Did you know that almost half of the female entrepreneurs (48 %) cite a lack of available mentors or advisers as holding them back?
The statistic above was from 2019!! Can you imagine how much more, three years and post-pandemic later, the lack of mentors or advisers is holding us back?
Social distancing, working from home, and less socialization, in general, have isolated us much more!
The sad reality is that a majority of female entrepreneurs that struggle to move forward and make profound advances all suffer from the same easy-to-solve problem.
In this article, you’ll discover a simple four-step system to solve this problem be your best self, connect with others and grow your God-centered business.
Guiding Principles To Be Your Best Self
We each want to be our best and do our best for God. Therefore, we set out with great intentions to do our work with excellence, honor God and do our best.
As an entrepreneurial-spirited Christian woman, you have gifts, skills, and talents to share with the world. If you are in a place of transition or growing in an entrepreneurial endeavor, remember that God promises to be with you through the good and the bad.
Being an entrepreneur is a tough job! Trust me, I know.
Believe that God has equipped you to follow your calling, and you have the resources in front of you to do your best.
Four-Steps To Be Your Best Self
The following four steps, when done together, will have you working at your best in your entrepreneurial endeavor, in your God-centered business.
- Make God the CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of your business
- Get into a community with others who understand and ‘get’ what you are going through
- Have the right accountability, so you stay motivated to get things done
- Rise to the challenge only others can give you, living out that iron sharpening iron verse
God: The best Boss you’ll ever have
To make God, the CEO of your business means bringing everything to God, not just asking Him to bless your plans as an afterthought.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5
This verse starts with the word COMMIT. That means pledge, promise, and devote what you do to the Lord first. Then the next part is the word TRUST. Do you trust God with your business? Do you know He has your best at heart?
When my clients do not see the results they want, I remind them that God is using their business to transform them into the image of His Son. Changing us is God’s priority, not accomplishing some lofty goal you or I have set for ourselves.
Now, I am a goal setter. I teach creating goals and setting action steps in one of my Masterclasses. But, I was guilty of creating the wrong goals when I started my business. My total focus was on revenue, not the impact I could make.
God has given you an entrepreneurial spirit, so then He has a specific sphere of influence you are to impact because no one else can fulfill your part of His plan except you. Furthermore, He knows who your ideal clients are to be (you just may need some help with crafting your message so you can attract them).
So, make God the CEO and think of Him as your Boss! Then, plan to meet with the Boss daily by reading His Word, journaling thoughts, and planning your next steps.
What successful entrepreneurs do
Of course, belonging in a community with others who understand and ‘get’ what you are going through is great. But, still, the magic happens when you are in a community of like-minded believers (Christian women) in the marketplace.
You may think you are in many communities, such as a Facebook group, Instagram pod, or DM group. These are all good places to start but not good places for growth or depth.
The community that will help you be your best is filled with like-minded people who understand the unique challenges we face as Christians and business owners. It should be a place where you feel inspired and can rely on others to support and encourage you to do your best.
Many of these groups are full of people looking for a place to hang their sign, so to speak, to get clients and customers. Even my group on Facebook has many people who come only to give us the link for their next event, workshop, speaking engagement, sale, and any other type of offer.
It’s hard to have meaningful conversations when most people’s aim in a group is to jump up and down to tell you about their stuff. The community needs to go beyond this and be a place where interaction and real engagement exist.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10
The crucial part of being in a community is to connect with others and share your brilliant self. Growth and depth happen when you can share your gifts, talents, skills, and experiences within a community. A positive community encourages you to be your best self and serve others. A community with ‘give and take’ is a group that wants you to contribute. In this community, you are not alone.
How accountability crushes goals
Did you know only 3% of the population writes down their goals? When you write them out, it has been proven that you are 43% more likely to accomplish the goal. It has been shown that no matter who you are, the way to be your best self is to write down your goals.
Now that you know how great writing down goals is let’s see when you add accountability to the equation. When you tell someone your goals (accountability,) your motivation and ability to complete the goal doubles.
We are all motivated by different things. Some people love checking off lists, others like deadlines, others want recognition, and some need inspiration. What motivates you?
Romans 15:2 says We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.
So we know accountability is essential, and you may have done some of these before. So which will you try next?
The first type of accountability is an accountability partner, or one-on-one, where you meet with a coach, mentor, or friend regularly to declare publicly, share, and track your goals. Your accountability partner is ready to encourage, support, challenge, and give you feedback.
The second type of accountability is within a supportive group that helps you progress toward your goals. The group members also help you stay motivated by allowing others to give you strategies for your success. Let’s face it; we just don’t know what we don’t know. What we have seen work for others may not work for us, and it is better to have extra ideas in this area instead of trying to figure it out on your own!
What you can learn from others to help you succeed in business
There is something to be said about your growth when you rise to the challenge only others can give you.
Proverbs 27:17 says As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Iron sharpening iron goes beyond accountability. Though accountability is part of it, it’s really about having a guide who has been where you are and IS where you want to go.
If you have invested in coaches before, were they for believers? There is a unique thread that is woven into the fabric of our businesses because we are Christians. We have different perspectives on how we should treat people and conduct ourselves. We need to be around those who ‘get this’ and have practical ways to move us forward.
Learning and coaching are needed when you are an entrepreneur because, as Proverbs 19 tells us, we need to get all the instruction you can. Proverbs 19:20-21 show us why Coaching and Masterminding with others are invaluable for our businesses.
These verses say, Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
God has set us up to do things together. To build one another up (1 Thessalonians 4:18), spur (Hebrews 10:24) one another on, love (1 Peter 3:8) one another, serve (Galatians 5:13) one another, and pray (James 5:16) for one another.
Simple ways to grow as an entrepreneur and be your best self
Now that you know the four steps to incorporate into your life as an entrepreneur consistently, you will be motivated to be your best self, transition, and grow your business.
- Make God the CEO
- Get into a community with other believers
- Have the right accountability to stay motivated, and
- Rise to the challenge of investing in those who can lead you
I hope that now you understand how to be your best self, connect with others and succeed in business so you can be a successful entrepreneur fueled by faith and in a community of like-minded Christian women. This article is a great start, but I recommend you read more about connecting with others to understand the impact it will have on your business entirely.
Stay Motivated. Stay Consistent. Suceed.
Be your best self, connect with others so you can be a successful entrepreneur fueled by faith and in a community of like-minded Christian women. Click to read more about my program, Calling Clarity.