I’m pulling the plug.
I’m walking away.
I’m talking myself out of the game.
What am I talking about?
My brand. My name. My image. My ministry.
There are countless people that I get emails from and see advertisements for marketing, branding and building a coaching business. It is so tempting to click their ad, sign up for their webinar or register for their course.
“I need to put myself out there” I think. “I need to learn to market myself better and build my blog and get more clients.”
Everything is ME ME ME!
I’m taking myself out of the game because it is not about ME.
It is HIM. It is only because of Him I have a heart to encourage others and comfort them in times of need.
His brand. His name. His image. His ministry.
In order to become first I need to become last. Funny thing is I wrote a similar post to this earlier this year, and here I am still in the same boat.
Pride and desire for self-recognition is a nasty monster. It is so easy to get caught up in promoting yourself and not God, especially as a life coach. I want to let people know what I can help them through when they are working with me and I can help them, the desire to make myself look good and is always there.
I began a pursuit of marketing for clients, even offering pro-bono coaching, but in vain because I am still pushing ME and not HIM.
Recently I made a decision to leave my teaching role and pursue my coaching ministry more full time. It has became clear to me that I am not in the business of marking my ministry. I am in the business of sharing the Christ’s love with as many people as I can.
This means that if opportunities come up where I am to partner with other people or ministries to help encourage other believers to deepen their walk with Christ, I’m going to take it!
So as I cleared up my schedule by stepping away from teaching, I assumed that God would answer by providing clients. Instead He answered by providing opportunities.
- leading studies for women
- blogging (my own blog and being a contributing writer)
- partnering with an online evangelism program to disciple new believers
Butterfly beginnings is not over, it is just beginning. The transformation that occurs from knowing and accepting the word of God is something that happens outside of my coaching relationships. It is in my interaction with others that my faith is shared and my gifts are used. It just won’t have MY brand on it.
It won’t matter HOW you came to develop a closer a relationship to the Father, just that you did. You started walking in-line with God’s plan for your life, and that is a beautiful thing! All of the GLORY will go to Him!
2017 will be a year of uncertainty, but if I walk by faith and not by sight, I’ll be alright! (Ohh I sense a new motto perhaps?!)
*I still am available for spiritual growth coaching if that is something you feel God is leading you to. God has graciously sent people to me that needed my gift and if/when He does it again I won’t turn them away. (I just meant I am done in terms of my relentless pursuit to market my own business)
However, I don’t think my business was in vain, butterfly beginnings is who I am, and who I will always be, transformed in the image of God. Maybe one day down the road God will tell me to pick up the “business” again, or maybe not. One thing is for certain, I am going to get BUSY marketing HIS message and HIS brand!
Blessings friends! I would love to hear from you below, what is God showing you about your purpose and His plan?