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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

Why you need to be distracted sometimes

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I have preached against "fatal distractions."

I've given motivational talks on getting beyond distractions so one can "get down to business and accomplish your goals and dreams."

This is something I excel at -- focusing to achieve.

Unfortunately it's also partly responsible for my blood pressure being higher than it should be, and some other not-so-positive outcomes.

I have friends who accomplish a bit less than me, however they are generally healthier. And I've realized if I keep going this way they may outlast me.  Not that I want my friends to die, but I really would prefer that none of us be missing. :)

So, I started thinking maybe I need a distraction now and then.  A friend recently told me they take a break from working at their computer every 20 minutes, get up and walk around, just for the benefit to their vision alone.  They are one of the most successful people I know so apparently regular planned distractions haven't affected their work.

Yesterday I said that I wasn't sure what I was going to do about my "me time" not working. 

I've always been vehemently against distractions but I'm starting to see through the example of others I respect or admire that within moderation they may have some value especially for those with workaholic tendencies.  

Yesterday I tried something new.  For someone without a strong work ethic it might be a dangerous thing, even a terrible thing.  For others it might prove helpful and even help to get more done in the long run.

I found a 'distraction' to take part in a few times during the day.  Pinterest was my choice distraction yesterday.  After every hour I'd stop for a few minutes and I'd click through looking at delightful things -- most things I'll never possess, but just wonderful eye candy.  I had a blast. After a few minutes, I'd go back to my work and press in hard for a while until the next "distraction break".

I actually got more done than I usually do, despite the distraction!  Hmmmmmmm...

I think this might be a real key to things improving.  

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