Find Peace in Your Work Day
Do you want to build your relationship with God during the work day? Joe shows you the practical steps he uses to make sure he does not neglect his relationship with God during his work week. He also shares a helpful mindset as you build intentional relationship with God into your day.
This episode cover the topics of kingdom work, prayer, relationship with God, intimacy, structure, organization, and Holy Spirit.
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Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work – by Pierce Brantley
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Welcome to Lunch Break a special weekly series of the eternal entrepreneur that gives you bite sized pieces of wisdom on how to build a functional fate and business. Each episode unpacks, a short, actionable topic you can put into practice this week. Let's get into it.Joe Newton:
Hey entrepreneurs this is Joe Newton, co-host of the eternal entrepreneur. And today on the lunch break, I want to help you start to answer the question. How can I start making time for God? During my work day, we, as entrepreneurs and business owners know that our days can get real busy, real fast, and often the squeakiest wheel begins to squeak early in the morning and we'll keep squeaking even after we're home and should be spending time focused on our family. So with all of that in the back of our mind, how do we begin to even take out time for God? When we sometimes feel like we don't even have time for ourselves, our family, much less to be working on our business instead of in our business. So before anything else, it's always important to acknowledge the fact that you're asking the question. And that's when I w I, where I want to begin to give ourselves credit for the mere fact that you want to spend more time with God that you want to bring him into your business. It's huge. Your motives are pure. Okay. Think back. There's a really good chance that at one point you either never thought to bring God into your business or for a lot of us, you didn't even know God at all. And it's so important to begin with giving ourselves credit. And as Psalm a hundred verse four says, begin with Thanksgiving. Enter into his Gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with praise, be thankful unto him and bless his name. So if you get nothing else out of the podcast today, Thanksgiving is your greatest tool and give yourself credit for what you have done. Even if it's just asking the question in your heart. How do I partner with you? God, how do I bring you into my business more? Because that's something and there's a really good chance that at one point in your life, you didn't even ask that question. So congratulations. You've already made a huge step because you're asking the question, how do I start hearing God's voice more? How do I bring him into our own business more? And that is so important. Okay. So that's 0.1. Give, thanks. Give yourself credit for even asking the question. Now, when I first started my business. I began asking God every now and then for his advice, I began endeavoring to listen to his voice, but very quickly I was in real estate. I was a real estate agent. And if you ever purchased a home and especially for those of you out there who have been agents or are agents, you know, there are a ton of squeaky wheels at a moment's notice. You could get a text that sends you off on an adventure. You never wanted to go on. And very quickly as we start to deal with all these different issues that come up in our business, it's very easy to feel condemned, to feel shame, to start blaming others, to be in a mental and emotional state that makes us not feel worthy, much less encouraged to seek after God to feel like we can hear his voice, but there's always something to give. Thanks for. So if you're in that place and you feel like there is just fire after fire begin with Thanksgiving, begin with. Thanking God for the little things I'm breathing today. I got to eat a meal last night. I got to walk on grass that was green. And sometimes the Celia that it is the better because it can break that, that mentality that we have. So if you're feeling overwhelmed, Begin with Thanksgiving. Now, the next thing I want to go into is a little more practical, and this is setting clear expectations with clients and family for communication and work hours. So defining a clear start and finish to your Workday is. Really important. It's really important so that you don't let things bleed into your home life. And it's really important for your, your clients as well as if you have employees letting everyone know. This is when I show up. And this is when I shut down. So, as I stated before, I was a real estate agent. And as an agent, you can get texts and phone calls and emails just as easily at 4:00 AM. As you can at 11:00 PM. And constantly I was getting distracted and brought back into work, which was a horrible thing for my heart. But when I realized that if I would just start upfront by setting clear expectations with my clients and with others, for communication specifically, My world changed when I let them know when I first began working with them, Hey, this is when I start work. This is when I shut down. I check communication every two hours. I will get back to you. No, I will get back to you. I'm seeing your communication and I'm going to be on top of it. Just setting those expectations. Upfront when people know that I was listening and they knew that I was going to be reacting to their communication within a specific timeframe. It allowed me such flexibility. And I could tell them, Hey, at this time, my work day ends, I will check your texts. The first thing in the morning, or I will check your email, the first thing in the morning, and I will get back to you by 9:00 AM or whenever that was, people were okay with it. You're going to be surprised at how well people react when you just give them expectations upfront. And now it's so much easier to shut off communication. And as we're talking about in this specific podcast to begin to focus on God's voice, to begin to carve out time to partner with him, to hear his voice, to praise him. So. That would be the, the next step. And that's, again, it's, it's more of a practical thing, but if you can begin to set expectations, you're setting yourself up to be able to turn off that phone and make time for God. The next thing again, this is a very practice is time-blocking if you will, which just means setting out a specific time at the beginning of your day for how long you're going to do a specific task. You can now carve out specific times, putting things on your calendar for I'm going to take time out for God during this time, I'm going to turn off my phone during this time. Now we don't have time to go into a lot of time blocking today, but if you jump on YouTube or Google, it there's tons of information out there about time blocking. So those are the two most practical things from today. Set clear expectations and time block. Okay. Let's, let's get into what I would call the, the meat of today's podcast. And that is having a startup in a shutdown routine. Now the general definition of a routine is just a regular course of procedure. It is specific steps that you go to that tell you that give you muscle memory for saying my Workday is starting. My Workday is stopping. And this ensures that the most important activities they get done, we have to be aware of, of the drift of the squeaky wheels that want to pool our attention. And if we have a specific routine that says every day, we are going to do these activities to begin, and we're going to do these activities at the end, then mentally, emotionally, our body knows. Okay. We've begun the Workday. Okay. We've shut it down. And it's a whole lot easier, especially at the end of the day to walk away know, Hey, I did well, I've shut it down. It's going to be there tomorrow. I have a plan to touch all my items and get back to work, to get all of my stuff done. I want to give you a quick example of my current startup and shutdown routines, so that you can have an example for yourself. And these are constantly changing. You check back in with me in four months and these might be totally different, but these are the ones that I'm utilizing today. And I've created a form for myself and Program called Google tables. I have a form that I fill out and it makes it simple for me. But again, if you just start off with a piece of paper writing down, I'm going to do X, then Y then Z. That's amazing. That's all you need. So mine begins with. I say whether it's my startup or my shutdown routine, I say what day it is. So today is May 5th, 2021. Then from there I utilize an app called the one minute pause. And this is from John Eldridge. He has it out there. It's free. And why I love the one-minute pause is it's guided prayer. Basically he has a one minute guided prayer, a fi a three minute guided prayer, five minute and a 10 minute. And for me, starting simple is better than starting. Awesomely. And what I mean by that is just start with something. So the one minute it's like, I can take one minute out for God. And some days I'll do just one minute and some days I'll do a 10 minutes, but I know that every day. I can justify to myself taking one minute to focus on God. So I do a one minute pause and then I review my life plan and my goals, which I haven't ever note. After that, I asked myself the question, if there was. If this was the second time I was living this day, what would I do differently? And this just helps me to start to think through thinking, okay, if I get to the end of the day and my current mindset, what would I have probably liked to do differently? And I might say something like I'd like to just pause and hear God's voice before I got on this phone call, or I'd like to make sure I got this meeting with this person done, or make this phone call. So that's, that's just a question I like to ask myself, ask myself next. I put down a few things that I get to enjoy today, and that might be, I get to spend time with my son or I get to interview this amazing person for a podcast. Or I get to go out to dinner with my wife or I get to Mark this big project off of my to-do list. Finally. And then after that, I select my big three, which are the big three items that if I get these done today is a win. And then after that I asked myself, did I add those to the calendar? And finally I have a time too, where I pray and encourage one person. And this is to where I asked God, Hey, who's one person that I can pray for. And then I listen. Because I want to make sure that every day I'm practicing, hearing God's voice so that I can get better for that. So that's, that's my start-up. A routine or ritual, if you will. And the shutdown we'll go through this one super quick. Again, I, I put it's a shutdown. I update my calendar, update my to-do list, update my goals. And then I asked myself what were three wins for today? What were three things, things that went awesome. And I list those out then after that, I asked myself again, if I was going to live this day a second time, or would I have done differently? Then from there I say, did I get my big three completed was today a win? And I take another, at least one minute, pause to praise God to hear his voice. And this is also during the time when, if I had specific questions for God, maybe about my business, I would list those out and try to listen to his voice there. So that's just a quick example of my startup and shut down route. Okay. So that is a startup and a shutdown routine. Now, before we go into our action for today, I want to just remind you again, give yourself grace and start. Small, you don't have to be taking one day a week off just to go into prayer and meditation and seeking God and fasting for 21 days. Just start small, start with something, build momentum, and also remember give yourself grace for what you have done. Your heart's pure. You want God? Okay. Now our action for today. I want you to simply ask yourself what is one small step I can take to begin to bring God into my Workday. And that could be as something as simple as I'm going to schedule one, one minute pause during my day, whatever that is, whatever that one simple small step is. Time, block it, add it to your calendar. So if it's a one minute pause, I'm not joking. Add a one minute time block onto your calendar for every day. This next week for that one pause. Then when your calendar gives you that reminder that, Hey, it's time for your one minute. Pause. Turn your phone on. Do not disturb. Open that one minute. Pause hit go. Or if you're just going to have one minute of praise or. Five minutes of praise, whatever it is, do it, make it simple and do it every day for the next week. All right. That's it for today. Hope you have an amazing week. We're praying for you guys and we can't wait to see you again. Next time on the Eternal Entrepreneur.Pierce Brantley:
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