I don’t know about you, but I can’t think clearly when I’m hungry. My brain hurts, I get moody, and I make irrational decisions like ending up in the drive-thru of McDonald’s.
In the same way, I can’t think clearly in my business when I’m not happy. If I’m feeling depressed, anxious, or discontent, I make stupid decisions in my business. Sometimes I make NO decisions and just keep procrastinating while I wallow in my despair.
We entrepreneurs have so much pressure to bring in money for ourselves, so we are more likely to experience depression and anxiety. We’re the least happy profession, yet we got into this to experience life on our own terms and made more money – things we THOUGHT would make us happy.
How can we experience happiness when we’re broke and worried about paying the next bills?
How can we be happy WHILE we’re on our climb up the mountain of financial freedom?
I believe that in the same way, I can’t make great decisions when I’m hungry, we entrepreneurs can’t make great money decisions when we’re not happy.
But God didn’t design it this way. Although the enemy wants to rob us of our present joy, God’s plan is for us to be happy, even while we don’t have it all together financially.
The bible says that God “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).
God wants you to enjoy everything around you that you already have. He wants you to focus on the gifts He’s already given you.
Why? Because that’s the mindset, you need to have to clearly see the opportunities He’s got lined up for you in the near future.
You’re doing better than you think you are. Although the bank account looks slim and creditors are knocking at your door, there’s so much God’s put around you and your business to appreciate. It’s this attitude of happiness that God will bless and release more info.
The problem we entrepreneurs experience is that we’re so busy trying to get rich that we don’t enjoy what we’ve already got.
I’m not saying to forget about your bank account and the debt you owe. You have to take care of those situations. But you can choose to attack them with an attitude of gratitude or discontent and anxious mood.
What are you not enjoying?
- When I get out of debt, I’ll spend time with my family.
- If I land this proposal, I’ll be happy with my sales manager.
- When I get the money to move into my new office, I’ll be happy.
The Bible tells us, entrepreneurs:
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV)
We need to enjoy more what we already have. This creates a state of mind that God will bless. This attitude will open our minds and our eyes of opportunity. We need to enjoy what’s already been given to us by God.
One of my favorite things to do is sit in the morning in front of my lake and write down my Victories from the previous day and review all the Victories I had written before.
We Godpreneurs are as happy as we choose to be. Happiness is our own choice, not a result of what we have. It’s why you see depressed, suicidal Millionaire business owners, and then you see the extremely happy owner of a shoe shop at the corner shopping plaza. One has chosen to be happy, the other chose to not focus on what they have been given by God.
We won’t be happy when we have more money or when we’ve got a better hold of our finances. It’s better to correct this happiness issue NOW so our attitudes can be receptive to what amazing opportunities God has for us today.
Godpreneur Money Rule #7: Godpreneurs choose to be happy and enjoy what God’s given is right now in our businesses.