As an entrepreneur with a struggling business, so many times you feel powerless. Your business has been hit hard by the recession; the industry your business is in is also shifting, so you need to respond to changes accordingly – or else…
We try to be strong and optimistic. We try to rise above our business problems. However, all look bleak and discouraging at times.
Unfortunately, we lack faith.
Many say, “With luck and hard work, we will succeed.” To me, that’s not enough. You need to have faith. You need to believe that what you are working on will make a difference to your business. You need God.
Do you really believe your business will recover and thrive?
Entrepreneurs with struggling businesses – here is a simple question for you: Do you really believe that your business will recover from the slump and thrive in tough economic condition?
Most if not all of you would answer, “Absolutely, yes!” But I honestly doubt that some of you really believe that you can revive your business and thrive.
I don’t blame you.
We all try to believe that all we do will succeed. The truth is, again, we lack of faith. Deep down, we know that we need help.
To me, as a Christian, some of the best business lessons I can get is from the Bible.
Check out this story about Jesus who gave a blind man his sight…
Mark 10:46-52 NIV
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
How to revive your business and thrive
From the Bible verses above, we can learn some keys that can help us to rebuild our business and thrive in the midst of economic turmoil:
1. Don’t let others bring you down
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” – Mark 10:48 NIV
You need to be resilient and persistent; you need to understand that if your competitors are tumbling down one by one, you don’t have to experience that, too.
Some would suggest, “Your business is dying, the economic situation is not good; you’d better close your business.”
If you think they are wrong, then prove it!
2. Ask for guidance and solutions
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” – Mark 10:51 NIV
There are many fellow entrepreneurs and business mentors who are willing to help you without expecting anything in return; all you need to do is ask.
If you are a believer, all you need to do is ask God – He is your CEO, anyway! Consult your business problems with God in your prayers, ask for wisdom on how to manage your business better, etc.
3. Have faith – what you believe can be a reality
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” – Mark 10:52 NIV
Here’s the question again: Do you really believe that your business will recover from the slump and thrive in tough economic condition?
What you truly believe will determine the outcome of your business struggles. Do you believe you can get back on track? Do you believe that God will make a way for you?
What you believe can make or break your business; beware!
I hope this article can help you to pave the road to your business recover. Please share your thoughts by commenting on this article.
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