How to Finish What You Start: Part 2 – Forget the Past

The past version of your business will be your future until you have the courage to create a new one

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In 2014 I fired every nightclub client I had. Subsequently, my revenue dropped 90% and I had to let all of my employees go.

While some employees held a huge grudge against me, I was strangely unmoved. You would think “well, why not start over in a new industry and offer the same services.” The thing is that I also wanted to go in a whole new direction in my style of entrepreneurship. I no longer wanted a big agency with tons of employees. I wanted freedom.

The insight I felt was why waste time and effort to reclaim the past when it would be much better for me to focus on creating the future.

We entrepreneurs are wired for survival, so it’s natural for us to base our future on our past. Our identities are wrapped in our businesses which make it difficult to let go.

What if people think we are a failure? What about all the goals, plans and hopes we have for our business venture, do I just throw it all away?

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To be a Godpreneur is to, first, be a follower of Christ, and then to find our business calling through that initial primary calling. Not the other way around like I had it for years.

Jesus had 3 amazing metaphors for Godpreneurs going through a season of doubt in the change in their businesses.

In Luke we read:

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:57‭-‬62 NIV

There are things and even people that you will have to leave behind in your business if you are going to keep moving forward – anyone and anything that would keep you trapped in the past and would rob the future God has for you in the marketplace. Jesus clearly imparted to all of His disciples: You cannot follow me into the future if you are holding on to your past.

The past version of your business will be your future until you have the courage to create a new one. Take every memory that continues to wound you, take all of the pain, all of the regrets, take all of the bitterness and disappointment, take all the moments of betrayal and every failure out of your heart and drop it, leave it, let it Go(d)!

Warning: This is not an invitation for destructive behavior; don’t burn relational bridges or donate every piece of office equipment you have. Try to make sure you do the right thing in the right way; appreciate the past, but live in the present and for the future version of you and your business.

The journey into the best future of our businesses always passes through the furnace. The fire both forges us to who we must become and frees us to discover and uncover what we were born to create in business.

What has a negative hold on your business life that you need to leave in your past to create your future? Identify three strongholds over your decisions, behaviors, and relationships that you need to ‘burn’ to move forward into the business Jesus is calling you to create.

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