Commit, Collaborate & Celebrate – The Winning Combination to Elevating Your Life & Business In This New Season
Happy New Year…still! I guess it’s safe to say that to people you haven’t happened upon since the clock struck 12am ushering us into 2021. It’s unreal how quickly the days are already flying by. One would think that being in midst of the pandemic and confined mostly to our homes, that the days would drag along, quite on the contrary the opposite is my reality.
It is important that as we move forward into the year that we consider how we can elevate ourselves both in life and business. Perhaps you may have made some resolutions, or set certain goals, or written down your vision for the year or created a pictorial using a vision board; getting all of those to manifest in reality requires something of you. I have found these three keys I’ll be sharing with you to be a winning combination to elevation especially as we deal with and emerge from this pandemic.
To play at a different level you must be ready to:
☑Commit – The Cambridge dictionary defines it as to promise or give your loyalty, time, or money to a particular principle, person, or plan of action. You cannot achieve your (new) goals, vision, or resolutions without committing to them. To see it to completion, your loyalty, time and resources will not only be required, but it’ll be tested. Commitment requires being steadfast. Making up your mind to see your goals through. Sometimes it’s possible to do the right things for a period of time and not see the immediate gratification we desire in the form or results. Maybe you’re an Entrepreneur and you’ve done all you know how to and then some, but still feel like you fall short the harvest you feel is due you in this season is nowhere in sight. I want to encourage you to remain loyal to your goals. Keep doing the right thing. Always evaluate, ask of the Holy Spirit and glean from mentors to see if there’s anything else you could do or a process you could tweak. It is possible to sometimes give up before the breakthrough. Resist the urge to throw in the towel. Galatians 6:9 admonishes us not to become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. There is a due time for what you are believing for and in it’s due season, it will manifest. The most important thing is the tenacity, consistency and credibility you build while you stay committed to the cause.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:58
Another side to committing is to be okay with committing to a different modality than you’ve been used to in the past. I know it may seem contrary to what’s been said already about staying loyal to your goals. But note however that I’m challenging you to keep your goals but commit to a different modality. Now this is the importance of having mentors, wise counsel and another set of eyes looking in. The goals can stay the same but you can try different ways of reaching them if the former methods you have tried haven’t worked for you. You can’t expect different results by doing the same old thing!
- Can you recount and share a time when you weren’t able to follow through with your goals? Would you say the inability to reach your desired end was because you weren’t completely committed?
- What role has mentorship or coaching played in your ability to follow through?
- How do you determine when to change the modality of reaching your goals?
☑Collaborate – Collaborate with like minded individuals. Listen, it is said that if you want to go somewhere fast, go at it alone. But if you want to go far, you need your tribe to go the distance. In order to actualize this, you must first have a mindset that understands and appreciates the strengths you possess as well as your areas of weakness. As you stay true to yourself and appreciative of your zone of brilliance, you also should be appreciative of those of others. No one person has every virtue! According to planview in discussing a path to business mobility, collaboration means ‘to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something’. That sounds disarmingly simple. But then when you strip back what business is all about, it fundamentally comes down to coordinating the efforts of the company’s force to provide goods and services. For entrepreneurs, even solopreneurs, it is critical to leverage the strengths of others. Business is really all about collaboration. Find a community that you can be a part of that helps nourish and encourage you. This is not only a business strategy but also a spiritual principle.
The Bible says in Psalms 133:1-3, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
God commands a blessing when we come together in unity and this for sure is not limited to the church. We will experience an enormous blessing in our businesses when we tap into and use the key of collaboration.
- Have your collaborations always been successful?
- What ways can you collaborate as a solopreneur?
- What ways have you benefited from collaborating during the pandemic?
☑Celebrate – This one needs no definition. We all know what it means to celebrate and better yet, we know how it feels when we celebrate others or when we are celebrated. There’s something to be said about intentionally pausing to appreciate with gratitude different milestones in life. It starts with appreciating that all you are and all you have God has graciously given. We are able to celebrate when we first intentionally celebrate God’s goodness. Somehow, it gives you the fuel to hit the road running again. It is critical to celebrate the wins of both yourself and others! If you can’t stand to see others win, then you are in no way ready for a championship yourself! If you see someone else making strides in business, intentionally reach out and congratulate them. Celebrating helps build up and encourage the one who is celebrated and all who participate. No wonder 1 Thessalonians 5:11 reads, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
We have the misconception that celebrations are to be had only on a grand scale or ‘typical special occasions’ but nothing could be further from the truth! Learn to celebrate the small wins even on the way to the big win. Celebrate others, and most definitely celebrate you!
- Why do some people find it difficult to celebrate others?
- What ways can you celebrate before reaching the big goal?
- As a business person, how do you incorporate celebrating partnerships that enable you to put your best foot forward in the marketplace?
Uchenna Lewis is an ordained Minister of the Gospel, International Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur. Her life is daily lived with intention as she executes her purpose to daily bring many to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus and push them into purpose both by her delivery of the gospel in word and by her lifestyle. She’s a known Financial Strategist helping many within her community build and leave a Legacy by equipping them with tools of Financial Literacy and wealth building. She’s a loving wife and doting mother who greatly enjoys her quiet family life in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.