Here is an excerpt from the book, God Works Through Faith, by Robert A. Russell (pgs 16-17). I read this book over and over again and learn new things each time. I pull it out when I am in a funky place. I pull it out when I am grouchy or feeling stressed. I pull it out when I feel stuck. I was reading it this morning and thought about how faith in ourselves is important to all of us, particularly when we take the leap to start our own business. I thought I would share this one section with you and hope it helps you where ever you are in your business today.
If you don’t believe in God, or the word itself makes you squeamish, I encourage you to read this article anyway. Find a different word to substitute. The universe, energy, flow…whatever works for you. Read and embody the message rather than get caught up in semantics. I have added some comments in green after a few of the statements to bring into focus how faith relates to building a business. I had thought about modernizing the wording and paraphrasing some of these but decided you should interpret these for yourself in a way that suits you — it’s your journey.
How to Strengthen Faith
- Be expectant, confident, and optimistic.
- Keep your enthusiasm strong; never allow yourself to be discouraged or depressed.
- Fill your mind with interest, enthusiasm, ambition.
- Keep your ambition and aspiration high; cultivate patience and perseverance.
- Keep your imagination centered in what you want and keep your faith moving toward it.
- Keep your consciousness expanding, growing and moving to higher levels.
- Be positive in your thought, feeling, and action.
- Accentuate the positive in every situation. Never allow yourself to dwell upon misery, sickness, operations, symptoms, reverses, misfortunes, or bad luck. Lack of clients, not being good enough, fear, no money
- Never depreciate, criticize, minimize, or speak disparagingly of your self. Never dwell upon your mistakes. Think always of yourself as growing, expanding and becoming more efficient, resourceful and dynamic. Be aware of your self talk! Control your self talk.
- Look for the good in everything and everybody. Refuse to recognize anything but the good.
- Seek the best of everything and know that your mind will produce it. KNOW that your business will be successful. KNOW that you are here to help people. Seek high-paying clients. Seek clients that LOVE you and the work you do. Seek ease and grace in your growth.
- Think in large terms. The more you expect, the more your faith will bring to you.
- Convince your mind that what you seek is already here, that it is yours now.
- Train your mind to think in terms of abundance; never allow it to dwell upon lack or limitation in any form.
- Stimulate your faculties and talents by increasing your demands upon them. Get training. Read books. Take course and workshops. Push yourself to be better.
- When you meet trouble of any kind, refuse to be worried or disturbed by it. Know that you are bigger than any adverse thing that happens to you and have the power to overcome it. If you don’t make a sale, another will come. A client doesn’t appreciate work you did for them, it’s ok. Everyone is not going to love your work. Some will, some won’t.
- Meet every problem with the conviction that it is already solved. See it an as opportunity to prove God. See it as an opportunity to prove faith and abundance.
- Face every difficulty with courage, strength, and fortitude; determined to turn it to good account.
- Know that you have the power to adjust anything, change anything, correct anything, overcome anything, or subdue anything.
- Act always with the Truth; and never allow yourself to compromise with evil. If the Truth is to make you free, you must rely upon it. You must pass from belief to trust. Never allow yourself to entertain failure. Know YOUR truth. YOUR dreams and wishes.
- Believe the unbelievable. God goes all out for you when you go all out for God. When you go all out for you, the universe, the law of attraction, whatever you believe will bring you what you desire.
Kelly Robbins, MA