Last week I discussed the middle. Well, what is the middle? For me, the middle is everything that most successful people forget to tell us. I want to know. How did you complete your online orders with a teething toddler? How were you able to keep appointments with every kid needing to go to some after-school program every afternoon in different locations, of course. Never mind that no one wanted to participate in anything until you started your business. How many dinners did you prepare late, and I mean really late because you were busy being great, for once, in the public eye? Raise your hand if you typed your business plan in the sanctity of your en-suite because it was the only quiet place you could find? Who forgot to do laundry... for a few weeks... more than once? Most importantly, how did you survive the conflict it brought into your marriage?
Let's be honest, everyone does not have those doting supporting spouses especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. The half-hearted "that's nice, babe" can quickly turn into "are you still doing that?" sooner than we expect and then, "That's how we ended up here, Your Honor". So, what can we do to get off of what seems like an inevitable hamster wheel for wanting more than a 9 to 5? How can we keep our spouses and/or family happy while helping the world become a better place? What can we do to help us not see our spouses as the one holding us back, feel like the finances are not sufficient for our dream, or sit in the driveway for a while when we get home because out there feels better than going in there. Well, after speaking with Fish, we decided to start digging up some answers for all of us. We are going to do our best to share solutions, brainstorm with you, and keep an eye open for the stories that count... to get us through the middle.
Why is this so important? The truth is, this is a pet peeve for us. There are so many markets and target audiences out there, and yet many of us do not survive the beginning process of launching our businesses or organizations long enough to get to the sweet spot in our industry. Like, I literally have just graduated from the bedroom or dining room table to having a home office. (I need an office complex!) I have lost many plans to which ever kid cleaned the kitchen that night. I have come back to that profound thought of the day that I needed to write about later pretty much illegible from the jelly blob now permanently affixing it to the table. Oh! Let's not forget about that important paper I didn't get to read from the IRS that I thought would be safe under the biggest magnet on the refrigerator because whoever knocked it off didn't bother to pick it up and put it back. (I'm sure that was the youngest because he wouldn't even have a clue who Uncle Sam is.)
Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the middle! And though it is not the sweet spot yet that we are praying over, we have had many things to come up and come between us and the vision. But here is the good news! God is in the details. Yes, we have heard the other way, but here is one thing you must get into your spirit to make it. SPEAK LIFE! As long as you allow yourself to speak the things that go against what God has promised you, you will give power to your frustrations, disappointments, and mistakes. Lesson #1... Speak life to your baby vision just as if it had two legs to run towards you, two arms to grab a hold of you, and a face that lights up your space and says "I want you!" Yes! It wants you just as much as you want it! So, treat it like it is a living, breathing thing. Because you never know which lives or how many lives are depending on that baby to grow up and do what it was designed to do.
So, when you get tired, frustrated, and in my case cast my feeling overwhelmed into a jar of Talenti gelato (pistachio, if you need to know), remember Who is in the details. That means God is here for it all. He has answers, solutions, and even miracles to get us where we need to go. However, God being who He is can only be where there is life. Let's make sure that we keep a life giving atmosphere around our vision. Your mentors, trainers, people you follow socially, be certain that they are giving you the tools to create and maintain an atmosphere where your vision and your God can thrive together with you. This way, we can be certain when things get a bit frazzled, we do not have to become frazzled with them. Just whisper something like, "Hey Dad, the vision is getting a little fussy. Can you handle it or show me what to do? Thanks."
Come back next Wednesday when we discuss one of the details that God is in that used to keep my freezer stocked with Talenti for a while. Until then, let's spend the time practicing speaking life to our visions.
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