Great Advice That Changed The Way I Do Business
In this series I want to share some of the most valuable advice I have received. As a young businessman and new Christian, I was encouraged by my pastor to start to pray for myself. As I look back on that moment, I cannot overstate the value that prayer has brought to the most important parts of my life. When I started my journey in business there was so much to learn and understand. There were decisions and budgets that needed to be made yet I found unexpected benefits in the time I spent with the Lord. James puts words to what I experienced as I cultivated this new habit.
What is the Value of Prayer?
1. Prayer puts my life in balance.
Matthew 6:33 is one of my favorite scriptures. It speaks life to the busy business executive that feels overwhelmed at all the issues that require their attention or the entrepreneur who is feeling challenged by prioritizing their task list.
I have found that God gives me skill and ability for the work I do when I put Him first in prayer.
2. There is a tangible difference to my work performance.
I have learned that short, simple prayers that sound like regular conversation with a friend are very effective. You don’t need to be an expert and your prayer doesn’t need to sound religious. My countenance, conversation and leadership are all noticeable affected by prayer. I am a better boss and co-worker after I pray. I am more patient, I think clearer, I am more decisive and I am more at peace. Prayer seems to give me more margins and I am less likely to make a mistake. Praying over a contract or before a conversation has become a regular part of business life at my company.
3. Good marriage and better relationships
So much of business success is determined by relationships. The relationships that are closest to you will shape your life. If you are married, your relationship with your spouse will affect your work, your mood and how you approach the day. When this relationship is healthy and life giving you will do better at work. If you work with clients, relationships are your business. Humble, kind and generous people are enjoyable to work with and far more likely to generate repeat business.