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  • How Godpreneurs Handle Tests and Challenges in Business

    I recently had a client that I just wanted to quit on.  Several times I attempted to weasel my way out of the deal. I wanted to quit because they were a real pain in the butt.  I totally underquoted them. I didn’t factor for a lot of things and it costs me.  But to make matters worse, the client was abusive and degraded me. Well, that’s how they made me FEEL. We get into contracts and arrangements sometimes that we regret.  We entrepreneurs sometimes have little patience for this and we escape the problem quickly. But what if there was a reason God wanted you there…under that pressure? Is there any good that can come out of being in a seemingly terrible business relationship? The answer might surprise you. The bible says "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." James 1:2‭-‬4 MSG God can use any situation to mold and shape you into a better, stronger entrepreneur. Think about a diamond.  It’s under pressure for thousands of years before we get the rock.  Then it needs to undergo cleaning and cutting before you get to put it in a piece of jewelry ready to show the world. In the same way, God is molding and shaping us under pressure. Consider lawsuits, bad contracts, terrible hiring decisions, and mistakes in planning a test…a shaping of your wisdom so you can be a better entrepreneur tomorrow. Imagine a world where, instead of being upset at the bad situation we’re in, we look up and ask God to give us the patience to endure, learn and grow from the trials of entrepreneurship. Godpreneur Rule #152: Godpreneurs see tests and challenges in business as great opportunities to learn and grow. #LaunchingMyBusiness #GainConfidence #SharpenLeadership

  • Removing the Stress of Money in Your Business – Step 1

    My anxiety goes through the roof, I don’t know how I’m going to get out of this low, and I want to quit and get a stable job.

  • Overcoming Work Addiction: Step 6 – New Perspective

    It’s kinda tough for an entrepreneur to admit weaknesses. I’m supposed to be this renegade innovator that doesn’t play by the rules, able to withstand a storm of issues, and at the front line of any business battle. I’m used to fixing everything, doing everything, being everything. It’s my business, after all. In becoming more aware of my work addiction, I’ve come to terms with the good and bad news:  this isn’t something I can fix. The reality is that us entrepreneurs are addicted to working. We’re looking to fill an empty space that can only be filled by God. Left to ourselves and our own efforts, we feel empty and lacking in our business. The bad news that we must come to terms with is that it’s impossible for us to find complete peace and wholeness….on our own. So where do we go from here?  Just live with it for the rest of our lives? The bible says "For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin." Psalms 32 3-5 Like the bible verse about notes, there’s bad news…but there’s also good news! The bad news is that we’re all dry bones, wasting away….until we actually acknowledge that we have an addiction and that we want to turn away from it!. And God didn’t design it for us to do it alone. God has given us Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God has weakened the grip of all our work addictions. And as we recognize what Jesus has done for us, our addition to working so much gradually loses its power with the help of the Holy Spirit. We’ve recognized our work addiction and patterns and objects around it!  Now let that lead us to God’s perspective. 4 Questions That Lead to God’s Perspective What business and work related situations cause me to be uncomfortable? This is the trigger that causes feelings of discomfort or stress. These situations lead us to seek out working more to make us feel better. In running my business, what emotions or feelings are the most uncomfortable for me to sit with? The role of the addiction and your work addiction object would be to soothe this discomfort. We each have certain feelings that scare us or make us feel exposed to more potential hurt in our businesses. We want to soothe it and get immediate relief ASAP. Our addiction object is our quick fix. What wrong decisions would I like to hit a rewind button and do all over again? These are our addiction objects. They could be cell phone use, staying up late to do more work, launching a product, starting a totally new business, missing dinner with the family to work, isolation at the office, controlling behavior over employees or contractors, verbal manipulation of clients, and so many more. What would a godly perspective of your stressful situation look like, or what would God say to me to help me? This helps us step back and evaluate the stressful situation knowing God is in control, loves us, and has a loving purpose for the particular stress in our life. I see it like a “check engine” light, an opportunity to grow!  He will also provide peace, soothing, relief from our burden, and power over temptation. Recognizing easy things we turn to at work to soothe our work addiction is easy. Uncovering behavioral addiction objects (like snapping at employees or manipulating clients) can be a bit trickier.  Knowing that God wants to take us through it, that’s amazing!. Imagine a world where, through intentional self-reflection, using these tips, we all see God’s loving purpose while accessing His deep healing for our entrepreneurial life. Godpreneur Rule #59: Godpreneurs self-reflect to uncover areas where God wants to break us…to heal us back stronger. #BecomeDisciplined #EnhanceFocus #GodpreneurAcademy

  • Overcoming Anxiety in Business Part 3 – Remember Your Victories

    #BusinessGrowthPlan #joshua Overcoming Anxiety in Business A 3-Day Business Bible Study to Throw Off the Shackles of Anxiety and Live in Freedom Heard of the Godpreneur Academy?

  • How Asking for Help Saved My Business

    I’m horrible at accounting. Ok, let me rephrase this.  I took finance and accounting in Cornell and lets just say that I loved the marketing and business organization classes better. In the early days of my company, I ran us into a lot of financial problems.  Backed taxes, overpaying employees, bad accounts receivable, you name the financial mistake, I did it. But I never admitted it to anyone. Mr. Cornell business graduate needs to know everything there is about business and can’t look like a failure. Only my accountant knew the extent of the problems. He tried to sell me on a monthly package where I would come in for consulting but I always declined it and committed to doing better that year.  Things got worst. We have difficulty accepting help from others. It makes us feel weak, incompetent, and vulnerable. Receiving help requires letting go of my self-sufficiency – even if it’s just for a moment, its uncomfortable. Instead of feeling vulnerable, many of us prefer to hide behind a mask of confidence and capability. Sadly, this affects our relationships with our employees, business partners, vendors who want to help, our customers, and even God. Sometimes we have it so “together” that it’s hard for anyone to see we are Christians and we need a Savior. We may think we are being strong, but when we fail to admit our needs and struggles, our employees and partners are often reluctant to share theirs. They may feel inadequate in comparison and compelled to hide behind their own masks. This verse in the bible has helped me tremendously grow as an entrepreneur: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) When I realized that all God wanted from me was for me to admit my need for Jesus, then He could begin helping me out. Furthermore, when I showed others my need for Jesus, I was allowing God to work through them to help me out. In 2014 I hired an accounting agency to meet with me every week.  Money is an area of weakness for me, and now my employees know and they step up to help with accounting too.  Since meeting with my accounting firm, my profits have gone up 4000%.  Yes, you’re reading four-thousand.  It’s incredible what God can do when we admit our weaknesses. Godpreneurs, ask God to reveal where you’ve been depending on yourself instead of Him and remember He often meets our needs through others…even the lowliest employee on your team. Godpreneur Rule #44:  Godpreneurs take risks and allow others to help them in areas of major importance — maybe even one of your employees! #HiringtheRightPeople #AccountingHelp #GetOutofDebt

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