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surveyI started this blog and created the International Christian Mompreneur Network as a way to connect with women like you. It’s a place for mom entrepreneurs to get the information, encouragement and support they need to run a business that is in alignment with their values of faith and family. I know it’s helping a lot of women! But is it helpful to you? Could I be doing something better? Something more? I’d really love to know!

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7 Business Lessons from the Football Field for Mompreneurs [Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall]

WhenTheGameStandsTallI rarely have an opportunity for a date night with my oldest son, but when I offered him and a friend tickets to a preview screening of a football movie, I instantly became the greatest mom on the planet! Andrew and I saw When the Game Stands Tall with our friends Cindy and Nick and we all agree the movie speaks to moms as much as it does to boys. It chronicles the lives of the coaches and players of the De La Salle High School football team in Concord, Ca. With an unprecedented 151-game winning streak, the Spartans are doing something right. But it is more than just winning football games.

Whether you’re a football mom, a swim team mom or a dance mom, I think you will agree that sports are the classroom of life. Especially when there is a great coach in the picture. In fact, coaches (like teachers) have the power to help shape a child’s character and set a player on the path to a winning life on so many levels.

Based on a true story, When the Game Stands Tall is overflowing with lessons of character for today’s youth…messages of dedication, brotherhood, leadership, faith, forgiveness, humility, love and honor. As I sobbed and cheered my way through the film, I couldn’t help but glean a few encouraging messages for the mompreneur. (You know I’m always thinking of you!)

7 Business Lessons for the Mompreneur from When the Game Stands Tall:

(I’ll try to do this without spoiling the movie, since it doesn’t come out in theaters until August 22!)

1. Give a perfect effort. The De La Salle coaches demand a lot from their players but they don’t expect perfection. Rather – they require a perfect effort. Every day. Every play.

Many of us mompreneurs have a perfectionism problem. We expect perfection – which makes us less successful and more critical of ourselves. I’d like to suggest we take a page out of the Spartan’s playbook and expect a perfect effort. What if we went to work each day ready and willing to give a perfect effort? What if we let go of the need to achieve and embraced the desire to serve? What if we applied that thinking to the job of motherhood as well? I think I’d like to play that game.

2. It’s not WHAT you do that matters…it’s HOW you change lives in the process.

Coach Bob Ladouceur could have moved on to lucrative coaching positions in college or professional football, but he was more interested in transforming character than winning games or earning a paycheck. “Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there’s more to life? That’s hard,” says Ladouceur.

No matter WHAT you do in your business, you have the opportunity to teach, preach and reach people through your work. [Click to Tweet!]

Maybe God’s plan for your business or ministry has nothing to do with your bottom line and everything to do with the effect you have on the people you serve. I’m not suggesting we ignore traditional measures of success – that would be irresponsible. But I do believe we are called to look at the impact of our work through the eyes of Christ.  [Read more...]

Which Social Media Platform is Best for Your Business?

Social Media ImagesI canceled my membership at my CrossFit gym this summer. It was more difficult to do than I expected. My morning WOD had become part of my routine and I felt like a quitter when I had to let it go. But my reasoning was simple – I wasn’t getting there often enough to make a difference.

My son is working out with the high school wrestling team at 6:30 am almost every day and it just became a challenge for me to get to the gym at that time. So now I’m running on the track at the school or lifting with a friend who lives near the school. It’s not CrossFit, but it’s working for me. Why? Because I’m actually doing it.

Personally, I think that’s the key to any fitness routine – choose one that you will actually do. Folks love to tell you how fabulous their exercise program is and how everyone else should do it, too. Whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or triathlon training, when you take up a sport, you become part of a family. They create a cult-like following for their workouts, which actually makes it easier to stick with once you drink the Kool-Aid. But it makes it complicated if you just want to have fun with your workout and you’re not able to fully embrace the lifestyle.

The same thing holds true for diets. You join an enthusiastic and exclusive community when you become a vegan, or follow a plant-based whole foods diet or try Paleo. And there’s so much conflicting evidence about which lifestyle is best, that it’s overwhelming to know what’s right for you.

So how do you decide which diet or fitness routine is best for you? Personally, I think the best choice is a routine or diet that you can stick with. One that you will actually do.

I feel the same way about social media. People ask me all the time, “Which social media platform do I need to be on for my business?” There always seems to be a new option and it’s easy to get distracted learning each one.

But there’s no single social media platform that’s BEST for everyone. It’s more like a dating game in which you rule out some options and experiment with others until you decide if they are keepers. Yes, it’s true that Facebook is still the largest social media platform with 1.23 billion monthly active users. And Google Plus puts the power of Google search engines behind your social media updates. And Instagram is the fastest growing social site globally. Despite those trends, I don’t think EVERYONE should invest in learning and using sites solely because they are popular or growing.  

I build my social media presence on specific platforms based on two criteria: [Read more...]