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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.

28: Town Hall – Laying the Foundation of Success

EP. 28Do you desire to have success?  Success in your business, in your personal life?  Do you desire to see your wealth and impact grow?
The beginning of building anything is the foundation.  What are the foundations of a successful business and life?

Here are my core beliefs about Faith and Business.  I challenge you study the Bible for yourself to see what it has to say about business.

My Foundational beliefs about Faith and Business

  • Business, Entrepreneurship & Making Money is a Godly pursuit.
  • Wealth comes from aligning ourselves with God’s abundance principles.
  • We are no longer under the curse of “the toil of the ground.”
  • The good news of Jesus transforms all of our lives, including our work.
  • We were created to fulfill our destiny in God’s plan to redeem the world.
  • The Bible is the greatest business book of all time.
  • Revival is going to require more than 10% and a few hours on Sunday!
  • The Kingdom of God needs the entrepreneurs to come off the sidelines.
  • Faith results in a different way of doing business.
  • Faith gives us an advantage in the marketplace.

Key Takeaway

Laying Your Foundation – Grow into Your God Given Calling

“That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O LORD God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

God said to Solomon, ‘Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!'” (‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭1‬:‭7-12‬ NLT)

6 Steps to Laying the Foundation

  1. Make a sacrifice
  2. Seek God
  3. Embrace your calling
  4. Desire to serve “your” people
  5. Receive from God
  6. Grow!

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “We all want the results… but will we change to become who we need to be?”]
[Tweet “Seeking wisdom is synonymous with seeking God, God is the source of wisdom “]

[Tweet “We don’t focus on results… we focus on our character and doing the right things”]

[Tweet “God brings results… This is not easy, it takes faith.”]

Resources

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr28

25: Town Hall – You Were Created for More!

EP. 25On today’s Town Hall meeting I share some of my story as I learned to step out of my box and pursue my true calling. I will be sharing with you six steps to help you find your own personal calling. Whether you are living your calling or aren’t quite there yet, I believe that you were created for more.
“The revitalization of small business is also a revitalization of the family.  The integration of biblical principles in today’s business as well as today’s family is much needed.  Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.”  ~ Anthony Witt

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you do not know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.”  ~Ecclesiastes 11:6

 In order for a business to be successful it is a good idea to have a business plan, but before that you need a life plan.  You need to understand what you were created to do.
  • Do you know what your life is to be about?
  • Do you know what you want your life to look like?
  • Do you know what your purpose and your calling is?
You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. 

Six Steps to Finding Your Calling

  1. Understand what a “calling” is – It is the unique place in God’s purpose and plan of redeeming the world and showing His glory that your were created to fill.
  2. Embrace the Journey, not the destination.
  3. Take a deep look inside.
  4. Lean into the resistance. 
  5. Let go of something you are holding onto.
  6. Take action to move forward. If we aren’t moving forward, God can’t direct our steps.

Tweetable Quotes

  •  [Tweet “You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. “]
  • [Tweet “Before you have a business plan you need to have a life plan.”]
  • [Tweet “Even if you are living your calling, you were created for more.”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace the Journey, not the destination.”]
  • [Tweet “Lean into the resistance.”]
  • [Tweet “If we aren’t moving forward God can’t direct our steps.”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR25

22: Town Hall – 10 Proverbs to Grow Your Business

EP. 22I believe that the Bible is one of the greatest business books of all time.  When we live by the principle of prosperity laid out in God’s word we are positioned success.
I especially love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  It is a treasure chest of wisdom to help us be successful in business.  In today’s podcast I share 10 of my favorites.  Here is the list.

10 Proverbs to Grow Your Business

  1. Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭11‬ NLT)
  2. Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭4‬ NLT)
  3. Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)
  4. A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭28‬ NLT)
  5. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭6‬ NLT)
  6. Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭22‬ NLT)
  7. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭3‬ NLT)
  8. Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭16‬ NLT)
  9. To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭8‬ NLT)
  10. Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭24‬:‭27‬ NLT)

Tweetable Links

[Tweet “Money does not corrupt you, it only exposes who you truly are.”]
[Tweet “God is an entrepreneur, He is creative by nature!”]
[Tweet “There is satisfaction in work well done!”]
[Tweet “The Bible is one of the greatest business books of all time”]

Resources

Read the full show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr22

Don't Be Impressed With Your Own Wisdom…

photo-1414604582943-2fd913b3cb17As Entrepreneurs… we are self-motivated, driven individuals.  It is easy for us to fall into the trap of being impressed with our own wisdom.  However, we were created for so much more.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Does the Bible Have Anything to Say About Business?

BibleHave you ever really thought about this question?

As an entrepreneur and a former pastor, it is definitely something I have thought about.  Today, I would tell you, Absolutely YES!
However, for years, I didn’t really believe it.  I might have said that I believed the Bible could help me with my business. However, that was just in same generic way that I believed that the Bible could make me a better person.
Over the last few years, my understanding has changed.  First, if I believe that the good news of Jesus Christ can transform every area of my life, then I have to believe that it can transform my business.  Therefore, the word of God must have a lot to say about business.
With this understanding, I started to examine the word of God with a business lens to see what I could find.  The results are amazing.
Here are just a few of the nuggets I have found…

“So be careful how you live.  Don’t live like fools, but like those that are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”  Ephesians 5:15-17

Live like those that are wise… make the most of opportunities… don’t act thoughtlessly…  This sounds like good business advise to me.

“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing.”  Hebrew 6:7

Business success comes from God! The farmer works but God sends the rain.

“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.  The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.”  Proverbs 28:19-20

Get rich quick schemes result in poverty by hard work results in a reward.  This is more solid business advice.
As I have looked at the Bible through the Business lens, I have found that a lot of what the Bible has to say about business is in the wisdom of Solomon.  We read that wisdom in Ecclesiastes and Proverbs.
Therefore, I have been digging into this wisdom.  The result of this study is what I am calling “The Solomon Effect.” And, I can’t keep it all to myself.  I am excited to teach these truths in a virtual workshop that is accessible to anyone anywhere.
Solomon banner 2In this 90-minute interactive “virtual workshop,” I’m going to share with you…   “The Solomon Effect” — a series of immediately actionable principles, secrets and systems extracted from the Book of Proverbs…   tested and refined by the fire of my own real-life struggles and victories as both an entrepreneur and a pastor.
I have limited the space in the workshop so that I can interact with the participants and answer questions.  Therefore, if you would like to reserve your space, click here now.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing more about what the Bible has to say about business.

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