I had something on my heart I really wanted to share with you.
A major skill that’s been missing, under-taught and under-shared with the vast majority of entrepreneurs – especially aspiring and up-and-coming business people – is that:
Faith is imperative.
I know it sounds cliché because everyone is saying it.
It’s a conversation that’s been around for a long time, but I’m going to challenge you today because we think that what we do on social media is faith.
We post the scriptures, the meditations, our affirmations. We even go so far as sharing our vision boards for all the world to see believing that this is an act of faith.
Here’s what I know about faith…
Faith is an action word.
I have a “faith room” in my company with my vision board up on the wall, and it’s a place where I come and draw my team in to dream big and plan big. We get together in this designated space of faith to envision the next big business ideal.
But, this isn’t faith. It’s a small portion of faith.
The thing that’s going to make these big ideals happen is an active faith.
Many entrepreneurs are falling into the false idea being pushed on social media and other arenas, that if they purchase a particular program they are going to make half a million dollars overnight. Many people are investing in the notion that in the next “90 Days” they can generate “X” amount of dollars.
I won’t say that these claims are all inauthentic, but what I will say, as a person who has been on this journey for 13 years and created multiple 7 figures in revenue, that having a business is a journey of faith. And, in order to taste success – you’re going to have to stay the course.
I want you to think about whether you’re actually active in your faith, or if you’re just doing what 98% of the population is doing.
You see, the majority of people are sending out declarations, intentions, posting scriptures, saying “I’m blessed and highly favored,” saying all of these things without EVIDENCE to support that you really believe that you are what you are posting you are, or that you actually are the vision that you say you are creating for real.
I want you to get that faith is movement.
I really want you to sit with these powerful questions for a sec:
- Is my faith under-employed right now?
- Are you giving your faith something to do?
It’s easy just to believe something, but faith is action.
I have a friend who really wanted to go to Savannah, Georgia. She kept saying it to me over and over again: “I want to go to Savannah!” There was an event there that she wanted to attend.
The thing about my friend is she lost movement below the waist and she is in a wheelchair. She had a very traumatic experience and I asked her if I could share this story with you.
She kept saying that she wanted to do something, but the action to do it was not there.
Eventually, I grew lovingly tired of hearing her express her desire to me without acting on it. So, I told her that I was going to go to Savannah with her so that I didn’t have to hear about it one more time!
When I started planning the trip and the accommodations that we would need in the travel process because she was in a wheelchair, they told me so many details about how transferring planes procedure would be, getting on and off the plane and all the protocol for my friend’s case. Honestly, it was overwhelming to me! But, I had made this commitment that if she wanted to go to Savannah, I would go with her and support her in taking this step towards fulfilling her desire.
I called her up and said “Girl, we’ve got it all planned. Let’s go to Savannah!”
She thought I was kidding! But, I told her that I was serious, and that I had arranged everything. All she had to do was pack a bag.
When I showed up to pick her up, she peppered me with a thousand questions about the travel process and she was about to freak out in the car. I reassured her that her desire to go to Savannah was about to happen and to just enjoy the ride.
We got to the airport and there was a certain procedure that we had to follow and I briefed her beforehand. I didn’t share the protocol with her until we were nearing the airport because I knew she would feel overwhelmed by the details.
I spent the entire trip telling her each next step just before it happened.
We transferred planes, we had a layover, and we got on another plane and another plane. When we arrived in Savannah we hired a driver who had the specific accommodations for her wheelchair.
If I had given her all the details for the entire trip in one chunk, it would have absolutely overwhelmed her. But, as we were in the hotel that night, she was smiling from ear to ear and she expressed that she couldn’t believe that she had made it to Savannah.
What had prevented her from making the trip before were these questions:
- I’ve never done this before.
- I don’t know what it’s going to look like.
- I don’t know who’s going to help me.
- I don’t know who’s going to support me.
- I don’t know how to do it.
Her faith was saying “I want to go to Savannah”, but not taking action on her faith was also keeping her immobile because she wasn’t taking the action to make her desire happen.
We had so much fun on that trip with lots of laughter and even some adventures like getting stuck in an elevator.
She appreciated the fact that we were there, but she also appreciated the journey.
I’m telling you this story because we’ve been sold a dream in some instances that we’re just going to declare stuff, post stuff on social media, that all we have to do is walk around declaring that we have everything that we want but we’re not putting ourselves in a position to actually move into the action of obtaining that and actually possessing that.
My friend declaring and stating that she wanted to go to Savannah didn’t mean anything until it was met with faith, and someone who had faith to say: “We’re going to Savannah, come hell or high water!” and helped her every step of the way.
She couldn’t see the entire trip, and I refused to even show her the entire trip, because I knew it would be more enjoyable and effective if I could just keep moving her forward step by step, we would get to Savannah, our final destination.
Let’s bring this back to your life and business…you’re spending a lot of time over-thinking it, saying it, confessing it and you want it, but you’re not in the action of obtaining it.
It’s time to put legs to your dream and take persistent take action!
Live On Purpose,
© Nicole Robinson Caillier 2018