Becoming an entrepreneur, building a business, sharing your message, and building a community, all seem impossible at times. But you can do the impossible, especially when you have a mission to pursue, a mentor to guide you, and a mindset to see you through.
Is it possible to do the impossible? As entrepreneurs, it sometimes feels that the answer to that question is a flat no. But, if we take a look at the definition of an entrepreneur and discover our mission by serving those in our community, the impossible becomes full of possibility. Think about it. The word impossible is actually, I’m possible.
About Brian Dixon
Brian has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. From a young age, he created opportunities to make money. He loves to solve problems, especially for other people. Brian is a TEDx speaker and author of Start with Your People.
What is an entrepreneur?
Brian describes an entrepreneur as someone who sees there is a problem, that isn’t theirs, takes 100% responsibility for the problem, sets out to solve the problem, and sells the solution at a profit. He sees himself as an edupreneur, and an education entrepreneur because he truly believes that education is the best service we can provide our clients.
No Brian works to help Christian female entrepreneurs who have a message to share and an audience to serve but they get stuck when it comes to money and marketing. Brian loves to talk about both money and marketing. Marketing is sharing what you care about with people you care about and money is fuel for your mission.
Often times Christians are afraid to talk about money and afraid of marketing but if you figure out both of those your mission can reach even more people.
Start with Your People and they’ll inspire you to do the impossible
Porter Gaile said many years ago that your network is your net worth. One of the reasons Brian loves to work with women is that women tend to be more social and know a lot of people. Most women already have a network of people. The question is, how are you showing up to serve them right now? Chances are that you are already doing that right now, helping with the PTA, asking how you can pray for people, etc.
There isn’t that much of a difference between what you do in everyday life and your entrepreneurial journey. Brian reminded us that authenticity is one of the key parts of growing your business. If you don’t have clients or income right now, show up to serve. Ask yourself what would it look like for you to reach out to someone in a leadership role and ask if you can start something.
As you start showing up and being faithful to God, you will begin to figure out what you love doing and what is kind of hard. Brian shared that Jesus came to completely break the curses of the fall. The curses of the fall are the pain in childbirth and work is hard. But work doesn’t have to be hard. If we put people first, work doesn’t have to be hard.
You can help the people in your day-to-day life who are facing the impossible and build your community
Think about putting other people first, maybe the other moms in your kid’s class, like sheep without a shepherd when it comes to their fitness if you are a fitness coach. Similarly, maybe they are sheep without a shepherd when it comes to their budgeting if you are a financial coach or bookkeeper. Whatever your niche is if you see people who are hurting or making mistakes and you have the vision to see what they are struggling with, you can step in to solve their problems for them.
If you show up and serve these people, you will grow your community and referral sources. Your business grows by serving the people who are already in your life.
Robyn mentioned her coaching client, Naomi Petrick, a health and wellness coach specializing in gluten-free living coach.
Why are women so afraid to do the impossible and reach out to their network?
Identity. Fear of man. Mis-placed fear. God asks us to and commands us to fear the Lord, fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear is an honor and respect. The Bible says God is no respecter of persons. God is not afraid of people. He knows who He is. When we understand our identities as daughters of the king, we won’t feel like we don’t have an identity. Our identity resides in clarity, the clarity of our purpose, and knowing our place.
Jesus didn’t come to say honor me, he came to serve people. When we know who we are, we are going to face rejection. Jesus came to earth and was rejected. But if we know who we are in Christ and focus on serving our clients, we will find success.
Yes lives in the land of no. You will hear no all day long, but if you have clarity and believe in your product or service, you can sell and achieve your goals. If people need your service or product and you aren’t sharing it, you are doing a disservice to them.
You need to put your fear of man aside and say, God, I want to make the most of every opportunity. Then, when you see people, ask them what they are working through right now. Instead of saying “How are you”, ask what are you working through. This will give you an opportunity to make connections with people and offer to help them.
There is so much wisdom in the Bible about how to approach people. But it really comes down to now worrying about where we get approval and realizing it is not in man’s eyes.
The three things you need to do the impossible
- You need a mission to pursue. What are the desires of your heart? How do you want your life to look one year from now?
- Mentor to guide you. Success leaves clues. Follow a mentor and learn from them. Observe what they are doing that works. These days are perfectly set for you to live and make a difference in the world. Every single day reaches out to 10 people. If you do this you will develop relationships and grow your network.
- A mindset to see you through. We have to have a growth mindset, not a fixed mindset. The world is always changing. This is a good thing, yet we build our castles on what worked yesterday. We need to look for new opportunities and pursue them when they are in front of us. The reality is that opportunity is all around us.
Instead of having the mindset that you can’t do things because of your past, address those things, and look at the opportunity. Think of your mess as your message or an opportunity. This is a shift in mindset from letting negative past experiences hold you back. A positive mindset is what it takes to keep taking action and action is what leads to results.
Remember, things don’t happen to you, they happen for you. Anything you go through becomes part of your message to help you build connections and show how you understand what others are going through. If you don’t share what you do or how you can help others, you are doing a disservice to them.
Note: The impossible is possible.
What if you are afraid or resistant to investing money in your business?
The first question Brian would ask is, how is influencing your philosophy of life? For the next week, pay attention to everything you watch or listen to and document what the agenda was, and what were they trying to teach you.
Brian thinks that one of the reasons we are hesitant to invest is that we are accustomed to getting things for free. But if you don’t pay for something, then you are the product. If you aren’t paying for something, then others are selling your attention.
There are two ways that we pay. We pay with our time or we pay with our treasure. We are to take our time and steward it well. Brian always has a coach and when he pays his coach for one hour he is getting about 100 hours of value because a coach can see what we can’t see in ourselves.
The bottom line, the more you invest in yourself and your business, the more likely you’ll be to do the impossible.
Find your expert and discover the power of focus
Having a mentor or coach can help you take the right steps to do the impossible. To create the life you dream of while falling into your calling.
If you depend on multiple sources and each says something different, you now have to spend time discerning which is right, and which is right for you and your business. Ultimately, this causes you to be more overwhelmed and struggle even more to make a decision. Likewise, we don’t know what we don’t know. This is the benefit of having someone else look at our business and advise us.
Brian shared the analogy of building a dream house and having the faithful 5, faith, family, finance, fitness, and friendship. There are different areas of life, and on every platform there are gurus. Select your guru wisely. Look at your faith. Who are you going to listen to, to grow your faith? When you find that person (or people), go all in. For example, Brian and his wife love John and Lisa Bevere as Christian role models and Bible teachers to help them grow their faith.
You will make more progress because of the power of focus. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Double-minded means listening to two people at the same time. Don’t be double-minded. Align yourself with someone you trust.
Brian stressed that we all have a message and you can make money from your message.
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