How To Survive Seasons Of Doubt And Confusion In Business
The below video was original recorded as a Facebook Live; however, the content is no less valuable to those watching on a later date.
How To Survive Seasons Of Doubt + Confusion In Business
This summer has been a longer than expected transitional time for both me and the Relevant Entrepreneur business - a transitional time that I thought I was prepared for, but when met with spiritual attack proved to be more than I bargained for.
This time of transition slowly morphed into a crazy cycle. A cycle that just days ago was I able to finally define with words. It goes something like this: passion, overwhelm, confusion and repeat. Passion, overwhelm, confusion.
Anyone feel me?
Here’s the reality: the enemy has used this transition, my unmet expectations and a season of vulnerability to feed my mind with lies. These are the broken records the enemy has been playing:
You are alone now.
You are incapable of running this business alone.
No one cares about your story.
You can’t help anyone.
Is the enemy trying to bait you into believing these lies too?
Below are 5 things that are essential to your survival through seasons of doubt and confusion:
1. Understand that spiritual warfare is real.
The enemy will do whatever he can to prevent you from pursuing God and all the good things God has for you. When you understand that spiritual warfare is real, you're able to see your personal struggles in a new light. It can be easy to get down on yourself during the struggle, but what is happening may be beyond what you're able to comprehend in this world.
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does." [2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV]
2. Approach God with authenticity.
God knows your hurt and He desires for you to be open with Him. If you're sad, tell Him. If you are scared, tell Him. As Christ followers, we should be coming before the Lord with even more vulnerability than we do our closest confidants. As we open our hearts to Him, it gives Him room to move in powerful ways within us.
3. Come to God with a thankful heart.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." [Philippians 4:8 NIV]
Having a hard time coming up with something to be thankful for? Remember that you have some One to be thankful for - Jesus Christ. As Christians, we have no lack of reasons to be thankful. Even through my challenges, I'm able to see God working in and through me. I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that God is doing the same for you, if you are living in servanthood to Him. He is willing and able to use ALL circumstances for His glory and the good of those that serve Him.
4. Stay connected.
My business besties have been a constant lifeline to me in times of struggle. Just like moms need mom friends because they'll be the only ones to understand the unique struggles of motherhood, entrepreneurs need entrepreneur friends. Business besties are other entrepreneurs pursuing business dreams because of a God-given calling on their life.
If you don't have a business bestie, I'd like to personally invite you to enroll in a BB Groups. BB (or "Business Bestie") Groups are small groups of Christian entrepreneurial women who meet online once per week to connect and share life with one another. Click here to enroll now.
5. Give yourself grace.
Friend, being an entrepreneur is tough. Being a Christian is tough. Being human is tough. The world is going to tell you that you need to do more to be more. But that's a lie - an enemy fed lie! Because guess what? The Lord says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." [Matthew 11:28 NIV]
Do you need rest? I would encourage you to do whatever it takes to spend some time with God today. Even if that means acting "irresponsibly" by neglecting your to do list, pushing off client work or taking a personal day off from work all together - I promise you that time with God will be worth everything you think you'll be sacrificing to make it happen.
We serve a God who restores and redeems. Spend some time with Him today.