Ask yourself this, and this is an exercise I learned from Dale Partridge: how can I better the lives of one million people? Rather than chase after a million dollars, focus on improving a million lives. The money will take care of itself. Did I approach this last campaign with this mindset? No. But I ended with it, and I thank the Lord for His willingness to redeem and renew that which is broken at the drop of a hat. An attitude of "how can I serve others?" is an attitude that leads to guest blogging. Take your passion, your expertise, and ask around in your blogging community where you can contribute. Ultimately, it's an application of the Golden Rule, but the blessing you will receive in the form of traffic should not be your motivator. It's like tithing. We don't tithe so that God will boost our finances. We tithe because we love our Father, and it's an act of worship. It's what we do as an expression of our love and our trust in Him. God doesn't need our money; he wants us to have a giving heart, just like His.
4. Failure To Give Your Team Ownership
If you're starting out on your own like I did, in time, you will have friends and family that will help you. I'm blessed to say I have a growing team of volunteers. Every single one of them pitched in with this latest crowdfunding campaign. But I didn't give them full ownership of any one area. I should have. Rather than trying to do everything myself, I needed to delegate and trust them to run the ball downfield. Leadership is something I will always be learning, and I hope you will commit to learning it too. Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, and John Maxwell are my mentors, not to mention Jesus. I know that sounds like a given, but in roughly three years of physical ministry in a part of the world that's only several thousand square miles, Jesus proved he was and is the best of the best by impacting billions of lives, even today. Simon Sinek says, "It's choosing to look out for the person on your left and to look out for the person on your right." Make their passion yours. Sometimes, that's as simple as listening and then offering to help. I too am learning this. When it's time to handoff the ball, do it, and trust your team to get that first down.
5. Abandoning Your Trust In The Lord
Did I really just say that? Yes, I did. After a miscarriage, missing out on buying a home in Vegas in the 9th hour, and not finding our new home until two weeks before our lease ended with a baby on the way, you would think that we would have rock-solid faith. Even the good king Hezekiah who "did right in the eyes of the Lord" had his bout with an unhealthy dose of pride. But he gave it up and turned his heart back towards God. I'm human too. When the Kickstarter campaign hit its lull, it bottomed out at just shy of a quarter of its funding. I knew going into this campaign that I was to commit this project to the Lord, win, lose, or draw. I never gave up trying because you have to want it. You have to ask, seek, knock, and then ask some more.