God Has Already Worked It Out; We Must Walk It Out!
For we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Ephesians 4:1
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 2 Corinthians 5:7
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
God gave me the subtitle words a few years ago and it has been a blessing to those that I have shared it with and with whom they have shared it. God has already worked it out; we must walk it out! And yes, it requires great faith and trust. Faith and trust in Him because He said and promised it--only He knows the plans that He has for us; He has been to the end because He is the end. We say all the time, God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Therefore, the end will be good. However, to get to the end He has for us, we must trust Him, listen to Him, do what He says to do, when He says do it by taking one step at a time toward and into God’s wondrous plans for us.
So that we will not go into overwhelm, this month we will look at two critical elements required in beginning to walk out your business vision. If you are beyond these elements, hold on, we will get to where you are in later months. If you have questions about any of this, feel free to contact me with your questions. (These details and tips are examples of business coaching primarily conducted by teleconference.)
WALKING OUT YOUR BUSINESS VISION
Be sure you have a business vision. As informal or unorganized as it may be initially, write the business vision down. After that step is complete, then you can work on making it plain, that is cleaning it up, making sense out of it for yourself and others so that you and your team can run with, execute it at the appointed, set time for it to roll out. Include a mission statement as well. The following is a Consultant’s Tip of the Day supplied by The Independent Consultants Association (ICA) explaining the difference between the vision and mission:
The "vision" is essentially like a "balance" sheet for the future. It is a picture of what the organization wants to realize, to be. It should be reflected in the way the board governs, the way the CEO manages, and the way people work. The "mission" is more of a "how" the organization will achieve, or maintain, the vision. (Contact me for an example of a vision statement and a mission statement.)
Identify your team members. Ask God who the people are that can see the business vision and will make their assigned contributions to seeing the business vision come to pass. Honestly, these people may present themselves immediately or it may take a while to find out who they are. They may be people that you have been collaborating with in other ways and God reveals that they really have been put in your pathway for the business vision. If God sends your team, then you can trust them and you will have peace. In fact, things will flow easily between or among you. God showed me that at a minimum, there are three members in the team. God works in 3s, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, He is our model and we can also work in 3’s. It surely will take more people to fully execute the plan, however, the key players may initially be three people. However, don’t wait for the other two; work with at least one other person and then build for there.
Collaborate with them and get their feedback and input on a regular basis. If you have to meet with them weekly in order to be sure that you are progressively moving forward, set a standard and don’t allow distractions to keep you from meeting. Use the telephone for meetings if that is more convenient for the group. Have an agenda and a set time to begin and end and stick to it. Have tasks to complete between the meeting and be sure that everyone does what they say they are going to do, when they say they are going to do it.
The initial meeting with your team member(s) may be to see if you all are in agreement to where you are and where you are going with the business vision. You will need to identify roles, expectations and tasks to be completed for subsequent meetings. Certainly at some point, you will deal with writing out the business vision or discussing it if it has already been written.
Use whatever resources you need to make sure you are focused and are on the right track. If you get stuck, then seek outside help. There are professionals that are available to help you see your vision come to pass. If you need to take a course to gain more insight into a particular subject, then research what is available online, by teleconference or on-site and then follow up with registering and attending the course. However, don’t be a perpetual student forever learning and never applying. Educate then execute. Bring the info back to the group so that all can benefit. Draw on the strengths of each other and continue to make progress each week and see the fruit of your labor. Remember, God Has Already Worked It Out: We Must Walk It Out!
God says to us:
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4
The next topic will be Continue Walking It Out!
Bonita M.W. Shelby is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Business Manager. A graduate of Howard University, Ms. Shelby is a member of Jericho City of Praise and a Breast Cancer survivor. She helped establish the Howard University Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group. Ms. Shelby is the principal and business life coach of Kingdom Business, Inc. Responses are encouraged and for more information, I invite you to visit our website for a FREE Business Vision assessment at: www.kingdombusiness.biz/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-445-0398.
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