I think of the word balance and I think grace, coordination, composure, and harmony. If you are like me, some days we look at our small businesses and all we see is stress, chaos, and discord. On those days of apprehension, I find that am missing some vital strand of stability. Let me find a few more words to describe the general feel of these disharmonious days:
Alright, enough negativity! So how is it that when I want to achieve a balance, the only words I’m finding to describe my efforts and my small business are all so negative? Let’s face it, having a balance in business is a challenge! Let’s do some more word plays and bring in the positive alternatives:
How We Feel Some Days . . .
How We Want to Feel . . .
Right on track
Full of chaos
Ridden with discord
All over the place
From this, I ask myself, “How then do I go from feeling awry to feeling balanced?”
I want to give you practical advice for running a balanced business. Abstract advice says, “focus on positive emotions.” Practical advice says, “write down three positive things about your business each day.” If you want to apply practical advice you have to take an action and make a decision. Keep reading to see how you can take action to bring balance into your small business.
1. Plan for Your Life as a Whole
You aren’t your business and your business is not your life. When you make plans, look at the whole picture. Make your business decisions based on your faith, your family, and your life as a whole, not just the ones that will bring in the most dough.
“Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice.” Proverbs 16:8 AMP
2. Set a Focused Goal
Don’t start out setting ten goals; first, set one focused goal for your business. Make sure that it aligns with your values and your life, then take off and make it happen. Bring all your effort and your time into pushing for this one goal and see what happens!
“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” Luke 10:41-42 ESV
3. Your Worth Does Not Come from Your Business
If you have a bad day or a bad week in your business, you are in no way worth less! You can have the assurance that your worth is set in stone because God says you are worth it all. You can have peace and assurance in knowing that you are a success because God says that you are loved and no amount of doing, achieving, or reaching can get you any more love than you already have. Search out verses in the Bible that show that your worth comes from the Lord alone.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 ESV (bold added for emphasis)
4. Put Your Business in Order
Know the important facts about your business and then organize your business accordingly. Who are you as a business? What do you sell? When do most of your customers/clients buy or use your services? Where do you sell, locally or globally? Why are you selling what you sell or doing what you do? How can you make your business unique? How can you give God your best in your business? Organize your time, space, and money around these answers.
“She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.” Proverbs 31:16-18 ESV
5. One Business Under God
Just remember that a business is about all the normal things, making money, being successful, growing, but even more than that a businesse is a way for God to use us to reach the world. When we place our businesses under God’s authority, our peace is absolute. God doesn’t promise us everlasting prosperity, but He will take care of us. He will bring about his will and He is good. Trust Him in your life and in your business.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Next time you feel off-kilter and not quite on track, consider one of these suggestions (or all of these suggestions) to put you and your business back on track. Balance in business is not a constant, but God is constantly in love with us! Peace be with you!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
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