Whenever I’m stressing about money in my business, my mind changes from an attitude of gratitude to a PANIC MODE of worrying where I’m going to get more money from.
I make rash decisions based on fear and stress. I’ll pull the trigger early on marketing campaigns, I’ll discount prices, and I’ll second-guess some of my hiring decisions and begin making cuts.
When the dust settles, and I’m back to normal, I’ll pat myself on the back for the decisions I made to get me out of that mini-crisis.
But here’s my problem. I’ve given credit to myself and to the money I was able to bring in as the savior of my problem. In all the stressing out, I pushed God on the side, took matters into my own hands, got myself out of the pit, and congratulated myself for it.
And I know I’m not the only one that does this.
As entrepreneurs, we are inherently alone in our businesses since we are in charge. And our human instinct of survival kicks in, and we operate I’m a panic to keep food on the table.
But if we truly desire to move away from stressing about money in our businesses, we need to understand what money is and what it is NOT.
The bible says
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 NIV)
Money is a gift from God. Your business’s revenue is a blessing that he freely gives to Godpreneurs.
But money is not God. And the fact that you’re out of the mess you’re in is not from your effort alone.
The reason why we have stress and anxiety about money is that we’ve attributed good things in our business lives to money and not to God. When we do this, we rob God of the credit only He deserves.
I get it. When the bank account is low, we need to look and see what new product, service, or marketing campaign will bring in cash. But all of a sudden, that new thing becomes a god for you. You start paying attention to it more. You sacrifice morning time with God and nights with your family to get that thing going.
And while the success of that marketing campaign and the positive money it brought in are real, this clearly illustrates our dangerous temptation to turn God’s gifts into a god itself.
Let be real: we feel more comfortable with a fake god we can make ourselves than with the real God who demonstrated his love and power over and over again in our businesses.
For entrepreneurs especially, it’s so easy for us to confuse money with God, particularly when the stress making payroll on Friday makes us forget the ways God has provided for our businesses in the past.
THE SOLUTION – LIST OF VICTORIES
I’ve talked a lot on my blog about my famous list of victories. It’s a list I try to write in weekly where I bullet points the amazing things that happened in my business that week. I list where God showed up for me, and I review those Victories and thank God.
I do this as a habit because I forget. Anxiety and stress make me forget.
For me, it’s my antidote to stress.
For you, maybe consider fasting every Monday morning as a reminder to yourself that God provides – He is the only one that provides for your business.
Do this, and see how your anxiety level about money changes.
Whatever we choose to do, it should be something that will remind you that God is sovereign over everything.
Imagine if all of us Godpreneurs had a solid reminder that God is the source of all good things in our businesses!
We all need to set up some way to remind ourselves that God has done good things for our businesses in the past, and he is taking care of our needs today.
Godpreneur Rule: Lord, you have done good things for me in my business. I remember your faithfulness in my business.