Over the last week, I have been thinking about the sermon that Pastor Al gave last Sunday. He talked about the foundational principals of a strong, sturdy, stable and vital church yet I couldn’t help thinking about my business. Some things really struck home for me and made me wonder….am I talking about being on a solid rock foundation in my business when it is really on shifting sand?
Dynamic Devotion is the first thing on my list. A true heart of faith = a real relationship with God. I can’t just talk a good talk, I need to walk it too. I need to be willing to go to God in prayer but I also need to be willing to LISTEN to his response with an open heart and mind. I have to be honest, I am good a laying things at God’s feet and asking for help. Yet, when the answer is slow in coming, I quickly pull back and try to take control of the situation.
Genuine Fellowship is accomplished by building authentic relationships. Relationship building is the key to success in any business. A strong church needs this but so does my business. I need to be genuine with my customers, my hostess and my team. I need to build relationships so that the base of my business is strong. I have to be genuine, willing to share my struggles as well as my strength, hope and experience with those around me. The introvert in me sometimes needs to step out of my comfort zone so that I can build these relationships with others.
Care and Compassion for others. For me, this needs to come from the heart. It is not just about the sale. It is not just about the money. It is about the true care and compassion shown to people as you share your business with them. Many may think my style of doing business is strange. I mean why would I tell a customer what the special is 2 months from now if she wants to place an order today, right? I do this because I have a relationship with that customer and want to provide them with good customer service. Yes, I may have goals to meet and need that sale but the truth is, I will have a loyal customer which is worth many more sales by being truthful and honest with her.
Debbie Doubtful and Negative Nellie often make be think that my business is on shifting sand but when I put things in perspective, it is built on a solid foundation. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be months that I struggle. It doesn’t mean that some months I may not meet my goals. God has a plan and I have to be patient and WAIT for his time.
Is your business on solid rock or shifting sand? Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!