Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” Nehemiah 4:10 Don’t read into this post politically, see it in your business as a wonder. How far are you willing to go? Are you willing to work hard, take action, get on the wall, complain, then risk failure? Fortunately Nehemiah was not of the same opinion and and ensued. He jumped over obstacles, removed the boundaries, took the bull by the horns and didn’t let a tidal wave get in his way. God does give and take away. I see A.D.S. Meeting & Training Center as my give and take away and I have no regrets. He allowed me to see and experience the success of it and when it was time to close the doors, He showed me the way. I grew from that experience because He opened the doors for me to lead others, build incredible friendship and multiple business relationships, opened the doors for coaching opportunities and coaching certifications, helped me to co-found a successful networking group and finally led to me closing the doors to what was old and bring in the new opportunities to build other relationships. God doesn’t make mistakes, He helps us to learn new experiences. Be a Nehemiah in and outside of your Israelite community and know that failure is due to disobedience. What is your Israelite community? When God provides are you willing to accept the responsibility of what he has graciously given to you?
Actually, I am not a name it and claim it kind of girl. I am a want it and go get it entrepreneur. Living in community of people who believe they can do anything they put their mind is my superpower. Every day when I wake up, my feet hit the floor and I am powered up with energy of what my day is going to bring. I don’t necessarily know what the plan is or how I will get to the end of day with some serious accomplishments, but what I do know, the only pause that will hold me back are my own pauses of pushing the slow button to not finish the race.
My mindset is seriously out of the box and if you are surprised, so was I. But recently I had an assessment to prove what my true mindset is. This unusual assessment was different than any assessment I have ever had. When I received my final results, my advisor said that I am only one of two people who have ever taken this assessment and 100% equally balanced. I tried to shoo it off, but she wasn’t having it because it was on paper. She reminded me to OWN it and take my WOW moment. I seriously felt like the advisor had some inside secrets about me that I haven’t shared with anyone. She knew exactly what was holding me back and where I was while I was moving forward. If I had tried to white lie on any word in the conversation, she could have seriously call me on it. There was proof in writing who I am and my words were truth. I have a pause, but I also have a play and when they play button is pushed, I am racing hard.
My true want is to always love people, helping them, serving them, and especially watching them walk the path to the road and then see them driving up the hills and rolling in the valleys. But when they hit the mountain, they are taking detours to clean up, rest and rejuvenate. Then, they reevaluate their journey, sit and polish a rock, climb a little higher, get stronger, wiser and reflect. Their superpower is developing and they are working hard to get their niche.
Who wants to name it and claim it and let others do the work for them? Certainly not me! I want to own my journey and go through the trials to get there. When you let someone else do the work for you to reap the rewards, you are truly missing the joy of watching you create your gift.
Away in the Manger, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Familiar hymns of Christmas. Retail and online stores thrive at this time of year, yet some businesses dread this time of year because people are spending their money on presents for family, friends, children, donating, but a month to month business owner may really experience the struggle because the funds are being used elsewhere.
Recently, I talked to a business owner and her time off in her business is mid-November through January and my first thoughts were WOW, how can she afford to do that, but then it dawned on me. She can do this because she plans wisely. As business owner, she understands her clientele and what the priorities are for her business to thrive. Her profitable months are most likely in the summertime, whereas doing work in the wintertime is mostly likely non-existent.
A tax preparer or accountant knows their busy season begins in February after W-2’s, 1099’s and other IRS requirements need to be met. So their season to harvest is in February through April and again in October when the extensions are due.
Just like retailers, business owners should learn how to model their businesses to sow and reap in their business season.
How do you overcome the hardship of this time when income is slim and bills are due? Here is a solid plan so you can afford to take a family vacation, plan for a medical leave to heal or enjoy the season instead of stressing when you look at your checkbook and bank accounts.
Discover your strongest season for income.Are you a Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter business?Take a portion of your monthly income and set aside at least ten percent or more to allow for an unexpected plan.Set a monthly budget for expenses and do not exceed it.When you have funds left over, put the money aside instead of rolling it into the following month.Have an emergency fund for repairs especially if you have lease that does not include HVAC or plumbing.Talk to your insurance agent and learn what coverage plans can be included in your insurance.For only a few more dollars a year, you could have some peace of mind in the event of an unexpected repair that is outside of your lease.
Your feast should always allow for famine in your business. By learning how to organize and balance your funds in business, you will be able to thrive in your season and not sweat in the coldest months of your year.