In business, you have the tactical side- the knowledge and skills to make your business work, and then you have the mindset side. And often the mindset side is a bigger factor in your success. If you don’t build confidence to believe in yourself, in what you are doing, and have a greater purpose you will likely not make it I’m sorry to say.
But as Christian business owners, it should not be about just chanting some affirmations to “build ourselves up.” It’s about being firmly founded on The Rock. The Rock of Jesus and the Bible (see Matthew 7:24-27).
So how can we increase confidence not in ourselves but in God and His Word to run our businesses from a heavenly perspective?
Here are some ways…
Build Confidence: Know Your Identity
The world teaches that we must work for success, you know climb those ladders. But as Christians, we get to come from a place of knowing we don’t have to do anything for our value. We are already loved and cherished.
That does not mean that we don’t work. We just get to work from a place of royal identity and with greater purpose out of love. Not from striving to be accepted because we are already loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father.
How would your business and life look if you really believed that? If you really believed that you are safe and you get to co-labor with God because you are loved not because you need to earn love?
A great way to begin to work on your identity in God is to start to read and meditate on what God thinks about you and the promises from His Word.
Here are a few verses to get you started. I have summarized here but I encourage you to look them up and write them down…
- Genesis 1:27 We are made in His image.
- Ephesians 2:10 We are His workmanship-made with skill, exquisite, for good works, ordained.
- John 15:16 We are chosen by Him. Appointed to bear fruit.
- 1 Peter 2:9 Chosen generation set apart and brought into the light.
- Romans 8:37-39 We are more than conquerors through Him and nothing can separate us.
- Psalm 139:14 We are wonderfully made.
- Psalm 139:17 His thoughts towards us are great and precious.
- 2 Timothy 1:9 Saved with a Holy calling not because of what we have done but because of His purpose and grace.
When you are feeling “less than” remember to Whom you belong my friend.
Keep Your Commitments
Things happen and sometimes it is not possible but as far as you can keep your commitments to others and to yourself. And always to God, He takes this very seriously so be careful what you promise. The Word of God says, let your yes be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:37). It serves no one when we over-commit and perform for others with resentment.
We must learn to prioritize in order to protect our time with the Lord and our families. And to have time to take care of ourselves too or our confidence can break down. Look at your commitments in light of your values and evaluate where your time is being taken that is not in line with what is important to you.
Learning to keep the promises we make to ourselves is also super important for building and keeping confidence. How many times have you promised yourself that you would do something, like get up earlier in the morning to exercise, only to very quickly break that promise? I think we have all done it. It is easy to do, but when you learn that you never follow through even with commitments to yourself, it breaks trust and belief.
If you struggle with this, as many of us do, try practicing micro-habits, small tasks you know you can accomplish consistently every day, and grow from there. Better to complete small habits that compound than say you will do something bigger and not do it.
In your spiritual life, this could look like committing to reading the Bible for 15 minutes in the morning and doing that every single day, meditating on it. Rather than say you are going to read for an hour and reading nothing because you woke up late and ran out of time.
The Bible tells a parable about two sons in Matthew 21:28-31. The father says to the first son, go work in my Vineyard. The son said, I will not but later repented and went. The father asked the same to the second son who answered that he would go but then he did not.
So Jesus asks which one did the will of the father. Of course, it was the one who went not the one who said he would but then didn’t.
Remain In Prayer & Praise
This world is hard. Jesus warned us that it would be, John 16:33. But He also told us that He has overcome it. And that He would send help, John 14:16.
To build confidence we can ask the Holy Spirit to show us our identity in Christ. To pour love over us. To help us. Prayer is not to inform God. He already knows everything.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.1 John 3:20
We cannot always trust our hearts. The Bible says our heart is deceitful, Jeremiah 17:9. We cannot trust our feelings when they go against God’s Word. When we feel inadequate, alone, like we are behind and like we don’t have what we need. When we have these feelings we know where they come from. Our adversary who is lurking about (1 Peter 5:8) not to build confidence but to break it down. Our confidence in God.
We must be diligent to build confidence and protect our minds and hearts. In these times when feeling low, we can catch our thoughts and ask the Holy Spirit, what do You say? What does my Father’s Holy Word say?
Want to make the enemy angry? Praise when you are feeling low. You cannot feel fearful and inadequate while praising the Lord.
Personal Care & Management
The enemy knows our weaknesses. When we neglect personal care, health, and managing our time well we end up weak and exhausted. A perfect target for Satan to work on. We don’t want that.
Personal care is not selfish but essential. We need rest, we need joy, we need to go away to a quiet place to be filled or we cannot help fill others. Sometimes we can get more done by being still.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.Psalm 46:10 KJV
Having personal care time and time to be still before the Lord takes organization. We serve an organized God who can help us arrange our schedules, simplify our lives, and maximize the time we are given to prioritize our values and work from a place of rest. We can find routines that work, build our confidence, and adjust them as needed.
So let’s ask Him how today.
May your identity be secure as you rest on The Rock and build confidence in Him.
We can Live Victoriously!
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