Are You Procrastinating?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”  Colossians 3:23

Getting stuck is such a frustrating feeling.  Sometimes, it seems that my mind is so full of ideas and thoughts that I can’t move forward; I’m just stuck.  It doesn’t help to keep looking at the wonderfully creative websites of others, or see their programs or wonder why they came up with ideas I think I should have had.

But that’s no excuse.  Getting stuck is no one’s fault but my own.  The real name for the condition if “procrastination.”  Yes, I said it – not getting started doing what I’m supposed to do.  Not working on my business goals, not setting up the teleseminar that needs to be scheduled for next week, not wanting to think about the articles I need to publish to help with my marketing.  I get stuck, want to blame it on the fact that others are getting their work done and then end the day without reaching my goals.

Not good – can’t let this happen.

That’s exactly why I made myself stay up late tonight to make this blog post.  It’s time to move ahead with goals.  Are you letting yourself get stuck?  Do you have every excuse in the book to keep yourself from just getting stated?

There’s no secret about what to do. The answer is to just do it – get started. You have goals to reach.  Start working towards your goals as working for the Lord – not for others – not for you – but for your God.

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Work Diligently for the Lord – Proverbs 12:24

Here’s something good for you today: “The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.” (Prov. 12:24, Peterson)

This idea really speaks to the type of attitude a Christian business woman should have.   Being diligent means to stay the course that Christ has given you to follow, no matter what you encounter and at least until He gives you a new direction to take.  In planning your day, dedicate all of it to the Lord and keep your eyes on the prize that He has promised to you.

I know a lot of people who choose not to be diligent in their work.  Their attitudes are very different than the people who love to work, even when they are tired or not seeing immediate results from their efforts. The non-diligent are easily discouraged and need a lot of motivation from other people to keep going.  They often complain about their work and talk about being elsewhere.  If these people are trying to be entrepreneurs, they find it difficult to get going and succeed.  Being in business on your own takes a lot of diligence and without it, success will be hard to achieve.

On the other side, the diligent people get a real sense of peace from working hard. That peace brings the freedom that doing work with the Lord in mind promises.   Instead of seeing the negative, there is only the positive about what happens in the workday.   Customers get served with a smile.  Even tough times provide lessons that only make work easier on the next try.

Think about you attitude as you work.  Are you being diligent in all that you do?  Are you feeling the freedom that comes through working with that joy in your heart?  Have a great work day my sisters.

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Even Youth Need Goals

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

During a public speaking event at a Junior High School, I asked the students to tell me their goals for the future. As their motivational speaker for the day I had planned to use their responses to give specific examples of how to reach their goals.  

I was shocked when not one of the students raised their hands with a response.  At first I thought they were too shy to share in front of their friends. But after a bit of prompting I learned that was not the case. None of them were too shy to talk because they freely let me know the problem with my question.  

The response I got was they did not have a life goal. 

There was no reason for them to have one, they said because they would not be able to reach those goals anyway.  I urged them to tell me what they planned to do with their lives then. The majority response was “whatever I can get to do as work, that’s all.”  

So I changed my talk to give them examples of kids just like themselves who had great goals.  I told them about young people who had gone on to do great things with their lives through advanced education, community volunteer work, running businesses or working for large companies 

This talk was at a public school so I couldn’t share the many Biblical examples about young people who had fabulous goals early in their life. 

David was only a boy when he killed a giant.  He was being prepared to lead people and build a kingdom for God.    

And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.” 1 Samuel 17:42 

At only 7 years old, Jehoash became King of Judah and had to make decisions that affected the life of a whole nation.  He did this with the leading of the Lord. 

“Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.” 2 Kings 11:21 

Not to be forgotten an 8 year old Josiah also became a King of Jerusalem. 

“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years inJerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” 2 Chronicles 34:1-2  

Mary of Nazareth was probably only 12 or 13 and a young virgin when she was chosen by God to become the mother of the Savior, Jesus. 

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city ofGalileenamedNazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary”. Luke 1:26 

God gives us goals and He doesn’t even forget young people when giving them.  Starting with goals as a youth is important.  If you haven’t set goals in your life it might be difficult for you to do so as an adult.  That makes being able to know how to set goals in business and your personal life difficult. 

Goals provide direction, purpose, motivation, and hope.  A goal allows a person know there is something lined out for her to accomplish in this world.  

What are your current goals?  You might think you have goals but it you wake up each morning without the feeling of expectation that there are specific things for you to work on accomplishing that day, rethink your current goals.  Write your goals down very clearly and put them where you see them each day.  

Offer your goals to the Lord in prayer each morning when you wake up and each night before you go to bed and listen to how He tells you to pursue them.  Then write these directions down and take the steps needed to move closer to your goal. Maybe one of those goals will be to help a young person in your life learn to set and achieve a goal, even though they are just a youth.

How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).

When is the last time you felt uncomfortable yet stepped outside of your comfort zone? I’m talking about experiencing emotions like fear, anxiety, uncertainty, or self-doubt but doing what had to be done anyway? Experiencing these emotions can be very uncomfortable but when you step out of your comfort zone and put yourself in a situation where you experience challenges, you have the opportunity to trust God with your situation.

Let’s start with an example. Christina had the opportunity to promote her business by being a speaker at a business organization, but she is terrified of public speaking. To think of standing up in front of about 50 strangers, telling her story makes her feel faint. Still, she had been praying for opportunities to grow her company and felt this was a response to her prayers for her business. So she accepted the invitation.

Christina decided to see this as a challenge to trust God and break out of her comfort zone. So she wrote out her talk and practiced with her family. On the day of the event, she was still shaking in her heels. But she delivered a great talk that was well accepted by the audience. She had pushed past her fears to grow to a new level in her professional life.

Stepping out of her comfort zone helped Christina build her confidence as a Christian business woman and her faith that God was there to help her in every type of situation she faced in her work life.

The benefits are tremendous but taking that step to move out of your comfort zone isn’t always so easy. Here are a few tips to help:

1. Pray for It!

Start by making your requests known to the Lord. When you face challenges that take your breath away, remember this could be the very opportunity you need to move to the next step in your business growth. Without challenges that take farther along in life you will not advance. The Lord knows what you need so ask Him to support you as you step out in faith.

2. Plan for It!

To move forward with confidence do the right planning. List the things that need to be done and set your goals. For example, maybe you also feel terrified of public speaking but you know you could reach a wider audience for your business by holding seminars and workshops. Maybe you want to write a book but are afraid of bad reviews and ridicule. Make a list and then start at the top. Create a plan to tackle each terrifying goal. Each step you take will help you feel more confident and secure.

3. Work for It!

Christina had an easier time delivering her talk because she worked on it prior to the event. She didn’t just try to “wing it” which would be more terrifying than ever. Once you make your plans and set your goals start working towards the results you want to happen. Practice as much as possible. Write the words on paper. Decide to create a new product or have a sale. Find support to help you move forward. It might be a friend, family member or business coach. In fact, business coaches are exceptional resources for pushing you into areas where you don’t feel comfortable and confident. It’s their job to help you grow.

In life and in business each of you has the ability to grow. However, it takes a commitment to face your fears and try things that scare you. Each step you take will help you build the business you dream of and live the life you desire.

“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.”
Psalm 143: 8

Be Perfect – Is That Possible for the Woman of Faith?

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48(NASB). 

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, I have to be perfect too.  This week was a tough one business wise and personally.  Maybe because of celebrating another birthday for my son which made me realize how time is ticking on for me.  Maybe it’s trying to find the perfect way to revise NACWIB to be more responsive to the needs of the members.  Maybe it’s just being tired from all the traveling I’ve done over the past two weeks. 

Whatever it is I asked the Lord to give me some direction. So He told me through prayer “Be perfect.”  You’d think a busy, trying to be professional Christian woman would get a break.  But God is a God of perfection. Therefore He doesn’t pull punches by giving us a day off from doing the right thing in every aspect of our lives.  And as women of faith we should all be thankful for that.

Here’s the deal.  In striving to revive the National Association of Christian Women in Business (NACWIB) it started to get a bit tough.  What do people really want?  What do I provide to be a real service to the members?  I was tossing and turning at night trying to figure this all out.  Then the problem became obvious.  I had gotten away from the focus I keep telling members to keep; keep the focus on God first and only. 

For some reason trying to go in a new direction with the Association made me feel unsure.  I tried to write posts to encourage you to keep moving forward in your business and I got stuck.  I wanted to tell you not to give up and I felt like a fake.  It felt too hard; I wanted to give up.  The easy thing to do would have been to keep writing as if nothing was wrong, like I had it all together.  Don’t I have to appear like I have it all together and tell the members how easy it is to keep going and never have a bad day?  The easy thing would have been to fake it till I made it.  But there’s a real problem with that when it comes to NACWIB. 

The questions I should have been keeping in the forefront included, what does God want for this organization? How would the Lord be glorified through the messages sent to the mailing list subscribers?  What would He do to benefit the membership at this particular time?  These were the type of questions that would begin the right shift for NACWIB – and for my life.  

I made a commitment long ago to create this Association to serve the Lord and be a blessing to you.  Therefore, I get stopped in my tracks when I’m not open and honest.  Sometimes, I really hate that.  I don’t feel “powerful” or like I’m in control the way I feel I’m supposed to be.  Instead of feeling like a powerful, empowered leader, I start to feel weak. But in that, I finally figure out how to gain real strength. 

In my weakness I remembered to call on the Lord to give me the topics to write about or to know the direction to move in.  I asked Him to show me how to do the work.  As I started pouring out my heart to Him last night He gave me the verse “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. 

I don’t know about you but this verse has always given me a double reaction.  First of all, I want to do the right thing before the Lord.  Secondly, I feel I’ll never be able to rise up to the task of being perfect according to what I thought this verse required.  So I tried to shake off the truth that this verse was given to me for this time. 

As you know, when God gives you something it’s going to stick for a long time.  Ignore it long enough and eventually the intensity start to fade a bit.  You might even be able to chase the thought to the back of your mind periodically.  But it will never go away for good.  I learned this a long time ago so I know to start praying about this instead of trying to fight it.  There are times when women of faith are required to face the hard commands if we like it or not and usually especially when we like it or not.  However, this is actually something God makes doable.

The Bible verse “be perfect” means to be complete, to reach a level of maturity in spiritual integrity that lets us exist in the world in a way that is a reflection of God.  God tells us to be set apart so we can be like Him.  Being exactly like God of course is impossible.  To reach the fullness of perfection will never happen as a human being.  Even the most powerful of the Biblical saints had their moments of frailty and outright sin.  Knowing that could actually provide a moment of relief.  But still a woman of faith can assess the grace to escape every temptation to overcome sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Today, finding and accessing that grace is a real task.  More than ever the opportunity to fall off the wagon in the pursuit of perfection is more possible than ever.  Temptations include the normal daily interactions between people, accessibility to social media outlets, negative television programming, excuses to be angry, old problems that are unforgiven,  things that are confusing and lead to wrong choices, and on and on and on.  Doubts creep in, worry stops by to spend the night, sin happens.  You feel stuck, unworthy, like a fake, and get flooded with a lack of confidence. 

But that doesn’t take away the responsibility from Christian business women to be perfect.  Believe me, I wish it did.  Some days I’m just like any other normal business woman.  Sometimes I just want to slack off or forget about pushing forward in making this Association better.  I want to sit back and just hope people find the website, sign up, and become a member without putting in the effort to show them why it’s important or how joining will make their life better.  But that’s falling short of trying to reach a higher level of spiritual integrity as a Christian woman and a woman of spiritual integrity.  

Like every woman of faith my choice needs to be to decide to embrace that demand as a blessing.  I will be perfect.  I will pursue the integrity of doing business not only as something for other people but as a blessing to the Lord.  By making Him the focus of my everyday thoughts and activities I continue to seek being perfect.  I pray that you will be blessed as a result.