When I was growing up my branding agency, my dream was to have five employees. I thought “Man, I would be so happy the day I have five employees.”
Then that day came, and I was happy for a moment, but the minute I saw another agency had more employees, I became discontent and desired to take it to 10 employees. I thought it’d be totally satisfied with 10.
You can see where this story is going.
The irony is that things got WORST then more I grew. More employee issues, more responsibilities, and more tax liability!
Ultimately, having more employees never quenched my thirst the way I thought it would.
And when it comes to making a lot of money, it’s the same way.
We Entrepreneurs often think that money will speed up our satisfaction. We believe it’s the cure to all our problems. And while it might pay off debts and get us paying bills on time, there’s a deeper satisfaction we truly desire that will never be filled by money…but unfortunately, we won’t learn this lesson until we get there…to the day we can say “I made a million dollars this year.” How do I know? Because 10 out of 10 people told me so.
They echoed what the Bible points out in Ecclesiastes 5:10 – the lover of money will never be satisfied.
Like my desire for more employees, there is never an amount of money that is enough for our companies. We think that money will bring us security, but that delivery got lost in the mail.
So if money can’t bring us entrepreneurs true satisfaction, then what can?
How do we stop the thought pattern that if we just had a million dollars, our problems would disappear?
The bible says:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)
The solution is for you to be content with what you have.
Warning: This isn’t easy. It doesn’t come overnight. I’ve been spending YEARS practicing this. It’s better to start now rather than delay the tips I’m going to lay out below.
Contentment won’t come naturally to you. You’re a Godpreneur. God created you to solve problems in the marketplace. There’s always a problem, so you’ll always have a desire to help more and do more. So you have a double-edged sword.
That being said, you and I have more opportunities to cultivate contentment through our businesses, so we can practice in many areas and have that bleed into the area of Money.
For example, I’m content when I finish a strategy session with someone, and I’ve helped them breakthrough to see their business in a new way. This brings me joy and satisfaction.
I must remember that feeling and write it down on my list of Victories. Remember that I have a Google Doc where I keep my business Victories, and I write in it every week? I also started writing feelings of contentment there so I can remember the moments I feel satisfied.
Do you enjoy sitting down with your coffee to read the Bible in the morning? Do you love chatting with your employees at lunch? Are you happy when you’re visiting your clients at their offices?
When you notice a moment of contentment (where you forget about all the worries of the world), write it down in your list of Victories. Tell yourself out loud “I am content right now.” and snap your fingers twice. This will be a verbal cue to you, and it will create an anchor you’ll always be able to go back to.
Stress and contentment can’t exist together at any one moment in time. They are opposites, as opposed to one another. One is the enemy telling you that you’re not enough. The other is you praising God that what He’s done is enough.
So who will we let win? Stress or contentment?
This is the million dollar question.
Contentment is what separates the borrower from the lender, the rich from the poor, and the wealthy from the person that feels that have nothing. When we want something, it makes us stressed and gives us anxiety. But when we recognize contentment in our lives, it brings peace!
It’s important for us Godpreneurs that we see that “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Becoming a Millionaire won’t mean anything if we seek it for the continent. Only the love of God and the confidence that He provides will ever satisfy.
Imagine if all of us Godpreneurs kept a record of whatever God gives us today. We would all be strengthened in our faith that God will continue to provide for our businesses in the future.
Godpreneur Rule: Godpreneurs thank God for what we have in our businesses today. We trust in God to end our stress about money.