My company does branding. We come up with excellent 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 amount. 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 had 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 fantastic 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 ever 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 a 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 as a holy and royal child of the Highest God! You have the right to proclaim the excellencies of He 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 to, then you’re presenting a bigger jar for God to fill.
Jesus said in Mark 11:23:
Honestly, I tell 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 define 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. If you think back, there are times that you DID expect God to blow your mind radically, 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 in to the Godpreneur’s business finances in a firm manner, and sometimes even unexpectedly. He wants us to be rich in correlation to our expectations, and be 100% dependent on Him to provide. 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? 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. Since there’s no limit to the number of members I could have, I’ve lifted the restriction on my income, and I can consciously decide if I want to blow this thing up in to 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 (technically, someone could pay me 1 million dollars for a logo….it’s possible!). 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 just two days. I’ve changed from being the branding guy to teaching others. This is the kind of thought that will get me to one million dollars in sales in one year.
For your business, you need to become the owner of a chain of your stores, 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: Think big to affect others with ambitious thinking, and figure out how to show millions of others how to take the steps necessary to be successful.