In every area of life, our mission is to SERVE. In this category, we discuss how this pertains particularly in Business or Work and how to grow a business or serve at work in greater ways.

21 08, 2017

Settling for Status Quo: How To Avoid Sheepwalking Through Life

By | 2017-08-21T08:40:39+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Finances & Money|0 Comments

Settling for work that you hate to do is hard on your life.  Take my dad, for example.  My dad is a very hard worker. He provided a great life for me and my family.  But he really didn’t enjoy his job.  He once described working in the automotive industry as, “mind-numbing” and saw his work as simply a means to “pay the bills and put food on the table”. He punched in, punched out, and wanted more from life but didn’t see how it would be possible with five of us crumb-snatchers at home to feed. I think he often felt stuck.  If he could go back and do it all again, I think that he would. In Seth Godin’s book, Tribes (which I highly recommend you read), he gives a definition of a person who feels like my dad once did.  I think you will recognize it and may even relate yourself.  He calls these people “sheepwalkers”. Read this definition carefully and see if this could be you or maybe someone you know. […]

16 08, 2017

Episode #007: SERVE – Work, Business & Leadership

By | 2017-08-16T07:59:22+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Podcasts, SERVE|0 Comments

Summary: Secular and Sacred Serving. Which is which?  If you work IN a church setting it’s obviously “sacred” work.  But what if you don’t?  What if you’re a plumber, or a painter, or a stay-at-home mom?  In today’s Podcast Episode, #007, we look at the disconnect that is prevalent in our world between these two competing forces – the secular and the sacred.  For many Christians, [...]

9 08, 2017

Hypocrites among us. What should our response be?

By | 2017-08-10T13:30:40+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Leadership, Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Hypocrites:  a pretender, liar, or deceiver.  Strong words.  Stronger yet are the emotions we feel when confronted with them.  What should we do?  How should we respond to people who are found to be frauds? At the writing of this article, I just finished reading about the immediate resignation of Ole Miss football coach, Hugh Freeze.  Hugh was the coach there for the past 6 years and was someone who, apparently, was deeply devoted to the Lord.  I followed him on Twitter and was always impressed with the Scripture verses he’d post and the things that he would say.  By all accounts, he seemed to be a Christian man on a mission to mold the hearts and minds of young men and not just win football games.  I loved what I saw and heard from him from a distance. But as you can probably guess, Hugh has, apparently, lost his way. At the same time, he lost His way, too. […]

7 08, 2017

My Loser List

By | 2017-08-08T07:57:35+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset, Spiritual Life|2 Comments

Do you consider yourself a loser?  I doubt you do.  In fact, my guess is that you would emphatically say, “NO!  I am not a loser!”  If that’s true (and I agree with you, by the way, that you’re not a loser), then why aren’t you winning more in the areas of your life that matter most to you?  Why aren’t I winning more either? The answer may lie in your list. Or, as you will see, it may be your list that is lying to you. […]

21 06, 2017

How to Create a Crystal-Clear Proposition or Value Statement for your Business

By | 2017-07-31T15:31:23+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices|0 Comments

Creating a Proposition Statement is critical to the success of small business owners.  It lets customers or prospects know exactly why they should consider their services or help.  Yet it is one of the most under-valued and unused tools by most entrepreneurs.  Skipping this is kind of like skipping step #1.  It’s a bad idea and creates a bad foundation to build off of.  Not only that, but starting or operating a business without a crystal-clear Proposition Statement creates confusion and unclear expectations for both you and your audience. All of this, thankfully, can be avoided. But before we get to that, though, I want to give credit where credit is due.  One of my mentors (I have a few) is a guy in Nashville, Tennessee, named Michael Hyatt.  (Click on his name to find out more about him. He’s awesome!)  No matter what business you are in, you should become familiar with Michael and follow him and his team.  They have helped and guided me so much in my entrepreneurial endeavors and I know they could do the same for you.  He is the one who introduced me to what I’m about to share with you here.  It is easy to understand and can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to sharing what you do and why your audience or customers should care. So here are the 4 parts to creating a crystal-clear proposition statement for your business. […]

7 06, 2017

Why You Should Embrace Adversity

By | 2017-07-31T16:09:50+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Leadership, Mindset|0 Comments

What if I told you that your life could be great but that the way to greatness required continual adversity? Would you still choose it?  I believe that there is something inside each of us that wants to be great.  But the road to greatness is wrought with trouble, doubt, and fear.  When facing adversity a decision must be made; do we shrink back in fear or do we move forward in confidence and courage? I was reading through Andy Andrews book, The Seven Decisions, (which is as good as The Traveler’s Gift -the book where he introduces The Seven Decisions) and he addresses the issue of adversity and it’s correlation to greatness.  Andy’s message is clear: You have a decision to make when it comes to dealing with adversity in your life.  You can let it cripple you (like it almost did him) or you can learn to embrace it. Here’s his story and what he discovered that can change so much for you. […]

31 05, 2017

How to deal with death.

By | 2017-07-31T16:07:26+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices|0 Comments

Death is guaranteed.  An abundant, full, thriving life is not. In this short video, I share my thoughts about both and how Memorial Day and the passing of two friends in our community has caused me to remember to focus on what really matters most.   I have come that they may have life to the fullest... - Jesus What are you doing to embrace life more fully in the midst of certain death?

22 05, 2017

How we think and how to do it better.

By | 2017-08-07T14:15:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset|0 Comments

How you think is rarely discussed.  What to think, however, is everywhere.  Wherever you go there is someone offering their opinions and on what to think.  Self-help books, blogs (like this one), talk shows, celebrity Twitter feeds, news and media outlets, and more.  But what about the process of thinking?  What should we think about that? In his short and engaging book, John Braddock writes about this very topic from his perspective as a real-life spy. The book (which you can read for free with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program) is called, A Spy’s Guide to Thinking, and is a fascinating read.  John (I doubt that’s his real name) highlights something that I found very helpful and applicable in each of the 7 key areas of life that we discuss here each week in my blog. Here is how John describes how we think and how we can do it better once we know and understand this process. […]

24 04, 2017

4 Reasons Your Business May Fail

By | 2017-07-31T17:48:47+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices|0 Comments

As a home-based business owner, this conversation is near and dear to me.  I am an entrepreneur (like many of my followers and Tribe).  I love the challenge of trying to grow something from nothing and build it into a successful enterprise.  But it is not easy and most people will, sadly, fail to make it work. Whether you have a home-based business or a brick-and-mortar one, it doesn’t really matter.  Owning your own business is really hard work.  It will test your mettle and push you to new limits.  It can be the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  Often on the same day!  The roller coaster ride that comes with owning a business is simply a reality of what you signed up for when you opened up your shop. So grab your doggie bags if you’re feeling queasy and pull up your big-boy (or big girl) pants and make sure it’s not your business that is next to fail. Here are 4 reasons that many do and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. […]