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Episode Info: hat you want to see in your team, it also builds trust in you as a leader, even though you made a mistake. The fourth thing that you need to do when you experience a business failure or you're tempted to quit is to revisit visit your purposes for being in business in the first place. It’s time to refocus. What I did was I spent some time reminding myself why I'm doing this thing called business. Here's my quick bullet point list that I went through… I'm providing for my family - that's a huge responsibility in a massively important thing to me I'm am creating things that will benefit people - and I really do want to help people with the majority of my time, and let's not fool ourselves if we are working we spend the majority of our time at that. And it should be something that is benefiting people. I also have the blessing right now to do things in a way that uniquely fits me. I mean I love that about this business, it uniquely fits me and that's very fulfilling. I also to remind myself that I maintain the lifestyle of freedom and availability to my family and to my church to my community to my friends that I believe God wants me to have. For example, it wasn’t long ago that our pastor had forgotten that he was gonna to be gone in two weeks on a Sunday. He texted me and asked me if I could fill in and do the preaching that week. That was a great opportunity - and it was a great freedom to be able to say “Yes” because I have a business that allows me to structure my life in such a way that I could put in the extra time to do a quality sermon for the church family. That is vitally important to me. Another thing that I had to remind myself was that I'm am gleaning experience from my business that can help others. Through this podcast, through my blog, through my life coaching business and other things, I can pass along the experiences that I'm learning in business - and they're not all going to be pretty and wrapped up neatly with a bow from the LORD. Sometimes those lessons come through the hard mistakes we make. I also have to remember that once upon a time I was pumped up about this thing that I call my business. And I have to remind myself that deep down, even though there's been a discouraging season, I still AM encouraged and pumped up about it. The last thing that I had to do when I was tempted to the quit was this: I had to get to work. For me it's vital that I not sit in the discouragement or any inaction the discouragement spawns. I can't do that for very long once I'm convinced that I'm still on the right track. I've got to get moving again. I truly think this is a vital - that you get moving again quickly. The doubt and the fear and the insecurity can’t be allowed to creep into your soul further. If it did, it would be devastating the second time around. So in my case, the week after I got the last of those client cancellations, I got busy. I sent out over two hundred and fifty marketing emails to prospective clients in one week. I dove into the creation of a new mini course that I was making. I started into the final edits on my second novel. In other words, I just got busy. But that brings us to another great question - “What if you don't feel like getting busy? What if it's extremely hard to get past that discouragement. What if you just feel like you can't? First of all, pray. Ask God for the strength and the motivation that you need. Secondly, believe that He'll answer your prayer. Don't be guilty of what we do so often - we pray something and then we step away and continue to worry and fret about the thing we just prayed about. If you're asking God to give you the strength that you need to get moving again, believe me, He's is going to answer that prayer. So begin acting the on that belief. In other words get busy. It’s really a mindset battle when you want to give up on your business. These discouraging times really are a mindset battle. Did you recognize that from what I described in my situation? Whether you actually quit your business or not, you have to win the battle over discouragement. As a believer in Christ you have to learn to overcome those down feelings and thoughts that threaten you, because they will derail you - they will suck faith out of you if you let them. And depending on your unique past, the battle may be harder for you than it is for other people. But that doesn't matter. Your obstacles are your obstacles. It's still a battle that you have to fight and win. It's a battle that's vital because it has to do with how you think. Perhaps you've heard me talk about this before, but how you think will dictate the course of your life. So you have got to win the battle against discouragement. Successfully fight one battle after another after another and you will begin to build the spiritual and emotional muscle you need to get past the wrong beliefs and feelings that tend to hold you back not just in business, but in life. It's a battle where you cannot give up. You cannot quit. Even if you do decide it's time to throw in the towel on something like a business. My encouragement to you is this: Grab your Bible right now if you can and fill yourself up with truth. Do it daily if you have to - and most of us do. If you are not subscribed to the Morning Mindset edition of this podcast - that's what the Morning Mindset is about. It's a daily four and a half to five minute long audio, encouraging you and me with truth from the Bible to fill us up. You can find the Morning Mindset set here. And I want you to keep it at that daily practice until you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep at it. Don't give up. Don't stop even when you DO see the light at the end of tunnel. The LORD will be there to meet you, to fill you, and to fill you up every day as you meet Him. So I want you to consider a few questions… What do you find helpful when you want to quit? What helps you get your head on straight and keep moving? How do you go about assessing your circumstances? How do you determine what to do next and how to keep going? RESOURCES MENTIONED MOVIE: The Princess Bride The Pit of Despair - clip from the movie Join the LBC Community On Facebook Follow Carey on Facebook Follow Carey on Twitter (@CareyNGreen)   Subscribe to Live Build Change On Android | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Podbean | Spreaker | Email  .........
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