Your Business Bucket List

Your Business Bucket ListA couple of years ago, a movie came out that got a lot of people thinking about the value of what they were doing with their lives. Truth be told, I’ve never seen the movie but The Bucket List was one of the most talked-about movies of the moment and brought the whole idea of doing something with your life – or what’s left of it – into a sort of legitimacy for a bunch of people who really needed it.

Can I pose a couple of not-so-rhetorical questions? What’s on your business bucket list? Do you even have a bucket list? What would make you take yours seriously? Do you think you deserve a shot at your big dreams?

I have a friend whose entire business is built around the idea of “helping business owners achieve their dreams.” And to be honest, that tagline always seemed a bit lofty for my tastes. As a (very successful) consultant to (some very successful) small businesses, I always thought he would be better off positioning his company in a more nuts and bolts kind of way.

But lately I’m beginning to think he’s onto something – something vastly more important than the competitive landscape, brand identities, production schedules, etc. I think he may have tapped into the mother vein in the great gold mine of life.

Did you know that God chooses to make himself available to our dreams? It’s ok – I didn’t believe this either at first. The Bible is actually packed with examples that offer proof of this. But for the sake of keeping this article moving, check out the likes of David and Solomon when it came time to build the temple.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Living Bible).

Do yourself a favor and ponder that fact for a moment. The implications are enormous. Could it be that the Lord is willing – maybe even excited – to partner with you in your dreams?
The Romans had a very interesting method of governing their people. And, after all, they did control most of the known world at one time. They were ruthless warriors to be sure, but the way they governed – they way they managed their people – is something that has inspired a lot of new thinking in me.

They called it pannum et circenses. Loosely translated, it means “bread and circuses” or “bread and entertainment”. The idea was that in order to control a population all you need do is to feed them (pannum) and keep them entertained (circenses) and by meeting those two primary needs you could essentially make them behave as you wanted them to. And for a long time it worked.

I can’t help but think about the Romans when I walk into a room full of otherwise smart, energetic people and find them glued to their tasks or their stuff. Or worse, building somebody else’s dream. I can’t help but think that somehow the Romans have done it again – mollified us all into submission by feeding us well and keeping us occupied.

But this space is being dedicated to people and ideas that inspire us to take what’s left of what we’ve got seriously – to people who looked up from the their To-Do lists and saw a world out there and decided they wanted a part of it. It is dedicated to everything that can draw us out of our expectations and push and pull us into our dreams. I don’t know what this is going to look like for you, but I have a pretty good idea how it won’t look for me.
So, back to my earlier questions – What about you? What’s on your business bucket list? Do you even have one? Let the few minutes you spent reading this article act as something of a marker in the life of your dreams. Let yourself get alone with the Author and Finisher of this journey and refine – or even re-define your dreams. What are the things in you that he has been dreaming about?

“The glory of God is man fully alive.” – Saint Iranaeous

Grif Blackstone is the president of Blackstone Media Group, a full scale web design and marketing company and publisher of the Good News, the largest Christian newspaper in Florida. Grif has helped hundreds of businesses build an effective brand identity to help them communicate who they are to their target market. Writer, speaker, and consultant, Grif is known as the “Efficiency Guru” for technology and business and is a coffee fanatic. Contact him at: [email protected] or 954-323-6737


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