Don't throw it all away.
“Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every healthy tree produces good fruit, but a poor tree produces bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, or a poor tree good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire! So you will recognize them by their fruit.”
- Matthew 7:15-20 (Complete Jewish Bible)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been tempted a time or two to just burn everything I’ve been working on down and start all over. MULTIPLE times. As entrepreneurs, we typically experience this feeling after some sort of perceived failure or in the midst of heavy challenges. In the aftermath of one of my recent “failures”, I sensed the Holy Spirit tell me “your business should not run on whatever emotional roller coaster you be on”. 🥴 In short, He was telling me to stop making decisions based on feelings and to start making them based on data.
I had no idea what scripture in the Bible would speak to me about data but this nugget from one of Jesus' sermons came up immediately for me when I asked Holy Spirit what to share with this lesson. In essence, our feelings can be a type of “false prophet” that we truly can’t trust. Think about it. Emotions just be running off at the mouth every chance they get spewing lies into your ears. Why would you ever make a decision based on that trash?! The only thing we CAN trust is the “fruit” we can tangibly inspect; that’s the data.
What “fruit” has operating on sabotage-like feelings ever produced in your business? What “fruit” can you see and learn from after analyzing your recent failure? Chances are, you don’t need to scrap everything and start over but, just like even the most successful multi-billion dollar businesses do every day, you learn, adjust, execute, repeat. Essentially, you keep going. As believers in business, we ultimately can’t lose if we don’t give up (2 Corinthians 2:14). So don’t throw it all away. Tweak it a lil' bit and keep it movin'!
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- Numbers 13:26-14:38 → There’s always going to be an opportunity to listen to the evil report or the good one. Which one will you act on?
- Deuteronomy 30:15-20 → Choose the option that brings you, your customers & your team life, not death.
- For some expert edge-snatching about this topic, listen to this IG reel.
- And if you want a little more listen to this one lol