“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”C.S. Lewis
Courage is external. Courage is action. Courage is what you need every day to do what God is calling you to do in your business, and it takes these three things:
- Willingness to take risks
- Self-motivation, and
- Personal growth
Many times tough, we think we can come into this entrepreneurial life without thinking about what it will take, the cost. Instead, we think, “God gave me this idea, so everything will just work out.”
Is this how you’re approaching it? Are you now stuck and trapped in trying to make your next decision? Scared you really don’t have what it takes?
We’ll look at five actions you can take right now to have the courage you need every day to do what God calls you to do in your business.
- To have the courage to take risks
- To have the courage to stay motivated
- To have the courage to learn more about who God has created you to be an entrepreneur
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Courage to take risks
Let’s start with some reasons you don’t have the courage to take risks you know you need to take to do what God is calling you to do.
One problem. You have a fear of people. You’re afraid of what they might think of you and what they might say about you. So a lot of us are people pleasers.
But what does God’s Word say about that? In Matthew 10:28, Jesus says,
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Now, no one is actually trying to kill you as you work your business. Though it might feel that way at times.
How can you get over a people problem? By getting closer to God through intentional and consistent Bible study and prayer time with Him.
Only when you grow your faith can it fuel your business. But, unfortunately, you may be doing it backward. Look at everyone else first, so you feel you won’t ever measure up when you should be looking at what God says about you.
He has created you as a MASTERPIECE, and He has given you a call to do something right now that takes courage.
Another problem is risk aversion
Certain personality types are more risk-averse than others. What does risk-averse mean? It means you are a person that wants a sure thing before you proceed.
Not really a good characteristic for an entrepreneur, but if God has called you, then there is a way to figure out ‘your way’ to make the business work.
How do you know if you’re the risk-averse type? Here’s one way to find out.
Answer this. . . Do you make a plan, then plan some more, and are you still constantly second-guessing yourself about the plan? You may be risk averse.
You want your plans to result in a sure thing. Which we know does not always happen in business. There is a try-fail-try-again approach that needs to be adopted.
I love what Proverbs 20:24 says,
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
As I see it, if God has called you into business, into something outside yourself, then He really is using it to say, “Do you trust Me?”
But you won’t know if anything will work until you take action. Do this. Think about a situation in your business that is a risk for you. Now, write out the answers to these two questions.
- What is the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
- What is the worst that will happen if you don’t do it?
Here’s a secret. . . you can handle it if you do it. And you will regret it if you don’t.
This has been shown over and over again in studies. When people look back over their lives, they don’t regret all the things they tried and failed at doing, and they regret all the things they didn’t even try to do.
God is putting you into this situation to transform you into the image of His Son through your business.
Walking close to God, seeking Him first, and letting go of worry and anxiety by giving it to Him takes courage.
This is the fundamental principle I have built my business over the last few years: Grow in God, and it will Fuel your Business.
If you are looking for a way to move ahead with what God has laid on your heart and want more meaning and satisfaction in your work, I invite you to click HERE and get on a Clarity Call with me. First, we’ll discuss what God has been prompting you to do so you can make the impact He wants you to make. Then, we’ll see if the Calling Clarity program is your next step.
Courage to be self-motivated
The next thing we’ll talk about is doing the work. First, if God is using business to make you more like His Son, then taking action is critical. This means doing the internal work with Him to know what He wants you to do and how you can do it best.
Second, Only when you have the correct view of what God is doing in your life will you find the self-motivation to continue, especially when it is hard (and it will be hard).
One problem? Procrastination. Do you find you have a lot of energy at the thought or beginning of a project, or goal, only to give up and start to make excuses about why you can’t continue or even get started?
I’ve heard so many reasons:
“I don’t know how!”
“I’ve worked so hard; I just don’t have any energy left.”
“I’m waiting for the best time to do it.”
“I need to be in the mood to do this.”
Are these some of the reasons (excuses) you have told yourself why you are not doing the work?
Make His will your priority
Here’s what I know to be true. First, you will prioritize and do the things that are important to you. God has given you a job/calling/business/ministry to do, and when you make His Will important to you, you will find yourself consistent in that work.
In Philippians 1:6, Paul says,
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
God’s ‘good work’ in you is to make you like His Son, Jesus. And He is using your business to do that work.
Therefore, procrastination (and excuses) have no place in your work.
How should you and I work in our businesses then? As a servant leader. I know you have heard this before, so click here to watch the video with the details.
What do servant leaders do? They lead from a place of humility by modeling the actions and behaviors they want to see in others, not by dictating what others should do. I do not ask my clients to do anything in their businesses and lives that I am not doing.
As a servant leader, you have others’ backs, support them, help them, and give them the gift of your solution to their problem. You are doing with them, not doing for them. You are fulfilling your part in God’s story by doing the work He has called you to do and doing it with vulnerability. That takes courage.
Take your business seriously
Another problem here is not taking your business seriously enough. Serious enough to think someone is trying to take it away from you. Because, in reality, someone IS trying to take it away from you. . . the enemy.
He wants to discourage you, and he wants you to give up. He wants you to fail.
Be honest with yourself. . . is this idea for your business, this business you are in, really from God or your own idea? Are you working in His strength or your own?
If you stay aligned with God first, meeting with your CEO each day, then He will slowly turn any of your thoughts and ideas into His thoughts and ideas.
And remember, if God has called you into business, He has equipped you to do what He wants you to do. So it is a matter of figuring out how each piece of your life fits into what God wants you to do now.
Don’t believe the lies
Do you hear some of these thoughts in your head? Messages that condemn you and say things like, “you are an imposter,” “this will never work for you,” and “who do you think you are”?
That’s the enemy trying to get you to stop what you are doing. So what does God tell us to do when that happens?
James 4:7-8a says it so well,
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
So, When you keep God at the center of your work, you have the strength to work consistently. Instead, you are not just self-motivated to keep going but also God-motivated.
Will it take discipline? Yes. You may need to learn some strategies, techniques, and new skills to help you along the way. That’s the beauty of working with God. He brings those resources to you at just the right time.
Take the courage to accept those resources, those opportunities, when they are presented. God’s got you.
Courage to embrace personal growth
And that leads us to personal growth. As an entrepreneur, there is an unwritten rule. You must keep learning. There is no way around this because we don’t know what we just don’t know.
Simon Sinek says, “you must find your skill set and use it.” I like saying, “you must know God’s design of you and use it for His glory.”
This is the first step in learning to be an entrepreneur, knowing yourself and your capabilities. Too often, we jump into something because it is comfortable or easy. But God has so much more for each one of us.
Understanding God’s design of you removes your doubts about yourself. Those shortcomings that were imposed by others or you’ve self-imposed.
When you grow in your understanding of God’s design of you, you see how decision-making is connected to the values He’s given you. Likewise, when you learn how to use them correctly, you recognize that those things you thought were your weaknesses were your strengths.
Your uniqueness helps you stand out
Instead of being shy about what you offer, you learn how your uniqueness really does help you stand out in a sea of sameness and attract those clients waiting to hear your offer—those clients God has already lined up for you.
What happens if you don’t take growth or personal development seriously? I love what Proverbs 5:12-14 says,
You will say, “How I hated discipline!
If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
and now I must face public disgrace.
Well, I hope it doesn’t quite come to that. But, when you continue to grow in more areas of your business, from time management skills to sales calls and conversion tactics, you gain confidence with each new ability.
It takes courage to keep learning. It takes courage to admit you don’t know everything. What is true, though, is that God never asks you to do it alone. He always provides the right learning for just where you are in the process.
It takes courage
Are you feeling like there’s a missing piece that is keeping you from having the courage to do what God wants you to do in your business? Is it about taking more risks? Having more motivation? Continuing with personal growth?
Or, are you lacking courage in some other area?
I would love to have that chat with you. We can talk about where you are, where you want to go, and where God wants you to go. Click HERE to set up a time with me.
Remember, you have the courage to take more risks when you meet intentionally with God each day and give over your anxiety and worry to Him.
You have the courage to be self-motivated and can do the work consistently by being a servant leader and staying aware the enemy is always trying to take it away from you.
You have the courage to embrace personal growth by first finding God’s design of you and using it to fuel even more growth areas in your life.