Overwhelm, Planning, Motivation.
Which three things keep you from staying consistent in your God-centered business?
I want to talk through these THREE reasons you may NOT be staying consistent in your business and give you three ways to stay consistent for each.
- Overwhelm and how it keeps you trapped.
- Not planning and how it makes you just busy, not productive
- Motivation and how it erodes when you are not working within your design
In this article, we’ll go over each of these reasons and give you three practical ways to stay consistent that will change how you work so you can stay consistent in your God-centered business.
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Learning ways to stay consistent is key.
Consistency is key when it comes to having a business. If you have found yourself in the start-and-stop mode with your business, then you know it’s just not working.
During the last 12 years or so in my entrepreneurial adventure, I have tried many ways to stay consistent and grow my business. I have come to realize and teach that if you take these THREE actions, you will stay consistent in your business.
I’m excited to bring you this topic because these are actual actions I not only do in my business for success but have helped my clients incorporate into their businesses for their success as well.
Get out of the trap of overwhelm.
Do you have many thoughts, ideas, task lists, and other things in your head? It is like they are swirling around in there, taking up space, and you feel trapped.
Your brain needs you to release all these thoughts. Your brain is your body’s CFO (chief financial officer), always looking for ways to save energy. Those thoughts, ideas, and responsibilities are making you expend precious energy that could be put to better use on another activity.
And, if you are like me, you can’t keep all that stuff in your brain anymore and remember what you were going to do or were supposed to be doing.
The beauty of a brain dump!
I do this at least once a quarter for my overall brain health, and I always do it when I begin a new project.
How does a brain dump work. . .
- Get a pack of sticky notes.
- Write out one idea, thought, or task on each sticky note.
- Place them somewhere in front of you (wall, whiteboard.)
- Organize projects, tasks, and thoughts by moving the sticky notes around and adding details where necessary.
Click HERE to watch a video that will give you more details if this is a place where you know you are really stuck.
When you get everything out of your head and in front of your eyes, your brain can let go of those things you were trying to remember to keep straight in your head.
Now you are open to being creative again. You get unstuck!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
When done with prayer, this exercise is a definite peacemaker for your internal self.
Plan to be productive consistently.
If you feel like you are very busy in your business but not very productive, you need a plan. This comes from a lack of planning. There is a real danger here: you will do the parts of your business you love and neglect the others, OR you will go-go only to run out of steam and shut down for a while. That is not consistent.
The answer here is to have a routine. Now before you cringe and say, I hate routines; they’ll make my life so boring. I want to tell you a secret. . . When you have a routine that works for you (based on God’s design of you), it’s the most freeing thing that can happen to you.
Because a routine is something you have to plan out (in writing), it frees you from figuring out what to do next in your business and life. Does every day need to look exactly the same? No. But it needs to be consistent, and you must stick to the routine.
Critical elements of a routine
Your routine should include some key elements: set wake-up and bedtimes, personal bible study and prayer with God, household responsibilities (cleaning, cooking, chauffeuring, etc.), exercise & self-care, and time blocks for working your business.
Inside a routine, you create habits that further help you stay consistent. And you avoid procrastination from distractions.
You cannot stay consistent unless you create a daily routine that works with your rhythms, your family, and your lifestyle. Copying someone else’s pattern will only lead to frustration. You must develop and work on your own.
This is one of the most important things my clients have learned from being a part of Calling Clarity. I have numerous testimonies of women who thought they would never have a routine, create one that made them productive, to get off track then and realize it was the routine that kept their businesses moving forward successfully.
I’d love to chat with you about the THREE reasons you feel you are not staying consistent in your business and see if Calling Clarity is right for you. Colossians 3:23 says it best,
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.Colossians 3:23
No one sees your routine except God. He is the one you are trying to please as you work in the business He has given you. Do your best by planning well. Make it easier by having a routine.
Have you wished you could find a way to stay motivated to work on your business daily? Do you get tired of following a plan that drains you?
Here’s the problem. . . you are working your business based on someone else’s blueprint. You may have had a coach, downloaded a program, used all the information you found on YouTube University, and followed a strategy that really wasn’t you.
As I said before about creating a routine that works for you, you have to have a business plan that works for you. You do not want to work in your business when you imitate others’ methods without evaluating if they are good for you.
Your business plan (the way you do business) should energize you. You should be getting out of bed each day thinking, “I GET to do this!” God has given you this pull to do something, your business, for Him that only your set of skills, talents, giftings, and experience can accomplish.
Work in your genius zone.
You stay consistent when you work in your design because it aligns with who God has created you to be. Right now, I want you to think about three questions. Go ahead and write these down.
- What am I good at doing?
- What do I enjoy doing?
- What problem do I want to solve for others?
Take some time to brainstorm all the things you can think of to answer each question. Then, if you would like a guide, use the How to Get Clarity Worksheet.
From these three lists, you’ll be able to see overlaps. Those points of overlap, plus the things that make you uniquely you, are the very building blocks of how you should do business. It’s also the basis for your UVP (unique value proposition), that thing that makes you and your business stand out from the competition.
God has made it very clear in Galatians how we are to work.
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.Galatians 6:4-5
When you work in your ‘genius zone,’ so to speak, you stay motivated to be consistent in your business.
Your Consistency Plan
Overwhelm, Planning, Motivation.
When you have a method to beat overwhelm, create a written plan for your daily routine, and tap into God’s design of you, so you stay motivated, you will be consistent in your God-centered business.
Let me know in the comments which activity you will put into action first.