Here is a tough question for you. Are you taking this big calling on your life seriously?
Your first instinct is to say: “Of course I am taking it seriously! I built a website and started a blog, didn’t I? I write on it … um .. sometimes. I take care of my clients … well .. except for that lady I forgot to call back last week. I went to an expensive conference to learn and to network … but …. I haven’t looked at my notes since I got home.” Does that sound familiar? We start out with the best of intentions fueled by a fiery passion to change the world, right a wrong or lead a hurting heart to the healing hand of Jesus. We do all the right things to get started, but then …. life happens.
We lose focus, stop following through, we hit a roadblock. And before we know it, the thing we were so certain was our unique assignment for us is sitting on the shelf with the gym membership we never used and the library books we never opened. When we have allowed the circumstances of life to dim our fire and steal our focus on the one thing God has called us to do, there is always an opportunity to restore things to their proper place.
Make space in your lives for focus.
We are busy busy busy. The problem is that we think we can handle it all. If you don’t have time to do the things God has called you to do, you are doing things he didn’t intend for you to do. Ouch, right? It’s time to examine our schedule and decide what doesn’t belong there.
Brush up on your leadership skills
This may seem like a low priority, especially if the only person on your team is you. But actually, this is the perfect time for learning to be a leader. After all, if you can’t motivate yourself, how can you expect to motivate others? If you can’t hold yourself accountable and do what you say you are going to do, why should anyone else take you seriously? The early and lonely stage of growth provides many opportunities to establish ourselves as leaders who can make wise decisions, resolve conflicts while preserving relationships and pursue a vision with prayerful passion.
Be a learner.
Sometimes we lose steam in the beginning of our dream journey when we realize all we don’t know about running a business. We may have expertise in our field, but building a website, writing sales copy and setting up an accounting system may be all new.
Rather than let what we don’t know be a barrier to taking the next success steps, let’s embrace it as an opportunity to learn something new.