Women are indeed making a difference in today's world. However, the question that arises in the minds of most young women hoping to enter into business is how to build their businesses in God's way. Such that they can create a balance. This is among the questions I answered over at House On The Rock Abeokuta yesterday.
The following are snippets from the speech.
Create Value When You Are Young And Energetic
Use your youthfulness wisely. The time you are young is the time you have the most strength to pursue your dreams.
If you do not know what to do or how you can create value, pray to God to open your eyes to opportunities around you. When he does, follow through with it.
Create A Vision For Your Value
A vision is an expression of faith. It is 'the big picture' that you create in your mind. There are two important reasons why you must have a vision: Inspiration and Prediction. A vision might be the most powerful way to keep you focused on what you want, while keeping you motivated towards achieving it. It helps you predict in that you will be able to see the future while still focusing on the present.
Practice Your Story
Reinforce your belief in your abilities to achieve your dreams by practicing your story.
Visualize the future, but actually see yourself in it. Practice your story in such a way that you can tell it to others and in such a way that they can buy into it.
Do Not Abort
Starting a business is like getting pregnant. There is a gestation period. The first trimester you may not see any outward signs of pregnancy, that does not mean the baby is not there or that it is not growing.
In like manner, the fact that your business seem not to be growing does not mean it is not. Stay with your dream. Do not be quick to remove your hands from the plough because as the bible says, ''in due season, you will reap if you do not tire out''.
Expect Challenges and Embrace Them
It is okay to encounter challenges, they are God's way of making you humble. Without challenges, you may start to think that it is all by your making that you succeed. However, when problems arise and life's challenges shake you up, then you can run back to the Lord, get down on your knees and pray. Then God can now shine through and manifest himself in your case in order that you may say: ''but if not for the Lord''.
Challenges also translate to growth processes.
It is only when you are not doing anything worthwhile that you will not have competition eventually.
Create your vision. Focus on your vision that you have created. When you focus on your own vision, you are less distracted by what your competition is doing.
Remember, your calling is different from theirs. If you are really destined to do something and you stick with doing it, you will succeed at it.
Remember to pray and pray to remember.