Tips to help Biblical Entrepreneurs stay inspired and motivated while building a kingdom business
Biblical entrepreneurs are business owners committed to building businesses that honor and glorify God. This is by no means an easy calling, that’s why it’s really important to find ways to stay inspired and motivated as you work to build a kingdom business.
Anyone who has been in business for some time will tell you that it does get pretty lonely and exhausting trying to run and grow a business. There are lots of stories about entrepreneurs who gave up because they were tired of the grind, or because they struggled to make their business successful.
Whatever the reasons are, staying inspired is one way to ensure you don’t quit on your business (especially if it isn’t something you really want to do).
I am sure many of you have your own way of staying fresh and recharging your batteries. That’s a good thing. For those of you who struggle with motivation or inspiration, I have a few ideas that can help.
Now, let’s look at some ways Christian entrepreneurs can stay inspired, avoid fatigue or burnout.
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6 Easy Ways for Biblical Entrepreneurs to Stay Inspired
1. FIX YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
You need to fix your eyes on the prize, but some Christian business owners often miss the mark. When you start looking at your business as an end in itself, it’s easy to feel uninspired and dispirited when your hard work isn’t paying off.
Instead of thinking a successful business is your reward, start thinking of your business as a means to an end. While the ultimate prize or reward is the kingdom of God.
So don’t toil for only material gain. Instead, let your focus be on glorifying God through your business, knowing that whether you eat or drink, you’re the Lord’s, and your business doesn’t define you.
Many Christians get so attached to their business they lose sight of who they are. They start defining themselves by how well their business is doing. No wonder some of them become demotivated when things aren’t going well.
If you want to keep feeling inspired, you must know what truly matters in your life and business. Biblical entrepreneurs can’t afford to take their eyes off the prize, because when you do that, you become like everyone else.
But, you know you’re not like everyone else. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)
So don’t take your eyes of the prize. Every day, remind yourself why you do what you do, and give thanks to God for the privilege.
2. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS
Lots of distractions can lead to overwhelm. Guess what happens when you’re overwhelmed? You become unproductive and demotivated.
Many of you have way too much going on at the same time. You’re chasing too many goals, using too many strategies at the same time, and listening to too many people. That is a recipe for disaster!
Lack of focus is one of the reasons why Christian businesses fail. There’s only so much you can do at a time, so the key is to prioritize and focus. Don’t try to do too much all at once. Pick one goal, complete it, before moving on to something else. Streamlining your activities will help you to avoid overwhelm and burnout.
If you want to stay inspired and motivated, you must learn to focus, and get rid of distractions. Like Paul in Philippians 3:14, keep your eye on the prize, and keep pressing on toward the goal. When you’re distracted, you’re likely to miss the mark.
Take some time to look at all your activities and how you spend your time. What do you need to get rid of? What’s weighing you down?
3. JOIN A COMMUNITY OF BIBLICAL ENTREPRENEURS
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Who needs a community when you can be a loner all by yourself, do your own thing, and never leave your comfort zone? I jest.
Joining a community of other biblical entrepreneurs can be a good thing if you can find the right group to join. Just like other non-Christian groups, some Christian groups aren’t very helpful or inspiring, so don’t think you have to join a community because they call themselves Christians. Use your discernment.
With that said, a community of fellow believers who share the same values, goals, and aspirations as you can be very helpful. It’s fun to discuss your struggles and wins with people who understand what you do. Have you ever tried explaining something to someone who doesn’t get it? It usually doesn’t go well and may leave you feeling rejected or worse.
Yes, you may have your spouse, friends, or family members who support you, but having a community of Christian entrepreneurs for support, prayers, and fellowship is completely different.
So don’t isolate yourself or struggle (or win) alone. If your church has a group for business owners, plug yourself in there or look for online communities, or local Meetup groups you can join.
You can learn a lot from a community, get some answers to your questions or discover new business opportunities, so don’t ignore them, since they can be quite useful.
Remember, you have to play your part too. Don’t just take and take. Give something in return. Be a resource for others and be helpful.
Here are a couple of articles on the importance of joining a group.
4. READ SOMETHING INSPIRING AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW EACH DAY
Have you ever been stuck in a rut? If you have, you know it isn’t a good feeling. When you’re stuck in a rut, you feel helpless, trapped, and probably worthless. I have been in a rut in the past and trust me, it isn’t fun. That’s why I am committed to reading something inspiring and learning something new every day.
It doesn’t matter if it’s one Psalm from the Bible, a motivational quote, a book, or a poem. As long as it’s wholesome and inspiring, I am all for it. If you don’t have time to read, you can listen to something instead. There are so many options out there. Audiobooks, music, podcasts, hymns, or folksongs. As long as it’s uplifting and motivating, go for it.
Also, make it a habit to learn something new every day. A couple of months ago, I gave my teenage son a habit tracker sheet to complete daily. I told him he needed to learn the meaning of a new word and learn one fact daily. I was worried that he wasn’t very curious, and I wanted him to get into the habit of researching things and asking questions.
Sadly, critical thinking is in short supply these days, and I think it’s a skill everyone should learn.
As a Biblical entrepreneur, one of your goals should be to get better at what you do. And the only way to do it is by learning, and practicing what you learn. So make it a habit to learn something new every day. Be inquisitive. Ask questions. Find solutions to problems and learn new ways to make yourself and your business better.
That’s how you stay inpspired and motivated.
5. DO SOMETHING THAT MATTERS TO YOU AND OTHERS
The quickest way to lose inspiration and motivation is to do something you or others don’t care about. At first, you think you can just push through, but sooner or later, you’re going to feel less and less motivated to keep working.
When you do something you love or feel passionate about, you feel more inspired and excited to keep working on it. Conversely, when you do something you don’t really enjoy or care about, everything feels like a drag.
So if you’re struggling with your motivation or lack inspiration, ask yourself if you’re doing something you love or something that matters. Will your customers notice if you closed your business today? Do you care? Do people care about what you do?
Of course, running a business is hard whether you love what you do or not, however, doing something you care about, and knowing you are changing lives can be all the inspiration you need to keep moving on.
Doing what matters is especially important for biblical entrepreneurs who see their business as a ministry and an opportunity to do good and change lives.
So don’t be in business for the sake of it, be in business to make a difference.
6. EXERCISE, TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY, TAKE A BREAK
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
The only way you can continue to run and build a kingdom business is to stay healthy. And to stay healthy, you need to take care of your body through exercise, rest, healthy eating, and frequent breaks!
Far too many Christian entrepreneurs don’t take care of themselves or their health. They think they are immune to sickness. But, no one is immune to sickness and burnout. So you must be smart and do what’s right for your body and your health.
It’s hard to serve God or pursue your goals when your body is broken or unhealthy. It’s your responsibility to take care of your body as much as you can. Don’t feed it junk or neglect it.
Also, you need to take breaks as often as you can. Work will always be there and taking breaks doesn’t mean the end of your business. Find ways to take little breaks each day. Even a quick five or ten minute run daily can make a difference to your health and overall wellbeing.
Don’t live a sedentary lifestyle if you want long-term health. Be physically active and eat well so you can finish the race and complete the task that God has sent you to do.
Not taking care of your body can put a toll on your mental and emotional health, so don’t ignore this aspect of your life because you’re too focused on becoming successful.
Your body is the Lord’s, so use it to glorify him by taking care of it.
If you’re in need of a break right now, don’t be afraid to take one, even if it’s for a few days. You don’t have to travel or go on vacation. Staycations work too as long as you detach yourself from everything work-related. Just use the time to unwind, pray, read, pick up an old hobby, just do anything you love.
You will feel better and more motivated after a little time away from your business.
Wrapping up 6 Easy Ways for Biblical Entrepreneurs to Stay Inspired
As Christian business owners committed to following principles of biblical entrepreneurship, things can be a bit challenging, that’s why it’s important not to lose your motivation, and to stay inspired.
The six ways I have shared above, are things that have worked for me, and I hope you’ll find them useful too. Keeping your eyes on the prize, doing what matters, and staying healthy, will ensure you stay fresh, motivated, and inspired as you continue to fulfill your calling, and glorify God through your business.
How do you stay motivated and inspired in your business?
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