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. ……

 

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.

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
 

50: Podcast Show Update 2 & Our Saturday Small Business Journey

Good Morning!
On today’s podcast I give a little bit of an update on my thoughts for the podcast as we go forward.  And, I share with you about our Families Saturday journey through the small business landscape of Nelson County, Virginia.
We had an awesome day! It was so much fun and we saw some great places, and met some great people.  (I shared some videos along the way on Facebook)
Here are some of the places that we stopped.
The Batesville Market – Batesville, VA
Nelson Farmers Market – Nellysford, VA
North Garden Equestrian Center – North Garden, VA
Bonus 🙂
Sweet Streets Ice Cream Truck – Stuarts Draft, VA (My Friends New Business)
Family Businesses we purchased from…
Ula Tortilla – Nelson Co. VA
Double H Farm – Nelson Co. VA
Miller Bake Shoppe – Stuarts Draft, VA
I encourage you to take your own local small business journey… and let me know what great places that you find.
 
Brian
 

We found these at the farmers market


Entrance to the Nelson County Farmers Market on a beautiful day!


We had lunch at the Batesville Market in Batesville, VA


 

49: Small Business Revival Podcast Update

DSC_6691All of life has seasons…

For the last 3 1/2 months I have been in a season of working very hard to publish the Small Business Revival Podcast 3 times a week.
It is time for a season of rest, evaluation and reflection.  Therefore, over the next few weeks I am not going to publish the regular episodes.
Instead, I am going to share with you updates as I go on this journey.  These updates will be more impromptu and recorded on my iPhone as I have time.  I am also going to focus on investing energy in the needs of my family during this time of relocating.
Thank you so much for your listener-ship.  I truly appreciate your support.  During this season I would love to hear from you.  My desire is to serve you.  If you have suggestions, questions, or feedback on the show please email me by clicking here.

“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.”
Solomon  (Ecclesiates 3:1-8)

 
To get the complete update on the Small Business Revival Podcast, listen to today’s episode below.

I Fix My Eyes on What is Unseen…

 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, because what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 4 NIV)

Tear up the Score Card

Photo Credit - Munir Hamdan

Photo Credit – Munir Hamdan


Are you a highly competitive business owner and entrepreneur like myself?  Our competitive nature is what gives us an edge in business.  It motivates us to work hard, set goals, and strive for something more.
But that drive, which is one of our greatest strengths, can also be very destructive.
Here’s the problem.  Competition requires us to keep score.  This is very helpful for analyzing and managing our businesses…. But, when when we keep score on ourselves and our relationships, we have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!
[Tweet “We have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!”]
Have you experienced this in your own life?  You get discouraged because the list, in your head, of your own failures is a mile long.  Or, maybe it goes this way, you start to get frustrated and angry with a friend for family member because of your list of disappointments.
A few months ago, I found myself at this place… I received a challenge that I am going to give to you. 
Joe White, spoke at the Ignite Men’s conference and told us that God’s grace was like “tearing up the scorecard” in the game of golf.
[Tweet “”God’s grace is like tearing up the scorecard” – Joe White @Kanakuk”]
Do you need that kind of grace today?  Do you need to “tear up the scorecard” that you have been keeping on yourself and others?  Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins, mistakes and failures.  Why to we insist on keeping a negative score?
We don’t have to go forward living under the weight of the scorecard.  TEAR IT UP TODAY!
Live in the freedom that Jesus bought you on the Cross and have a great day!

  • Brian

31: Town Hall – 4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve their Health

EP. 31In this Friday’s Town Hall Show, Victoria and I talk about the importance of our physical health in building our businesses and fulfilling the call of God on our life.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”  ~ Philippians 1: 21-24

 Key Takeaways

 Why improve your health?
 “You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain”  Kary Oberbrunner
 A study by economists in Finland studying 5000 identical twins found that those that exercised regularly earned 14-17% more than their more sedentary counterparts.  They found that those that exercised were more persistant in the face of challenges.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
– Tony Robbins
“Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.”
– Michael Hyatt

4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve Their Health

  1. Capitalize on their competitive nature
  2. Have a plan
  3. Build a team
  4. Get a coach
So this is our plan…
Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race.  We are going to be entering the Spartan Race here locally at Wintergreen
Our plan is to kick off our training with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. This is a plan that includes, exercise, nutrition supplementation and healthy eating.
We are putting together a group of people to do this together.  If you would like to join us either locally or virtually you can message us through the form below.  We will kick things off with a grocery shopping trip.
Our coaches are Jeff and Christina Mininger who have been helping others through this journey for 6 years.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.” – Michael Hyatt”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain” Kary Oberbrunner”]
  • [Tweet “Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race. “]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR31
To find our more about our 24 Day Challenge Group fill out the form below.

Why Easter is Essential to my Business…

EasterI love this time of year!  As I sit outside this afternoon and enjoy the first warm breezes of spring, I contemplate this upcoming Easter weekend.  It is a busy few days for us.  Our church is hosting an Easter Dinner Theater to share the life changing good news about Jesus with our community.  We have been involved in different ways through the years.
In years past, Victoria directed the production and I was support for the demanding schedule that she had to run.  This year is different… the girls are older and they are serving as backstage crew and wait staff, I am on the prayer team and
Victoria is holding down the fort at home.
Therefore, I have a little more time to reflect on Easter and the significance of what we are celebrating, than I have had in the past.  I am in a season of growing in my understanding of how my work fits into God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.
Easter is the time where we celebrate the fact that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin, which we could not pay, and open the door for us to be restored to right relationship with God.  It is the opportunity of freedom to those who have been in bondage to the destructive nature of sin in their lives.  It is the path to restoration of relationships, healing of disease, and peace for our souls.  And ultimately Jesus extends to us the free gift of salvation from the eternal consequences of our sin.
 

It is out of this perspective that I share my list of “Why Easter is essential to my business” (And my life)…

  • Jesus broke the power of sin over my life, which includes the curse of sin that makes work a burdensome toil.  Therefore, I am free to pursue work that is enjoyable, meaningful, provides for my needs and makes a positive impact on the world around me.
  • If I can trust Jesus with the salvation of my soul, then I can also trust Him with my life.  Therefore, I don’t have to be beaten down and burdened by the struggles of life and the challenges of business.  He is there to help me and He is working things out to my benefit.
  • Life has greater meaning and purpose than just being successful or making money.  Jesus sacrifice and resurrection was pivotal moment in God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.  Today, my life, and my work, is part of that plan.  There is no differentiation between the secular and the sacred.  My business is a part of God’s greater purposes and plans.
  • Sin is destructive.  The patterns of sin will ultimately destroy the success of my business.  Through Jesus I have freedom to live a different way.  This allows me to truly love and care for those I do business with.  This care builds value over time rather than sacrificing long term value for short term gain.

[Tweet “In Jesus there is freedom for your Life and Business!”]
I want you to know, that if you feel like you are stuck or in bondage in any area of your life, including your business, there is freedom in Jesus Christ.  He holds the power to help you break free and live the abundant life that you were created for.  All you have to do is surrender yourself to Him and allow Him to guide your steps.
May this Easter signal a time of new life for you and your business!

  • Brian