“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might …” — Ecclesiastes 9:10a, ESV
These past few weeks have challenged small business owners — and humanity! — in unprecedented ways. I firmly believe that one of the best ways to love and serve humanity is to keep moving forward to improve our lives, families and businesses however and wherever we can.
For me, I haven’t taken this time as a vacation. In fact, I have encouraged my team members, business partners, and friends to BE UNCOMMON. How? By staying positive, maintaining constant forward motion, and seeking wise counsel.
UNCOMMON leaders work hard and stay positive. Yes, I have had moments of freak-out in the middle of the night or needed to talk long, long walks around my neighborhood to clear my head. Each morning, as the sun rises, however, I have found that if I do the next right thing, many of my fears are unrealized.
Not only that, as I look back at the day’s labor, I find that strength and presence of mind has helped me to lead others forward in their calling, no matter how big their struggle.
In the Bible, when David is faced with the utter devastation of his home village and the kidnapping of all of the wives and children of himself and his men, it is said that he “strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (I Samuel 30:6, ESV).
For me, I accomplish this through prayer, Scripture reading, uplifting podcasts and personal daily video posts to social media that remind me of my calling.
UNCOMMON leaders maintain constant forward motion. From the moment I wake up until the moment I fall asleep, I am working the phones and social media to network and mastermind with others. Who can I help? Who can help me? Who can I connect with to encourage or be encouraged?
I’m also taking great care to keep my morning routine intact — waking up early, reading/meditating/praying, and working out in my basement while listening to podcasts. I have found that by staying in constant forward motion and doing the next right thing, my business is growing daily in new and creative ways even with the drastic, minute-by-minute changes that are affecting us all.
Now is not the time to relax and rest — it is time to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into disciplined, creative, uncommon industry in order to provide for our families and communities no matter what circumstances will arrive.
Yes, avenues and opportunities are being closed off at every turn. But at the very same time, new possibilities for connection and growth are always out there if we can just keep one foot in front of the other; if we can just make one more call or send one more message of connection.