Courage, Perseverance, Citizenship, Loyalty…), and the Dyson Hierarchy of 7 Motivating Values (influenced by Maslow’s Hierarchy, which you may have learned in psychology or management classes).
  • Patriotism in Action (book), which offers compressed lessons and reading on Veterans Day and 10 character traits, plus more, is published by Life Leaders–and we provide copies to educators and offer online.
  • The Veterans Day Founded in Alabama poster we publish is available online to see, plus we can provide more to display in schools, city halls, and tourism venues.
  • The U.S. Senate Resolution we proposed and supported with research, documentation, and proposals, and was led to approval by senators and staff of Sessions and Shelby, returned official recognition to Alabama and Raymond Weeks as the “driving force” (quote by President Reagan) for America’s Veterans Day. However, still, too few know this useful history. We must continue until education helps all citizens learn deeply in at least one grade with brief annual additions.
  • Alabama can earn branding for national movements for Veterans Day-Human Rights-Plan for School & Life through not only teaching and marketing history but also serving through developing and providing educational and media resources and hosting events before the World Games here in 2021.

3: Provide resources and support to the inspired educators and leaders in education, tourism, commerce, government and more to implement initiatives to prepare citizens as well as support policy makers and teachers.

Most educators, civic leaders, and others in charge of educating and preparing citizens and boosting community development and commerce want to do a good job and will do better if equipped with plans, knowledge, and resources. Life Leaders can be a servant leader and “driving force” to advise and support others until we have sustainable policies, teaching, and systems to advance and maintain for the state and nation.

Vision Highlights to Advance Citizenship

  • Life Leaders Institute serves education, government, nonprofits, and others who care about development of citizens and positive branding that is sustainable.
  • 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.
  • Alabama can become a national resource for teachers, especially for the synergistic lessons and actions for Veterans Day, Civil Rights, Patriotism in Action, Freedom to Flourish, Character and Citizenship development, Planning for School and Life, and Best-Self Leadership.
  • 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.

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

Priority Goals and Actions

Services to Leaders and Organizations

  1. Serve innovative leaders of schools, youth development programs, college and professional development leaders to help people write Plans for School and Life so students and young professionals are better prepared–and employers more satisfied.
  2. Provide resources others do not offer including synergistic lessons for Plan for School & LifeBest-Self LeadershipVeterans Day Founding History and Character Traits, Freedom to Flourish, Assess and Develop Attitude and Ability, Earn and Delegate Empowerment…. Connect to national movements for Veterans DayRights, and Plan for School and Life unique to Alabama and our work.
  3. Requested by Veterans Day: research and create slide show of National Veteran Award honorees since 1954 to post online and show at the Banquet. Also, 
  4. World Peace Luncheon Speakers research and update list, post online, and show at luncheon. 
  5. Support Veterans Leadership Ministry with Master Your Goliaths resources, Veterans Making Comebacks Planbook, Dunn Dogwood Memorial, web page for Col. Dunn, trustee, co-author, deceased 2017.

Seminars, Events, and Services Presented and Supported

  1. Plan for Life and Resolutions Workshop annually and by request.
  2. Monthly seminars and meetings for members, partners, advocates, and others interested providing updated publications for use, plus receive suggestions to improve our work and impact. Work with interest group at Troy University.
  3. Civic club presentations.
  4. College lectures, seminars, classes, and advising: Troy University.
  5. School classes: fulfill invitation to Mortimer Jordan High School for teacher training and student programs.
  6. Coaching to leaders, teams, and individuals focused on Plan for Life and Master Your Goliaths.
  7. Personal Leadership for Patriots at the Southern Museum of Flight, Nov 2.
  8. Tribute to the Founder of Veterans Day (“Driving Force” per Pres. Reagan) to open National Veterans Day ceremonies hosted in Birmingham Nov 10 at the Weeks Memorial Monument, Linn Park, led by Col. Barefield, emcee Dr. Dyson. Support Riderless horse at Veterans Day Founder Tribute and Parade, Nov 10-11.
  9. Alabama Money Expo Financial Planning Workshops by Melvin C. Smith with David Dyson, co-author.
  10. Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America–Alabama National Cemetery Committee events led by Bob and Nancy Barefield, chair, Patriotism in Action, and The American Village.
  11. Memorial Day and Independence Day at the American Village.

Publications and Resources Developed, Presented and Provided Online

  1. 7 Steps to Set Achievable Resolutions.
  2. Master Goliaths Planbook (students facing challenges, veterans making comebacks, prisoners earning re-entry).
  3. Plan for Life Page/s handout to use and support for camps and ongoing activities to help foster children at Raleigh’s Place and use feedback to serve other youth programs and home schoolers.
  4. Update and publish Patriotism in Action book for National Veterans Day honoree, visitors, our events, and those teaching patriotism, freedom, citizenship…. (consider a new book focused on Veterans Day Founding).
  5. Publish Professionalism Under Stress book and articles by Col. Dunn and Dr. Dyson.
  6. Publish and post to new web pages Veterans Day Founded in Alabama posters, handouts, slides for teachers to use and Veterans Day to use in their events and education outreach.
  7. Publish updated Freedom to Flourish Planbook with why and how for teachers to use with students.
  8. Publish blogs and mailings by and additional authors on the Life Leaders Blog to support subscribers, teachers, and the public.
  9. Publish Facebook, news feeds, and other media supporting publications/programs.
  10. Speak on radio, tv, and other media programs.
  11. Improve and expand to provide videos as online resources and expand to reach more people.

Suggestions and requests can be sent to

More Plans and Info on 7 Areas of Calling

    1. Best-Self Leadership
    1. Plan for School & 7 Areas of Life
    1. Master Your Goliaths
    1. Patriotism in Action
    1. Veterans Day History & Character Education
    1. Freedom Lives/Freedom to Flourish
  1. Farm & Ranch for Animals and People 

Plans, programs, and web pages for these 7 callings continue to improve. Introductions to people looking for us and suggestions welcome:

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