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Love Your Way To Business Success

During my coaching and counseling sessions, I usually get told the symptoms or effects of the issues people are facing. It is my job to help them recognize and understand the root causes(s). It is up to me to help accurately define the issues and to segregate the effect of the problem from its root cause. A problem well-defined is a problem half-solved – John Dewey

When coaching business clients, one of the questions I ask is: Why are you in business? More often than not, my clients are shocked because they think the answer is obvious. Then they give me the classic answer: I am in business to make money OR I am in business to feed my family.

Both answers are wrong! No one is in business to make money or to feed their family. These two things are effects of being in business and not the cause. The reason every single business exists is to serve and meet the needs and wants of people. The better an organization is at seeking to understand the wants and needs of people, and then doing all they can do to meet those needs and wants, the more successful the business will be; the more the business will grow; the more money the business will make.

What I find interesting is that the concept of serving to succeed is nothing new! In fact, it has been around for centuries. You hear it in the words of Jesus when He says: The greatest amongst you will be your servant (Matthew 23:11). Others have modified the saying by stating: It is not about a title but a towel. Again, Jesus says that the greatest commandment from God is to love (Mark 12:28-32). Love can be defined as selfless sacrifice to serve and meet the needs of people. With this definition, it is clear that the reason for business to exist is to love. So, what do you know…it seems as if love (rather than money) makes the world go round after all. The better a business is at ‘loving’ their customers, the more money the business will make. The effect is money but the cause is love!

How can you effectively love people if you don’t study them, ask them questions, see what their likes and dislikes are? How can you effectively love people if you don’t understand them? Taking time to really know your customer needs and wants is essential to business success. If you stay customer focused and do all you can to serve them, you will win with them and they will gladly pay you for the value you add. This is how you win in business.

In conclusion, remember, love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

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Every Christian Should Choose To Be Famous

If you believe in God, then you are called to be a light in this world. This is made clear in the bible where Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world (Matthew 6:14). Furthermore, He tells them that they should not hide their light under a basket (Matthew 6:15).

As lights, we shouldn’t just sit back and complain about all the darkness in the world, hoping and praying that someone does something about it. As lights, we are responsible for shining so that the darkness in this world is eradicated. Thus, I don’t believe the problem in our world is the darkness. I say this because the darkness is simply a symptom of the real problem. The real problem is that lights have stayed hidden for too long. If we as lights simply choose to shine, then the darkness simply disappear – just like what happens when switch on the light in a dark room.

Light-Bulb Moment: The Problem is not the darkness, the problem is the absence of light

Unfortunately, too many of us have not allowed our lights to shine. We are either too afraid, have fallen afoul of group-think, or think of ourselves as incapable. In other words, we have substituted significance for security, think no differently than the rest of the world, and don’t know who we truly are and the power that God has given to us.

Your light is that gift, talent, ability which God has given to you to positively impact your community. To let your light shine in the world means you purposefully and deliberately market and showcase your gifts and abilities to the world around you. You do this NOT because you think you are better than anyone else or because you need your ego massaged, you do it because you have the ability to solve a problem that the world has and you can no longer sit back and watch people suffer unnecessarily (when you have the ability to help).

Light-Bulb Moment: People suffer when people who can do something sit back and do nothing

After the original light of this world (Jesus) left the wilderness in the power or ability of the Spirit (Luke 4:14), He purposefully went to Galilee and surrounding areas and showcased the ability that was given to Him. As a result, the bible says that his fame spread throughout the region as people realized that He was not just a talker, He was also a doer who made an impact on people!

It is time for you to stop talking talking about what you plan to do to solve people’s problems and start doing! It is time for you to start using your abilities and talents to make a difference in your world. When you do, you will find out that some people will be appreciate of your efforts while others will be against you. Don’t pay attention to those who are against you and the accusations they bring against you. Remember, even Jesus had people who were against Him – and all He ever did was improve and impact people’s lives. Just focus on what you are doing to help people, and in due time, you will be recognized for what you are doing and your influence. You will become famous for the right reasons!

Light-Bulb Moment: When your light is hidden, you will remain anonymous. When you let your light shine, you will become famous in your community

There is so much more to this topic, but I hope that this short message has inspired you to stir up the abilities that you have and allow it to shine for the benefit of all. More good people like you need to be showcased so that we all benefit. Don’t allow your light to stay hidden!

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