Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Thanksgiving

Sometimes we just need an old-school break to tell God thank you for all He’s done.   Even though this video is from a while ago, the inspiration never goes old.

Especially when times are difficult, we need to think about how God has always been there for us.  Even when we thought we were all alone, we soon discover that God has been there all the time.   The more we pray and call on him, the more we can expect showers of blessings.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

When things don’t turn out the way tha we hoped or desire, it’s easy to lose faith and abandon trust.  However, the scripture is so clear in the fact that we can’t depend on our undersanding of a situation.  Which leads to another scripture:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

During times of crisis of faith; when we question whether the voice in our head was God’s call or our own desires; when the world seems to be going to hell in a hand basket; when things are seem completely turned upside down; and when we are all out of options, we must trust God and know that He has everything under control.  A firm belief that we are God’s children and He has a specific plan for our lives, allows us to face challenging and difficult situations.  We can stand on one of God’s numerous promises:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

True to our human nature, we typically stop reading after the promise of prosperity, safety, and a bright future.  However, we completely neglect the rest. Sure, God will prosper, not harm, and secure our future but we are to seek Him, enter His presence, and pray without ceasing.  This is not a one-sided relationship or or a slot machine that we keep feeding coins until eventually we hit the jackpot.  We have a role to play too.  When we fulfill our responsibilities then God will listen to our prayers.  We will be in commune with Him.  When that happens, the craziness of the world no longer has an impact.  We must strive to have a relationship like this because it gives us assurances about God’s ability to protect us in the storm; provide for us in the drought; and keep us in good times and bad.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Break Every Chain

For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the vast host of the Midianites by Gideon’s little band. (Isaiah 9:4, TLB)

Today’s post is a station break from our regularly scheduled posts because I sense the discontentment of God’s people all over the land.  We have to realize that no matter what it looks like in the natural; who is in power; what the economic conditions are; what challenges or obstacles are thrown in our way, we area already victorious.

“There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain” – Tasha Cobbs

This song has been in my spirit since Sunday night whenTasha Cobbs was a guest artist at a concert at my church to culminate our building fund campaign.  This song reminds me that God is the one in charge and that Jesus’ name is p0werful.  The Word of God says:

“…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10, NIV)

I think we do ourselves a real disservice when we forget who really has the power.  Thank you Tasha Cobbs for reminding us about the power in Jesus’ name to break the chains that bind.  Instead of complaining about the things we don’t like,  let’s invoke the name of the one who has the power to do something about it.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Praiseworthy

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #9 – Praise (not curses)

In order to reset your mindset, you have to think on things that are praiseworthy; things that you can say good things about.  What about the bad stuff of life?  It would be inauthentic to say good things about them, right? Actually, not so fast.  We have to go to the Word of God to determine the answer to this questons.  Apostle Paul tells us that God, ” calls those things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).  We are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), therefore, we have the power and ability to do what He did.  When something doesn’t seem praise worthy, we can look for the good in it nonetheless.  Instead of cursing our situation, we can begin to use it as a set-up for what God has in store for us.  Instead of moaning and complaining at every misfortune, we can remember that “death and life are inthe power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).  The more we talk about the negative the more of it we will attract in our lives.  However, a focused conversation on the positive will result in untold riches, favor, and honor.

As business owners, we can start to proclaim blessings over our business.  We can praise our clients, customers, vendors, suppliers, and any other key stakeholder because we know that people will do more of what we recognize.  If we recognize their good deeds with prais, we can expect them to do more good deeds.  However, if we recognize people’s poor deeds or performance with criticism (particularly they type that mascarades as “constructive criticism.”) we can expect more of the behavor we don’t want.

When I think of praise, Ican’t think of anyone or thing more praiseworthy than the Lord.  His  awesome ways are too numerous to count. Speaking of God’s goodness, the psalmist said,

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures evermore (Psalm 16:110

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on the Beautiful

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #8 – The beautiful (not the ugly)

We all have heard the term “beautiful inside and out.”  That’s the kind of beauty we strive to be and the kind we should focus on.  One thing we know about physical beauty is that it fades.  Few people are able to sustain their looks well in to advanced ages.  But that is of little concern because at the end of the day, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  I believe that the inside of a person – their spirits, their essence is so powerful that it transforms the way that people see them. The truth is that this happens whether the essence is pure or foul.  If someone is truly a good person, their countenance reflects it.  I believe it is the same for a bad person.  They typically look angrry – some times thier face is fopen in an unflattering edepression.

Individuals who think they can act contrary to their rhetoric are in for a rude awakening.  The world is getting smaller and smaller everyday.  The kinds of things that were said and done when I was growing up were not presented for the world to see in 140 characters or less.  The things we post on social media and all over the Internet are a reflection of who we are.  Are our posts beautiful?  During heated debates both sides say things that are unflattering.  The problem is that these types of conversations are better left unsaid – especially with the permanent nature of electronic data.  When we say something beautiful we want it to spread to the furthest corners of the world.  But when we are not our best selves, we ought to stay quiet because our grumbling might be heard in the farthest recesses of the world.  If we can’t truly be proud of your language or position, why say it?  And why write unflattering comments to people we disagree with?  This is not beautiful.

Beautiful is being on one accord and learning how to peacefully disagree.  We were created different so its understandable that we don’t always see eye-to-eye.  However, as children of the most high God, we must realize that we are more alike than we are different and that all of us are beautiful.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on The Best

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #7 – the best (not the worst)

It is so easy to allow ourselves to go down the rabbit hole of stinking thinking.  We don’t have to try real hard to let our minds slip to the most worrisome thoughts.  If we aren’t very careful, our thoughts can go off the rails and land head first into a dumpster filled with the most vile and horrific imaginations.  The thing about thinking is that we build up situations to be far worse than they actually are.  We start with a fragment of a thought and before we know it, we’re off building scenarios and contingencies based on something that hasn’t even happened.  What’s worse is when we go scouting for evidence to reinforce the negativity that we’ve created.  We search the Internet or social media for anything that confirms our worse fears.

We are so creative, yet we use our imaginations for evil rather than good.  We let our emotions take us for a ride that ends in a free fall. What would happen if we took all this creative energy and put it to good use?  It’s likely that we could figure out how to create a viable business.  Maybe we could expand the one we’ve been feeding our blood, sweat and tears.  Maybe we wouldn’t have to work so hard because the brilliant solution to our problems would be right there waiting to be implemented.  Our goal is to think on the “best” not the worst things that are going on in our lives.  There’s always plenty of fodder for the pessimist in us.  However, we have to go out of our way looking for nourishment for the optimist.  Our natural inclination is to see the bad in everything and everyone.  But we have to resist that urge and look for the best.  No matter how vile, we can search for and find the good.  By constantly being on the look out for the good — in fact the best, we are apt to find it.  Anything that we diligently seek we will find.  We will start to notice things we never noticed before.  I can hear the resistance now.  To be honest I feel it myself as I think about those situations and people who aren’t deserving of my consideration.  But who am I — who are we to determine that?  If Christ felt that way, He wouldn’t have laid down His life for us.  We could never be worthy of the sacrifice that He made on our behalf.  So what right do we have to count people out?  While looking for the very best in people, we need to pray for them.  The prayer isn’t God change them.  It is God, bless and protect them.  Again, the resistance as we think about people who we don’t think are deserving of a blessing.  The Bible says to bless them.  In fact, the Proverbs put it this way:

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the Lord will reward you (Proverbs 25: 21-22)

In order to get to a place where we can see the best (and not the worst), we may have to pray another prayer: Lord change me.  Even though we think we’re not as bad as the other fellow, we have to face the fact that we are not perfect either.  We need to ask the Holy Spirit to dwell on the inside so that distrust, fear, and dislike of our enemies will be eliminated.  The Bible also tells us that God will take care of our enemies, our only responsibility is to them.    As long as we think the worst about them, they will continue to wield power over us. As we think about the best and not the worst – even for our enemies – we may begin to shift our perspective.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Graciousness

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #6 – Gracious

Driving on the highways and the byways of this land will convince you that there are no truly generous people left in this world.  Have you ever noticed that if you put on your signal to alert the car behind you that you are about to switch lanes, they speed up?  Maybe that’s a secret code that they for got to teach in drivers ed.  Everyone seems to be in such a rush that there is very little time to be gracious.  When we do see someone acting in this manner it is something to stop and gawk at because it is such an anomaly.  Individual go to work at jobs they hate.  Others are struggling at home.  It seems like there is opportunity after opportunity to be tired, fed up, scared, dissatisfied; so much so that people have taken to the streets in protest.  We tend to see what’s wrong with the world and over look all the good that we take for granted every single day.

If we want to recognize graciousness in others, we must first start by being gracious ourselves.  What this mean is that we marshal all of our energy to be pleasant and generous.  When we would rather frown or scowl, we can choose a big wide welcoming smile.  Where we would walk by someone without speaking, we say “good morning.”  Where we would hurry though a door, we hold it open for the person behind us; that goes for the elevator door as well.  There is now a taboo on being politically correct.

If we were to achieve a modicum of of graciousness, we could expect changes in the fabric of our lives, our businesses, our society.  If we made it a goal to be pleasant to our customers, they would come back time and again.  They may even consider supporting our higher priced products and services over our competitors less expensive ones because they realize that they get what they pay for.  They may be willing to tell their cousins, co-workers, and comrades about the great produces and even better customer service.  If we made this a priority, it could be the unseen force that drives our business to the next level.  Being gracious seems like such a little thing.  But once we realize that the way we make people feel will determine how they engage with us.  It may even help to shift their mindset and their perspective.  Maybe a smile today could stop a person for doing something drastic.  We never know how our presence can impact other people.  This is all the more reason for us to be gracious at all times.

I wonder,  what would happen if there was a gracious movement —  one where everyone sought to be kinder, warmer, more gentle?  Would it be possible to change the trajectory of our world simply by changing individual’s responses to their situation?  If life throws you lemons, make lemonade, lemon meringue pie, lemon bars and anything else you can think of — as long as you transform those darn lemons into something more valuable.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Compelling Things

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #5 – Compelling

When something is compelling, it moves you to action.  This is a huge ask…to think on the compelling because there are so many distractions in today’s society.  In fact, the variety and multitude of things to focus on results in us being hard pressed to find something that truly compels.  We are lulled into a state of numbness by television, music, and print media.  We are bombarded with the most useless and senseless data and we are encouraged to major in the minor things of life.  Even when we are presented with important life changing information, we absorb it like that other trivial data because we are constantly being bombarded with more and more stuff.  At the end of the day, it’s very difficult to determine were we will focus our attention.  Asking us to focus on something that truly moves us, means clearing away the clutter and focusing on something that has the potential of being life changing.  If we are numb or drunk (having gorged ourselves on this world’s sensuous pleasures) we  will have little capacity to recognize and act on something that is truly worthy of our attention and involvement.  Focusing on the compelling is a great task.  What’s compelling for one may be a yawn for another.  However, most would agree that there few thing generally viewed as compelling:

  1. Disaster victims – we know this to be true because we watch communities coalesce around natural and man-made disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, 2010 Haiti Earthquake and 911 terrorist attacks.
  2. Rags to riches stories – we are moved by individuals who transformed their rotten situation.  We can’t seem to get enough of stories like: Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, JK Rollings, Sam Walton, Richard Branson, Chris Gardner (Pursuit of Happiness) to name a few.  If you’re not familiar with some of the names on this list, I encourage you to look them up – you’ll be inspired.  These stories compel us to work harder and push ourselves farther to pursue our dreams.
  3. An accident –  watching an accident or the aftermath of one seems to draw us in.  I remember when I was young and first heard the term “rubber-neckers” on the morning traffic report.  Simply put, people stop and stare.  They can’t help it, it’s human nature.  Some people stop to help.  Some dial 911.  Others go about their merry way.  But the grotesqueness of the accident is imprinted.  Maybe they drive a little more carefully.  Maybe they go home and kiss their loved ones.  Maybe they thank God for life, health, breath and strength.
  4. A miracle – if you have a first hand account for how God healed you, saved you, blessed you, or protected you, then you know exactly what I mean.  God’s might hand recovers the lost, averts certain doom, and restores what the enemy tried to take away.  Miracles happen in the ordinary and extraordinary. Just look at how a plant sprouts through a crack in a concrete jungle or how babies of all species emerge helpless and in due season become self-sufficient.  Looking at nature, or the human self-healing body, or the the concept of time and space.  All of it is awe inspiring and all of it is God’s creation.

 

As business owners, we are compelled to be the best we can be and offer the best possible products and service.  We want to create something of value that compels our clients to move (preferably toward us and what we have to offer).  However, just being able to stir something in them might be enough.  Maybe the thing that stirs sends them on a quest to find out what is true.  If they find Jesus as a result of something we did, said, or supported then we can proclaim victory.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Authenticity

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #4 – Authentic

Being true to yourself and true to what you believe can really pay off.  Having spent many years in Corporate America, I know a lot about doing everything in your power to fit a mold so that you will be accepted by management, customers, and coworkers.  I was so convincing at shape-shifting that it spilled into my personal life.  Even as a member of a grassroots arts organization, it was tough to shake that image.  It’s interesting how we define ourselves by what we do, who we parent, or what position we hold at church.  This may explain why some people are totally devastated when one of these areas fall apart.  I believe that if we take the time to find our true selves/our authentic voice, we will discover something beautiful lurking just below the surface.  No matter what we find there, it’s beautiful because it’s the purest representation of ourselves.

Leaving Corporate America and having a solo practice was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.  I discovered that my work ethic translated well to entrepreneurship.  I discovered that my desire to please my corporate clients translated into a desire to provide excellent customer service to my clients.  It also magnified key things about me like, I’m good at focusing on a project, but I can use it to avoid the hard and scary stuff.  While I love people, I rather connect than network.  Even after many years of being a successful salesperson, I still find it hard to beg for something.  My way around it is to offer a solution to a problem and act as a consultant to help my clients solve pressing problems.  Clearly this doesn’t work if you’re selling widgets.  However, I have found time and again that clients will go where their needs are being met and not hesitate to leave if they are not satisfied.

Being authentic in business means ensuring that you first line up with the things you espouse.  Your brand is one of the most important assets that you have.  Therefore creating, restoring or building your reputation is essential.  There are individuals out there whose job it is to work with corporate brands.  It may be wise to consult one of them.  Once you’ve done the hard work to ensure that you are in alignment, then you must make sure that everyone who operates under the brand’s umbrella has the same commitment to authenticity and that their views line up with the organization’s view.  You need to also make sure that you protect the brand so that it is not tarnished.  Authenticity means that you have consistent behavior and speech.

If you’re the leader of an organization, you may want to “authentically” lash out on social media and “give them apiece of your mind.”  But over and over again we see people losing their jobs (clients) because they couldn’t keep their opinions to themselves.  So while it’s great to be authentic, but it is also necessary to use prudence.  Verbally attacking or threatening doesn’t depict our best selves.  If social media brings out your “tell it like it is,” side.  I caution you to think about the unintended consequences of being negative (even when justified).  Take the high road at all times.  People will respect and appreciate you because they know that you have integrity.  Being authentic may see like a lot of work, but once the facade has been removed, we realize just how much hard work went into trying to get people to like us or accept us.  With the spirit of authenticity, we can boldly enter any room and dominate because we know who and whose we are.   We don’t have to resort to gimmicks or tricks to get notices.  We have all we need to make a huge impact on the world.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Being Noble

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #2 Think about high morals
When we think about something noble, we are essentially thinking about things that have or show the qualities of high morals or ideals. We aspire to be better than we currently are until we get to the point that we are our best selves.

Being noble means that we have the chance to present to the world the very best iteration of ourselves. We know where we are flawed or weak and we do every thing in our power to overcome the things that are in dissonance with who we profess to be. We know that we are not perfect and our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Yet we strive to show up boldly doing the work we even assigned to do.
In business, being noble plays out in every thing we do from the choice of product or service, who we target, the delivery method, our leadership and delegation skills,our customer service and vendor relations. The decisions we make and the interactions we have speaks. Plumes about who we really are.

Thinking on noble things simply means that we are constantly thinking about how to be excellent. As I remind my child regularly, excellence isn’t perfection. One can truly burn themselves out or drive themselves crazy seeking perfection. This is simply because no one is perfect except for Christ. Excellence is doing your absolute best, never holding back, putting everything you have in to accomplishing your goal. You may be excellent but still fall short. The great news is that each time we stumble, you have an opportunity to pick yourself up and start all over again.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

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