Are you a Christian entrepreneur looking to grow your business, but feel like you’re constantly hitting roadblocks? Do you find yourself making excuses for why your business isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like?
If so, you’re not alone. Many Christian entrepreneurs struggle to overcome certain obstacles that are holding them back from achieving their goals.
In this episode, we’ll be discussing the top 5 excuses that are holding Christian entrepreneurs back from business growth. From fear and self-doubt to a lack of strategy and resources, we are going to explore each of these common roadblocks in-depth together.
If you’re a Christian entrepreneur who’s struggling to take your business to the next level, or if you’re just starting out and want to avoid these common pitfalls and finally say good riddance to your excuses, then you are in the right place.
What You Will Learn:
- 5 excuses holding Christian entrepreneurs back from business growth
- A super sneaky way your ego & pride is keeping you stuck in the comparison trap
- 3 main culprits behind fear that is hindering your growth
- What to do when you just don’t know what to do next
- Why your fear of taking a risk is a risk all by itself
You Are Not Alone
I have to start this out by saying that while I’m going to be sharing five different excuses that I hear people making all the time that I just know are standing in the way of business growth, I heard it not only from, students, potential clients or just people in the community, but I’ve also said these things myself and experienced these things myself.
So I just want you to know that when I share this, I’m sharing this because I’ve been there and I share all this with love.
Let’s go ahead and just get into these five ways, shall we?
#1 I’m Afraid of ______
I hear it all the time and I’ve used it so many times. I’m afraid: Insert fear here.
I’m afraid of failing. I’m afraid of what it means if I’m successful. I’m afraid of what so-and-so is going to think from high school. I’m afraid that people are going to think I’m a fraud, not take me seriously, or no one’s going to care what I have to say.
I’m pretty positive that just about every single person has said this at least once since starting their business or thinking about starting a business.
But why does this happen? Where does this fear even come from?
From my experience, it comes from one of two things.
The first one is the enemy. This fear could be coming from the enemy because he’s trying to keep you stuck, because he knows you are going to make a huge impact for the Kingdom. So, of course, he wants to use your fear against you to hold you back.
The second thing could be your flesh.
What do I mean when I say your flesh?
It could be that your ego and pride are trying not to get hurt.
For instance, if no one cares about what you have to say or no one buys from you, that’s going to hurt your ego or your pride, and that is your flesh trying to protect itself.
You may subconsciously be wanting to stay comfortable. Your brain is very primitive, meaning that keeping you safe is a life-or-death situation. Your brain thinks if you do this new thing, you might die.
I know that might sound absolutely ridiculous and like I’m exaggerating, but it’s the truth. Your brain is doing what it can to keep you safe, and that can often be where the fear comes from.
That being said, knowing that it’s either your brain trying to keep you safe, your flesh wanting to stay comfortable, or the enemy trying to keep you stuck is such an important thing to know and to remember as you are navigating your business.
This is one of my favorite things to help my students with inside of The Called to CEO Collective because this is something I have experienced myself over and over again. And the Lord is just so good because He just continues to show me how to work through this in different capacities again and again, and how to help others work through this as well.
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#2 I Won’t Stand a Chance Compared to _________
You might be saying, I won’t stand a chance compared to: Fill in the blank with your favorite influencer, blogger, podcaster, or course creator.
You’re thinking that there’s already someone else in the marketplace doing what you feel called to do, and you’re comparing yourself to them.
My friend, I just want to tell you one thing with this excuse:
Stop it. Seriously, stop it. The person you are comparing yourself to cannot serve everyone.
Every single person is meant to help and serve in a different way, in a different capacity, and at a different level. Even if you’re doing something similar to Sally on Instagram, it doesn’t mean you can’t both exist because you will both inherently do different things because you are different individuals.
There really is no competition in the Kingdom.
If you really believe the Lord gave you a mission, wouldn’t you want as many people on that same mission as you instead of getting bitter, angry, jealous, or frustrated that someone popped up doing something similar to you?
If you let your pride get the best of you, it’s really making this whole thing about you instead of about the mission God gave you.
I remember when I first entered the faith-based entrepreneur space.
At the time I could not find anyone teaching business and faith together, and I searched for them!
Was there probably someone doing it? Yes, but I just totally missed it, and couldn’t find them.
Maybe a year after really entering the faith-based entrepreneurial space, I started seeing faith-based business coaches pop up everywhere and I had to keep my flesh in check.
We need more of you because this message is important and it’s vital to get out.
So, don’t be afraid to enter into a space that you feel is already occupied.
There is a seat for you, I promise.
#3 I Don’t Have Time
Let me tell you a secret. Nobody really has time.
They have to find the time. They have to make the time.
Now, I’m not saying that there really aren’t extenuating circumstances that you shouldn’t consider. If there’s a family emergency or if you have a big life change, or are in the middle of a transition, that is all valid.
What I am saying is that you probably know where you can find time in your day, and there may be things that need to shift in your day to make it happen.
For example, maybe you know that you want to start waking up an hour earlier so you can work on some content, but that means you have to get to bed an hour earlier and you’re not wanting to do that.
Or maybe instead of spending time cooking dinner every night, you could actually meal prep on the weekend and spend the time you would be prepping dinner creating content.
You have to look at your own schedule and your own life, and determine where you can squeeze it in.
In addition, if you have kids, you could have someone watch them one or two days out of the month and get all your content done in one or two days. Batching will be your best friend.
When it comes to time, there is always a solution – as long as you want to find the solution.
If you don’t actually want to find the solution, you’re going to keep running into problems. And if it keeps happening, then not having time isn’t the root of the problem.
It’s something else.
#4 I Don’t Know How
This can come down to feeling like one or two things.
The first thing is that you may feel like you don’t have all the steps laid out for you.
I know you probably want a roadmap, and have every single step handed to you, but the truth is, a lot of the time you’re not going to have every single step laid out for you. If you’re lucky, you may have the next three steps, but from my experience, one step is the norm.
When you take that first step, the next one’s going to reveal itself. This is what it means to truly trust and obey and to walk in faith.
Action creates clarity.
If you don’t know what to do, take a step. Take the last step that God told you to take that you have been ignoring, and then see what happens.
The second thing is maybe you’re feeling like you don’t have this skill.
This one’s simple.
If you don’t have this skill, learn it.
It actually gets to be that simple. Find someone who has done this before and allow them to mentor you.
#5 I Don’t Want to Take a Risk, or I’m Nervous to Take a Risk.
I know a big part of this is that you may be afraid to invest because you’re nervous about the ROI or the return on investment. I know that investing is a really scary thing to do but if you want to save time, stress, and some unnecessary hassle then I promise you that investing in support is going to help you so much.
I have probably invested at least $50,000 if not more in education, coaching, and certifications in my time as an entrepreneur, and I know this is a big reason why I’ve been able to continue growing my business the way that I have.
Entrepreneurs are risk-takers. So if you are feeling a prompting in your spirit to get help to get support, please follow that because honestly, you’re not meant to do this on your own anyways.
And if we’re being really honest, you not taking a risk is a risk all by itself.
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