Would you do the marketplace a favor and be you? Because the other entrepreneurs have their calling in business.
Do your industry the favor of being you. The world needs the products and services you uniquely created to bring to life, or God wouldn’t have made you be you. If God wanted me to be some other business owner, I wouldn’t be me, and I would be them.
Stop trying to be somebody else's company, stop letting the worldly business culture define what’s successful; God says you’re accomplished.
The Bible says in Psalms 139:13 and 14, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it."
Have you been checking Instagram and Facebook, seeing other friends of yours succeeding in their business, but when you look in the mirror, you feel dejected, wondering why you can't be like them? Meanwhile, God is looking at you, saying, "Child, you are victorious!"
Too many entrepreneurs go around feeling wrong on the inside. They don’t like who they are; they focus on their faults, weaknesses, they are constantly critical about themselves. That recording of everything they’ve done wrong is always playing in their mind - "You’re impatient, you blew that deal, you lost your temper. You still struggle with finances. You should be ashamed of yourself." - They wonder why they’re not happy. It’s because they have this war going on inside of them.
You’ve not supposed to be in business to feel wrong about yourself. Quit focusing on your faults. Quit over-analyzing your weaknesses. Quit beating yourself up because you’re not where you thought you would be.
Here’s the key: you’re not a finished product. God is still working on you through your entrepreneurial ventures.
The scripture says God changes us from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18).
You have to learn to enjoy the glory that you’re in right now. You might have some weaknesses, all of us business owners do! You might have some areas where you know you need to improve, but being down on yourself will not help your company make more money. Having that nagging feeling that's telling you, "you don’t measure up in the marketplace, God’s not pleased with you, you´ll never get it right," - It’s not going to help you and your business move forward.
You have to accept yourself right where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, faults and all. God is the potter, and we are the clay. He’s the one making you and molding your business. It may not be happening as fast as you'd like, but you don’t control the timetable. Will you trust Him in the process? Will you accept yourself in the glory that you’re in right now?
Don’t go around being against yourself. You may be doing some things backward in your business, but can I tell you, you have a lot more right going on than wrong. You're always doing better than you think you are. You may have a long way to go to reach that financial goal, but if you look back, you’ll see how far you’ve already come. Keep your flaws in perspective: every business owner has something they’re dealing with. When you are for yourself, you agree with God.
Some entrepreneurs have never once said, “I like myself. I like my gifts. I like my personality. I like my leadership skills. I´m happy with who God made me be in business.”
If you don’t like yourself in a healthy way, your employees and clients will not like you. You project what you believe on the inside. If you feel wrong about yourself, you project inferiority, unfriendliness, and discontentment.
I’m asking you to feel good about who you are - a Godpreneur. Your business might not be where you want it to be; however, you’re on the way! God is changing you from glory to glory. Start enjoying the glory that you’re in right now. You may have some weakness in certain areas of your company, we all do. But don’t travel this entrepreneurial road against yourself. God is saying, "today, you are my beloved son, my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased."
Now, do your part. Start putting on the breastplate of God’s approval before starting your business day. If we all did this, the chains that hold us Christian entrepreneurs back could be broken. God is going to keep making you and molding your business. You’re going to come up higher, overcome those obstacles, and become everything He’s creating you and your business to be.