I am certain everyone has heard the phrase, “stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.” I say it all the time casually but it never meant more to me than now. This week has proven this saying to be ever so true for me. I want to share my experiences with you so that the wisdom I have gained can help you avoid some of the pitfalls I have suffered. Follow me.
Earlier this year, I had been wrestling with whether or not to close my business, BrightGirl Media. I had been in business coming up on four years and it wasn’t where I envisioned it being when I started it and my passion was dying. Shortly after I realized I needed change, my website completely disappeared. E V E R Y T H I N G. GONE!
I had no access to my business email, people could no longer contact me (or so I thought). My business was closed as far as I was concerned and quite honestly a weight was lifted from my shoulders. I felt free. I had ideas of how to transition my business into something that better served me, but I was wiped out, drained and had no drive to put the effort forth to get the work done. So I just quit.
Imagine that. The woman who is always championing for people to chase their visions, goals and dreams was now plagued with blurry vision, no goals, and shattered dreams. For the next four months I would apply for jobs and hear nothing. Everything dried up. Then I finally found my current position and felt like things were leveling out. It wasn’t my “dream” but it was a means to an end, I like the work and the people, and all was well. I was cool. All the while knowing there was more I needed to be doing – I just wasn’t doing it. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t know WHAT to do to be honest, so I just sat still.
A month or so ago, I kept feeling like I needed to relaunch my website. Something told me I was missing out on opportunities by not having an email address or site up. People were still finding me via LinkedIn or Facebook and asking me to consult with them. When I would be out, people would approach me as “BrightGirl” not even knowing my real name. It was like my business was calling me back even though I didn’t want to go back to it. Again, I procrastinated.
Until this week. I was somehow added to a Black Owned Business group on Facebook. When I entered there were 1,000 people. In three days it grew to nearly 50,000 people – mostly business owners. I saw people asking how to do this or that in their businesses and there I was jumping in to give solutions. And it hit me – I am called to this work. I can’t run from it no matter where I go or what I try to do. I am so passionate about entrepreneurship – particularly within my community. Over night my fire was lit and I was off and running.
Within the past two days, I have launched my website again – with the email accounts, calendar scheduler, payment portal, email responders and courses. I’ve been working on a new logo and rebranding. I have relaunched my social media accounts and been promoting my services again. I have three consultations with business owners today and one client already. I thought I needed a huge marketing budget and all these tools – that was my “excuse.” But in two days I have done all this and only spent $40. Now why did I say you should stay ready? Because I knew over a month ago that I needed to do these things. They quite honestly could have been in place already and I wouldn’t be in a reactionary state right now. But I thank God for giving me the power to acquire wealth and serve others with my gifts. Because I realized in this process that I have real answers and solutions that people need. I may be the key to someone else’s financial freedom and I was holding back. And since I was holding me back, I was inevitably holding someone else back too.
So let me admonish you – stay ready at all times. In Matthew 24:42, Jesus tells the disciples, “Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” I had warnings. I felt it in my spirit that I needed to do something. I just didn’t know it would come like this. When God wants something from you, it won’t always come when or how you expect it. Just stay ready to receive whatever He has for you.