My son’s room has one of those wooden gates at the door to keep him corralled. One day I turn around to see what he was up to and, sure enough, he was half way up climbing over the gate. He didn’t quite make it, but I applauded his effort. A few weeks later he’s in the room playing again and when I turn around to check up on him, he has managed to rip apart the contraption, breaking a piece off and making it useless. He overcame the obstacle.
I’m always surprised at the tenacity my boy has. He uses whatever limited resourceses to push through and get what he wants. He doesn’t stop until it’s achieved. There’s no challenge he won’t take on. I think its because he doesn’t see the mountain, he doesn’t know the mountain can hurt, he only sees past the mountain to the promised land of whatever he’s trying to accomplish. There’s a goal, and he keeps his eyes and mind on it.
We entrepreneurs, on the other hand, know this mountain all too well. This mountain represents bad breaks, broken partnerships, lost clients, disappointing numbers, persecution by your spouse, and fear of the unknown.
The mountains paralyze us. We start blaming ourselves. The problem in front of us makes us feel incompetent.
What happens when the mountain shakes and the mudslide is heading towards you? What happens when the volcano erupts and you’re looking at doom.
What do we do when you can’t even see the vision anymore because the clouds thick with smoke and ash.
This is when we need to know that God is bigger than that mountain. This is when faith is truly tested. This is when the Godpreneur within must fight his biggest battle. Our business weaknesses are no obstacle to God’s power.
How? How can you have this kind of faith with so much uncertainty?
I have 3 steps to help Godpreneurs overcome mountains in your business life.
Step 1 – Rely
First, you must rely on your spirit. You can’t rely on your own strength. You can’t rely on your own eyes. You must have a raw dependency on God. This is the cornerstone on which our great businesses will be built.
Step 2 – Admit
Second, you must admit your weakness. It’s in our weakness that He is strong within us (2 Corinthians 12:10). The recognition of our weakness is what declares our dependency on God…which is all He’s wanted since our birth.
Step 3 – Speak
Third, you must verbally speak to your mountains with opposite and more powerful declarations and truths from God.
The Bible says
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
Mark 11:23 NLT
I have a list of bible verses that I’ve written down. When I have mountains, I turn to those verses and each one of them are promises that God has given me. Reading them and repeating them (out loud) makes the mountains melt away. I didn’t say they go away, I said they melt away…because they will come back. Its like a glob: it will find its pieces again and form again. We will always be fighting mountains of resistance.
Godpreneur Rule #26: Godpreneurs sing the promise of God to the mountains that happen in business.