Every business – large, small, or solo entrepreneurship – must have a heart. Just as everything of flesh and blood has a heart, so must your business. Without it, your business will whither and die. It will not thrive.
Does your business have a heart? The answer can be found in the reason your business exists.
If you have never developed a mission or vision statement for your business, or if developing it was merely an exercise in putting words together, correct that immediately. Your vision statement and mission statement speaks to the heart of your business. It speaks to what your heart holds for your your business.
Take a look at your vision. What is the change you want to see for others by providing your product or service? What is the impact on others? What changes do you see in your own life?
Having heart is also about having the stamina to make your business “work.” This means putting in the time and thought that it takes to create the success and to be able to handle the challenges that you are sure to encounter.
It should not be surprising to you that the Bible speaks of having heart in all that we do, that includes wisdom that can be applied to our business, our livelihood and, usually, our passion.
In Proverbs 4:23 it says “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” If applied to your business, this means that even in the face of adversity, you must have the heart to see your business through the hurdles. Without heart, you will give up and your business will likely fail. In Ephesians 5:19 we are encouraged to praise God from the heart with the words “…sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” In that same way we should also work from the heart to make our business a success. Give your business your all; don’t work at it halfheartedly.
Giving your business everything you’ve got, can also be reflected in the verse from Proverbs 23:7 “For he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. ‘Eat and drink,’ he says to you, but his heart is not with you.”
If you don’t put your heart into your endeavors it will show, maybe only in small ways at first, but the result is that it is likely that your business will eventually fail.
This is the season for the heart. Is your heart in your business?
You started your business, chose your career based on what was in your heart. Let me know how you ensure that you don’t lose heart for your business when you are faced with adversities. Please leave comments.
Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks