I am Jeff M. Miller and I help ordinary people who are stuck in a rut change their behaviors so they can be extraordinary.
My goal is to help you upgrade your life by sharing tips and ideas from not only my brain, but from people infinitely smarter and more experienced than me.
Let’s face it, your life could be better, and so could mine. Each day is a struggle for forward motion, and some days you’d rather just stay in bed. I hope you’ll find yourself encouraged and inspired as you read this blog.
If you want to hear the long story about me, keep reading. Otherwise, I invite you to hit the Homepage and start reading. Don’t forget submit your email address over there in the right sidebar. You’ll get my new book, 99 Ways to Upgrade Your Life NOW!, for FREE as soon as it’s available.
Who Am I?
I’ve finally determined that it’s ok that I’ve had so many different interests over the years. I’ve given myself permission to pursue whatever interests me at the time. I’ve been a school teacher, a professional musician, a full-time minister, one of the original worship bloggers, a graphic and web designer, a virtual assistant, an author, an entrepreneur, a financial counselor, an amateur chef, and lots more. I also call myself a husband, father, and friend. I’ve been lazy, motivated, focused, depressed, sick, angry, joyful, a failure, and a success. All these experiences are part of me, and have led me to this point.
Here’s the deal, I’ve experienced failure, loads of it. But it’s only through failure that I’ve learned what success really looks like. It’s not a big paycheck, it’s not praise and recognition, it’s not being better than someone else—it’s about being the best I can be each day no matter the circumstances. What did I do today to be better than yesterday, and who did I help along the way?
There was a point in my life where my highest goal was to be recognized. I blogged about worship—a selfless act that’s about God and not me—in the hopes of getting popular. I wanted people to talk about my blog, share it with others and have a huge audience. I wanted to stand in front of crowds at worship conferences and be recognized as an expert in the field—to have my name be one of the top ten names mentioned any time a conversation was started about worship.
I stood on stage each week in my church and secretly wanted the spotlight to fall on me. Though I acted humble and said all the right things, I secretly craved the congregation to tell me how awesome I was and how blessed they were to have me.
A Life Blown Apart
Some years ago, my life was pretty close to rock-bottom. I was just going through the motions at my church job. I no longer viewed it as an opportunity to serve and help people, just a paycheck I needed to help make ends meet at home. My marriage was perfunctory, I shut down my blog and twitter account, and all but cut out all other social media. I had no friends and not much hope for the future.
One morning my wife was listening to the radio and heard that Dave Ramsey was coming to town. He was offering free tickets to his event to the first so-many people who called the radio station. She called and we got free tickets to Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Live. We came away motivated and excited that we could actually get ourselves out of debt.
Through fits and starts, we began to make the changes necessary to change our lives. My wife’s graphic design business began to take off and soon her income was equal to or greater than mine. We learned to work together toward a common goal and make sacrifices to reach it. I can honestly say that Dave Ramsey not only helped us find our way out of debt, but he saved our marriage as well.
A few weeks after we paid our last payment, I stood up in front of our church a changed man. I spoke on debt and how it’s truly a modern form of slavery and encouraged people to change their lives. I invited them to join my first Financial Peace University class and learn how to manage their money and assets God’s way.
I felt like I’d finally discovered what I’d been born to do. My motives were selfless and my highest goal was to help the people listening to my voice—I loved every moment!
After we paid off our debts, it offered us many new freedoms. One of which was the ability to consider retirement from ministry. This was an extremely hard decision, but ultimately the exactly perfect one for my family. I had already been struggling for well over a year with painful vocal difficulties, so I finally gave in and tendered my resignation to the church where I’d served as minister of music for 10 years.
Since then, I’ve joined my wife working from home full time. I’ve been privileged to work on graphic design and book layout projects with numerous wonderful clients, including Crystal Paine, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Compass Classroom, Joshua Becker, Miranda Marquit, Marilyn Boyer, Bjork & Lindsey Ostrom, and more.
I’m also available to speak at churches, schools, or special events on the topics of debt, personal finance, and personal development. You can learn more about my speaking engagements here.
A Life of Discipline
I’ve come to learn that discipline is one of the single most important elements in life. Successful people are disciplined people. It doesn’t matter what they’re successful at—business, music, sports, family, marriage—they’ve learned to discipline themselves in some way. Christians who have a deep and abiding relationship with God follow what have come to be called the Spiritual Disciplines. I lost 60 pounds through the simple discipline of regular walking and calorie counting. I’ve watched my friend Crystal Paine build one of the most successful blogs on the web through focused daily discipline. I listen to my pastor deliver world-class sermons each week due to his commitment to disciplined study and practice.
There are millions of stories like that out there. I want to help you add your success story to the list. That’s what this blog is all about—building hope and helping you gain daily discipline to get things done and reach your goals.
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