'To succeed in business, relying on a little or even a lot of intuition is more helpful than you might realize, recognize or like to acknowledge in your decision making process.'
Many times millionaires are quoted as have a hunch or a gut feeling about a particular successful venture. Then again, there are successful millionaires who dismiss intuition and simply say they developed a solution or new concept because they analyzed the thought and came to a logical conclusion. You find at work two divergent thoughts about intuition. In the one camp, the millionaires and successful business owners who listened to what their subconscious was telling them without even realizing it and certainly would not acknowledge it as intuition if they did realize it. In the other, the successful men and women who aren’t afraid to act on intuition and acknowledge the role it played; they value intuition. That is how divided the thinking is about intuition and success in business.
Timing is everything or very nearly everything. Let’s put it another way, timing is important to most of the success we experience in our lives. Timing means knowing – and acting on that knowing – when to take action so that time works on your side and in your favor. First of all, the realization that time moves on whether you do anything or not is imperative. There is no truer expression than “Time waits for no [one].”Each of us has goals and ambitions, but we often put off taking action on them. You hear it all the time. All you need to do is fill in the blanks:
The seeds of greatness are in you; you were meant to live an abundant, successful, and fruitful life. Unfortunately, many of us don’t live anywhere near the abundant lives we are naturally entitled to.
Why aren’t we living that abundant life? Why is it that the majority of us spend most of our lives asking that very question? For the answer, look inside. Look at the messages you feed your brain – consciously and unconsciously. Most of us are living and breathing unhealthy thoughts about success and living abundantly. Our attitude is not a positive one.
Many individuals who own a business or who are entrepreneurs are inspired by their passion. But where does that inspiration originate and what leads them to create a business, a product or a service? Is starting a business creativity and is it the same creativity that the artist, writer, or designer experiences? What prompted Rockefeller to create products that made him a millionaire? What sparked Madam C. J. Walker to create hair products that led to her becoming one of the first female millionaire entrepreneurs in America? What made Picasso such prolific artist? What inspired me to design T-shirts that are wearable Christian apparel?
As Christians, we profess to walk with Faith and Christian love. But do we really practice it in all aspects of our lives or have we compartmentalized our Faith and only pull it out when it suits us? To take it a step further, is your faith integrated in your business practices?
Jesus did not tell us to walk in Faith only when it’s convenient, rather our walk with Jesus should be continuous. If you wonder how Faith and Christian values play a part in your business, here are a few areas that come to mind right away:
You started a business. It’s your passion. You want your business to flourish. In order for your business to succeed, you must make money, but you are torn. After all, making money – a lot of money – seems to go against what it means to be Christian. At least, that is the way most have been taught.
However, unless you can change that mindset you will not be able to pursue your passion – your business – because you won’t you won’t be able to make enough funds to keep it going.
We have dreams when we are growing up. Most of us have vivid visions of what we imagine our lives will look like and be when we grow up. Here’s the thing, most of us forget those dreams as the realities and responsibilities of living day-to-day shove the dreams down, to be buried and forgotten.
Even though these dreams may have been rooted in our passions, we are slowly taught to be practical or that we don’t have what it takes to achieve our dreams. The messages may have been subtle or they may have been loud and clear. Maybe the pragmatism is warranted, but you don’t need to abandon a dream altogether.
So I ask you, did you pursue your dream or did you betray it and leave it buried?
The Bible has so much to teach us about how to lead a successful personal and business life. It really is one of the most comprehensive sources of so much of how we should conduct ourselves. The Bible even addresses shyness or speaking out for what we want. It can apply to our business, as well.
So many of us are shy and fail to speak up for ourselves and we also have a difficult time speaking up for our business. With that kind of behavior, we miss many opportunities to allow our businesses to stand out, thrive, and succeed.
It is Women’s History Month and there are many examples of courage, ingenuity, faith, and more to be found if we pay attention to the contributions of women. We find in the Bible are tremendous examples of women’s accomplishments and contributions as well as incredible lessons that these ancient women’s stories can teach us. If applied to our business, the precepts us can help us become successful.
It seems we live in really great times and we live in awful times when we look at the opportunities and the challenges of our economy. When I think of the economy, I think of a line from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The dichotomy makes it appropriate to ask, “Is now the time to activate the entrepreneur in you?”
In 2015, there were millions of Americans who were caught in the recession – downsized, laid off – whatever you want to call it – the result was that they lost their jobs and for many, the recovery is still going on. For them, it remained the worst of times. Others found different jobs; maybe not in their chosen carer field, but a job nonetheless. Still others chose to reinvent themselves; chose to follow a dream; chose to follow a different path. For them, it is the best of times.