Focused Enthusiasm for Entrepreneurs

Finances are important when it comes to running a business.  I have had money and I haven’t had money, it is better to have it.

If you are not making money you will not be in business long. So, how does an entrepreneur reach their financial goals?

  1. Do something you are passionate about. entrepreneur 3
    Money is not a strong enough motivator to sustain you over the long haul. Make sure you are doing something you love.
  2. Get focused.
    Focus in on what it is you want to accomplish in your business.Put these together and you have focused enthusiasm.

Focused enthusiasm is the main ingredient for entrepreneurial success. Here are some tips on how to develop focused enthusiasm.

Ask yourself 4 questions:

  • How much money are you going to make in the next 12 months?

Get specific. Write down a specific number, not a range. How much money will you make in the next 12 months? It is difficult to focus on several different numbers, so get focused by being specific.

  • entrepreneur marketWho is your market?

Who needs or wants what you are offering? (They are out there, you just have to find them.)

Without a market, you do not have a business, you have a hobby. You have to find your market. There are some people who could care less about your product or service. Let’s be honest, probably most people do not care about your product or service. However, there are some who do care. There are some who will pay for what you have to offer. Find those people.

  • What are some creative ways to get your product to your market?

Use your imagination. The most powerful nation in the world is imagination!

How can you get your product or service to those who want it so badly they are willing to pay for it? You cannot answer this question until you identify your market. You will not discover the best way to reach your market until you get to know your market.

Be creative, use your imagination and think outside the… on second thought, just throw that box away! You have a brain, you do not need a box.

  • How much time and money you will invest into the business?

Decide if this is going to be full-time, part-time, or a hobby. Any option is fine as long as you are making the decision intentionally and not by default. Your financial goal will have to reflect your time investment. In other words, do not expect to make $100,000 this year if you are only investing four or five hours a week in your business.

The more money you want to make, the harder and smarter and longer hours you will have to work. Be intentional.

Remember, it takes focused enthusiasm to create success as an entrepreneur. Just being passionate will not a business make. You need to make some specific plans.

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Get enthusiastic, get focused, get success!

_MG_7913Do you need help figuring out your God-given passion and how to follow it?  Register here to schedule a free 50-60 minute discovery call at your convenience.

Tommy Lanham is a coach, leadership training expert, instructor, motivator, and a believer in Jesus. He is an experienced, trusted and highly enthusiastic speaker who communicates life changing truths in an entertaining way. He connects with his audience inspiring them to take action.

He speaks to various organizations, providing the tools to help you follow your God-given dream to reach your God-designed potential.  

Visit the website:     www.TommyLanham.com  

“I Sure Do Miss The Drugs Though” – Surviving Internal Struggles

johnnycashbonoJohnny Cash was having a meal with Bono (the lead singer for U2) and they both bowed their heads to pray. Johnny Cash prayed and thanked God for the food, friendships, forgiveness, and salvation. After the prayer Johnny Cash raised his head and said to Bono, “I sure do miss the drugs though.”

The Apostle Paul shared some of what was going on with his internal struggles in Romans 7:14-20,

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it” (NIV).

I often call this the doo-doo passage. When we find ourselves dealing with these inner struggles we find ourselves in a whole lot of doo-doo. All of us can identify with these struggles because all of us have them. We may not know what to do about it. Ask yourself three questions:

What Do I Really Want?

Many people are not honest with themselves about what they really want.  Honestly ask yourself, “What do I really want?” Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (NIV). What do you hunger and thirst for? Is it righteousness or that thing you are having that internal struggle over?

Who Is Really In Charge?

Have you given Jesus the lead in your life? Or are you still trying to be in charge? The word Lord actually means leader, boss, CEO, the one in charge. Are you just calling Jesus Lord or have you actually made him the leader of your life? “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21, NIV, Jesus speaking).

Who Is Really Going To Help Me?

turtlefencepostZig Ziglar says, “If you see a turtle on fencepost you can rest assured that sucker did not get there by himself.” He had some help along the way. If you are going to overcome those internal struggles you are dealing with you will NEED some help along the way.

You do not have to share your struggles with everybody, but you do have to share them with somebody. Find somebody who loves God and loves you to share your struggles with. If there is a sin in your life that you cannot talk to someone about then Satan has already won in that area of your life. Do not let him win!

We all struggle with sin. Even the Apostle Paul struggled with sin. That is why he needed Jesus. And just because we have this sin struggle does not mean we give up. We keep on fighting while relying heavily on the grace and forgiveness of God through our savior, Lord, and friend Jesus Christ!

What have you found helpful in dealing with your internal struggles?

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Do you need help figuring out your God-given passion and how to follow it?  Register here to schedule a free 50-60 minute discovery call at your convenience.

Tommy Lanham is a coach, leadership training expert, instructor, motivator, and a believer in Jesus. He is an experienced, trusted and highly enthusiastic speaker who communicates life changing truths in an entertaining way. He connects with his audience inspiring them to take action.

He speaks to various organizations, providing the tools to help you follow your God-given dream to reach your God-designed potential.  

Visit the website:     www.TommyLanham.com  

Set Yourself On Fire!

I’ve heard that 18th and 19th-century revival speakers were successful because they would set themselves on fire and people would come to watch them burn. Not literally. They were so passionate about what they were doing that they drew people’s attention. There is something magnetic about passionate people.comte-de-mirabeau-quote-none-but-people-of-strong-passion-are-capable

Comte de Mirabeau said, “None, but people of strong
passion are capable of greatness.” Find your passion! Pursue those things that stir something inside of you, not what brings you the most money. Greatness comes from passion. Look for what you have the most passion about and you will find your greatness!

Set yourself on fire and people will come to watch you burn!

When you are doing what you love to do, no one has to motivate you. Often, we trade in our passion for the mundane, mediocre, and most secure. STOP!

Set yourself on fire and people will come to watch you burn!

170178Larry Crabb says, “The core problem is not that we are too passionate about bad things, but that we are not passionate enough about good things.” God has filled you with a passion. Maybe that passion has been suppressed. Maybe it is hidden deep in your soul, but it is still there. You just have to dig it out. The best part of my job is helping people dig out and discover their passions! Our godly passions can give us life. Tony Campolo says, “The world is not so much sinful as is dead.” Sometimes a loss of passion causes that death. We are still walking, talking, and breathing; but something inside of us has died.

Set yourself on fire and people will come to watch you burn!

Let’s look at the word enthusiasm. The en- of the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word for “in.” The –thus in enthusiasm is a form of the Greek word “Theo.”  “Theo” is the Greek word for God. The word enthusiasm literally means, God-in-you! If you are a follower of Jesus, then you are a walking bundle of enthusiasm. There is a spiritual passion that lives in and through you.

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Set yourself on fire and people will come to watch you burn!

  • What is your passion?
  • What gets you up in the morning?
  • What creates so much enthusiasm inside of you that you have trouble sleeping?
  • What has God put inside you that you cannot NOT do it?

Pursue that! Go after that! Live a life of passion, because life is too short to passively wander along without a care in the world. Care! Be enthusiastic! Live life to the fullest! Follow God’s passion for your life!

Set yourself on fire and people will come to watch you burn!

Tommy Lanham is a coach, leadership_MG_2463edit training expert, instructor, motivator, and a believer in Jesus. He is an experienced, trusted and highly enthusiastic speaker who communicates life changing truths in an entertaining way. He connects with his audience inspiring them to take action.

He speaks to various organizations, providing the tools to help you follow your God-given dream to reach your God-designed potential.  

Visit the website:     www.TommyLanham.com  

“You REALLY Should Laugh More. 4 Reasons Why…”

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Here are some announcements found in actual church bulletins:

“Tonight’s Sermon: WHAT IS HELL? Come early and listen to our choir practice.”

“CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE. A good opportunity to get rid of anything not worth keeping but too good to throw away. Don’t forget your husband.”

“Due to the Pastor’s illness, Wednesday’s healing service will be discontinued until further notice.”

“The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.”

“Don’t let worry kill you…let the church help.”

“Our Church Book Store announces their Semi-Annual After-Christmas Sale.”

“Please help our young people with their Flea Market. They are starting from scratch.”

A man was eating at a nice banquet and bit into something hard that broke his dental plate. The man beside him reached into his pocket and pulled out a dental plate for him to try. He put it in his mouth…pulled it out and said, “This is too big.” The man beside him pulls another one out of his pocket… He tries it and says, “This is too small.” The man beside him pulled a third dental plate out of his pocket. This one actually fit just right. “Imagine that” he said, “I broke my dental plate while sitting right beside a dentist.” “I am not a dentist” the man beside him replied, “I am an undertaker.”

proverbs-17-22Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”Studies show that laughter lowers blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. Some hospitals actually use laughter therapy in the healing process. Zig Ziglar used to say “Laughter is low calorie, caffeine free, no salt, no preservatives or additives, 100% natural, and one size fits all. It is contagious, but never committed a crime, started a war, or broke up a relationship. It cost nothing and is non-taxable.”

Did you know the average four-year-old laughs about 400 times a day? The average adult laughs only 15 to 16 times a day. Maybe that is one of the reasons Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NIV).

There are many reasons we should laugh more often as adults. However, I want to address four specific reasons you should laugh more.

  • It Creates Connection

The more laughter within a group, the more bonding within that group. Companies, churches, families, or friendships; if you want a tighter connection with a group of people, laughter can create that connection. Laughter is an encourager. As long as you are not laughing at someone’s shortcomings, laughter within a group can be an encouragement to people. Who does not enjoy being around people who make them happier? Laughter creates connection. If you want more unity in your company, church or family, create more laughter.

  • It Breaks Down Barriers

Laughter can break down the walls that cause division in your organization. Christian comedian Susan O’Donnel says, “It’s really hard to be really ticked off when you are laughing…You can…But you have to be a parent.” (Those of us who are parents can identify.) Laughter actually shuts off the flow of stress hormones. Therefore, you are more relaxed and more accepting and forgiving. If you want to break down some of those barriers of division in your organization bring laughter to the table.

  • It Makes Communication More Effective

Two boys were dressed up like devils for Halloween. As they were out doing their trick-or-treating, a big storm came up. The boys noticed a church nearby that was having services so they decided to go in to get out of the rain. Just as they opened the door a loud crash of thunder sounded and a large flash of lightning lit up the sky. This caused the lights of the church building to go out for just a few seconds. When the lights came back on the congregation noticed the boys dressed like devils. Sensing the fear in the people’s faces, the two boys decided to chase them with their pitch forks. Everyone in the church began to run for their lives.

One man’s shirt got hung on one of the pews and he could not get loose. One of the boys walked right up to him. The man quickly said, “I have been a deacon in this church for over 20 years…But I have been on your side the whole time!”

Stories like this often help people relax and be more open to what is being said next. Because laughter builds better connection and breaks down barriers it helps in making communication more effective.

  • It Creates Optimism

There was a man in a restaurant who noticed a woman staring at him. It was making him a little uncomfortable when all of the sudden the woman got up and began walking toward him. When she got to him she said, “Forgive me for staring, but you look just like my third husband! The color of your eyes, the style of your hair, the clothes you are wearing, your mannerisms… You look just like my third husband!” “Your third husband?” the man replied, “How many times have you been married?” She answered, “twice!”

Now that was one optimistic woman! If you laughed at that story then your optimism went up as well. Laughter actually triggers a flood of endorphins, the natural compound that induces euphoria. Through that process laughter increases your joy and makes you feel more alive! If you want to increase the moral in your organization then increase the laughter.

Here is a word of caution when it comes to laughter. If you have to be dirty or cruel to be funny then do not be funny. Laughter can be damaging when used the wrong way. If want laughter to have a positive effect, then the dirty and hurtful humor must be removed.

I leave you with some encouragement from Psalm 126:1-3,

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.  (NIV, emphasis added)

What are some other reasons we should laugh more? 

FOR AACC002Tommy Lanham is a coach, leadership training expert, instructor, motivator, and a believer in Jesus. He is an experienced, trusted and highly enthusiastic speaker who communicates life changing truths in an entertaining way. He connects with his audience inspiring them to take action.

He travels to speak on goals, priority management, faith, personality types and other related topics. If you would like to find out more about Tommy’s speaking and coaching, please visit his website:
www.TommyLanham.com  

Stop It! – What Is A “Sabbath” Anyway?

Sabbath literally means to STOP.  Holy rest… that’s it…  What else is there to write?  I guess this would make a really short blog post if I stopped right there so I’ll elaborate a bit.  

Exodus 20: 8-11 says:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

I think it is a matter of priority management.  If God had said “to remember to rest because your body needs it from time to time, plus it is a good idea to think about holy things from time to time as well – then we would probably never do either one!  We have a hard enough time doing it when it is divinely scheduled.  Holy rest should be the most important item on our calendar.

Holy rest is for everyone involved.  That is one reason I like not going to places of business on Sundays.  Our family hasn’t visited a place of business on a Sunday in over 20 years.  Not because it is my Sabbath but it would more than likely be a Sabbath for the person working.  (As a minister, Sundays are the hardest day of work for me. So we, as a family, take another day during the week off from work.)  According to this passage, observing the Sabbath is not just about me.  It’s also about family (son or daughter) employees (servants) animals (animals) or foreigners (Possibly non-Jesus followers).

So, how do you slow down and observe the Sabbath?

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Tommy Lanham is a coach, leadership training expert, instructor, motivator, and a believer in Jesus. He is an experienced, trusted and highly enthusiastic speaker who communicates life changing truths in an entertaining way. He connects with his audience inspiring them to take action.

He travels to speak on goals, priority management, faith, personality types and other related topics. If you would like to find out more about Tommy’s speaking and coaching, please visit his website:
www.TommyLanham.com

3 Solid Principles for Stronger Relationships

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3 Solid Principles for Stronger Relationships

     It is estimated that over 99% of counseling is relationship counseling. 70% of people who are fired are fired because they did not get along or fit in. A 20-year Harvard study showed that relationships affect physical health more than food, exercise, or even genetic makeup. It is plain to see that relationships are significant. Even Jesus said there is no commandment greater than loving God and loving people (Mark 12:30-31). As we enter the month of February, the month for relationship and romance, let’s take a look at 3 solid principles for stronger relationships.

  1. Respect

Make people feel understood and appreciated. 46% of people who leave their job say it is because they didn’t feel respected or appreciated. Make sure your respect is genuine. Les Giblin says, “You can’t make the other fellow feel important in your presence if you secretly feel that he is a nobody.”

 

  1. Patience

Control your anger. The Bibles tells us, “Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry” (Ephesians 4:26, The Message). There are some situations when we should be angry. However, if we want to build stronger relationships, we must channel that anger in a constructive way to resolve a situation, not hurt the other person. You can never build a better relationship with someone you are angry with. Be careful with the words you use toward people you want a better relationship with. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can break my heart.

  1. Forgiveness

Be as gentle with other’s faults as you are your own. The core of the Bible’s message is forgiveness – forgiveness we receive and forgiveness we give. “Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32, The Message). Unfortunately, we like to categorize sin into big sins and little sins. This is the way we categorize it: Big sins are the ones you do and little sins are the ones I do. If you want to build better relationships with those you love, you must be as gentle with their faults as you are your own.

Look for the Best in Each Other

Respect, patience, and forgiveness can catapult your relationships to a whole new level. Whether they be your relationship with your spouse, kids, extended family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or customers. Here is my last bit of encouragement from the Bible concerning relationships:

Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.          -1 Thessalonians 5:13-14 (The Message)

What additional solid principles could you share to help us build stronger relationships?

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Tommy Lanham is a coach, leadership training expert, instructor, motivator, and a believer in Jesus. He is an experienced, trusted and highly enthusiastic speaker who communicates life changing truths in an entertaining way. He connects with his audience inspiring them to take action.

He travels to speak on goals, priority management, faith, personality types and other related topics. If you would like to find out more about Tommy’s speaking and coaching, please visit his website:
www.TommyLanham.com

 

5 Benefits of Working Toward Goals Plus One Bonus!

5 Benefits of Working Toward Goals Plus One Bonus!

goalWhy all the hoopla about goals this time of year? Well, David G. Jensen, Chief Administrative Officer at the Crump Institute of Biological Imaging for the UCLA School of Medicine, did a study and found that people who set goals and develop a plan of action to reach those goals experience six specific benefits.

  1. You are more enthusiastic

As you move toward your goals, it creates an enthusiasm inside of you. Having a goal to move toward is motivating. There is just something exciting about seeing yourself make progress in reaching a goal.

  1. You have better healthhealth

What a person becomes in moving toward a goal is even more important than reaching that goal. If you set a goal to reach a certain weight and you only get half way there, at least you are better off than you were before you started. Plus your goal becomes much more reachable.

  1. You have better performance

Those who have goals and a plan of action to reach those goals perform better in their careers. Most employers want somebody who is goal- oriented because they get more done. If you are an entrepreneur, your business is more likely to succeed if you have some goals you are working toward.

  1. You have a happier marriage

Logo-happy-mariageOften times people set personal goals, physical goals, career goals, but what about marriage goals? Setting some relationship goals with your spouse can help improve your marriage satisfaction.

  1. You are more satisfied with life and work

Having a goal to work toward gives meaning and reason for existence. As you work toward your goal you begin to see the progress and it gives you more satisfaction. When you achieve a goal you can see the difference that it makes in you and the people around you.

Bonus: You make more money!

That is true folks. David G. Jensen found in his study that people who set goals and develop a plan of action to reach those goals earn an average of $4,000 more a month. Now, money isn’t everything, but as Zig Ziglar says, “It is reasonably close to oxygen.” $4,000 more a month may seem unrealistic to some (it depends on how goal oriented you already are) but just think if Jensen is half wrong…That is still an extra $2,000 more a month. What would you do with an extra $24,000 a year?

Are these benefits enough for you to start working toward some goals? Are they enough to get you motivated? Regardless of who you are, I would be willing to say there is at least one of those six benefits you would like to have true in your life.

 

lowres07Tommy Lanham is an author, speaker, pastor, and coach. He travels to churches and other organizations to speak on goals, priority management, faith, and other related topics. If you would like to find out more about Tommy’s speaking and coaching please visit his website: www.TommyLanham.com