You Have To Stand Up To Run
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”
Things around our lives have been changing pretty darn quickly lately.
Recently I woke up on a Monday and by Friday we were entertaining the idea of acquiring not one but multiple businesses.
The thought is both extremely scary and also SUPER EXCITING!
What’s crazy about the whole situation is that early Monday morning I was thinking, boy it sure feels like we have been running a million miles an hour lately.
I’m pretty sure the good Lord heard me say that and responded, “Dan you have just been crawling, stand up so you CAN walk.”
It always amazes me how in our current situation we feel that we are overwhelmed.
When I first started working at Basin Coop, just a few years ago, in their feed mill, it amazed me how fast I had to move.
Or thought I was moving…
Then when I moved over to Crossfire, and they placed me as their DOT manager, and I was tasked with creating and implementing their DOT program from the ground up, I felt like I was running.
Then we started our businesses, I felt like I was running.
And now as we GROW and scale our business it feels like I am running faster.
Everything we do makes us feel like we are running. It’s in how we handle it.
Recently I took one of our client experience professionals (sam) with me on a business trip. About ½ way through he said, “Dan you have to be the most productive guy I know.”
After I finished laughing, lol. I asked, “What makes you say that?”
His response shocked me,
“Well we have been together for 3 whole days, from 8 am to about 9:30 pm. When we got stranded in construction, you paused, took a few moments, and then decided that we would do some team-building activities while we were stuck for 4.5 hours with no cell service and no real way to work.
Then after we decided to go back to where there was cell service, you still didn’t jump on your computer, you took the time to brainstorm new ways of growth. Only after that did you jump on a few calls.
You seem to never stop moving. Heck, you even listen to your books while you drive, at 1.75 times the speed they are normally read at.
Any normal human would be like, ‘what the heck is this I can’t even understand it’.
But you actually retain what you hear and ask questions about it.
The real thing that I have noticed on this trip so far is that I thought I had a TON going on, but I really don’t, and even though you have so much on your plate most people couldn’t even begin to imagine doing ½ of what you do. You still come across as cool, down to earth, and eager to listen to almost anyone. You do a great job managing, everything.”
It made me stop and think. I know, super-productive right?
Why do I move forward at such a quick pace?
The truth is that personally, I know what God has made me capable of.
And it’s a LOT.
The other thing is that I continually give it back to him.
When we have success, the credit goes to him.
When we have hard times, we turn to him for answers.
When we are thinking about acquiring new businesses, we turn to him to make sure it’s the right decision.
The whole point of this devotional is that we are all busy, and we all feel like we are running. But we all move at different paces.
I know that if I were to compare myself to someone who is running a much larger business with more moving cogs. It would look like I was standing still.
If I compare myself to where I was 10 years ago, again I would be standing still. Even though at the time I felt like I was running as fast I could.
So here’s to standing up, and actually taking my first step in this new world.
- We are stoked to talk more about what happens, and I’m sure that as you continue to follow us you will hear more about it.
If you know me you know that I HATE secrets, but I have been sworn to secrecy about what’s happening for just a little bit longer. As soon as I can tell you about the AMAZING changes that are coming to our community, you can bet I will let you know.
You can take action today by choosing to see the bright side of things. It is your choice how we look at every situation. We can either get depressed or take a step forward.
Look back on past events in your life and compare the way you made decisions, how fast you were moving, or some other factor to the way you are today. Is it better or worse? If it’s better why? If it’s worse why is that?
I know that I said that I look at others and how fast they move, but don’t compare yourself to others, unless it will help propel you forward.
Lord, God, Father in heaven today we come to you with open hearts, open minds, and willing bodies. We know that you have plans for us and that sometimes we fight those plans tooth and nail. Today we ask that you help us to hear you. Help us to lean on you. Heck helps us to get up and move towards you. God today, when we feel like, are running allow our minds to come to you our hands to be outstretched so that you can help us stand up and take our first step. We know that we aren’t really running, but merely crawling. We pray that you help us to acknowledge that you are in control and that as you help us move forward, we lean on you even more than we already are. Lord, we know that you have an AMAZING plan for us. We know that you love us and want to succeed in everything we do. So help us to get out of our own way and go where you need us to be.
We ask all these things in your precious son’s name.
A little more
Every day we chose our attitude.
The other day I woke up at 1:30 am. Believe it not this was not the first time it has happened to me recently.
Apparently, I really needed to NOT be sleeping right then.
The first time it happened My state was right when I went to bed and so waking up at 1:30 was a blessing. I got up and went downstairs where I wouldn’t bother anyone else and started working on my punch list for the day.
Holy cow did I get a lot done by 6 am when I when to wake the kids up for school?
Then the other day it happened again.
This time I wasn’t in the right state of mind. There were many different things causing stress (blah, blah, blah, we all have stress if we allow ourselves to.)
The point is that I woke up at 1:30 again and this time instead of jumping up and accomplishing something. I grabbed my phone and started playing a stupid game.
Then I was upset that I didn’t sleep very well.
It pretty much set my whole day off.
Then it turned into a week of bad nights.
So what did I do to fix the situation?
I literally handed it to God.
I sand, “God all of this is yours. You tell me what to do and where to go and I will make it happen. I give you my sleep, my thoughts, the money in our accounts, our property, everything is yours anyways so you tell me how to use it and I will make it happen.”
Guess what happened next?
Life started to turn around. I stopped focusing on the negative and started focusing on the positive.
The whole point of this is that I learned from a GREAT mentor, Tony Robbins, Where focus goes, Energy Flows.
In other words, if you focus on the negative as I did, then your energy goes negative. If you focus on the positive, then anything is possible.
You can bet the next time I wake up at 1:30 am I am going to jump out of bed and start my day off right (and take a nap later just because I can lol.)
No more playing dumb games on my phone when I could be getting some real work done.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!