Freedom From the Work Life Balancing Act

The honest truth is that there really is no work/life balance.  Try as you may, the scale always tips one way or another.  The solution is not to try harder, but to change your mindset.
As I interviewed over 50 small business owners on my Small Business Revival podcast, I asked them how they balance life and work.  The overall response was “It’s a struggle.”
I understand, it is a struggle for me too… especially as I have ventured back into the world of construction.
It is time to think differently.  Rather than trying to “balance” it is time to integrate.
It is time to integrate what is really important to us into a life that is satisfying and we can be proud of.  For most of us, the important areas of our life can be summarized by work, family, community, and self.
Rather than trying to balance these competing demands… seek out activities, work, projects, recreation, initiatives or rest that results in a “4-way” win.  In other words look for ways to do one thing that results in a win for all areas of your life.
Here is an example.  Volunteer with your family to work on a Habitat for Humanity Home…. You will meet new people (networking) which can benefit your work, you spend time with your family, you give back to your community, and you get some exercise which benefits your self.
The more integrated “4-way” wins you can incorporate into your life the more fulfilling life will be.
If you can’t achieve a “4-way” win, then go for a “2-way” win like taking a mid-day walk.  This improves your productivity at work in the afternoon and improves your physical health.
Now get out there and make it happen. Say no to one more activity in the balancing act and do something different.  I know you can do it.

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Suffering for God's Mission

The greater our mission, the greater the opposition and suffering we must face. Sometimes we even feel like we are suffering for God…  Have you ever felt that way?

Don’t get discouraged. Do great things!

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Know Your God

 
… But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  Daniel 11:32
We all want to do great things and make our lives count!  But, what is the foundation of our lives?  It is knowing God.  The “great exploits” overflow from relationship with God.  Not the other way around.  You learn to know your God by living in relationship with Him through the good times… and more importantly… the difficult times.

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54: Small Business Revival Podcast – Final Episode

SummertimeLife is full of seasons.  The current season we are in, here in Central Virginia, is summertime.
I love summertime.  It is a season to relax, have fun, spend time with family & friends, and enjoy the outdoors. But, like every season, even good seasons, it is going to change…
Our lives are the same way.  Therefore, it is time for the season of my life as the host of the Small Business Revival Podcast to change.  It has been a great ride.  I look forward to hosting a new podcast in the future and I thank all of the guests and listeners who have made this show great.
Click on the link below to listen to the last episode for all the details.
I will be blogging here at www.BrianMininger.com this summer during my season of rest.  I .look forward to continuing to connect.  I will also be on www.Twitter.com/BrianMininger
God Bless,
Brian

"Are you Victimized or Trained by Hardship?"

HardshipThis past Sunday, I had the opportunity to Worship in Birmingham, AL with Grace & Truth Fellowship.  This was a “trip back in time” as I was a part of this church 20 years ago.
Pastor, Steve Longenecker’s message that morning really challenged me.  He talked about being trained by hardship and asked the question, “Are you victimized or trained by hardship?”
Here are my thoughts as I have been reflecting on this question…

As I reflected on this question, I decided to write out a list of ways I have been trained by hardship…  Here is the beginning of my list.

  1. To listen to God
  2. To listen to wise counsel
  3. Humility
  4. Endurance
  5. Wisdom
  6. Practice the presence of God
  7. Thankfulness
  8. Serving others
  9. Loving others
  10. To Love my wife
  11. To listen to my kids
  12. ……

 

53: 5 Benefits of Community for the Entrepreneur

Podcast – Show Notes

53: 5 Benefits of Community for the EntrepreneurHave you ever felt alone in the fight?  As Entrepreneurs, it is easy to get so busy and focused on our goals that we don’t cultivate relationship.
The result is a lonely, vulnerable place.  If you choose to stay in that place, you will find your success and impact limited.
[Tweet “”You find your calling when you find your family” – @caleb_campbell“]
However, you have a choice.  You can take action, invest in relationships and change your destiny.
Here is what Solomon had to say about community.
“This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

5 Benefits of Community to the Entrepreneur

  1. Someone to share success with
  2. Help when you fall
  3. Keep your hope in face of opposition
  4. Conquer the enemy
  5. Makes you stronger

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr53

I was Self-Sabotaging My Calling…

I was self-sabotaging my callingHave you ever been there… in that place where you had big visions and dreams, but you just felt stuck?  You felt like you were going around the same mountain?
On one hand, you feel like the external resistance to living your calling is great, but you also know that the greatest resistance is inside of you!
You desire to do great things, make your life count and fulfill the calling that you were created for…. but somehow you stay stuck.
Days go by, seasons go by, you have some success, but then you fall back.  Have you experienced this?  Maybe you are experiencing it now.
What happens if you stay in this place?  Will you get to the end of your life and have regrets? Or, will you get to the end of your life and know that you “left it all on the field”, gave 100% and lived for the Glory of God?
We all have a choice, each and every day about how we live.  Unfortunately, for many years, I made the choice to self-sabotage my success and my calling…
Now, this was not a conscious choice… instead it was a choice brought on by apathy and neglect.  It is not easy for me to admit this.  On the outside, things looked good, but on the inside I was struggling.
Here is what I was experiencing… I would start something new. I would have some success. Then things would get difficult. And, internally I would crumble.  I would get stressed, burn-out, and failure would come.
I would ask myself, “Why?” “Why am I back in this place?”  “Will this ever change?” Have you had those same thoughts?
Then, about 2 years ago, God started leading me on a journey.  It was a journey of growth… it was also a journey of desperation.  I was tired of being stressed out, frustrated and full of internal turmoil every-time life got difficult.  I was tired of my weakness sabotaging my success.
Jim Rohn says, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”
[Tweet “”Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn”]
I slowly began to realize that I had to change, I had to grow, I had to get stronger… And that journey began with stripping things away so that I could get healthy.  Somethings, God stripped away, other things I chose to let go of.  Once these things were stripped away, I began a journey to healthy strength.

Here are the 4 areas of health that have transformed my life.

  1. Emotional Health – This was a big one for me and my family.  Because I had lived “without healthy limits” for so long, my emotional health and the health of my family had really suffered.  We were burnt out, and struggling in our relationships.  Through the help of the Emotionally Healthy Leadership Resources developed by Pete Scazzaro, intensive counseling with Father’s Heart Ministries and God’s Grace, we were able to experience restoration in this area of our lives.
  2. Spiritual Health – Because I was so worn out, my relationship with God had suffered.  Therefore, it was time for me to reconnect with Him.  I began starting my day with Bible reading, Prayer and journaling.  These were habits that I had let “fall by the wayside” as life became overwhelming.  As I sought after God and His presence in my life, more than His blessings, my spirit started to come alive again.
  3. Physical Health – For years I had neglected my physical health and my body.  This neglect had resulted in a damaged back that required surgery a few years ago, weight gain and low energy levels. I could not handle difficult situations because my energy levels were constantly low and I didn’t feel good.  I struggled to get through the day.  Through changing my diet, exercising, drinking water, and nutrition supplementation I have transformed my physical health.  I am well on my way to achieving my goal weight of 190 lbs, my energy levels are good and I feel great.
  4. Financial Health – Ever since my construction company failed in bankruptcy in 2009, we have struggled financially.  We carried financial obligations from what happened, tried to maintain our old lifestyle, and hung onto things that we should have let go.  Finally, in desperation we decided to make some hard choices.  We knew we had to get our finances healthy.  Therefore, we have sold many of our belongings, leased out our farm, and started building a direct sales business with Advocare.

Emotional and spiritual health were the focus of 2014.  Physical and financial health are the focus of 2015.  I am so thankful for God’s grace and mercy along this journey.  I am thankful that He has lead us every step of the way… And I am thankful that these changes have brought about strength that allows me to stop self-sabotaging my calling when life gets difficult.
[Tweet “”If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small” – Solomon”]
Can I speak directly to you for a minute?  Maybe you see yourself in my story.  Maybe you have experienced these same struggles.  God wants to help you get healthy so that you can fulfill the greatness He created you for.
It would be easy to read this post and not change.  This journey is difficult, but it is worth it.  You don’t have to walk alone.
If you would like to experience this kind of transformation in your own life, I am here to help. Therefore, I would like to offer you a FREE no strings attached 30 minute coaching call.  Just fill out the form below and I will be in touch to schedule your call.

52: The Parable of the Sower

Harvest 2Do you want to do something great and make a difference with your life?
If you do… then you need to understand the lessons of the Parable of the Sower.  The potential for the impact that we want to have with our lives is contained in the “seed.”  That seed is our message.
Whether you are a non-profit leader, sales professional or small business owner, you have a message to get out.  Often times we get discouraged about the lack of results we see from sowing our seed.
However, if we will understand the Truth contained in the Parable of the Sower, we will have the tools necessary to be successful even when we face struggle.
Then, You will be able to reap a mighty harvest!
Click on the player below to listen to this weeks podcast.

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51: Podcast Show Update 3 – Pursuing Less but Better

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Sometimes less is more.

As a driven “type A” personality… this is hard for me to admit.  However, over time I am learning how to give myself time and space to think.  Every time I take time to evaluate my life I realize that there are ways I can do less, do it better and make a greater impact.
Our lives are constantly filled with new things.  Do you need to consider doing some “pruning” in your life and focus on less so that you can have a greater impact?
Simplicity is powerful!  Why are we so good at making things complex?  These are the questions I am asking myself as I “prune” my life.
In today’s show I share how this thought process is impacting the future of the Small Business Revival Podcast.  As a result of examining how, ” less could be more,”  I have come to the following conclusions.

  1. I will produce 1 show a week instead of 3.  I want to produce a show that is well done.  I am only able to do that if I produce less shows.
  2. I am going to launch a new show that focuses on a smaller audience…. Christians who want to build the Kingdom of God through entrepreneurship, social initiatives, and ministry.

These conclusions have led me to the decision to cease production of the Small Business Revival Podcast and launch a new show.  With that decision comes the need for a new title.  Here are 4 options I am considering.  What are your thoughts?

Potential New Podcast Show Titles

  1. The Brian Mininger Show
  2. Biblical Entrepreneurship Podcast
  3. The Word for World-changers Show
  4. The Solomon Effect Podcast

Share your thoughts or suggestions in the comments or on social media.
God Bless,
Brian