This month has been exciting and disappointing. I left my W2 to concentrate on my own business only to find out I did not know what that meant. I didn’t know how to grow a business and not grow a job. I didn’t know how to balance me, family, friends, clients, and the business. I didn’t know how to establish boundaries with clients without carrying feelings of guilt.
Slowly I’m figuring it out how to grow a business. As this unfolds, I’m loving it. I love the challenge, the new discovery. I love the seemingly disparate ideas coming together. I love GOD confirming ideas or perspectives he’s revealed to me in seemingly chance encounters. I do not love the impact on my family.
I expected to have a more stable footing so that who I am, my finances, our resources would have a more constant and direct path. The first month was 30 days of discovery. Change is inevitably a part of the process and fabric of owning a business. I can not control other people. However, the foundation needs to be solid. Otherwise, I’m building on quicksand. Here is my foundation
- My business currency is service, not servitude. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
- Calibrating my mindset daily is a critical necessity rather than a nice thought. Your enemy isn’t flesh and blood at all. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)
- Freedom comes through lending to others. The LORD your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you. (Deuteronomy 15:6 NLV)