Archives For February 2013

The Power of Alignment

February 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

When your passions, roles and skills line up, you enter into an area of peace and joy not experienced before.

Most people in America are not in alignment. Their roles (what they do on a day to day basis) do not match their passions and dreams. Doing what you love enables you to work harder but feel like you’re doing less.

But often you can’t immediately step into your passion There is a thing I call the process.

Every Christian Business Owner should strive for excellence in their work and business. The foundation for becoming excellent is skill development. The Proverbs tell us that a person of excellence will be recognized. “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.”

I’ve discovered 12 essential business skills that will make your business distinct. A little extra effort is the difference between average and exceptional. You don’t have to be perfect in all these skills but any effort to grow and develop will set you apart from others in your field.

This is a guest blog by Michael Farley of, a Christian business owner in Southern Oregon.

So what skills are needed to be a successful salesperson? In my experience, I am convinced that techniques and methods of sales are teachable to anyone who has the desire to learn. However, there are a few natural skills that are of great benefit if they already exist within those that want to be successful in sales. Without these, success will take a longer time but it can still be achieved. If there is no desire and dedication to learning or developing these skills, then the selling will be much more difficult and often very stressful.

More on Being Diligent

“I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;

And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles;

Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:

A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest;

So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.”

Trusting In God Doesn’t mean we don’t work hard In Our Business

 There’s God’s part and there’s our part.

Trusting in God and not leaning on our own understanding or strength doesn’t mean we sit back and just wait for things to happen.  The Proverbs tells us, “He who has a lazy hand will become poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” 10:4

Another proverb says this “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” 12:24 We are not to be afraid of hard work in fact we are to embrace it.