Commitment: this is a tough one for entrepreneurs.
I know because it’s tough for me.
I’m a visionary. I love to start things. I get a rush of excitement with new beginnings.
But when the going gets tough, or I lose some momentum, I’m quickly derailed and distracted by the next product, service, marketing campaign, or opportunity.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this because I deal with entrepreneurs every day. Almost all of us have commitment issues. We’ve got big plans, and we’re excited to launch them. But somewhere between the vision and the completion, we face an enemy that will stop at nothing to make sure we don’t accomplish what we were called to do.
But God’s got a solution for you. It’s the word of God. It’s his promises to the committed that, not only will he be by our sides through it all, but that we’ll come out victorious. It’s the mindset of the committed.
The Bible says
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
(1 Timothy 6:12 NLT)
Although circumstances around your business are constantly changing, you need to be of one mindset: you have the favor of God as you walk in the marketplace. Whether things are going well for you, or you’re in a storm, your commitment can’t change. When things somehow just seem to be working out exactly like you thought they would, or you can’t seem to land that next big client you need, God’s right there to keep you committed. Regardless of the circumstances, you are always experiencing the favor of the Lord because you’re a Godpreneur and you’ve put Him in His rightful place in your business: first.
Sure as the sun will rise, you’ll experience setbacks in your business. There will be moments where the enemy will come at your hard, especially when he sees you doing what God created you to do. Stay committed through those moments; it’s the only way to the destiny God has set up for you, your family, and your business.
In Psalms, we read:
Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.
(Psalms 138:7 NLT)
I wrote a book and blog series called “Restart Your Business in 40 Days” where I parallel Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem to the rebuilding of our businesses. Nehemiah had a calling to rebuild the wall around the city. You knew it was his calling because he had the passion and desire, the favor of God, and the will to fight through all the obstacles to stay committed to the vision.
Just as he put the plan in place and the team was rocking and rolling, the enemy began the attacks to try to derail the vision. But through it all, Nehemiah stayed focused and committed to bringing the wall up.
Godpreneurs, when we’re in our calling, it’s going to be extremely important that we stay focused and committed. It’s going to require our undivided attention. We might need to prune the roses in our garden, cut some other projects that are going on concurrently. Those may be distractions, disguised as part of the calling, but not the real thing.
Imagine if we were all on guard against anything that would distract us from the calling in our businesses? We can if we trust in God. His peace will guide us, and His favor will protect our businesses.