You may have wondered why there was silence on the blog for most of the past week. It was because I was able to take my family on an incredible beach vacation!
I am overwhelmed at how blessed I really am that I am able to take such a tremendous vacation – and to do it without debt.
I just want to share a picture of my wife walking with our son along the beach early in the morning and to share a few things that I love about taking “paid-for-in-advance” vacations.
- The beach is my bride’s favorite place to be
- Watching my kids play in the surf and sun
- Seeing an 8 foot shark, dolphins, alligators, and sting rays
- No bites from all animals mentioned in #3!
- No debt followed me home
- Able to totally enjoy the trip – knowing we saved for it!
- Total relaxation knowing that we funded a dream – and lived the dream!
- Able to negotiate a better deal because we had to plan early to save for this trip!
- I arrived home FIRED UP and CREATIVELY RENEWED!
- My bride is happy!
People often compare their financial situation with that of others around them.
They won’t say it out loud, but here are some of the things they are comparing:
- Do they make more money than I do?
- Do they have better cars than I do?
- Is their house better than mine?
- Do their kids have better toys than mine?
- Do they have a better job than me?
All this can do is lead to an endless spiral of depression because there will always be someone who has something “more” or “better”. ALWAYS.
A better, more life-giving approach would be to ask the following two questions:
- Is there some way I can serve this friend?
- How can I help them accomplish one of their dreams?
When you choose to serve others, it cuts the comparison game out at the knees.
“A goal is a DREAM with a DEADLINE.”
I recently heard a friend of mine (a great leader) say this, and it can really help you with the accomplishment of your dreams.
If you refuse to establish a DEADLINE, the DREAM is very unlikely to be accomplished.
If you just have DEADLINES without a DREAM, life can be really bland.
QUESTION: Do YOU have a deadline established for each of YOUR dreams?
I meet so many people who are believing something that is completely false and untrue.
They believe that their financial situation determines their dreams.
They will dispute this, of course, but their ACTIONS (which speak way louder than words) indicate otherwise. I tend to look past the rhetoric to see a real indication of belief.
I’ve found that I have been susceptible to this as well! We are so good at self-deception.
For example, here are some situations I have seen a person say that they:
- Really want to be debt-free, but they continue to spend money without a budget!
- Really want to be debt-free, yet they pull the plastic out to charge items not in the budget!
- Want to improve their marriage, but they refuse to work with their spouse to plan their finances.
- Believe they can take a dream trip, but no money is saved for the trip.
- Want to start a business, but have never started the first step toward it because the challenge is so intimidating and daunting.
I’ve determined that I am going to pursue every dream given me. I will surely fail at some of them, but the successes are so very worth it!
You have a choice – TODAY – to write down your dreams or to never write them down.
You have a choice – TODAY – to write down dreams regardless of the cost or to write down only the dreams you know you can afford.
You have a choice – TODAY – which will you choose?
It was 5 years ago TODAY that I gave up on my dream to become a Fortune 500 CEO, and moved back to join the staff of the church that my bride and I had the unbelievable opportunity to help start – NewSpring Church – in Anderson, SC. I am so grateful for the opportunity that my great friend and pastor, Perry Noble, gave me to pursue a dream of helping people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.
It is ASTOUNDING what God has allowed me to be a part of in just five years. Here are just a few.
- Wrote I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.
- Produced the I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. Group Study and subsequently the Group Study DVD Lessons
- Wrote What Everyone Should Know About Money Before They Enter The Real World
- Wrote Funded And Free
- Wrote 1,475 blog posts
- Wrote 200 Sunday newspaper articles
- Delivered more than 150 Financial Learning Experiences
- Trained nearly 1,000 financial coaches
- Was mentioned in Money Magazine – the world’s largest personal finance magazine
- Purchased Injoy Stewardship Solutions
- Got to meet and interview one of my heroes – Dave Ramsey
- Published a book for two new authors with our fledgling publishing company – NIN Publishing
- Upgraded JosephSangl.com and added IWasBrokeNowImNot.com
- Able to provide all of our tools for absolutely free
- Developed a new APP for Apple and Android mobile devices
- Team has grown to a total of four people who make IWBNIN – without them, this effort would be incremental instead of exponential
- In 2008, someone gave me and Jenn a free Tahoe – seriously!
I write all of this not to boast in what I have done, but what the Lord has allowed me to be a part of.
I’m often asked why I’m so excited and passionate about what I do. After reading this list, perhaps you might understand a little more about WHY I am so FIRED UP all of the time! I’m a witness to the power of God moving greatly upon my behalf!
I really believed that great things could happen when I surrendered to this call 5 years ago, but I thought it would take 30 years. It has me wondering what will happen over the next 5 years!
GET FIRED UP!