The Power Within

One of the most important strengths that we have as believers in business is something we often overlook….it’s the power that God has given to us within and specifically leaning on the Holy Spirit to direct and guide us in business.  

This ONE thing really is our secret sauce, our secret weapon, the main ingredient for our success. But many people do not think about it or even talk about what it looks like to tap into the Power Within.  

In this blog post, I identify key ways you can be guided by the Power Within.  

1. Listen to the still small voice

Many times when we are led by the Holy Spirit we are listening to a still small voice inside of us that’s nudging us in a specific direction.  It’s usually very subtle, not loud, just an inner knowing that this is the right step or the next best move for you to make. 

How about you? Have you experienced inner tugging?  A small voice guiding you to the next best step?

2. Pay attention to the signs

Many times the Holy Spirit will guide you through signs.  A good example for signs and something that many people have said that they experience is getting a message in 3’s.  So you may get an email with a specific message, and then you watch something on TV with the same message, and then you listen to a podcast and it’s the same message. 

Hearing something in 3’s can often be a sign that you are being guided or directed by the Holy Spirit.  This just happened to me recently.  I was doing a podcast interview for my podcast Women Faith + Business and the guest talked about looking for the Joy in Journey. Then the very next day when I was reading my morning devotion, it talked about the Joy in your journey. Last but not least I received the message several days later when someone mentioned in a meeting that there is joy in the journey.  

I took that as a definite sign that God was guiding me through the Holy Spirit to look for joy in my journey. Now I am being more intentional about recognizing that there is joy in this journey and making sure I pay attention to it.  

How about you?  Have you experienced the Holy Spirit guiding you with messages that you receive in 3’s?  If so, be sure to share in the comments below.

3. Remember God's Word

Many times the Holy Spirit will actually guide you through scripture.  Bringing to our remembrance a specific scripture, verse, or a story in the Bible that may be relevant to what we are going through in life or in business that we can learn from, lean on, or gain insight from.  As the word says in John [14:26], “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

4. Let Peace Guide Your Decisions

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is Peace. When there is a sense of peace in your Spirit about a decision you are being guided by the Holy Spirit. And when you don’t have peace or when you are frustrated or confused, more than likely you are not being guided by the Holy Spirit in your decision-making. Noticing the path of peace is a sure sign that you are being guided by the Holy Spirit. 

You’re invited to tap into the Power Within at a one-of-a-kind Power Within Virtual Retreat at home on Friday, September 24th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Take time to discover how to fully rest in God’s will and way for your business, learn how to consistently reflect on the direction of your business and seek guidance for what God desires for you in this season, and then discover how to identify the next best steps to reset your business for the last quarter of 2021.  Space is limited, so be sure to sign-up to reserve your spot today!

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The Power of Scheduling

Last week I shared about the power of waiting, if you didn’t read that post be sure to check it out.  I shared five reasons why waiting is powerful, so it may seem contradictory to now write about the power of scheduling. But here is the thing, just because you’re waiting for something to manifest (goals, dreams, visions) doesn’t mean you don’t plan and prepare for the things to arrive, and included in planning is the powerful step of scheduling!  

I heard a quote from Marie Forleo that says “If it’s not scheduled it’s not real.” So, on this journey to achieving all that God has placed in our heart to achieve, we must do our part to accomplish our goals by writing the vision and making it plain and then scheduling the activity and taking Spirit-led action!  

Here are 3 reasons why scheduling things is powerful:

1. Consistency

One of the biggest struggles I hear from people when it comes to marketing and promoting their business is the struggle of staying consistent.  A GREAT way to stay consistent with the marketing activity for your business is to schedule it! If you have a Marketing Calendar and you schedule out your marketing activity on your marketing calendar, you will stay consistent with taking the action needed to market your business.  

2. Commitment

If you really want to be committed to consistently marketing and promoting your business then having a marketing schedule will help you to be committed to your marketing.  Last year when I surveyed my audience and asked how many people want to market and promote their business for the new year, 100% of the survey respondents said “Yes!”.  However, when I asked how many people have a marketing plan and schedule, 95% said they do not have one.  Having a plan and schedule shows that you are committed to achieving your business goals and have committed to a schedule to make your dreams a reality.  

3. Organization

A large percentage of marketing overwhelm comes from not being organized.  Having a set marketing schedule allows you to be organized and avoid overwhelm.  I recommend the CoSchedule Marketing Calendar as it helps you organize ALL of the marketing in one place.  I’ve used it for years and it helps me to stay organized when it comes to scheduling all of my marketing activities.  

If you need help with creating a marketing schedule for your business, be sure to register for the upcoming Marketplace Messenger Group Intensive on Friday, August 27th at 10 am ET.  If your desire is to attract the clients you are called to serve with ease and flow join this session to:

  • Get clear on your faith-based marketing principles 
  • Set your intention for your business goals for the next 90 days
  • Create a marketing plan and schedule for your business. 

Space is limited, so be sure to register to secure your spot!

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The Power of Waiting

We live in a world where everything is expected to be done quickly or fast.  We are a microwave society where things are ready to consume in 5 minutes or less.  Gone are the days of appreciating the slow-cooked, take-all-day to prepare, types of meals because we just don’t have time for it!  

We apply this type of timing not only to our food, but our lives, and our businesses.  However, if your desire is to be in God’s will and to follow God’s way, sometimes that means you have to be comfortable with waiting for a long time.  

Joseph waited 13 years
Abraham waited 25 years 
Moses waited 40 years
Jesus waited 30 years

As the saying goes, it takes
10+ years to be an overnight success.  So while you are waiting and working, you have to TRUST God for his timing, TRUST God in the process, and TRUST God on your path.  

Here are 5 reasons why waiting on God is powerful:

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The Power of 90-Day Goals & Plans

90-Day Goals & Plans

When I work with my clients on business goal setting and marketing activity planning, the thought of planning out activity for 12 months can be overwhelming and intimidating for many, so I shifted from 12-month increments to 6-month increments, but what I’ve found in working with many entrepreneurs and business owners is that there is POWER  in focusing on 90-Day increments.

When we focus on 3 months/90 Days, it’s less intimidating and easy to manage, so for a while now I’ve really focused on 90-Day business goals and marketing planning with my clients. In fact, I created a planner that’s focused on planning your marketing for 90-Days (shameless plug for my planner, the B.E.S.T. Marketing Planner, a 90 Day Guide to Help You Master Your Marketing and Grow Your Business). 

 Here a some reasons why setting goals for 90 days and planning for 90 days at a time is SUPER powerful:

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5 Faith-based Marketing Principles to Grow Your Business

Last month I hosted a Mid-Year 5-Day Business Challenge.  It was all about getting clear, consistent, and confident when it comes to marketing your business so you can attract the people that you are called to serve in the Marketplace.  

During the challenge, I shared 5 faith-based foundational marketing principles to grow your business.  This blog post is a summary of these foundational principles that I shared.  Once you get clear on the following things then you are better able to reach, attract, and get the attention of the people you are called to serve: 

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Self-Care v. Soul-Care

There has been a lot of talks lately about self-care, especially for women and specifically for mothers who tend to have busy schedules that include taking care of kids, husband, house, work, etc. 

I definitely believe it’s important for us all to make self-care a priority as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so putting yourself first and taking care of yourself is important to not just your own well-being but for the people who are close to you.  

In this post, I will be talking about not just self-care but specifically soul-care, what does it look like to take care of your soul on a consistent basis?

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Human Being v. Human Doing

When you first meet someone at a networking event, one of the first things that you might ask is “So, what do you do?” What we do plays so much of a large part of who we are that as a society we tend to focus on what we do instead of how we are being.  We would never ask someone “How are you being?” we would however say “How are you doing?” but the concept and fact that we are human beings and not human doings is so important that I decided to focus on this topic this week.    

I remember at an event that I was hosting several years ago one of the attendees mentioned that she created a “being list” in addition to a “doing list”.  This concept always stuck out to me because I thought Wow! that’s such a good idea! We are so used to creating daily “To
” lists with all the things we need to get done, but have we stopped to create a daily “To be” list with all the ways we want to feel and show up in the world?

In this post, we will focus on human being v human doing.

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Chronos Time v. Kairos Time

Last week on the blog I discussed the difference between busy work v life’s work and how a large percentage of our time on earth will be spent working, so it’s important to make sure you are doing your life’s work and not just busy work. If you missed the post, be sure to check it out.

This week I want to explore the definition of time and go a little deeper on the topic of how we spend our time. I recently have been becoming more aware of the concept of Kairos. According to Wikipedia, Kairos is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Chronos and Kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action.

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Busy Work v. Life’s Work

Did you know that your time is one of your most valuable assets?  During our lifetime we will spend a large percentage of our time working on our jobs.  In fact, it is estimated that the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.

So considering this, it would make sense that we choose a job or career that we find enjoyable and impactful.  However, many people work in jobs or even careers that they don’t even enjoy for months or even years!

It’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of doing work that we don’t enjoy if we think of a job as a way to make money to pay bills, but I believe strongly that God did not put us on the earth to pay bills and die!  He has given each of us a bigger purpose and He desires us to use our talents, abilities, gifts, and skills (I like to call our T.A.G.S.) to do purpose-driven work which is our life’s work.

So how do we identify the difference between “busy work” and our “life’s work”?  I attempt to break it down in this post.

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Good Idea v God Idea

A couple of years ago, I was on an interview and I was asked, “What do you think is the difference between a good idea and God’s idea?”  The interviewer felt like all good things come from God so if it’s a good idea then move forward with it. 

At the time, I didn’t have a clear point of view of a good idea versus a God idea, but several months later it became crystal clear what the difference was. So in this blog post, I will share the revelation that I received regarding a good idea v. God idea.

As entrepreneurs and business owners, we usually have more ideas than the average person, and many ideas could be considered good ideas. The question then is, as a believer how do we determine whether to move forward with a good idea and if the idea is what God desires for you to do?  

The biggest way to know the difference is to recognize the difference between a good idea and a God idea:  

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