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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

Some people just get ideas, others actually run with them

Which kind of person are you?

We'll talk about that more in a minute.  But first...yesterday was an interesting day for me.  I spent most of my day at CTN, the Christian Television Station in Largo, as a guest on Homekeepers, with my friend and host, Arthelene Rippy.  She called a few weeks ago and asked if I would come over to be interviewed about my life coaching program for women.  We had a delightful time talking about it and she already told me she's having me back on to talk about my new book as soon as it comes out.  :)  Yay!  (Can you tell, practically all I'm thinking about is this book?!  I can't say too much right now other than to say some MAJOR steps forward have happened this week.)

I struggled yesterday with a mild headache during the interview and by the time it was over and I was going back to the church office I had a full blown migraine.  I almost never miss church and last night my husband took my sermon and preached it while I laid on the couch in his office in the dark, praying a headache away. 

I think I'm just going too fast and too hard with a million things spinning, namely burning the midnight oil on my book proposal.  There are a bunch of revisions to do right now but it had to wait 24 hours while I rested last night. 

Back to getting things done...yesterday during the inteview Arthelene was talking to me about several of the projects that I've founded and directed.  We discussed everything from founding the Pastoring Partners Network, to the young women's mentoring program I led at our church, to the life coaching program and she said, "you know Deanna, a lot of people just get a lot of ideas, but don't necessarily follow through with them.  You are a person who gets an idea, and you actually run with it."  I told her that yes, this would characterize me pretty well.  Not only do I get a lot of ideas, but I try to do them as quickly as possible before anyone else can capitalize on them.  I realize ideas are hot property.  That's why I've stayed up all night at times working tirelessly to make ideas reality.  Back when I started PPN there was NOTHING else of it's kind.  I knew it was only a matter of time before somebody did something like PPN but I wanted to be the first.  Now there are hundreds of organizations like PPN.

Ideas have so much potential but they are just that, only potential until they are acted upon.  

I've never read a book exactly like the one I'm going to write at this time.  I've always wanted to, but nobody has written one with the laser focus mine has.  I beleive I'm the person in the world to write this book.  I do know it's only a matter of time before somebody else thinks of the same thing.  I want to do it, and do it first.  This is what drives me to push forward and get it done and why it kind of drove me crazy last night to have a migraine.  First because I had to miss Fusion, and I hate being away from our church family.  Second, because the possibility of writing revisions were out last night.

Today's a new day.  It's a day to run with a God-idea and get things done.

What idea are you going to run with?  I believe God gives everyone ideas, but few actually turn them into reality.  It might be best if you don't answer here in the comments,if your idea needs to be confidential until you unleash it.  Just consider the question...is there an idea you need to act upon?

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