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A JOYOUS EASTER to all my Christian friends!

This is the most important day of the year. Not only for religious reasons, but for becoming a new person.

We all need that renewal. We’re fallen.

My wish is that you will find spiritual strength in this Easter season. When you’re stronger, your business will be too.

But first, chocolate!

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YOU WOULD LIKE TO THINK that a clear sense of mission straightens everything out.

And to a certain extent, it does.

But the truth is also that knowing where you’re going doesn’t mean that reality will line up to make your job easy.  You may be on a mission to save lives on the other side of town. Your sirens and flashing lights can help clear the road a bit, but the roads aren’t going to move to make your job easier.

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worryMANY YEARS AGO I started using the concept of “Just-In-Time Worrying.”  The basic idea is that there’s an appropriate time to worry about something, but often people make it into a protracted period of unfocused anxiety.

And, with perspective, you might even discover that something isn’t worth worrying about at all.

For me, it’s often a spiritual journey. Read the rest of this entry »

ALMOST EVERY INDUSTRY has some kind of seasonality.  SeasonsWhen I talk to someone about their business, it’s usually fascinating to dig into the cycles which are natural for them.

This came to mind today because I had a chance to talk with a lady who’s starting up a great business bringing products from South America and Asia here to Colorado.  I suspect that many of these products will be used as gifts, which means that she’ll be connected to the gift-giving occasions around Christmas, Mother’s Day, and so on.  Birthdays happen year round, of course, so that may help even out the revenue stream a little.

Her primary selling methods will be on her website and via markets and similar events – which means lots of activity during the warmer months.

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SALVATION IS AT HAND!  Christ is risen!

I would like to take this moment to extend to you the warmth and joy of this, our most holy day of the Christian year.  Nearly 2000 years ago, Jesus showed us our path out of sin and into God’s loving presence.

Are you taking time every day to build this into yourself and your business?  I don’t care if you market yourself as a Christian company.  But certainly you should be letting your values shine forth.

MANY OF US STRUGGLE to keep the energy going.  knight-321443_640Running a business is hard work!

It can be a deep test of character.

I’ve found that persistence is partially an innate characteristic, but is also a skill which can be intentionally developed.

I was amazed (and grateful!) to discover that my 2-year-old’s weakness was having the attention span of a goldfish.  Read the rest of this entry »

 C HRISTIANS ARE CALLED to be joyful:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. — Romans 15:13

 This isn’t easy, of course.  We all get discouraged by happenings in our families, in our businesses, in society.  This is not an easy time.

But I’m not sure that there’s EVER been an easy time.

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IT’S WONDERFUL to step back occasionally and look at the world through different eyes.

Amazing_EagleI’ve come across several things this week which struck me as absolutely amazing, including this picture here.  Sure, we’ve all seen many great nature photos, but isn’t it wonderful to ponder this incredible beauty, and our tiny role in the world?

I was talking with the owner of a business on Thursday, I’m hoping to be able to profile them on the blog here soon.  They have a wonderful organization and philosophy, something which seems all too rare.

Of course, the passing of our beautiful cat last week has opened me up to some deeper conversations with the folks I’ve run into.  Read the rest of this entry »

TODAY OUR DEAR FRIEND MarioMario left the family.  It was a hard decision with us, but his battle with cancer has come to an end.

I took him to the vet and was with him to the end.  It was a rough experience for me personally – something I haven’t had be so up close before.

But good things come to an end.  Relationships change.  People leave.  You lose your job.  Business ventures have to be shut down.

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 J OSH MILLER Josh Milleris a pastor who is starting up a new church in Fort Collins, St Thomas Church.  He brings a wealth of experience and amazing energy, so I have confidence that he’ll see success with this venture.

I first met him at a local Chamber of Commerce event.  How unusual is that, right?  It’s almost as if business relationships can’t at all be associated with spirituality.

So of course I just had to find out more.

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