Philippians 4:7 says that, “I will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.”
In my life as a speaker, coach, and business consultant, quite often leaders that I am working with ask me how they should go about determining which opportunities and deals they should pursue, and which ones to avoid-both on a personal and professional level.
I want to share a few of my thoughts with you.
Now I certainly can’t speak for everyone — and I’m not trying to tell you what’s right for you. I just want to share some of my own personal guidelines when making these kinds of decisions.
So here are four points for your consideration:
- Maintaining Life Balance
It’s critical to pursue a balanced life between your personal and business endeavors. Like Jesus, we should strive for balance mentally, physically, spiritually, and of course relationally.
- Do What you are passionate about
It’s very important that you only pursue those opportunities where your strengths and passions align. For me, I will continue to work in the speaking, training, and coaching industry; it’s where my passion and “giftings” are. I want to pursue only those things that truly interest and excite me and you should too.
- Play within your strengths
In terms of your business endeavors, I encourage you only be engaged in pursuits where there is significant need for your core competencies and gifts. I know that for me in the business dealings where I’ve failed- it was because I got involved with something that I neither understood or that I didn’t really bring unique talents to the table.
- Partner with The right people
You see in terms of who you go into a business dealing with- reputation and character is the most important thing.
I was once that told it is better to be in a bad deal with good people – then a great deal with bad people.
You see my personal test on who I will do business with is this- how would I feel about this person being in my home with my wife and children if I am not there? If I wouldn’t trust them to that level, I’m not going to go into business with them.
So when deciding which opportunities to pursue if you will focus on the above four principles, you will be applying the [email protected].
- 1What does this message say to you?
- 2Are you able to follow the four points for what opportunities to pursue? If not, how can you start to do this?
- 3How often do you have peace in your decisions?
Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis.He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.