Rules of Business: Know your why. Every entrepreneur has one....or several. Your "why" is the reason you keep going after 889 failures because you are convinced that attempt 890 will be the right one. Your "why" is what motivates you to continue forward even when your bottom line is much, much lower than expected. Your "why" is how you land your first client or sell your first product because passion is contagious. When you know your why and combine your passion with real business sense, you will attract customer loyalty, make purposeful decisions, and be led to the right opportunities. #SmallBusinessMonday
1 Corinthians 9:26: "So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air."
Life isn't easy. It's hard, often very frustrating, and usually very unfair. And sometimes the only way to deal with it is to remember you have a purpose that is much larger than whatever it is that you are going thru or are up against.
As a woman you are someone's daughter, maybe someone's sister, best-friend, mother, or wife. All very important roles and titles but it is NOT the sum of who you are. Before you are anyone else, you are God's much loved daughter. And His Word tells us that He has a plan for us and that ALL things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to HIS purpose. Meaning that what God wants for you is a BIG deal. Much bigger than whatever goals you may have set for yourself. And most of the time substantially different than the life you had in mind. We are told to trust His will and ultimately we do......but how do you manage the emotions while you are in the waiting room? Before it all makes sense and while the pain or frustration is suffocating and overwhelming?
Being transparent and personal for a moment: A little over a month ago, I was sexually assaulted by someone I knew. It was humiliating, painful, and of course, very very UNFAIR. And what makes it even worse is that even though I know my attacker and gave police his name, number, and address, this man is walking FREE and charges are STILL pending!! Now I've done nothing but pray, fast, and lay myself across the altar, I even tried to drown my sorrows in reckless sin, and did everything but lose my mind. My flesh may tell me that God doesn't hear me or care, but the SPIRIT in me is reminding me that even thru this, God is STILL God. There is a purpose in my pain. Its likely meant to grow me. Undoubtedly meant to use me to minister to others. But it doesn't make it hurt any less and even though my faith often feels week, I am DETERMINED to remain strong. I am not a victim. I am a VICTOR!
And while I wait for God's eventual justice, I am working on me: becoming better, stronger, wiser, and most of all READY for whatever else life may throw my way. I use my anger and rage for GOOD--helping others while also helping myself. ( I even hired a personal trainer y'all but we'll talk about that during this week's holistic Thursday post.)
We all face various battles and trials that will overcome us if we don't know how to handle the pressure. Even Christ carried a cross and we have to learn how to carry our own (Matthew 16:24). That is the meaning behind the above verse. We do NOT box as one who uselessly beat the air for no reason or ultimate purpose. Our enemy has a name and our God has already declared victory and in His word he tells us exactly how to succeed (Ephesians 6:10-18). So we run this race with purpose and a ferocity that is confident it will know the ultimate glory: walking thru those heavenly gates and hearing the Lord say, "Well done."
Run with Faith. And never, EVER give up.
Rules of business: Not everyone is going to be your biggest fan, and if you work with customers, whether its with the public or via business to business, you can ALWAYS expect to receive unwelcome or even unwarranted feedback. Too often we can allow ourselves to be so sidetracked by criticism that we lose sight of our value. Keep feedback in its proper perspective and do not allow naysayers to dim your focus. You are a boss. Win! #smallbusinessMonday
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