#Stretched ~ Extended; exerted to the utmost.
Yet another good one from #WakeUpToTheWord, 365 devotions to Inspire You Each Day by Joyce Meyer. This one spoke directly to me. Joyce said, When you follow God into something new in your life, you may feel stretched.
Now I’ll be the first to tell you that what I’m doing is not new, but to consistently do what I’ve been doing for the last 24 days has been awesome and challenging.
The challenge: Move forward with this project without having to have someone validate it. After-all, I had the number one validator give me the idea years ago.
It should be no secret who validates me as I speak openly about allowing God to lead and guide me daily in my life and business. For more than five years I’ve talked about creating a membership site. I even paid someone two years ago to write my sales page then when other people started doing anything remotely like what I had planned to do, I allowed perfectionism (constant retweaking); doubt and lack of faith to stop me.
Let me give you a little more history… In the past, I shared my goals and dreams with others. They’d tell me, no one is going to understand my brand or message, then months later, sometimes even days later, and I’d see them share it online to the masses like it was there idea. Instead of moving forward with it, I put it back on the shelf because I thought no one is going to join the membership because I didn’t have a big name or following.
The crazy thing is women were signing up for strategy sessions with me. I even had a couple of them to hire me as their business coach, then after our sessions were completed I found myself back in reactive mode instead of proactive mode trying to figure out what my next steps would be to keep money coming in. After being sick and tired of starting over each time, I decided to find other like-minded women in business to hang around that would hold me accountable for doing what I said I was going to do. Then I recommitted my business back to God (grace over grind) and that’s when things started to change. I decided to stop talking about it and be about it, I got my mojo back y’all.
Mid-July I made another decision to move forward and finalize the launch of The SASS Factor Academy™, but I knew I needed to do something that would peak the interest of my target audience, so I decided to host the #RevampYourBiz, #30Day Challenge on my business #Instagram page – @TheStrategyLady. I didn’t have to look hard or figure out what I was going to do. I already had the content sitting stashed away for years, I just needed to dust it off, tweak it a little bit and start posting it. I’ve been doing this long enough to know it’s not about what I want, but that I needed to survey/test the market to see if the women in business I worked with would benefit from it.
Posting the “things to do” checklist daily even if no one responded or gave me any likes, motivated and affirmed the vision God gave me. It has even stretched me a bit. Especially on those days that I had to fight those dreaded tech demons. None-the-less, a decision was made to make sure the challenge was posted no matter the time of day or evening.
Perhaps you’ve decided to take on a new role as a #womenpreneur, #femaleentrepreneur, #businessowner and you know you don’t have all the natural skills and knowledge you need to do it well. Just remember, this dream to own a successful business is not bigger than God. If He leads you into it, He will help you fulfill the responsibilities that go with it. It’s His power and presence that enables us to do things we can’t do on our own. Faith without works is dead. Don’t be afraid to stretch your faith because it will give you greater capacity to fulfill your God-given potential. If I can do it, so can you!
“For we walk by faith…not by sight or appearance.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:7
Thanks #JoyceMeyer for reminding me to stretch my faith and to #nevergiveuponmydreams
FYI – Keep your eyes and ears open for your opportunity to join The SASS Factor Academy™. Doors open this coming week with masterclasses that you can work on at your own pace. Some people have told me I’m crazy for letting people in at such a low introductory rate, but I’m committed to helping other help other like-minded #womeninbiz #mompreneur, #wifepreneur create a customized life business plan so they can balance spending time with their family while growing a successful business.
Source: Some of the content/statements came directly from bestselling author, Joyce Meyer’s book Wake Up to the Word, 365 Devotions To Inspire You Each Day. I just took and put my spin on it to share my experience to encourage you to stretch your faith to a greater capacity to fulfill your God-given potential.