- One who is true to your word, promises or vows
- Worthy of trust or belief; reliable; trusted; believed
- Steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant
- Adhering firmly and devotedly as to a person, cause, or idea
I know what you are thinking. Yes, Kellie, I am faithful….in some areas. Maybe not as much as I would like to be in certain things, but I would say I am a faithful person.
I understand exactly what you mean.
But, let me stop beating around the bush. The question I really want to ask is “Are you faithful to your own business?”
Oftentimes, you may find it easier to commit to a job, a role, or even fulfilling someone else’s expectations than you do to your own business. Since no one can really tell you what to do or make you do it, it is easy for you to do “your own thang.” I mean, that is why you became an entrepreneur, right?
You wanted to be your own boss, set your own schedule, make your own moves.
All of that sounds real good until one day you look up and you do not have enough clients to make ends meet. You are not generating enough cash flow to sustain yourself and your family or even worse, you have lost the zeal for getting up every day and serving those you are called to serve.
Could it possibly be that you are not seeing the results you’d like to see because you are not faithful?
Here are some questions I have created to help you evaluate your faithfulness to your business which should be aligned with what God has called you to do:
1. Do you invest in becoming better at what you do? This may look like—
Working closely with a trainer, coach, consultant, mentor
Taking courses and implementing your learning daily.
Getting a degree or certification in your field.
Attending seminars, workshops, or conferences held by leaders in your field.
2. Do you set aside time to not only study your field, but also to grow spiritually and personally? This may look like–
Spending 30-60 minutes per day listening to audio series on topics that enhance your personal and spiritual development or that specifically relate to areas in your business that you need to know well. For example, listening to series on leadership, marketing, the psychology of people, spiritual laws and principles, etc. are topics of which we can never become too well-versed.
Spending 30 minutes per day reading books on topics that enhance your spiritual, personal, and professional development.
3. Do you operate your business daily based upon a strategic marketing plan? This may look like—
Establishing branding channels which include inclusive and exclusive ways of marketing that effectively reach and attract your ideal clients.
Implementing those marketing tactics on specific days of the week at specific times during the day (and even setting aside the amount of time each will take).
Annually, planning the networking events you will attend, the products you will launch, the training/services you will provide. Writing these plans on your calendar, breaking them down by quarters.
4. Do you spend time in and on your business on a consistent basis whether you feel like it or not, whether “life happens” or not? This may look like—
Implementing your weekly marketing plan even though you do not feel well, you are not “in the mood”, you would rather do something else, you have received shocking news, you are being “attacked” by the enemy, and/or you are experiencing intense spiritual warfare, or you are not seeing results as quickly as you had “dreamed.”
Keeping your appointments with your clients or coaches, mentors, and courses you have agreed to take.
Staying on schedule with taking classes (if perhaps you are getting a degree or certification) and submitting your assignments on time.
5. Do you assess & reassess your business vision with someone who can support you in the process? This may look like-—
Spending time in prayer and meditation with God. Hearing what He has to say about your path, your direction.
Spending time with a coach or consultant who is experienced, knowledgeable, and successful in the areas in which you want to experience success.
Evaluating your offerings—programs, products, and services.
Engaging in market research once or twice a year so that you know who your target audience really is and what problems you can solve.
Staying abreast of your competition.
Communicating your divine distinction in a bigger way.
For some reason, when it comes to your business, it may be easier said than done.
I encourage you today to be faithful to your business.
Commit to be faithful to the things that God has called you to do as a Christian entrepreneur.
Of course, it will not be easy, but once you make the decision to do it–no matter what, everything you need to fulfill your purpose will “kick in.”