I’m at the stage in my professional life where I have been given a new vision. I started my current business in September 2015 having been made redundant following the business I worked for closing down. From there I started my own IT sales, service and repair business which has been ticking along quite steadily. We hit a solid six figure turnover in year one. The business was started on just £12,000, and our total loss for year one was just £12,000.
Not one for keeping still, (and always for thinking outside of the box) I believe I have been given a vision and a mission to create something new. Now I’m being quite bold here because I am stating that now, before it has happened, not after the fact. Much of this blog will be document that journey, in all its glorious ups and downs. All tied in together is leegillies.com, an Instagram feed, twitter and a facebook page. Now that has the potential to be quite high profile!!! I have chosen to do it this way for a couple of reasons – when you look back at a journey it is often with rose-tinted glasses and some of the detail is missing, I also want to capture the detail as it happens. Something I can pass on, or simply read again to remember.
Cathy Duplantis writes about ‘Giving Birth To Your Vision’ which seems to be a really good place to start. The first step Cathy offers is the need to Believe. Now I understand that this might seem obvious, but if you are trying to do something new or different, or even if you are not confident in your own abilities this might be more difficult than you think. Instead of thinking ‘why’, think ‘why not?’ – if not you, then who? – you catch my drift. A positive mindset is essential, the number one block to getting a business off the ground is the person with the vision, and it is normally through fear.
“Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.” (Luke 1 v38)
Mary was in a position that was challenging to say the least. What was happening was something considered to be impossible, but Mary believed what God had said. Despite the challenges that this would present she was completely open and willing to be the person God wanted her to be – in today’s terms she said ‘bring it on!’
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11 v6)
We must have faith that the mission God is sending us on is achievable, not necessarily easy, but through his power it will come to pass. He isn’t asking you to find all the answers, and the funding, or the people. In the beginning, he is simply asking for you to believe. And what does this lead to?
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” (Luke 1:45)
So, believing brings blessings!
The idea that we are running with in scaling up my business is to create the first Educational Technology Hub
It’s also important to share this vision with other people. There is power in agreement, and God expects us to work as a team. Even when we see individuals achieve great things we know that there is a support team behind them every step of the way. In the simplest of terms, we all need a cheerleader – someone who is in our corner.
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my father in heaven will do it for you.” (Matthew 18 v19)
The second step Cathy believes is to Ponder, that is to mull it over. Don’t be headstrong and rush into anything major. Choose your time to be spontaneous!
“but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” (Luke 2 v19)
The definition is quite clear. Think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.
Take time to consider that the vision you have been given, and time in God’s word will give what you are led to do a validation and strength that is God given.
“May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19 v14)
The third step is to act. This can be the scariest part – this is the public part, the one where people can see you. Fear of judgement, fear of failure – just plain fear can stop the vision at this stage. Every life situation is an opportunity to act on faith, to put ourselves outside our comfort zones, to become the people that God wants us to be.
Cathy finishes the article by saying “stay in faith and never give up on your vision – believe it, ponder it, and act on it.”
Over the past year I believe God has given me a vision for how he wants our business to develop into something new and unique. During that time, the shape of the business has morphed, developed and evolved into the format that we are taking forward. It started off in a trailer, grew into a very large bus, then moved to bricks and mortar. Our staff structure has changed radically, we have prioritised the educational aspects of the project and eliminated most of the gaming aspects. It has even changed from being a commercial entity to a social enterprise.
Believe – √
I know that we can do this, and I believe it’s God’s plan for us.
Ponder – √
We have taken the time to let the ideas develop and shape over the last year.
This is our next stage. Time to get real!!!