Use Time Off To Refocus Your Strategic Plans

Running anything takes a lot out of person, but especially a small business owner. When a Christian small business owner starts their business, they serve many roles – sales, accounting, human resources, marketing, customer service and receptionist. With so many roles to fill and so many things to do, one can lose focus on the direction of the firm and where they are headed. If this pattern continues, you will make the worst decisions of your life and eventually the business will be run into the ground.

The best strategic ideas are released when the mind is rested. Perhaps, this is why Jesus often found himself getting away from it all when building his up-start ministry (Matthew 15:29, John 6:15). Decision-making is burdensome. Poor decision-making creates an unbearable burden. Rest allows time to refocus. I love the passage of scripture that says, they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). The interesting thing about this passage is, it does not say God will do anything but the strength comes from justing waiting on the Lord. This waiting is not simply standing still but standing still to receive revelation from the Creator of the Universe. It is not a futile waiting but a waiting with comfort and expectancy for strength.

The verse continues and says that those who are smart enough to wait will renew their strength so they can fly, run, walk farther without growing weary, or fainting. As a senior pastor and small business owner, I find this to be pertinent. The wisdom of this passage for leaders is rest and refocus. Without time off to get direction and insight, you will eventually lead your team, company or ministry right into a ditch!

So commit to take at least two strategic breaks during the year to rest and refocus. You don’t need a lot of time but you will need quality time. I find that it is best to leave the laptop and cellphone off, so your mind will not be distracted by present problems and will be free to consider the divine plan for your life. Manage your funds so that you can go away….who can really relax at home? Find that place where you can wait on the Lord and regain your strength to walk, run and fly during the next business cycle. The worst that can happen is you return to work with no new ideas but a refreshed and renewed spirit….and closer to the Lord.

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Author:De'Andre Salter

De'Andre Salter is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Tabernacle, a fast-growing, non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Salter is a self-made success and CEO of Professional Risk Solutions, LLC, the largest minority-owned specialty brokerage firm in the United States. A Jersey native and Drew University graduate, Salter was honored as one of the “Top 40 Black Executives Under Forty” by The Network Journal. In addition to winning souls, he has a vision to build communities through supporting entrepreneurs. His book,Hope in the Hood, is a springboard to helping others who hail from neighborhoods like his in Newark, build and grow businesses in their community. He is offering not just a step-by-step action plan, but also financial resources.

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