Six Scripture Verses for the Mom Entrepreneur

scripture versesHi, busy mom! I thought you could use some encouragement today as you go about your work. Whether you’re a business owner or a ministry leader – or a mom who has been thinking about taking that leap of faith – I hope one or more of these verses speaks to you and offers the hope and encouragement you need today.

  1. You have a gift to share!

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

– 1 Peter 4:10

From photography to number crunching…from listening skills to legal services…from speaking and writing to building and selling…we each have been given a special gift. It’s God’s desire for you to identify those gifts, nurture them and share them. Please don’t hide your gift or put it on the back burner…or dismiss it as not important.

 

  1. Now is the time.

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”

― Ecclesiastes 11:4

What are you waiting for, my friend? If you’re thinking that things will get easier when your baby starts sleeping through the night…or is finally in Kindergarten…or is off to college…I have news for you – it doesn’t get easier. Only different. You may have more time one day, but that will not necessarily create “perfect conditions” for you to take that next step in your business or ministry. If it’s on your heart to take that next step, then pray for discernment but know that there will never be “perfect” timing. So, now is probably as good a time as any!

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Keep Doing What You’re Doing

Smiling office worker showing thumb upDo you ever get bored with your business? If you’re like most moms you never really get bored – you don’t have time to get bored! But you may grow tired of doing things the same old way. You may no longer be thrilled by the challenge of your work. You might find yourself looking around at other businesses or new technologies or “fantastic” opportunities and wondering, “Hmmmm, maybe I should give that a try?”

If that sounds familiar, then you’re in good company. Most of us entrepreneurs are constantly exploring and learning new things. That’s why we are successful out on our own. Like flowers, we know there are only two choices – grow or die. And we prefer growing.

But sometimes we use growth as an excuse to avoid doing the work. I admit it – I catch myself doing this on occasion. I sit down to work on a project that I’ve been planning for a long time – something I know will be successful because I’ve done it before. And as soon as I start, I get distracted by an idea…something pops in my head or across my screen… and I get excited! So I start researching and brainstorming and dreaming… and the hours pass by quickly as I dive into my NEW, EXCITING IDEA! I’m convinced THIS is exactly what I need to make a change…to shake things up…to grow.

What I don’t realize is that my NEW, EXCITING IDEAS usually come at the expense of old and boring tasks. And those old and boring tasks might actually work well in my business. They might actually produce results…and generate leads…and earn revenue. But because I’m so attracted to the challenge of continuous change, I’m blind to the fact that I’m already doing exactly what I should be doing. While I might THINK I need a bright, shiny idea, what I actually need is the persistence to continue with something proven and familiar.

So how do you know when it’s time to try something new or if it’s best to keep doing what you’re doing? [Read more...]

Why You Should Plan for Failure

PlanforfailureI was at a school conference last week and my son was impressing the teachers with his color-coded, neatly organized binder. (Let me preface by saying the words “neatly organized” are not often used when describing anything related to my wonderful son!) We congratulated him on taking the initiative and responsibility to get off to a great start to the school year. Then one of the teachers said, “So this is only the third day of school. What are you going to do when the binder starts to get messy in a few weeks? What’s your plan then?”

Now…I could have been upset by that question. They were predicting his failure! And my son could have felt deflated. After all, don’t they have faith that he can keep it organized all year long? But that’s not what was going on. This teacher was not trying to discourage him, she was trying to get him to think about his Failure Plan.

Lots of people don’t like the word “failure.” They avoid saying it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Like if you whisper the word “cancer” it somehow makes it less horrible. But failure is a reality. And you can’t avoid it. The best thing you can do is to learn how to react when it comes your way.

That’s why it’s so important to consider the possibility of failure and map out a plan for that scenario. When we create a Failure Plan, we give ourselves a security blanket. We recognize that failure is a possibility but we have the power to turn it around.

I think lack of a Failure Plan is the reason so many people give up on diets and exercise programs. They don’t know what to do when they fall off the wagon. They don’t know how to course correct. Because nobody ever talks about it. Nobody wants to admit that it’s possible you might eat a bag or Doritos and a sleeve of Oreos one night and feel so horrible about yourself that you can’t walk into the gym for a month. But if you have a plan…if you know what you will do…it’s easier to get back on track quickly. [Read more...]