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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.

  • Brian

You Can't Manage Time!


I know you want your life to count and make an impact for the Kingdom of God!
Therefore, how you use your time matters.  We all have the same amount of time in every day.  Over the course of our lives, we don’t know exactly how much time we will have, and once we waste our time it is gone…
Daily we face the competing demands of those who would like to dictate how we spend our time… we try to balance all the things we want to do with our time… and we find ourselves spending time on things that do not really matter.
When we think about this struggle we inevitably come to the subject of time management.  For years I thought I could manage time.  I read books on this subject, I worked on my schedule… and yet I was still frustrated.
Then, I read a book that changed my thinking on this subject completely, “The Power of Full Engagement.”  This book challenged me to think about how I was managing my energy not my time.  You see, the legacy we leave and the impact we make with our lives is a result of the significant actions that we take.  
[Tweet “Our legacy is the result of the significant actions that we take.”]
These significant actions are a result of being fully engaged with a high level of energy.  Then… and only then do we take actions that get results.  Trying to maximize every minute of the day without being mindful of our energy levels is a dead end game. We just wear ourselves out and then we are not productive… we are just busy.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”  – Solomon (Prov. 17:22)

Here are 5 Ways to keep Your Energy Level High

  1. Fully Engage & Fully Disengage – Every elite athlete has times of intense exertion and times of complete rest.  We are only able to achieve this if we engage and disengage.  Therefore, focus on the people or task in front of you.   Eliminate distractions, and be “all in!”
  2. Exercise – Our mental energy for the work that we do is closely tied to the physical energy of our body.  So often, rather than taking care of our body, we abuse it.  Exercise, not only strengthens our body, but it allows us to think and clear our heads.  For me, exercise is like a mental “reset” button.  If I am getting discouraged or mentally struggling, Exercise is the quickest way to bring my mind back to a good place.
  3. Feed Your Mind –  Numerous studies have shown that we are not getting proper nutrition from our diets, even if we eat healthy food.  Through year of mass food production, the nutrients in the soil have been depleted and with it the nutrition content of our fruits and vegetables.  Therefore, we need to supplement our diet with nutrition.  I specifically supplement my diet with nutrition designed to give me energy and mental focus.  This has been life transforming for me.  I can now work through the afternoon without a mental crash.  You can learn more about the products I use by clicking here.
  4. Enjoy Life – Many times in our pursuit of our goals we forget to enjoy life.  Solomon said repeatedly in the book of Ecclesiastes that our toil (work) is meaningless unless we receive the gift of God to enjoy it.  When we enjoy our lives, we gain energy.  I have activities in my life that “energize me” even though they are hard work.  I know you have the same types of activities in your life.  Make sure they are a regular part of your life.
  5. Create Margin – Nothing is designed to operate long term at max capacity.  Whether it is your vehicle engine, stereo speakers, or the hard drive on your computer… these things will fail if they are operated long term at max capacity.  So why do we think we can max out our lives and not fail under the pressure?  Start creating space.  Don’t book your day full.   Practice the Sabbath.  Take time off to rest.  It is time to simplify and create margin in our lives.

The journey to freedom from the time management “rat race” begins with a mindset and focus shift.  From there we move into the hard work of changing our habits.  Don’t get discouraged, you can do this.  You will fall back, but keep moving forward.
You now have a choice… What are you going to do with what you have learned?  You can stay on the same frustrating track of trying to manage your time or you can take action to increase your energy.  I want to help you take action and change your life.  Therefore, I have included a short list of resources to help you maintain a high level of energy in your life.

  • Brian

Resources

  • “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy not Time is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.” – Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
  • AdvoCare Spark® is a unique multi-nutrient system that was developed as a nutritional source of energy and enhanced mental focus. It’s a sugar-free with more than 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy that won’t overburden or over stimulate your body. This amazing product serves as an all-in-one solution that gives you a quick boost of energy that lasts for hours. (From the Advocare Website)
  • AdvoCare Slam® is a powerful, portable energy supplement in a tiny, two-ounce bottle. Its unique combination of energy-producing nutrients and support for neural processes makes it a perfect fit for the person on the go. Portions are easy to control with Slam, so you can drink the whole bottle or half if you prefer. It’s also quick and easy to consume in five amazing flavors. Slam is the perfect choice when quick, convenient results and sustained energy are a must. And unlike many other energy supplements you may find at retail stores, Slam actually tastes great! (From the Advocare Website)
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes by Solomon.  This book of the Bible is the wisdom and reflections on life of Solomon.  Solomon was one of the wealthiest men to every live.  His wisdom and influence was known far and wide, and he was sought out as a consultant by other kings and queens.
  • The Simplified Life.  Our lives are increasingly becoming more complicated and full everyday.  It takes intentional focus to simplify our lives and focus on what really matters

45: Gospel Patronage w/ John Rinehart

EP. 45Today’s show is featuring John Rinehart, author of Gospel Patrons, as he speaks at the 2014 Generous Giving Conference. 
“JOHN RINEHART is a California-based writer and speaker with a degree in business from Biola University and a M.Div from Talbot School of Theology. In 2009 John and his wife set off on a 5-month trip around the world to become globally-minded Christians. Their adventure led to the unexpected discovery of the beautiful part businesspeople can play in advancing God’s kingdom.
Since then the message of Gospel Patrons has spread to business and ministry leaders around the world, helping them become radically generous and personally involved in the work of God. John currently speaks at a variety of events, conferences, and churches each year about the greatness of God and the part we can all play in the Great Commission.”

Key Takeaways

  • When God raises up a preacher or a missionary, He also raises up a patron.
  • What would’ve happened if the patron hadn’t said. “Get to work Tindell.”
  • God has a part for all of us to play. Whether it is behind the scenes or up on stage, a generational impact happens when we choose to give and nurture our talents for the good of those around us.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “When God raises up a preacher or a missionary, He also raises up a patron. @johnrinehart34”]
  • [Tweet “What would’ve happened if the patron hadn’t said. “Get to work Tindell.” @johnrinehart34″]
  • [Tweet ” Whether it is behind the scenes or up on stage, a generational impact happens when we choose to give and nurture our talents for the good of those around us. @johnrinehart34″]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR45

44: My Faith Journey w/ Chad Eddy of the Remember the Gospel Podcast

EP. 44Today’s rebroadcast is featuring my appearance on “Remember the Gospel” Podcast.

“Brian Mininger is an entrepreneur with a passion for the Gospel. With his podcast “Small Business Revival” and his blog at brianmininger.com, he helps business owners understand Biblical Entrepreneurship.”
~Remember the Gospel

Key Takeaways

  • Figuring out our dream is like peeling off the layers.
  • As we get closer to who God has created us to be, our impact grows.
  •  Take your walking, breathing, living life and give it to God to use for the furthering of His kingdom. {Romans 12:1}
  • Earning a profit is a Godly pursuit, if you are using it to impact others.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Figuring out our dream is like peeling off the layers.”]
  • [Tweet “As we get closer to who God has created us to be, our impact grows.”]
  • [Tweet “Take your walking, breathing, living life and give it to God to use for the furthering of His kingdom. {Romans 12:1}”]
  • [Tweet “Earning a profit is a Godly pursuit, if you are using it to impact others.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR44

43: Faith in Action w/ Greg Hyatt of the WP-TNT Podcast

EP. 43Today’s show (and the next couple of shows) is going to be a little different. As most of you know my family and I are in the process of moving. In order to free up some time for myself but still give you all quality content I am going to be sharing multiple podcast shows that I have been featured on. For Today’s show I will be speaking over on Gregg Hyatt’s podcast WPTNT.

Is It Possible To Have Faith In Action In Your Business?

Absolutely.  On today’s episode, I was able to conduct an interview with Brian Mininger from brianmininger.com and we share a wonderful time exploring how to incorporate faith-based values into your business model.
Listen in as I explore how Brian incorporates faith into his business model and how he go to where he is today as a successful business coach and consultant.  It’s all right here on WP TNT.
– See more on Greg Hyatt’s site

Key Takeaways

  • Really connecting with your clients is the key, it’s not just your faith.
  • Are we committed to serving our clients in such a way that we deliver more value than what they pay us?
  • It’s not so much about what we charge, it’s about what we deliver.
  • The key is building residual. It takes time, though, so you must also do things that pay today.
  • “If you desire a balance it’s going to be a struggle.”

  • Always talk about your schedule and go through it with your spouse. Honor their opinions and suggestions.

 Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “It’s not so much about what we charge, it’s about what we deliver. @ghyatt_wpdev“]
  • [Tweet “Are we committed to serving our clients in such a way that we deliver more value than what they pay us? @ghyatt_wpdev“]
  • [Tweet “The key is building residual. It takes time, though, so you must also do things that pay today. @ghyatt_wpdev “]
  • [Tweet “If you desire a balance it’s going to be a struggle. @ghyatt_wpdev“]

 Resources

39: Starting a Business from 1 Gumball Machine w/ Matt Miller

EP. 39Today’s guest is Matt Miller of School Spirit Vending.
“The School Spirit Vending concept was developed in July of 2007 by Matt Miller of Kingwood, TX.
As a father of three, with years of expertise in both print media and vending, Matt was able to see school fundraising from a unique, outsider’s perspective.
One day, after a child in the neighborhood came by the house selling items for his school’s fundraiser, Matt decided to create a business that would help schools and their clubs or organizations raise money more simply.
Year-round, hassle-free fundraising with School Spirit Vending was born!
The School Spirit Vending concept and its simplicity has caught on so quickly that schools all over the country are already benefitting from the program with great results!!”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost…”  ~ 2 Corinthians
Rely on Him and not on your own strength.

Key Takeaways

  • Social Media IS very important. If you don’t understand it do some research and ask questions.
  • God has a plan. You must be willing to go through the rough times to come out victorious.
  • Businesses do have tough moments. Embrace them because they will make your business stronger in the end.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Rely on Him and not on your own strength.”]
  • [Tweet “Social Media IS very important. If you don’t understand it do some research and ask questions.”]
  • [Tweet “God has a plan. You must be willing to go through the rough times to come out victorious.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR39

38: Building a Business as a Married Team w/ LaShonda Delivuk

EP. 38Today’s guest is LaShonda Delivuk of Life Focus Pictures.
“Life Focus Pictures specializes in television commercials, educational DVDs (in both English & Spanish), and web videos for YouTube & website homepages.
From the very beginning, the mission of Life Focus was to provide its clients with exceptional customer service while producing video content with a high-end cinematic aesthetic.  Our goal is to bring national-quality material to businesses both small and large.  In 2013, Life Focus Pictures received a nomination for the 2013 Emerging Small Business Award through the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a nomination for a Small Business Award through the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Since 2011, LFP has served over 70 businesses nationwide producing video content for all needs ranging from broadcast commercials to vision videos for non-profits.
Life Focus Pictures strives to not only produce quality work but have a positive impact on the community in which they live. They are active members of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club & the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (CHAT Team & Minority/Women Owned Task Force). They volunteer their time helping non-profits and also speak to young entrepreneurs, middle & high school students.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” ~ Hebrews 6:7-8

Key Takeaways

  • It’s a great ideas to have a Financial Adviser when first starting off.
  • When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.
  • Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. 
  • Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.
  • Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.
  • Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.
  • Never get too attached to your own ideas.
  • John 15:5

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. “]
  • [Tweet “When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.”]
  • [Tweet “Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.”]
  • [Tweet “Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.”]
  • [Tweet “Never get too attached to your own ideas.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR38

35: Saving Children Through Social Entrepreneurship w/ Sam Caster & Jon Copper

EP. 35Today’s guest is Sam Caster of EM Squared and Jon Copper of Nutrition on Mission.

Sam Caster

“In 1998, founders Sam and Linda Caster donated to an orphanage organization based in Romania. When the directors of that organization thanked the Casters for their contribution, they expressed their growing concerns for the children in their care. Malnutrition was taking its ruthless toll on their lives. In desperation, the directors said, “If you know anyone that can help us with this problem, please let us know.” With the world’s most advanced nutritional and wellness technology at their fingertips, Sam and Linda donated a one year supply of nutrient support. One year later, the directors came back wanting more and out of the direct need, MannaRelief was born. A little over a decade later with thousands of people around the world joining together, we’re addressing the problem of malnutrition for children everywhere.”

Jon Copper

“I am a Social Entrepreneur. I started Nutrition On Mission with the intent of creating a sustainable business model to nourish children with malnutrition, as well as create micro-enterprise opportunities in those same communities we nourish children.”

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.”  ~ Proverbs 11:11

Key Takeaways

  • If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services.
  • You have to be competitive in the marketplace. Especially if you are a non-profit.
  • “Concern with building platforms that enable more people of every age to think and behave like change makers, to help them work together powerfully in teams of teams to facilitate rapid circulation and sharing solutions on a global scale.”

  • Utilize the technology around you.
  • Would you rather invest your life to make a difference?

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You have to be competitive in the marketplace. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Utilize the technology around you. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Would you rather invest your life to make a difference? @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR35
 

33: Turning a Life of Adventure into a Business w/ Rye Taylor

EP. 33Today’s Guest is Rye Taylor of the Take Action radio network, Podcast Essentials, and Daring and Rye.

Biblical Entrpreneurship

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. ~ 1 John 2:9

Key Takeaways

  • “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

  • Life is an adventure worth living.
  • A life of distinction is always different. 
  • Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family.
  • It is possible to turn your dream into an income.
  • Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.””]
  • [Tweet “A life of distinction is always different. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Life is an adventure worth living. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “It is possible to turn your dream into an income.”]
  • [Tweet “Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing. @ryetaylor”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR33

32: Building a Business as a Teenager w/ Emily Wills

EP. 32Today’s Guest is Emily Wills of Empire Designs.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

Key Takeaways

  • Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.
  • Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.
  • If you have a dream, just go chase it. Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.
  • “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” ~ Isaiah 43:1

  • Keep going even if you have a setback.
  • Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.”]
  • [Tweet “Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.”]
  • [Tweet “Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep going even if you have a setback.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR32