Business is messy and can be pretty confusing at times. To make things more complicated, very often it is not even about what is happening in the marketplace, but about what is going on in our head.
That is why I love to dig deep when one of my clients is confused, in doubt or does not know what decision to make. Most of the time, they either don’t have enough information (which is easy to solve), or they don’t have their priorities sorted out.
This is also one of the main reasons for procrastinating. Many people think that they will do this or take that step once they have “all their ducks in a row”. The problem is that most of them don’t even know what their ducks are or how to align them with their values and life principles.
And that will always stall your progress, not only in your business, but in every area of your life.
Josh Tolley talks about the importance of defining your priorities in his book “Evangelpreneur”. He calls it “Vertical Alignment”. (Believe me, this is an exercise you will want to take time for to achieve success in life).
Many people find it hard to prioritize, because they have an “either/or” mentality that only allows for one of their “ducks” to thrive, in detriment of the others. But it truly is not so! As you give more importance to your top priorities, the lesser ones are actually furthered as well!
For example, a Christian business woman who loves God with all her heart will have Him as her top priority. She will spend time with God, read her Bible and pray. She might start to work on her business later than others, but her time with God will allow her to live connected to God throughout her day and become tender-hearted to the cues of the Holy Spirit, who will lead her to make successful business decisions.
If you have never done it, I encourage you to make a list of your priorities. My husband and I did this last weekend, as a couple. In the video you can see the sunset we were watching that day. We are great buddies, both of us prioritize each other only after God, who is in first place.
But the question was: did we agree on what is important to us as a marriage? It was truly fascinating to see how our personal priorities were very similar. But we had different approaches on how to live them out and got clear on that, which bonded us even further.
It’s truly amazing what comes up when you take time to write down at least 7 to 10 of your top priorities in life. Ask yourself, what is most important to you in life? Then you work down your list.
The top priorities are easier and more obvious, for example, for me they are:
2. My husband
3. Our children
4. My business/ministry
5. Healthy lifestyle
After that it got a bit more confusing, but I managed to complete my first 10. I had to ask myself what is more or less important to me, at this stage of my life?
7. Extended family
Your list is probably different to mine, because each person is unique and has his/her own set of values.
Once you have your list, ask yourself if you are investing your resources (time and money) according to your priority list?
For example, if your children are one of your top priorities, are you happy with the time you are currently spending with them?
Once you get clear about your priorities, it will be so much easier to make decisions in your life and in your business. You will feel happier and fulfilled.
And yes! You will be successful at whatever you do.
Enjoy your business today and never forget that you are:
- Passionately loved by God.
- Faithfully led to live a victorious life, by the Holy Spirit.
- Made worthy to receive in abundance, by Jesus Christ.