“You can’t have a successful business and a balanced life. You have to choose.”
“You’re not pretty enough.”
“Life is not Disneyland. You can’t have fun all the time.”
“You’re not smart enough.”
“Work is not supposed to be fun.”
“You’re too sick.”
“You’re just a sinner in the hands of an angry God.”
“The only way to make a fortune is by working hard.”
“You’re too young.”
“Sometimes bad things happen and you just can’t find any good in it. It doesn’t mean anything. It is what it is.”
“God doesn’t want you to be rich.”
“You’re too old.”
“You can’t trust anyone.”
“Your best days are behind you.”
…and feel free insert your go-to limiting belief here, if I’ve missed it.
Question: who told you this junk?
Who told you?
And why are you still listening to them?
Recently, Robin Williams apparently chose to take his own life. The news hit me so hard that I couldn’t bring myself to write or comment about it for a while. Even had the subject not been so tender for me, I didn’t feel I had anything relevant to say.
Michael J. Fox (L) and Robin Williams (R) Photo from the Mirror, Copyright Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
Now, I think I might.
The title of this post is intentionally deceptive. It contains a presupposition, that being that the system is in fact failing you.
The system we are talking about could be the economy, your industry, your job, marriage, church, or fantasy sports league. All these entities are systems. But in this case I am addressing the system we think of as the economy, and specifically as it relates to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
When I was growing up, I loved to watch those Roadrunner vs. Coyote cartoons. They were my favorite Saturday morning cartoons.
The Coyote, ever the trickster, was always out to “get” the Roadrunner. Coyote came up with all these elaborate schemes to kill “poor little Roadrunner.”
My wife Lynn and I were having coffee a few mornings ago, discussing the demands and stress young women face when raising kids, working, and caring for their marriage. Now, the days when we had a young child at home, and the unique challenges of that season in life, are long behind us. Our son is 27 years old.
So why were we talking about it? Lynn has developed a mentoring friendships with some of the young mothers in our church. We are both amazed by the amount of time, energy, and stress these young women shoulder. They are truly amazing, taking pn what appears to me a nearly impossible array of responsibilities.
I just finished a fairly crazy amount of travel, making appearances at conferences, being a speaker at most of them. One common theme I hear from people when I’m on the road is, “Ray, I’m just no good at copywriting. How do I get better at it?”
Pleasant surprise: the first step to getting better at writing copy is to stop being bad at it. And how do you do that? Here’s how…
We are launching a new monthly service, called Monthly Marketing Templates, which supplies you with a “done for you” marketing kit every month. It’s about as close as you can get to hiring me as your marketing manager, no matter what business you are in.
A few days ago, we launched the logo design contest at 99 Designs. We’ve narrowed down the 196 designs we received to 8 finalists. If you would take 30 seconds to click here and vote for your favorite, I would really appreciate it.
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Today is October 1. There are precisely 3 months left in the year.
No matter what has happened so far this year, you get to decide how the year ends. You have 90 days to make a strong finish, or to fizzle out.
Most Christians are at the very least familiar with Galatians 2:20, where the apostle Paul wrote, “It is not I who lives, but Christ lives in me.”
If that statement does not astound you, and trouble you at least a little, you have not properly absorbed it.
Christ, the God-man, the one who allowed himself to be killed and then simply came back to life again… lives in you.
One of the questions that has haunted me since coming to the Lord has been: “How do I gain access to this Christ who is inside me? What does ‘Christ in me’ even mean?”
When I read the accounts of Christ’s life on earth, and I compare those accounts to my own, I realize I need to close in on the target. So how do we live out the life of Christ?
I am finding at least some of the answers in a new discipleship course which was created by my friend Frank Viola. It’s called “Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ”.
Frank has graciously made the course available with a discount, from now until October 1. Click here to get access to the course.
Additionally, Frank’s e-book, Epic Jesus, is available for free as a PDF download, and just $.99 on Kindle and Nook. There is a catch, however: you must get your copy before Monday. Click here to get the book.
I recommend getting both these resources. If you are looking for a closer walk with the Lord, I believe they will help.