“Affirmations” in business were formulated, and exist, I believe, not only to help us “manifest the things we desire,” but also as a result of a great need for them in the deep recesses of our souls.
As entrepreneurs, we are rarely affirmed from the outside, as we first start out on our journeys. As a matter of fact, our friends and family often (explicitly or quietly, to themselves) reject our decisions to be in business, or reject the product/service/cause we are choosing to represent–putting our lives behind. Steve Siebold was right when he said us humans are anemic to rejection. Think about this: when we’re children, and we’re told no, it’s bad. It means we’ve done something wrong. Usually, “no” instills a bit of fear. Does it not? When we’re adults, in business, and we’re told “no,” it pulls the same heartstrings.
Without affirmation from our beloved friends and family, with whom our identities are built, we, in our loneliness, can affirm ourselves by looking at our results. They’re tangible, not opinionated, and outside of us. But if our results not up to par, we’ve been rejected, and yet still, pressing the gas, we tend to break down.
No one is affirming the hard (and unselfish) things we do, that are intangible and destroying us.
Walking with Jesus can be like this, too, if we’re not in close community.
We need, deeply, affirmations in our soul. Ones that positively encourage our character and sacrifice. Without it, the loneliness is deep. I pray, friends, we can affirm ourselves and each other to collectively remain strong.
This verse stands out, as it is nestled in between final greetings in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. [Insert detail here, detail there, travel plans and specific names. And then:] ” 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-15 New International Version (NIV)
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[a] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[b] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. Philippians 1:12-26 New International Version (NIV)
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13 New International Version (NIV)