Once I’m ankle-deep into the month of July, I usually find myself examining my progress on my goals for the year. And – tell me if you can relate – I’m harder on myself then I probably should be and end up being particularly critical of my progress. This was me over the weekend when I found myself in church on Sunday. There, I learned 6 things Jesus said to Paul in a dream, that transformed him and kept him going after a particularly low point in his work. It was a such a great pep talk that I thought I’d share with you, whether you are a person of faith or not, to encourage you to keep going and working toward your goals for the remaining half of 2017.
Paul, like many of us, found himself in a very challenging place where he was doing his best, working his hardest and just getting abused for it. Sound familiar? He got to the point where he threw up his hands and told his friends he was giving up. Have you ever done this? I have…like, almost daily! So one night, Jesus appeared to him in a dream and said 6 things that completely changed the trajectory of his work and he was able to carry on. In Acts 18:9-10, Jesus said “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” This is how I apply those words to us and growing our businesses today:
Do not be afraid – We often live in fear of taking the next step, starting that next campaign, growing in that new direction, or hearing a ‘no’ and facing rejection. Let’s choose to step out, choose to have faith, and say ‘no’ to fear!
Keep on speaking – Keep on going, keeping on putting yourself and your passions out there in the marketplace. Keep on developing yourself and your business and your team. Persevere and never give up!
Do not be silent – When it comes to the change you are making in this world, through your many roles as a woman – wife, mom, entrepreneur, business owner – do not allow yourself to be silenced. Keep on reaching out, keep on delivering your message and your passion, uncovering new avenues and new ways of doing what you were born to do!
I am with you – You are not alone, Jesus sees the blood, sweat and tears you put into your business and all that you do. He is there for you always! He listens to you, he is continually standing in the gap with you and for you. He is on your side, cheering for you and lifting you up!
No one who attacks you will harm you – Along our journey in building our businesses, we will no doubt face criticism, attacks, setbacks, and discouragements. When those happen, remember who you are; remember that you were created with the talents you have for just such as time as this. Your work is part of your God-given purpose, so when others or circumstances attack, do not allow those attacks to harm you. Kick their ‘ick’ off your feet and carry on!
I have many people in this city – We cannot do this alone! We need a community of people around us that will listen, offer advice, and stand with us. If you have a strong support system, be thankful and cultivate it. If you do not have one, seek it out, even if it’s one person that you can lean on, start there. Reach out to me if you need some advice, inspiration, or encouragement. That’s what I’m here for! Build a community that you can contribute to and get support from. We can do this!
As we embark on the second half of this year, let’s make it great! The past is behind us and we can begin again today to work toward our goals and make 2017 everything we dreamed it would be. For further advice or inspiration, contact me or browse my articles.
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