All online businesses are familiar with SEO (search engine optimization) and the importance of such. However, too many of us Christian entrepreneurs, coaches, ministry leaders, and business owners are suffering from another kind of SEO. And that is continuously seeking Someone Else’s Opinion!
While I do agree that as faith-driven business owners, we do need to adhere to the worldly SEO for our websites, we need to stop worrying about what others might think about our business ideas, services, or products. When it comes to how we run our businesses, who we should serve, and how we should do it, the best counsel you can get is from God. You can trust him with your business model because he is the one who planted that dream and vision in your heart. How foolish of us to think that we created the idea in the first place!
Who is the CEO of Your Business?
Recently I asked God to be the CEO of my business and asked him what his vision for our business venture was. This was pivotal in freeing up my mind and trying to be all things to all people. It did not come overnight; in fact, it was on day 19 of a 21 day fast and prayer devotional I was doing. It was a God moment for sure, it was as if a lightbulb went off, you know, one of those aha moments when everything becomes crystal clear. I will also say that it only took a few seconds after I received that clarity that the voices in my head started to tear down the clarity breakthrough I just received. You know the kind; the self-negative, nagging talk.
If you are always seeking someone else’s opinion, chances are, you will arrive at destination nowhere very quickly. You’ll find it difficult to attract clients, and you will experience discouragement and doubt. You will become derailed and disappointed. Trust me on this one, I have lots of experience!
10 Simple Principles to Start
Here are 10 simple principles to help you start or launch your business, coaching, or ministry dream doing business God’s way. They are in no specific order:
- Start where you are. The first version of your company does not have to be perfect. I repeat, does not have to be perfect. Just get started. In Zechariah 4:10(a), we are encouraged; 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…”
- Make a list of all of the things you are good at. (if you are not good at techy stuff then you won’t want to become a website designer) or a software creator.
- Use your list to help narrow down what kind of service you can offer others.
- Be responsible: God has placed a talent, gift, or skill in you that he wants you to share with the world. Once you have taken responsibility, He will reward you with more. He did not give you a unique talent to serve yourself.
- Please don’t give up because it is hard work. Roman’s 12:2 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Persevere and be faithful with what you have been given and what you can offer.
- Be humble: Your attitude and character are more important than the talent.
- Keep refining your product or service until it becomes perfect and then add another service or product.
- Don’t focus on making money; focus on helping others. Whatever you do should help make other people’s lives better.
- Be open to constructive criticism. Wise people listen to what other people have to say. Notice I did not say seek everyone else’s opinion.
So, to summarize all of this; be an example of someone others want to follow. Seek wise, godly counsel, and not everyone’s opinion, and you will be successful in all that you set out to do!
To your success,