There are certain moments in our lives that are foundational to who we become.
- The first day we can remember.
- First day of junior high school.
- First day of high school.
- First day of our first job.
- First date.
- First dance.
- Graduating high school.
- Graduating college.
- Getting married.
- Our kids being born.
- The day we buy our first home.
- The day you start your business.
- Most of all, receiving Jesus!
These moments and more, are foundational in so much of who we become and what we expect in life. For some, maybe these moments have left us with more pain than joy. For others, these moments have given the exuberant joy that hasn’t been attained since. Then some are waiting for these moments to happen and hope they will experience them someday.
Every day is a gift from God, which is why it’s called the present. Therefore when we follow Jesus, he will lead us into these foundational moments, that help shape our lives.
“24. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25. Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success.”Psalms 118:24-25
So what are the foundational moments of being a business leader?
1st – the day you decide to take a risk
I heard it say that faith is spelled RISK. This is so true and for any business leader, there is risk involved. Whether it’s starting your own business or being a leader at a company, there’s always the unknown, which gives surprises and opportunities.
But the day you say yes to risk is the day you begin to grow. This is the foundational moment everyone must have because, without it, we don’t get started.
The greatest opportunities of our lives will have risk attached to it. We must live in the moment and be wise leaders who count the cost and embrace the risk.
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”Hebrews 13:5
2nd – the day you refuse to quit
We all face the feeling and temptation to quit.
Have you been there?
The pressure is too much. The team isn’t flowing. The business failed. The opportunities aren’t coming and the dream is dying. Every business leader will face pressures and circumstances that scream quit! However, it’s when we don’t quit that something special happens.
This is where we move through the threshold of pain into the opportunity of what can be. There’s something special that happens when we don’t quit or give up in what we feel to do.
Leaders can feel this burden with a heavier weight, but with Jesus, you can stand through it. There’s something special on the other side of the feeling to quit.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
3rd – the day you begin to build your team
Leaders are leaders because others are following them. Leaders are great leaders when they empower others to excel in what they do.
Leadership is the willingness to empower others to flourish in their abilities. It’s the selfless act of giving authority to others to empower leaders to lead.
This is where multiplication happens. This is where legacy is given and where personal growth happens. When we share we grow. When we empower others we multiply. When we build a team, it’s a foundational day of building for the future in what can be accomplished.
It takes a team to do anything significant so when you think of foundational moments, it’s the day you begin to build a team.
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.”Proverbs 11:24
Of course, we know there are a lot more foundational moments than these three, but these are monumental in being a successful Christ-centered, business leader.
If fact, you have to go through these three foundational moments to experience the full potential Jesus has for your life.
So, if you’ve walked through these already, keep walking. God is with you.
If you haven’t gotten to the place yet, keep walking, your moment will come and when it does, go through it. There’s something great on the other side!
I believe in you and the best is yet to come,