Seven Characteristics of a God-Inspired Dream

God Inspired Dream

I’m a big believer in having and pursuing your dreams.

However, while pursuing my dreams, I began to realize dreams can come from different sources. Some dreams are images or goals I’ve set for myself and these can be good to pursue… and some not so much. There is another source though to dreams and I think of them as God-Inspired dreams. Those thoughts and dreams that God plants in your heart. These dreams are not as easy to pursue as our own dreams, but are infinitely more rewarding.

First, let me assure you that God really does want to inspire you. He has a specific calling on each person’s life and invites us into His plan. (Ephesians 4:1: “Therefore, I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”) Too often, I think we ignore or dismiss those little seedlings of the dreams He is planting in us because we doubt.

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7 Ways Ballet Makes Me A Better Entrepreneur

Original photo coutesy of Toni Bazala, Pazaz Christian Dance Academy

Original photo courtesy of Toni Bazala, Pazaz Christian Dance Academy

The world of ballet, with its classical music, costumes, and pointe shoes, may not initially seem like it has anything to do with running a business – much less a consulting firm focused on manufacturing.  However, I would argue that as an entrepreneur there is much to be learned from ballet. So much so, that beyond my typical weekly classes, I’ve invested the last two weeks in a dance intensive. (Three days a week for five hours a night.)

So let me take you past the stage and the lights and show you what you can learn from this performing art that can make you a better entrepreneur. Continue reading

Don’t Handicap Your Children

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We so often want to make our children’s lives easier, but that’s not always what’s best for them. By challenging them, we make them stronger.

It took my son three years to finally get the courage to climb the entire way to the top of this climbing wall. Each year he would climb a little higher and fueled his desire to master this climbing wall. When he finally made it, he had a HUGE sense of accomplishment!

Photo credit: Ed Burns

Photo credit: Ed Burns

Megan Interviewed On The Free Agent Uprising Show

It’s up!

If you like our Facebook page, then you know I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Kevin Miller of Free Agent Uprising. Periodically, he interviews free agents about how they made their first dollar and he asked me to share my story. It was a lot of fun and now that the show is posted I wanted to share the interview with you too.

 

Free Agent Uprising

 

A big thank you to Kevin for inviting me on the show!

You can listen to the interview on the Free Agent Uprising site or you can get the show on iTunes (show # 267).

 

Why I Choose To Be A Naptime CEO

photo credit: Fotolia

photo credit: Fotolia

 

It may come up in normal networking conversation or it comes up from a friend who is burnt out and frustrated with their work. At some point though the question arises, “What do you like best about being self-employed?”

This question always brings a smile to my face.

At first, I thought the answer was freedom. But I quickly realized that freedom was too general an answer for me. If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Work Week, you quickly pick-up that freedom for him is to be able to work anywhere in the world he chooses. For some other entrepreneurs I know freedom is the ability to create and build a business without limitations or restrictions from a boss or other hierarchy.

So what did freedom mean to me? Continue reading

Are We Just Going In Circles?

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Have you ever had those moments where you feel like you’ve been in this situation or gone through the day once before? A deja vu moment? Do you ever feel like you’re repeatedly putting out the same fires or reminding others to not make the same mistake?

At these moments, have you asked yourself, “Are we just going in circles or do we have a destination?”

It’s very easy to fall into this cycle and I’ve been there myself. Want to break out of your own personal Groundhog Day movie? Here are the six strategic steps I try to follow every morning. I don’t do all six every morning (that’s not the point), but I usually get at least three or four of them in each day. These steps help me stay focused, on task, and achieve more of my goals. How’s that for a strategic plan? Continue reading