Pssssstttt…I have a secret!

Pride3Being a Christian entrepreneur is as much a spiritual journey as it is a challenge to put forth our best professional foot.  Today, I’m going to let you in on a little secret! 

When I first started my business I went through a phase where I was really struggling with pride issues – and it wasn’t the kind of pride that you feel about a job well done. 

My pride was in not wanting to admit that I didn’t know certain things and that I needed help and support to fulfill God’s call.  You see, I had already enjoyed a successful career and for the most part my work was on auto-pilot.  I knew exactly how to navigate the corporate environment, I had established a great professional network over the years and not too many things took me by surprise anymore.

(I could get into detail here about the fact that I was also deeply miserable in corporate because I was not really living my calling – but I’ll leave that for another time.)

Being someone who values quality, likes order and at times can border on being a bit of a perfectionist, I suddenly struggled with having to learn so many new things and not necessarily being very good at them right of the bat.  Fears of potentially looking bad, losing credibility or coming across as an amateur were haunting me! 

In fact, I let it get to me so much that for months and months I put off trying new things like webinars, creating videos and even writing my first blog post.  I overanalyzed everything from my German accent to the occasional typo that made its way into my writing – God forbid I should ever be caught being less than perfect!

Of course God was using this phase in my business to break me and mold me on a spiritual level – to let go of trying to control everything and let Him take the wheel.  Out of all the spiritual battles that I have had to face, this was one of the most difficult for me and it was threatening to claim and devour what I wanted most in life, to use my gifts for the glory of God’s kingdom in the form of business ministry.

Here’s are the 3 key things God revealed to me as I was seeking Him to break free from this stronghold in my professional life.

    1. Take the focus off your past accomplishments, titles, awards, etc. and instead praise Him for His goodness.  When we credit ourselves for what we have achieved to date, we are also assuming ownership of our future future success and edging God out by taking control.  (Jer. 9:23-24)
    2. Your work is not yours – our hearts’ desires were given to us by the Lord who wants us to fulfill them not for our personal gain but rather for His glory.  Let Him take the lead and show you how He would have you run your business. (Eph. 2:10)
    3. Pride is one of the enemy’s greatest weapons to keep you where you are and render you ineffective.  When we refuse to admit our weak spots and humbly ask for help, we limit our growth and what we can accomplish for God’s purposes – don’t limit what God wants to supernaturally do in your life and business. (Prov. 11:2)

From marketing to business finances, you may have your own learning curve, but more so, what are your spiritual landmines when it comes to growing a business?  Feel free to share in the comments below and also let us know how you have overcome your obstacles with the help of God’s everlasting truth.

If you are looking for someone to support you as you start and grow your kingdom business, who will pray with you and also provide you with the practical steps of creating a profitable enterprise, I invite you to schedule at complimentary “Next Level Business Success” strategy session with me.  Click here to access my online calendar.

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