I spent 1.5 years working on a platform and I found myself frustrated. It all began in 2012 when my parents went off to prison and my relationship with God was crumbling. I decided during that year that I was going to write my pain away. For almost 2 years, I did the social media promotion, email blasts, blogging, and teaching all by myself. God had given me a desire to impact women.
I thought he meant a blog. However, what he meant was a platform to include teaching, prayer, and mentoring. Along this journey of almost 4 years, I’ve learned so much when it comes to leadership and I want to share with you one of the most powerful things I’ve learned. Outside of ministry, I’m a business owner of a digital company. I’m a family member that is a part of a private school business sector. I’m still learning but one thing has stuck.
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER.
– African Proverb
My desire, as I blog for this platform, is to share with you several business lessons and leadership keys and this is the first. There is a difference between fast and far. Many businesses go into launching season with the intention of speedily building their platform. They usually die within 3-5 years. We see churches start plants all over the country that phase out and close the doors. We even see this in marriage and relationships. Humans have an obsession with speed because our nature is to lack patience. Please understand that I am not talking about seizing opportunities and jumping on the momentum of your audience. What I’m talking about is the pace of your business and the thinking of those that are behind it.
When I began to build my ministry platform, I went fast. I actually talk fast. I write fast. I even speed on the highway. However, when I jumped into ministry and business, I slowed down in how I functioned. Why? The quality of what you do actually matters. Of course timing is everything, but what good is timing if you have a crappy product?
Quality also includes the hands of others in collaboration with your efforts. There are some of you who think that you have everything under control. Little do you know that effective leadership involves purposeful delegation. There are some things that you need to export out to another person or to another company to handle. I did not know how to master social media. Due to this, I set a social media manager over our platform and we saw our platform grow exponentially. We started to draw in the audience that was meant for us.
So many times we get so caught up on something being a good idea that we forget about it needing good execution. Don’t get caught up on it going fast. Be focused on it going far. You want something that will last. As Christians, we shouldn’t be focused on instantaneous fame or people knowing our name. God is glorified when people know about His name. When we focus on just simply walking in the will of God, the growth will come.
Here are two scriptures that I have meditated on while growing my different platforms in business and in ministry.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (Berean Study Bible)
I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. He who plants and he who waters are one in purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
This scripture has been one of my favorites because it shows us that at the end of the day it is God that multiplies whatever he places our hands on. Many times we focus on multiplying whatever we have on our own. We try to work on our own and then we get frustrated at it not blowing up or going exactly according to our ideal plan. According to this passage, even when we do have people working with us, it’s still God that is the one who brings in the harvest. Remember that African Proverb at the beginning of this article? That “together” includes God.
Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.
Never stop doing the “right” thing. As a Christian, we have been called to do what we cannot do within ourselves. We were made to dwell with God and for Him to lead and guide us. God will bless us, not because we’re focused on the blessing. God does not bless those that pray all day for success. He blesses those who pray to Him because they love Him and want to dwell with Him.
Success and victory is already ours. However, it’s when we continue to do the will of God and do not compromise ourselves that God has His way. The harvest is coming! Don’t you worry about your provision or doors opening up because God will take care of that. Our job is just to be in His will. We don’t have to force anything. Just keep on sticking with God and allow others to aid you in the journey! Focus on going far!