My friends all know that I love launching businesses. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into starting a business. I write a plan, register the company, get a bank account, set up a merchant processor, build a system for operating, create the branding materials, and hire the right people.
When I set out to launch a business, I EXPECT it to be a success, so I put all the preparation together in anticipation of the clients coming in. Preparing reduces my worry and also increases my excitement for the success of the venture.
But I’ve consulted many entrepreneurs who WANT to start a business, but because they don’t put in the preparation necessary for launching, they never launch. Their brains are in launch-mode, but the lack of confidence due to low expectations prevent them from going “all in” on the idea.
Many times when we entrepreneurs set out to launch new ventures with dreams, aspirations and hopes we may all start at the same place called “Idea Land,” but only a selected few launches because of quietly preparing in advance.
In the same way, if we want a breakthrough in our business and marriage, we have to EXPECT that it’s going to happen. But we can’t just expect without doing the prep work. Whatever we are hoping or expecting must come with physical and mental preparation.
In Matthew 25:6-10, Jesus tells a story of 10 women who were expecting to be part of a night-time ceremonial wedding procession, but only a few of them had enough oil in their lamps to participate. When the groom finally arrived (without notice), just a few enjoyed the night while the others missed out.
The bible says:
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. (Matthew 25:6-10 NIV)
The point Jesus was making is that if you are hoping and expecting something, it is essential to be prepared for it. You can’t say “I will have a breakthrough in my business and marriage,” but neglect to make yourself to be in a position to receive that breakthrough.
God promises that the very thing you are hoping shall come to pass, but you must not only expect but also prepare yourself.
Ideas for Preparing Yourself for Breakthrough
So if you’re expecting a breakthrough in your business and marriage, here are some ideas for not only believing, but also start preparing yourself today.
- You’re doing one right now, which is surrounding yourself with books, lessons, and courses on business and marriage
- Pray over the situation every morning (read my previous post)
- Go to marriage retreats, and do the homework they assign before arriving (that’s the prep work I’m talking about)
- Seek out 1-2 brothers or sisters in Christ and ask them to pray and fast for you
- Remove things in your business and marriage that you know don’t belong anymore
We all can create a short, but powerful list of ideas on how to prepare ourselves physically and mentally for the breakthroughs coming our way.
And imagine if we stuck to the list and created the daily habits. Wouldn’t God now see our true hearts desire for change?
Wouldn’t our spouses and business associates begin to see the expectancy radiate from us in the form of hope and faith? When they see us passionately expecting success, they too become inspired and fired up to step in and help in any way!
Godpreneur Rule: Godpreneurs know that preparation leads to a breakthrough.