Good morning! A few years ago, I sat down for an interview with Maseena Ziegler from Forbes and she wrote about my story as a formerly homeless, cocktail waitress and the transformation into who I am now. It was a humbling experience to have my story shared by such a talented writer, and something I never expected to happen again… especially so soon!
Earlier last week, I was shocked and brought to tears AGAIN when this same writer mentioned ME in an article she wrote about leadership and Steve Jobs. I don’t know if you know much about Steve Jobs and his incredible legacy, but he came from a place of total business failure to making Apple the crazy-successful company it is today. The entire article focused on the vitally-important role faith played in achieving success. Make sure to read her full story, but today, let’s spend a moment exploring the importance of faith in business.
You see, faith is not based on proof, and it needs no evidence, leading to a lot of confusion and skepticism out there about the true nature of “faith.” Generally, faith is seen as some kind of religious thing. But in truth, it is simply having confidence or placing trust in something. And we were all born with this precious gift of faith.
Faith is what allowed you to believe in Santa as a kid. And, as adults, faith actually changes an individual’s behavior and can set you up for “unbelievable” success. And believe it or not, without faith, it is impossible to succeed!
Some people just sit around waiting for proof or evidence telling them they positively CAN do something, instead of actually getting up, making a decision and taking action. The opposite of faith is fear, or even procrastination (which is usually based in some sort of fear).
When you’re ready to start a business, or you experience a hiccup somewhere along the road in your business, it comes down to one decision on your part. Are you going to decide to have faith and move forward, or are you choosing fear and procrastination?
Maybe, your fear of starting your own business comes from being terrified of calling people or sounding like a slimy salesman. You have to use your faith to work your warm markets. Carry that faith when calling your leads, making presentations – knowing you will see results. If they aren’t the results you want, then you adjust, stay consistent and keep moving forward… on faith. Always know faith is a choice! You have to choose to believe in yourself and you don’t need immediate proof that it’s working to take that first leap of faith!
If you struggle with fear and procrastination in your business, it means you lack faith! Here are two simple steps to help you CHOOSE faith:
- Celebrate your small accomplishments! In times when you are down or you need an extra push, these sprouts serve as reminders that while you may not be where you want to be, you are not where you used to be!
- Use other people’s success to encourage you. Read testimonials or stories of people who have been where you are and pushed through it. If they can do it, it means you can do it, too.
This not only builds faith in yourself, but also faith in what you’re doing. It’s time for you to make your choice! Fear or faith? Leave your answers for me below and make sure to share today’s message.
Looking for more ideas to grow your leadership and your faith? Then join us this morning for The NEW Dani Johnson Show at 7 am, or on demand at your own convenience! Check out where you can find us on your radio today or simply stream the show live on our website. Please join me for this important discussion!
In great faith,
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