Want to succeed in your business vision? Then you’d better write it down.
A recent survey of over 3,000 business owners showed that writing down a business plan makes you over twice as likely to grow your business and meet your goals.
I’m not surprised. After all, the Bible has been teaching this since the days of Solomon.
Business plans can be frustrating. You’ve got a vision for where you’re going, and all the energy to get it done. But then distractions happen.
The demands of this world compete for your attention and pull you from the vision God placed on your heart. Just like that, you’re off track.
Before you know it, the vision is lost, and your business is grounded in the mire of everyone else’s priorities.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can beat the odds by crafting a plan that fully aligns your faith and work. But just developing the vision is not enough. To win big you’ve got to write it down, vet it well, and keep it close:
“My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers;write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 1.1-3
Done well, your written plan will act like a compass, pointing you back to success. But its not easy to write a great plan that keeps you on track.
Here are three steps to creating a dynamic business vision that makes a real difference in your work:
1. Test Your Vision With God’s Word.
God says, “keep my words and store up my commands within you.” To do that, you’ve got to be in God’s Word often, and apply what you learn to your business. Read the Bible with the express purpose of using it to shape your business.
I recommend writing down one thing you can apply in your business each time you’re in the Word.
This may be a huge shift in your thinking about the Bible. But pull it off and you’ll see the scriptures come to life in your work. Remember, God’s word is a dynamic tool for learning how to lead and run your business:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3.16
2. Share Your Vision With The Right People.
Share your business vision with fellow believers. Choose trustworthy Christian business leaders to review your plan, and listen to their guidance.
Be relentless in finding fellow business owners who are rooted in the Word. And be wary of accepting advice from those who get their business strategies from the world- even if they appear to be successful. That’s a huge mistake.
You don’t want to “conform to the pattern of this world,” but rather “renew your mind,” so you can see God’s will for your business:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12.2
3. Keep Your Vision Close.
Proverbs directs us to take God’s words and “bind them on your fingers”. Most of us won’t walk around with our business plan taped to our bodies- I doubt that’d be good for business! But if you don’t keep your vision close, you’ll fall off course fast.
There is no value in writing your vision, then stuffing it away in a filing cabinet. Instead, keep it close, and review it often.
Personally, I review my vision for my life and business 3-4 times per week. It only takes me five minutes, and it keeps me focused and energized. It also helps me decide which opportunities to pursue, and how to use my resources.
Review your Bible-based business vision often and you’ll see your vision come alive:
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1.8
God gives us business dreams for a reason- to glorify Him! We won’t get it right every time. But if you write down your vision, vet it for biblical truthfulness, and review it often, you’ll find renewed focus and purpose in your work.
Try these tips, and see what God will do through your business!