What do you say when someone criticizes your faith in your business?

Wouldn’t it be great to be prepared with an answer when someone criticizes your faith in your business? Don’t get sucked into a debate. Be prepared with a response that lets them know where you stand in a respectful manner and let it be.

What does faith have to do with business?

If you thought this would be a discussion about religious faith and business, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I will be up front and tell you that this blog was prompted by something I saw in Church presented by Andy Stanley, a new series called “Prepared”. That series is about being prepared when people make critical comments to Christians but the same principles apply to you and your business.

Man giving thumbs down.Have you ever been involved in a business opportunity and people drop comments in a conversation that really don’t invite discussion but are meant to convey a negative opinion of your particular position or business? You are left feeling shut down and wondering if you are dealing from a position of strength. What if you could be prepared with a response that respecfully conveys your conviction without inviting further conversation?

In Andy Stanley’s “Prepared” series, he gives a response for Christians that I think will work beautifully when someone challenges our belief: “I believe Jesus died for my sin and rose from the dead. But, I don’t believe it because the Bible says so, it’s better than that…” and he leaves it at that. He’s suggesting to make the comment and then just move on. This clarifies a position and really doesn’t invite any further debate.

Just as Christians have faith in Christ, we need to have faith in our business beliefs. How strong is your faith?

What can I say when someone challenges my Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) business?

There will always be crabs who will throw comments your way in order to justify their own fears and ignorance. In the majority of cases, they really have no idea why you are involved in a particular project or business. What they do know is that you may have to leave them behind. I’m not convinced they are ever consciously aware that is what they fear.

Let’s pretend someone has just said something like “I can’t believe you’re still involved in that legal thing!”. Maybe the response could be something like “I believe that everyone deserves equal access to the justice system. But it’s not just because the system is broken, it’s more than that…” and leave it at that!

Make new friends.We understand that most MLM or Direct Marketing Opportunities provide people with one of the greatest ways to grow as individuals whether they ever make money or not. Being involved in a business opportunity, whether MLM or bricks and mortar, changes you.

  • We learn about connecting with people.
  • Learning how to learn.
  • Finding ways to grow.

Some are content to just have a supportive community of positive and like minded people. Yet others make the decision to take the business to different levels and help others realize their greatest potential.

Entrepreneurial Faith

Do you realize you are in a very great minority? Most people don’t have what it takes to think outside the box and do something great. You are part of an elite group of true leaders. You are willing to make changes others aren’t willing to risk. Now, there is another choice to make. Will you keep the faith in yourself and your business?

Like having faith in a supreme being, we often face challenges to belief in our businesses. There are days when that faith is shaken. The challenge is to look  inside and rediscover that faith. Those are the days when we need to make the decision to be very careful with our associations. Sometimes, it may mean limiting our exposure to family and friends.

There will be days when you will have to draw on your entrepreneurial faith to get through bad hours, days, weeks or months. Some will be more difficult than others. Find someone who is like minded that you can call on those days and that you trust you can count on to help you “see the light” again. The wonderful thing about great MLM or Direct Marketing groups is that they recognize we go through tough times and are there whenever we are ready to re-engage.

Your entrepreneurial faith will make or break your business.

Will you keep the faith?

Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test his character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for my LegalShield family. I’m thankful for open minded people.

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

Plan for your future while living for today.

Planning for your future while living for today seems like such an abstract idea when you are young. When I was 20, I couldn’t even imagine being 30. Well, 30 was over 20 years ago now. I wish I had planned a little more.

If you don’t have a plan, you’re living someone else’s!

Sunset over Rice Lake with quote.

What is your plan for your future?

Here are 10 things to consider in your plan:

  1. Man with list of check marks in a column beside him.Is God a part of your life?
  2. Will you work a job or run a business?
  3. What kind of work or business?
  4. Who will you work with?
  5. Do you plan on having a family?
  6. Where will you raise your family and/or run your business?
  7. When or if you will “retire”?
  8. Where will you spend your golden years?
  9. Who will you spend them with?
  10. What will your legacy be?

When you are young, planning for the future seems like pie in the sky. Living for today is all well and good but yesterday is gone and tomorrow is today. Now what?

I knew at a young age that I wanted to be married and raise a family. To do that, I believed I needed a decent job with benefits and a pension plan. Little did I know that was really pie in the sky! The time came for a plan update. Think about it, your life plan is really no different than a business plan. It’s a guide and when circumstances change, you have to rethink your plan and adjust your path.

Faith

I often hear people make the comment that God will provide. That’s great, He will. You have to do your part so that God can fill in the blanks for you. God won’t give you a job or put money in your bank but He can help you fulfill your plan if you have one. Just think about your parents, did they just give you everything or did they help you learn skills that would enable you to achieve your own success? That’s why they call Him God The Father, not God the give you everything without any effort.

Having faith is more than religion. Have faith in yourself. You will achieve greatness. How you define that is up to you unless you are living someone else’s plan. We all have greatness within us. It’s up to us to have a plan to draw on that greatness and decide how we will leave our mark on this world.

Family

Married with childrenFamily isn’t necessarily spouse and children for everyone. Family is that group of people who provide unconditional love and support. By support, I don’t mean money! I am lucky enough to have been blessed with children and grand children. Whether I agree with their particular path or plan is irrelevant. They will always have my love and moral support just as I know I have the support of my parents, siblings and extended family.

We are also blessed with an extended family. We have friends that we have met over the years in a new city. We also have friends that we have met through employment and business. In many cases, due to geography, you are closer to your extended family than your genetic family.

What this boils down to is that you have some control over who your family is. We start with genetics but we decide for ourselves from there. Don’t underestimate the importance of family in your plan.

Fortune

Finance is one of our greatest challenges. Certainly, we can go off the grid and live in the mountains but what happens when we need support? Canada has one of the greatest universal medical systems in the world but if you aren’t contributing to society, you can’t access the supports. This requires either working or running a business of some sort that provides income to yourself and others. Would you believe I want to pay more taxes?

Paying more taxes means that my financial resources are able to meet more of my needs and beyond that to my desires. This also means that I am contributing to assisting those who are less fortunate. Yes, I want to be rich, not poor. I plan to do that through extra effort at business ventures with the potential for increasing my assets and grow me as an individual. That personal growth is worth more than the money.

Future

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is today. You certainly don’t want to miss out on today before it becomes yesterday. Enjoy every moment while you’re in them, even those moments you are planning for tomorrow.

My friend Randy Taylor from Taylor Made Leadership says to fast forward to the last day of your life and imagine you are watching a movie of your accomplishments. Think about your favourite movies all had great script writers or they wouldn’t work. The script for the movie of your life is yours to make. Will you write your own or will you let someone write script for your destiny?

Reflect on the past while making plans for the future and enjoy every moment along the way.

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for opportunity. I’m thankful for great coaches. I’m thankful for God in my life.

What are you thankful for today?

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Once is enough!

When you live every moment, once is enough!

Kissin’ Cousins

I haven’t watched this movie in years.  It’s funny how all of a sudden, you see something differently after having some life experience.  I must have seen this movie at least six times and never noticed the song Once Is Enough before last night.  Pappy says “You only have one life to live.  Life can be rough.  But, if you live it every day, all of the way, once is enough!”.

Who would have thought that a comedy produced almost 50 years ago that was really meant to showcase Elvis’ music would actually have value as a great life lesson? Continue reading

Faith in Business and the Business of Faith.

Do you believe there is room for faith in business or business in faith?

Business has no place in faith.

001_56Hogwash!  

In order to share their message, churches have to provide a venue, advertise their existence and encourage people to join.  Explain to me how that is different than any business!  Church organizations need to treat their church as a business.

Faith based organizations are in the business of providing places to gather and share in the celebration of the various faiths.  Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, etc.  If they don’t treat their organization as a business, they will soon have to shut their doors.  So, absolutely, there is a place for business in faith. Continue reading

Pivot points. We all have them!

Pivot points are those challenges and/or moments we face throughout our lives that cause us to take inventory and consider which direction to head into next.

Pivot point, birth of a child.Examples of pivot points.

Pivotal moments are usually those times when we are faced with a great loss or the potential of something that could lead to causing us pain.

  • Birth of a child.
  • Death of a child (yes, we experienced that).
  • Job loss (yep, that too).
  • Marital breakup.
  • Mid-life crisis.

This list could go on and on.

Making choices.

When we are faced with a pivot point, we are forced to make a choice.  How will you  interpret the experience?  Catastrophe or opportunity?  Now you have to make some decisions on what to do next.  That choice will lead you to the next pivot point.  Life takes so many turns, there is no way to predict where you will end up.

It’s like when I was a kid and we would all load up in the car.  Dad would start driving and we would each take a turn on which direction to take next.  We never knew where we would up!  Could be the countryside and enjoying the scenery or could be the local dairy for ice cream.  Somehow, I think Dad managed to have us choose the “right” direction!

Like life, it was more about the journey, not the destination.  There was excitement in not knowing where we would end up!

In your business.

Think about this like “chunking”.  Your business is one area of your life.  Looking at that, it too has pivot points.

Let’s say you are in marketing.  In years past, it was about pushing your message out to the masses.  Then along comes social media and not as many people or companies are looking for print ads or TV commercials.  This is the time of attraction marketing.  You have reached another pivot point in your business.  Will you give up and walk away or will you do what it takes to shift your focus to the new way of doing things?

Your business is like each component of your life.  Each comes to different pivot points at different times.

What will you choose?

  • Will you treat every misadventure as catastrophe or opportunity?
  • Will you accept that the result is because of your choice, not what someone else did or said?
  • Are you willing to let God guide you in making your choices?

We are all given free will.  With that comes the responsibility for your actions.  Yes, “stuff” happens.  It’s what you do when you reach that pivot point that makes all the difference.

This video has a great piece on this subject.  Amazing how much of a parallel there is between business principles and the bible!  Listen to how Carey Nieuwhof explains Pivot Points.

 

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for open minded people.  I’m thankful for every new opportunity.  I’m thankful for the support of friends and family.

What are you thankful for today?

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