My company does branding. We come up with awesome stories, logos, and websites for our clients. The price of what I charge is subjective. I don’t really have a “set price,” but I have a ballpark figure that I usually throw out.
One time I was going to pitch a client a $10,000 branding job and my partner convinced me to change it to $20,000. He didn’t want me to change anything in the proposal except the price. Same offer…double the price. He told me to not put a limit on what God can provide, and I trusted him. By the time I arrived at the meeting, I said “The heck with it, I’ll double the $20,000 to $40,000.” After all, what did I have to lose?
I settled at $30,000 with the client! Wow! I went from $10,000 to $30,000 because my partner had shared some amazing wisdom with me.
We do this as Godpreneurs sometimes. We expect too little. Well, guess what? We receive little. Most of us would have to give an honest answer that we put a limit on God. We don’t expect God to be present in our business all the time. We don’t expect God to have a plan for our life. We don’t always expect God to care about us. We don’t always expect God to show up in our prayers.
This limitation is why many of us remain broke, financially in debt, and living paycheck to paycheck. This limitation is why we’re not millionaires.
See, rich people expect to have a lot of money, while the rest of us just wish we have enough for a secure and sufficient income. We just need to get through this pay period to pay the landlord and our vendors. We just need enough to make sure we make payroll. Sound familiar?
Christian entrepreneur, you are chosen, a royal, holy, a child of the Most High God! You have the right to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). This is our RIGHT as Christians!
Listen, if we ask for just enough, God will give us just enough. God gives us what we ask for.
But if we think big, like my business partner asked me too, then you’re presenting a bigger jar for God to fill.
Jesus said in Mark 11:23:
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
What Jesus is saying is that there is no limit to what God can do in your life. If you limit God, you limit how He can work in your finances. If God is God, then you should broaden your expectation of Him to show up in your life financially.
It’s a hard lesson that you learn every time next month’s rent comes and you’re barely making it. But if you think back, there are times that you DID expect God to radically blow your mind, and He did! Maybe it was in your finances or in other areas, but it’s already happened. It happened because you expected it.
God wants to come into the Godpreneur’s business finances and powerfully and sometimes unexpectedly show up. He wants us to be rich in correlation to our expectations and total 100% dependence on Him providing. We need to expect that He will impact our bank accounts. We need to expect miracles to happen in our finances because we’re trusting, hard workers.
The equation is simple for us Godpreneurs: when we think big, we act big, which opens up more opportunities for us to make money. Small thinking means small money. Big thinking means big money.
A friend of mine once told me “Alex, if you want to make a million dollars, you need to figure out how you can help a million people.” That statement profoundly made me change the way I thought of my potential customer base. Could I actually influence 1 million Christian entrepreneurs worldwide? And if so, HOW?!?
The HOW is what made me think about launching www.godpreneuracademy.com, a site where I want to equip Godpreneurs worldwide to be ministers in their marketplace. Because there’s no limit to the number of members I could have, I’ve lifted the limit on my income and I can consciously decide if I want to blow this thing up into a worldwide brand. The ball is in my court now. It’s in my expectations whether I’ll make it to a million members.
A WARNING TO PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PEOPLE
Remember how I told you that I do logos and websites? There’s a limit on the number of clients I can serve in a 24-hour period, therefore I have a limit on my income. Yes, I could charge more for my websites, but there will also be a limit to the amount I can charge (I guess technically someone could pay me 1 million dollars for a logo….it’s possible!). But realistically, I need to THINK BIGGER. I need to think about how I can deliver quality products that aren’t dependent on my time because quality has no limit. This is why I started teaching other branding people how to launch businesses in 2 days. I’ve changed from being the branding guy, to teaching others. This is the kind of thought that will get me to 1 million dollars in sales in 1 year.
And for your business, you need to become the owner of a chain of your businesses, or some other way you can duplicate yourself.
If you don’t know how your business can be scaled to make a million dollars, you need to surround yourself with others who do know. As the author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind says “If you want to fly with the eagles, don’t swim with the ducks.”
Godpreneur Rule: Godpreneurs think big, infect others with ambitious thinking and figure out how to show millions of others how to take the steps necessary to be successful.