Where does Faith fit into your Business, or does it?
I would like to share a quick story with you. See, it was at the end of our very first event with a new company in Ponte Vedra Florida. This was a time when I was just getting back into going to church, and my faith was fresh but growing and I was nervous as ever to pray with people in public.
First because I felt being an introvert at heart would never let me get through it and second, how would people respond? What I can share is that even years later, this serves as a symbol and declaration of how we pray over all of our Impacters; for them, their families and their businesses.
Faith encompasses so many things for people, right?
The dictionary offers us 2 definitions;
- complete trust or confidence in someone or something
- strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
You might be wondering what this has to do with you. And, what I want to share is this, sometimes we don’t always know why we are drawn to something or someone, why we have this underlying trust, faith or belief — and in a lot of ways, we don’t need to know.
We need to feel it, welcome it and in many cases, follow it.
Think about why you started your business. For many of our clients we hear the words ‘I prayed on it‘ and I can relate to that so much — can you? Or we also here things like ‘it was on my heart and I needed to share it‘ … what is inside your heart?
What is your business calling to you? Is it to serve? Impact? Empower?
Where does Faith fit into your Business?
There are many business owners who describe their faith as something that is engrained in the very thread of their being. To be separate from their faith is to be separated from understanding life itself. It is what’s used to interpret the world around them.
And, as a guide for delivering honest, fair, and valuable customer experiences. It is often used to guide solutions and personal accountability.
However, let me be clear. This is not about picking and choosing customers and clients to serve based on their life path. No, this is about not losing who you are in the process.
It is about being clear and confident in the way that you serve people.
So if your faith is used in positive ways, should it be left behind? There is a fear that bringing faith with them into business can be a downfall. Some people encourage others to just ‘not talk about it’. Imagine, how that truly sounds though; your faith acting as a repellant to clients and customers?
Here’s what I say to that — if you having faith (any denomination) scares someone else away — then THOSE aren’t your people.
When we preach honesty, transparency and authenticity why would we ever leave faith behind?
Instead, let it guide you, lead you and hold you up in the moments and/or days you would rather give up. Now, this isn’t meant to be controversial but it is meant to give you something to think about. Whatever or whoever the powers are that lead you to good, let them.
Embrace who you are completely and the right people will too.
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