There’s a dark side to owning a business. The one most entrepreneurs will never share. There’s a weight that greets us every morning, a screaming in our minds that drives us to work harder and longer than ever before. It’s the reason most quit and the reason we start a businesses in the first place.
Every minute of every day, we live with a deep passion to make a difference, to create something that has an impact on the world to help, to inspire, to change the lives of those we love. We have a hope to leave this world better than we found it. So we start our business with the question… “What if?”
What if my idea is something important?
What if this business will give me all I dream?
What if things can really change?
“What if” drives us out of our comfort zone and into the world of start-up, funding, sales and networking… things that scare and excite us at the same time. We launch into the deep with fanfare, grand openings and ribbon cuttings. Our smiles sparkle in endless pictures, posts and emails.
Then reality sets in and “What if” turns dark and cold.
What if this doesn’t work?
What if I was wrong?
What if I can’t do it?
And then the one that surprises and scares us the most…
What if this grows bigger than I ever imagined?
Suddenly the business we love, the one that brought us so much excitement, becomes a stone, or worse, a noose that chokes and binds. We find ourselves standing, with a tight chest, fighting back tears at the crossroads of decision.
Commit or Quit?
The question taunts and tears at our hope until we can’t sleep, think or talk about anything else. Our family and friends start using words like “obsession” and “workaholic” which only chokes more.
Over and over, day after day… “What if?”… “Commit or Quit”… greet us in the morning and go to bed with us at night. It will only stop when we find the secret to the success we crave. Some of us never do and quit. Living with “What if” for the rest of their lives.
Some of us find a secret to success that changes everything.
The weapon that wins this battle is joy. Not a feeling, a relationship that brings a peace beyond understanding. Joy is the secret weapon of successful entrepreneurs. When we unleash joy our businesses and our lives begin to grow and thrive.
How do we find it? By answering “What if” with “Go ask Jesus”. When we allow Jesus to be our business partner he takes care of every “What if”, all we have to do is release to him. It sounds simple but its true. I’ve lived it and walk this road every day, trust me, the road is narrow but it’s worth it.
If you are standing at the crossroads of “commit of quit” today, my challenge to you is this. Choose commit. Not to the business, but to Jesus as your CEO. Let him send “What if” packing. When you do joy will be will be yours and you will discover peace you can only imagine.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. - John 14:27