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empty Posted September 2005
Bonita Shelby
Keep Your Stride!

by Bonita M. W. Shelby
Kingdom Business, Inc.
Adelphi, Maryland

God Has Already Worked It Out; We Must Walk It Out!

For we hear that there are some, which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
2 Thessalonians 3:11

As we continue this series on walking out your business vision, we are now in a stride, that is, marching, moving forward, making progress, advancing to the prize of the high calling which is the manifestation of our business vision and mission. We have identified at least one other collaborator and we are building our team and writing the vision down and making it plain.

As the scripture above says, in all of our doing or not doing, we can be out of order and just being busy rather than productive. God dealt with me with the phrase we all tend to use, “I am (was) so busy….”. Well, there is a difference between being busy and productive. Check out the meanings for busy in the dictionary and they are very revealing as to much of what we may be doing on a regular basis—that is, full of activity; cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting; prying; nosy.

Surely, we want to be purposely productive in our pursuits. As we continue to walk out our business vision, we need to be sure that we are keeping our eye on our business vision and mission and purposely moving day by day toward its manifestation. As we walk, we will have distractions that will try to get us side tracked and delayed. We must lay aside the weight that so easily entangles us. We have to be sure that what we are doing each day moves us closer to the expected end of our vision. As we meet and interact with people, we will find that everyone has an agenda, however, everyone’s agenda does not line up with our agenda. We have to discern the motives and intentions of those that appear in our lives and quickly make a decision on whether they are there so that we both can benefit or just for their benefit.

This is a sticky area since we are to help others even if it does not immediately help us, however, we have to know that we know that we should be involved in whatever is being presented to us. Also, we can get sidetracked with the many things that we have to do and want to do rather than what we need to do. That is why it is important to have at least one other person who is as fully committed to seeing the business vision manifest as you are. (Notice that the assumption is that you are fully committed!) In addition, you should have at least one other professional that you can bounce your ideas and challenges off to for feedback, direction, support as well as another level of accountability.

For example, we have convinced and forced ourselves to take a walk for exercise; we are walking along and have a good momentum in our stride and all of a sudden we see a dog. We become distracted wondering if it is friendly or vicious and we may slow down, backup and go the other way. In another scenario, we may see and smell a beautiful bed of flowers and instead of contemplating their beauty, wonderful aroma and continuing our stride, we stop and take a deep breathe so we can enjoy their wonderful smell, look at them in detail and may even pick some of them to take home with us. In this case, if our plan was to walk for exercise and to ‘smell the flowers’ on the way, then it is well.

However, if we wanted to keep a particular stride in order to reach a set target within a set time, then we have to start all over to get our momentum back up and have lost some time in the process. Hopefully, we aren’t so distracted that we don’t resume our walk.
In addition, if we are walking alone, we may not have decided what path to take. It probably would be good to have someone to walk with us who has the same intentions and expected outcomes. Both of you could decide on the path to take on your walk and hopefully, both of you would be so focused on completing the walk, that you would be buffered from the distractions that may present themselves along the way.

I am sure that you can see from these examples (and they could be blown up further) how blind spots and other distractions present themselves in our everyday activities and how important it is to have at least one collaborator who is as committed as you are to provide direction, support and accountability.

I am also sure that you have experienced distractions as you walk out your business vision. If you are busy but not necessarily productive, full of activity but not making progress, nosy and prying in things that aren’t advancing you to the vision/prize, then perhaps you need a collaborator who can help you stay purposed, focused and productive.

Have you considered a Business Coach? Contact me to discuss our upcoming Business Challenge Outcome Work Groups.

The next topic will be Walking To the Prize!

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: or email us at or call 301-445-0398.

Copyright© 2005 by Bonita M.W. Shelby, Used by permission,

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