The more I think about how much my time is crunched and how I need to learn what my best yes is, the more I start to believe that maybe.. just maybe, we need to explore the saying ‘blessed to be a blessing’ further.
I want to explore that on a personal note and on a career related note.
Here’s one of my problems. I’m currently a full time student, pursuing acting, all while running a business.
So because of all of my activities, I’m constantly having to say no to a lot of things so I can redirect my yes to what matters the most and for me, that’s not a very easy choice.
I also have to learn to leave room in my schedule to breath and live life rather than rushing from task A to task B.I also have to learn to leave room in my schedule to breath and live life rather than rushing from… Click To Tweet
I’m starting to learn how to intentionally spend time with people I care about rather than just spending time with them when ‘time permits’. Because to be real, being a workaholic has been one of my biggest struggles all my life and it can really ruin relationships. With workaholics, time never permits it.
Let’s tackle the personal side first.
Maybe this is just me, but man, it’s extremely difficult to focus on truly spending time with God, just me and Him, when I’m excited and amped up to start crossing things off my to-do list. Especially when my schedule is jam packed.
Ok, I’ll take that back. I’m not even always excited to get going with my day but because I feel the pressure to feel productive and I set such high standards for myself, I immediately check my planner and say, ‘What’s next?’
But you know what’s ironic? The very thing I should have read and would have if I had only spent more time doing my devotions in the morning were the very things I needed to hear to deal with a situation better. Always. I’ll read my devotion at night or I’ll open my bible up to what I’m studying last thing before going to bed and realize.. wow, if only I would have read that before I got going with my day. I may have just saved myself stress, worry, and anxiety. Instead, I may have been blessed so that I can bless the ones I love with words of grace, forgiveness, and compassion.
I seriously hate that feeling and let’s be honest, I’ll always tell myself I’ll be more consistent but I slip so much! I’ll open up my bible first thing in the morning then next thing you know, within 3 seconds, I remember a task I need to do and start typing away on my apps in my phone since it’s soooo easy and convenient for me to open it up and start working. Whoomp whoomp whoomp. So much for spending time with God.
When I don’t receive that free blessing from God by reading His word, I lack the grace, patience and love to give to others. Therefore, I can’t bless them with something I didn’t even receive for the day.
Now.. the business aspect.
Have you heard the phrase “God will bless you so much, you’ll have to pick your blessings”? I feel like this is so related to Psalms 26:2God will bless you so much, you’ll have to pick your blessings Click To Tweet
I used to think I understood it, but wow, now I’m realizing I really didn’t understand the depth.
Because I’m a multi-passionate, there’s always so many things I want to do. It’s always a struggle to choose what to do. It’s like one day, I want to create designs, another day, I just want to focus on marketing. Another day, I want to dance or act. It’s so hard to stick with just one thing.
I’m sure you can relate to this as a solopreneur; not only because you’re multi-passionate, but also as someone who juggles so many different tasks and wants to play around with the different ways you can serve your audience.
You have so many ideas, services, products you want to do and create. You want to take part in twitter chats, facebook groups, and go on Periscope to socialize with your peers and network. You want to create a blog post that will share all the wealth of knowledge you have. You want to try other creative ways to get products out there and see what works the most for your audience. Is it e-books, podcasts, videos? Next thing you know, you’re booking yourself back to back trying to work with multiple clients at once while scheduling webinars and workshops!
And then… there are the daunting legal, accounting, data collection and analyzing that a lot of us aren’t excited to deal with. Or maybe for some it’s design, photography, responding to emails, organizing your client files, streamlining your systems and more. Whatever it is, there’s always that one thing that you’re not that excited to do because you’d much rather focus on your sweet spot.
As a solopreneur, we eventually learn that as hard as it is to let a few things go and to make an investment in things that you feel like you can do yourself, delegating tasks to others and outsourcing can actually be blessings to others.
We often try to do everything on our own but just because we can doesn’t mean we should.We often try to do everything on our own but just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Click To Tweet
In John 13, Jesus washed the disciples feet. In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus let a woman wash His feet.
There’s so many things in these verses but for right now I just want focus on the fact that He served others but also let others serve Him.
It’s the same way for us. We serve others with our businesses but we also have to let others serve us. By doing so, we are allowing them to become a blessing.We serve others with our businesses but we also have to let others serve us. Click To Tweet
When you outsource tasks that are simply not your ‘best yes’ you create ways for others to make income and therefore provide for their family. You give them the opportunity to pour their heart into their passions while serving their audience with their God given talents.
It’s also a great way to practice humility. Did you know that often, when we think we can do everything, there is an underlying pride in there? It’s like, we think we’ve got everything all together and that other people shouldn’t have to do anything for us.
But by practicing humility, delegating tasks and outsourcing, we’re learning how to be humble before God and are blessed through that. We are blessing others by giving them the opportunity to serve and be a blessing.
When God blesses you, and He will, He will give you so many things you’ll have to choose what the best choice is. Not necessarily what’s right or what’s wrong, but simply what the best choice is. See it as a test. A test to see what you’ll choose to spend your time on and what you’ll do to bless others through the abundance of blessings He’s given you. A test to see where your heart will remain even when opportunities are raining down on you.
Here’s something to remember.
We are blessed to be a blessing. You’ll never miss out on anything by giving.We are blessed to be a blessing. You’ll never miss out on anything by giving. Click To Tweet
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