The Ah-Ha Moments That Changed My Business Forever
8 Christian femal entrepreneurs share the ah-ha moment that changed the trajectory of their businesses forever:
"When I realized that clarity came before strategy in my business, everything changed. My ah-ha moment came when I knew that it was time for me to get sold on myself first before I could clearly articulate my message to the world. What was my expertise and what results could I promise to my clients? Those were the real, foundational aspects that needed to be addressed before I could focus on building or selling anything else. Funny enough, now I help my clients (aspiring entrepreneurs) do the same."
“When I recognized my limiting beliefs and got to the truth of who I am, it was a breakthrough moment for my business that now allows me to serve my audience in an authentic way.”
“The day I showed up in my business with courageous faith and confidence, God was there with open arms. I had spent years trying to be everything to everyone. Once I embraced my calling and centered my business on Christ, I felt at peace. Instead of following others, I found my authenticity and embraced what God had planned for me. I stopped ignoring my talents and strengths and got creative . I found new ways to use my God given gifts to impact His kingdom. Now I'm on fire for God and I want to empower my sisters in Christ to build businesses for Him!”
“There are two things that have dramatically impacted my business. The first is that I made a conscious effort, when I decided to become a Young Living Wellness advocate, to wrap my business in prayer. Every step and every move is prayed over. I want this to business to be something God leads me through, not something that I am trying to control.
The second thing I did that completely impacted my business was hop on Facebook live. I was scared to death to get on and talk to people while they interacted with me. But wow! The results were dramatic. I think it helped build trust with people who didn't interact with me on a daily basis. They were able to hear my passion and knowledge about essential oils while never having to leave their homes.”
“I have started, put on hold, and stopped many businesses that were not successful. Starting each business with one thing in mind, "make lots of money". It wasn't until I changed my mindset, focus, and purpose that things began to change. When starting a business, you must have a purposeful reason that can meet the needs of those who you will come in contact with. Yes, we can make money from a business, but money isn't everything. How many lives will we positively affect? How many lives will we change for the greater good? It wasn't until I realized that my business was a ministry, that my business began to grow and prosper. It wasn't until I realized that others needed to hear my story, that my business began to become a successful entity in the society that I live in.”
"Over the past five years, I felt God calling me to use my voice and my gifting to speak to the world. I knew from the start that would involve blogging and public speaking, but I also kept hearing God say "Be still. Just be still. Not yet." In October 2016, as I drove down the road one day, God placed blogging on my heart once again.
As I begun to pray over it, as I had for years in the past, God gave me a sudden sense of urgency. Honestly, I kept that close to my heart for a short time, until I saw that God kept placing confirmations in my heart. I knew that God was saying the time was now. Everywhere I drove, walked, every song that would play on the radio, and each person I would interact with would say something unknowingly to confirm this very thing that I had kept close to my heart.
I began the uphill climb of learning something completely knew and navigating through the waters, leaning into God and trusting His Words, with such an excitement and joy in my heart. Little did I know what God had in store for my family and I. Looking back, it is truly amazing to once again see that when we follow God's still small voice, sometimes without understanding, we are able to experience the blessing that God has in store for us.
A few months into my blogging journey, we were suddenly faced with an emergency back surgery in our home. Seven weeks without income of any kind, naturally we were extremely worried and just began to press into God knowing that He had a plan. He would take care of the financial struggles that may potentially arise during this recovery time. With a overjoyed and blessed heart, I can say that God used the vision and blog messages that He placed in my heart to supplement our income during that time... down to the penny!
God's plans are always higher than our own inner man and worldly ways. He loves us and knows just how to guide our steps and actions, but the truth of the matter is without God's guidance, it could all be for nothing. Friends, listen and seek God's will and BE STILL - it will revolutionize your dreams and Godly passions! You can do anything that HE has in store for You."
"Things don't always go as planned. Life can be going along smoothly and then one day someone or something can come along and shake things up, and not in a good way. I liken this to the ocean. The beauty as the waves gently glide along the shore in peace, bringing a sense of awe along with it. Then we have the storm in the midst of all that beauty that bring the waves careening towards the shore with an angry force that is often times frightening to the one standing in its path. Knowing full well that "He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress His command" [Proverbs 8:29] This is where we found ourselves 3 years ago... We started our business 6 years ago with an $8 usb cable and $150 in business licenses. We placed God in the center of our business, Him being first and foremost in every action and decision that we made. We changed the game in our industry and flipped it on its ear. We, for lack of a better word, were on top. Right or wrong we could do no wrong in the consumer's eye. Until one day when they decided they wanted what we had. So plans were conceived, lies were told and the hatred began. A plan we have come to determine was devised by the enemy himself. People actively set out to bring our business to ruin. In the midst of the lies, the gossip and the name calling, we turned to our Heavenly Father, sought His guidance and peace. We made a public statement which did not do much to sway the outrage. In this we decided that we would no longer engage in their banter. We held fast to who God said we were, and in the truth that we held in our hands (but chose not to use because we did not want to fuel the fire or get mixed up in internet drama). As it does no one any good to sling mud, truth or not. We stood in a space where we knew God would take care of us, that we were held in His arms. "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly." [1 Peter 2:23] So when you find yourself in the midst of lies and chaos, and you will, please know that our Father will lift you up. "Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught." [Proverbs 3:25-26]
He not only held us in His arms but He continued and continues to be faithful to us and our business. We have grown by leaps and bounds despite the negative reviews and comments. Now when things are said, we arm ourselves with God’s truth. We post inspirational posts that speak to the situation at hand without engaging in a war of words. If there is one thing I can leave you with it is this...be strong in the Lord. He will lift you up and guide you in your business. He will lift you up in your weakness and He will give you the wisdom and the knowledge needed to move forward to the best of your ability. Continue to seek God’s grace and His ability, remember who He says you are. Arm yourself with God’s confidence and with His peace and you will soar! "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." [Isaiah 40:31]
“It was scary and it didn't make sense at the time, but I knew I had to be honest. I had to tell people that although I had been a high school teacher of seven years, I had been laid off. Although the role shifting was nothing to do with me, it still left me feeling embarrassed to talk about it - worried that people would read between the lines and somehow find out that I was some massive fraud. But that's the thing. None of that happened. In fact, when I was finally honest enough to be real about who I am and what I've gone through, I got messages of thanks. I heard from people who could relate. “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” [Hebrews 10:39]
And yet, shrinking back was me not so long ago ago. Embarrassed, awkward, frustrated and stuck. Knocked back in no man’s land. Full of potential, my pride was too bruised to walk. So, I played it safe and watched loads of Netflix instead. I was afraid of what next steps might looks like. Afraid I'd fail.
There I was, on my blog, writing about believing that the truths of the Bible were relevant today, and yet not fully walking in them myself. I had all of these ideas, hopes and dreams for my life – things I believe that God laid on my heart for me to do even years ago. But they were stuck at hope and dream status because I’d allowed myself to shrink back.
I had way more time than I used to because I was working part-time for a church. But I spent the extra time I had watching Netflix instead of working on those hopes and dreams. There came a point, though, where I decided that enough was enough. I was no longer available to wallow in self pity, to settle for limiting beliefs or to live a ‘less than’ life.
In truth, I was the only person in my way. So I put in the work, I invested in myself and slowly but surely, I began to walk in the words I was writing about.
One of the best things I've ever done for my business is to own my experiences and recognize how they've shaped me for my today.”
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