What is the greatest business lesson you have ever learned?

For us? It is this: God owns it all. We are managers of the His businesses that He has entrusted to our family.

As such, it is our aim to build businesses that change people’s lives so that they can have a greater positive impact on their world. And more specifically an eternal Heavenly Kingdom impact.

Take 4 minutes and watch this video interview with Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. There are some key life and business lessons we can extract together.

Four Business Lessons from Joanna Gaines’s Message

1. Combat Lies with the Truth

In business, just as in life, you will encounter lies. I am not referring to the so called “white lies” or even blatant deceitful lies filled with malice.

No…I am talking about the lies that affect your belief!

If you have been following ansleyRDgroup or otherwise know myself and my husband Jason, it should come as no surprise to you that we are Christians. As christian business owners there is a source of lies that we encounter nearly everyday. The lie of {un}belief. You see, {un}belief is a choice!

ansleyRDgroup Business Development Concierge Business Lessons From Joanna Gaines unbelief is a choice

[Tweet “{un}belief is a choice!”]

We have encountered other christian business owners and christian business leaders whom are believing the lie.

  • The lie that you are not worth it
  • The lie that God doesn’t want your business to survive
  • The lie that God didn’t speak to you, your vision
  • The lie that _________________ (fill in the blank)

[Tweet “Stop believing lies about the calling on your life!”]

2. Will You Have Faith and Trust?

There are going to be many hard situations and even harder decisions that you will have to make as a business owner and business leader. Many times, if we are quiet enough, God will speak and give us the answer (more on this in point 3 below).

There is going to come a time when I will need you to step out. Will you step out and go? – God

Joanna Gaines
Magnolia Homes
HGTV Fixer Upper

Faith is a funny thing. It requires patience. Often people can confuse patience with inactivity. However, dictionary.com describes patience as “steady perseverance, even-tempered care, and diligence”.

That definition doesn’t sound stagnant to me! (More on that in point four below.)

3. Take Time to Reflect

Joanna mentions in the video [marker 2:40] that her husband Chip Gaines dropped her off at a beautiful garden while visiting Arizona. No…Chip didn’t abandon Joanna. In fact, just the opposite. Chip was giving Joanna time to reflect on the previous year and clearly discern the upcoming year.

My husband, Jason Ansley, and I take this time almost every quarter throughout the year because we want to ensure we are hitting the goals we have set for ourselves and clearly hearing God’s voice as to what and how He wants us to lead the businesses He has entrusted to us.

Beyond your annual goal setting meeting, are you taking time throughout the year to reflect?

Do you have a business coach or life coach that helps you through this process?

4. Take Action; don’t just dream!

After you have taken the time to reflect (again…an action of active faith), the time will come. And when the time comes, will you take the risk? Will you start your idea? Will you grow your business?

The fact is this:

[Tweet “You must step out and make your dream happen!”]

It really is that simple.

Too often when fear enters our lives we tend to worship safety rather than God.

Key Takeaways

  • Speak truth in order to overcome the lies and doubt the tiny voices in your head espouse. Believe!
  • Faith requires patience. Patience is action!
  • Are you hearing God’s voice for your business?
  • Once God speaks, go! Take action!

Two Actions You Can Take Right Now

  1. Comment below with what is holding you back from starting right now!
  2. I offer a free business consultation, we call it a Discovery Session. Complete this from if you want to talk with me further about discerning God’s call for your business and taking action.
Stacey spent 12 years working in the non-profit world for two different International organizations. In 2014 Jason and her began to feel the winds of change (again). Their primary company ansleyRDgroup™, a business development concierge™, coaching, and consultancy, was looking to add another team member and the logical choice was to transition Stacey into the company. She now invests her time in helping other families change their lives through business so that they can have a positive impact on their world.


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