Do you ever feel like you are going against the loving nature of your heart when you are at an event selling your creations or prospecting for customers ? I suffered with this for years building different businesses, especially building my former network marketing based business. I struggled severely with the feeling that I needed certain people to reach the income goals I set. I felt like I would look at my customers and reps as $$$$$. This same thing happened when I was on the art show circuit. It was nearly impossible for me to find a balance at that time. I was doing something I started out loving, but ended up preferring to shoot my self in the foot rather then do another art or craft show. What was this problem rooted and grounded in. I had no idea at the time so I quit the circuit and started teaching full time. But this is what Galatians says about it
““ My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?” Galatians 5:16-18 MSG http://bible.com/97/gal.5.16-18.msg
So what can we really do about this? How do we overcome it in real life? I personally had to take a break from it. I learned that, that particular business model didn’t work for me. I also realized that when ever I look to man instead of God, that they become the center of my attention and desire and not Him. He is my provider, not any particular person. It was helpful for me to have a steady source of income as I have built my businesses. I am very fortunate to have a profession that I also love, that more then covers my financial needs. You have to decide and only you and God and the lading of the Holy Spirit know what’s right for you. I have many friends and associates that work best when under pressure and overcome all the odds against them. Remember, we are all different. So my friends, if you find yourself looking at your customers as dollar signs, take that as a sign that something in your life has to change. You are not a horrible person. It has happened to the best of us. Give yourself a whole bunch of grace, take a breath and come up with some other ways to restructure and reach your hearts desire. I love you! Nancy This is why many of us believe we have a hard time selling our wares.