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  • Finding Your Purpose in Business: Step 4 – Godly Business Ideas

    Godpreneurs constantly ask me, “How do I know if my business idea is from the Lord, or if it’s just what I want?” I can’t say 100% for certain if a vision of mine is from God. I haven’t seen God in a dream and I haven’t heard him from the heavens audibly telling me my purpose. I’m sure some people have experienced that, I haven’t had the privilege yet. Here’s what I do know and have learned and experienced: My purpose will be bigger than I can think I can handle My purpose will never contradict the bible My purpose will scare the heck out of me. I will have fear and doubt What does this mean? It means that my purpose is NOT the opposite of this. In other words, If I can handle it on my own, I need to keep digging deeper If it goes against anything biblical, I’ll walk away If it makes me comfortable and complacent, I need to move I get tons of visions. So many sometimes that I’m overwhelmed. I think to myself “how am I going to get this all done”. That’s how I realized I had a huge calling over my life. It scares me. It drives me. It motivates me. At times I get fearful and back off, but God brings me right back into the battlefield. The Bible says in Genesis Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” Genesis 15:1 NLT When I have a vision for my business that is from God, I tend to experience an initial fear or intimidation at what is required of me, because a real vision requires faith. At the same time, the visions and dreams that God have given me for my entrepreneurial career build my faith, as I choose to obey, take risks and see Him make good on His promises. God gave Abraham a big vision. He told him, at 75 years of age, that He would give him a son, and that through him all nations would be blessed. Abraham would have been afraid. In fact, we know there were times his trust in God was weak. Yet God came through, and his wife bore a son when Abraham was 100 years old! If we want to know if a vision is from God, we must ask ourselves, “Does this require me to step out in faith?” God’s vision for our businesses will often challenge us to step out into territory that we may be unfamiliar with. Pray and seek discernment from Scripture, and look for God’s guidance at every step. Godpreneurs pray for supernatural guidance when it comes to His leading in our businesses. #FindingMyPurpose #BusinessBibleStudy VIDEO COURSE AVAILABLE! Instead of reading the blog posts, take the video course!  I personally teach you the method.  You get: Workbook 5-Video Teachings Access to dozens of courses in the Godpreneur Academy! TAKE COURSE TODAY

  • Finding Your Purpose in Business: Step 3 – Believe Big

    I’ve noticed a crazy phenomenon in my entrepreneurial career. When I get an idea to come up with something great (a marketing campaign, a new product release, a new business venture), the success of that new thing depends 100% on whether I’m 100% in or not. Let me explain. At one point I wanted to turn my business into a shared workspace. I approached it half-heartedly because I really didn’t want random strangers at my office. But I needed the money, and it sounded like I could make it work if the conditions were right, so I set out to launch it. Guess what. It started, and then it stopped. Although I went through the entire process of doing a logo, a website, emails, and even paid for advertising….my half-hearted approach yielded halfway results, and I pulled the plug. In contrast, when I started my venture Launch in 2 Days, I was 100% committed. I thought it was the best revolution in branding in our generation. And guess what? It’s been wildly successful! The difference was in my FAITH. I wasn’t “all in” for the shared workspace idea, and the results showed it. But with Launch in 2 Days, I was totally sold out to the cause. Through thick and thin, I kept on digging deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole. And guess what happened the deeper I dug? THE MOUNTAIN MOVED! Time and time again, I’ve witnessed firsthand how God can use an entrepreneurs faith in big ways in my business. In the Bible, Jesus said “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV Your business idea, when starting, is a small mustard seed. You have faith that, with water and God’s nature shining on it, it will grow. The key we need to have is that we need to believe 100% that this tree will grow. Any doubt at all will prevent the tree from growing big enough to move mountains. God will use the little you have to do great and extraordinary things in and through your business. Godpreneurs ask God to give us the confidence to be bold with faith. #FindingMyPurpose #GainConfidence VIDEO COURSE AVAILABLE! Instead of reading the blog posts, take the video course!  I personally teach you the method.  You get: Workbook 5-Video Teachings Access to dozens of courses in the Godpreneur Academy! TAKE COURSE TODAY

  • 20/20 Vision Requires you to Stay Alert

    As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to have a ‘successful’ week and want to reward ourselves. It’s so simple to look at last week’s amazing numbers and say “let’s go out for a steak dinner.” Rewarding yourself and going out for a steak dinner takes you off the vision you’ve set for yourself. One of the most important positions in medieval times was the night guard, protecting the castle at night in case of an invasion.  It required his vision to be clear, unadulterated by his phone, social media games, sleepiness, etc.  If he closed his eyes for a second, that’s when the enemy could attack. Just when you think everything is fine, and the reports are coming back that the cancer is gone, the weight you wanted to reach is here, the contract you’ve been waiting for was signed, don’t rest.  Stay alert. How many books are you reading this month? How many blog posts have you read about your specific industry? When you get on the phone with a new vendor or prospect today, what NEW information are you going to bring to the table? What will make you look like “Man, this dude is up-to-date on everything!”? Staying alert means keep up with the trends. Staying alert is knowing your competition is on your tail. Staying alert is realizing that your clients are always looking for a better deal, better service, better quality. Why stay alert?  Because not staying alert will produce HURT. Hurt your pocket, hurt your relationships, hurt your reputation, and hurt your ability to succeed. Stay alert….don’t get hurt. #EnhanceFocus

  • A Cheerful Word

    Remember when you were a kid, everyone was always cheering you on. In baseball, coach said I was most likely to improve. Although that was him telling me I suck in a nice way, it was still a Cheerful word to an 8-year-old. In school, my teachers confirmed I could be a lawyer. At home, my mom confirmed I would be an amazing sales person.  It seemed like everyone in the family knew.  In a nice way, they would tell me I can sell ice to an Eskimo. As a teenager, I embraced that and sold candy to my friends at school. And it was no coincidence that when I started at Cornell, I was studying to be a lawyer (what my teachers predicted).  I later changed to a business major (what my parents predicted). But where’s the coach now?  Where’s the teacher?  Where are Mom and Dad? Who’s cheering us on? They are on to the next child, they are worried about their own present problems, and too busy to cheer on a grown adult. As an entrepreneur, someone needs to be speaking into your life; a mentor, a business coach, a fellow entrepreneur. For me, God is where I get my love, acceptance, and value.  I love to read God’s promises to me in the bible. Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up. Your Entrepreneur Compass, Alex Miranda #SharpenLeadership

  • 3 Steps to Putting God First in Your Business

    A Godpreneur finds his full identity in God. #FindMyCalling #NewEntrepreneurs

  • Restart Your Business: Day 9 – How to Handle Haters

    At the very beginning of the rebuilding of my company I had a good friend come see me to see what I was up to.  We had done business together and she knew I was going through a major mid-life identity crisis within myself and the company. At the point that she came, I had already heard from God that I needed to REBUILD Creative Complex, but the steps weren’t totally clear yet. When she quizzed me on my strategy, I was stuck. She sensed my hesitation and said the words that no entrepreneur ever wants to hear: Alex, have you thought about closing the company up and getting a JOB? I nearly fainted. I stared blankly back into her eyes. For a moment I doubted myself and thought how nice it would be to quit and get a job. After she left, anger built up inside of me at the audacity she had to diagnose me as needing to get a job. To be honest, I’m still hurt.  I pray for that person and try to not hang out with people like that as far as I can control it. We’re all going to have Haters come alongside to try to derail us. They can’t stand the fact that you have grit and determination to REBUILD your business. How do you combat the Haters?  What do you do in the face of opposition?  What does God say about your enemies? As we continue to chronical Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall, we meet him in Chapter 4 as the Haters begin an attack campaign. A hater named Sanballat shows up on the scene to hurl insults and incite others to wage an attack on the team Nehemiah had formed.  This compelled Nehemiah to take time out to pray… a curse on them! He didn’t retaliate, he didn’t render evil for evil, he used the arsenal he had—prayer! Are you aware of “haters” in your circle? They will usually be close to you. What can you do to deflect their influence? Do you need to stop hanging out where this person hangs? How can you pray for them?  Have a list of “enemies” that you pray for. Don’t think that your enemies are going to stand back and watch you progress in your business. Whenever you do anything to further God’s kingdom, the devil will be waiting for an opportunity to attack you at the point at which you are most vulnerable (which is usually when you’re financially down). As Godpreneurs we can make a concerted effort to focus on the tasks of rebuilding our businesses and ask God to let us not become distracted by those who are against the work you do for God’s kingdom. Pray: Lord, guard my lips that I will not become embroiled in petty arguments even though my feelings may be hurt. Keep me steadfast in the work you have called me to do. Your Entrepreneur Compass, Alex Miranda ACTION: Take our your phone and delete any haters on your phone. Delete them from your social media too. #AttractingRightClients #ShareYourTestimony

  • Restart Your Business: Day 31 – Happy Wife, Happy Business

    Sometimes my wife and I get into spats that turn into arguments that become all out wars. To show my toughness, I’ll become the opposite of a loving husband. I become a hate-filled war monger. In these times of hatred, I stop being the husband God has called me to be. I stop helping around the house, I put in more hours on the business so I can get home late, I spend more time at CrossFit, I go to my buddy’s house at night to watch whatever show…all of this so that I can stay away from her. As an entrepreneur, this is dangerous territory, and I’ll tell you why. The problem is that your mind is so consumed with fighting the war that it can’t possibly have all the energy it needs for you to lead the disciplinary life required of you at the business. Prayer life goes down. Morning readings stop. You’re filled with negativity and hate, so its hard to see the opportunities God is placing before you on the business. My business has suffered for days and weeks in these times where I’ve walked away from my marriage. I know the cycle. I’ve been through it 50 times. It’s a deep, dark time of depression for me.  I hate it. My friends…this is how SIN works. For me, its marriage. For you, it could be drugs, alcohol, adultery, pornography, illegal's business activities, and many more sins that break up our relationship with God. We all battle sin. So how do we get back on track? How do we get back in line with God’s plan for our lives? In Nehemiah we’ve been reading how the people were hearing God’s word and it was changing them, and they started acting differently. Nehemiah 9:1-3 says "On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God." We see here three things the Isrealites did. 1) they confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors 2) they continued reading God’s word 3) they worshiped Because I knew that my marriage had a huge impact on the mental game I needed to succeed in my business, I started to find the ways I could get out of the depressing hole I would get myself into.  It all started with confession. Honestly coming to God and saying, I know what I’m doing is wrong, and I don’t want to do it anymore. Repentance gives way to a renewed relationship and the pursuit of holiness. You must confess, repent, and move forward….for the sake of your business, your family, and your relationship with God. This is why we entrepreneurs need to carve out time every morning to spend time with God. We can confess, repent, pray, and worship all in this time so we can align our minds with the new opportunities God has for us today. #MarriedEntrepreneurs #StrengthenIntegrity

  • How Do We Know What to Do NEXT in Our Businesses?

    I have the privilege of meeting with entrepreneurs either before they start their business or at a big turning point in their current business.  When someone needs a logo and a website, it’s a big deal in that person’s life. We always start with a strategy session.  One of the main things I want to understand is what is the vision?  What’s the big picture here? Most will start with the END in mind.  That’s a good place to start.  We’ll work through all the products and services they see, all the markets they could serve, and where they could grow the company to. After they are done, it’s my job to K.I.S.S. them.  Keep it simple stupid.  I don’t call then stupid!  I just simplify it down to what we can do TODAY.  Not tomorrow, not 1 year from now…TODAY, right here, right now. We entrepreneurs are visionary.  We see the big picture, but some of us struggle to know the NEXT STEP.  We’re so focused looking ahead that, if we don’t take the next careful step, we could trip or fall into a ditch. How do we stay focused on what we can do TODAY? I’ve studied the missionary journeys of Paul in the book of Acts.  Here’s a man with a BIG MISSION and VISION: let all the Jews and gentiles know about Jesus.  How he did it?  Well, He let God take the lead.  He followed what the Spirit led him to do.  I’m sure he had desires to go to certain cities in the future, but the most important day was today, the current moment he was in, and being totally present to hear and provide the service he set out on a mission to do: tell people about Jesus. If you’re feeling stuck, confused, frustrated at your business, and overwhelmed by opportunity you see in the future, you need to pause and become aware of TODAY. Here’s a bible verse that, when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next, you keep it in your memory bank: "Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." (James 4:13‭-‬17 NIV) We Godpreneurs have a responsibility to balance the vision tomorrow with the mission today.  Shooting for the stars is amazing, but along the way, God has things meant to help you grow stronger in your gifts and talents. Godpreneur Rule #173: Godpreneurs see the vision of the future while having the balance to focus on the current mission, today’s goals. #EnhanceFocus #BusinessBibleStudy

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