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Sep
08

15 Questions to Ask Yourself (and God) When You Want to Give Up

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question markLife as a Christian work at home mom or dad is not always easy. In fact, from my experience it’s like swimming upstream. Sometimes it is downright hard, especially when there are so many duties and responsibilities and needs that need to be balanced and juggled.

Sometimes I feel that it is like pulling teeth. As a matter of fact, I DID have to have a tooth pulled recently, so when that picture came to my mind just now as I was writing this article, I can attest to the truth of that statement!

Often it is two steps forward and three steps back. Then you throw in running a household (in our case doing extensive remodeling) and homeschooling a special needs child like I do (or whatever your circumstance), it becomes all incredibly overwhelming.

Like riding on a merry-go-round or running on a treadmill endlessly.

Will there ever be a day when your hopes and grand dreams as a Christian work at home mom or dad are realized? Will circumstances ever change? Is there any hope? Why not throw in the towel now and forget it?

But before you do, ask these questions:

1) What is your life and business about? Living a great life or loving a great God? (From “Freedom From Emotional Eating” by Barb Raveling)
2) Why did you get into business in the first place?
3) Do you need to pull back and rebuild?
4) What Is working? What is not working?
5) What is God trying to teach you through this difficult time? Where is He in the midst of it and what is He saying to you?
6) Do you have a strategic marketing plan or are you just throwing promotions at the wall, hoping they will stick? 7) Are you communicating your value to your target market?
8) Do you even HAVE a target market?
9) Do you need to gain more skills or knowledge?
10) Is fear holding you back?
11) Do you believe that what you have to offer has value? Is there a feeling that you do not have value so is this self-doubt sabotaging your efforts?
12) Do you have clear branding?
13) Do you need help? Are you trying to carry the load all by yourself?
14) What is God calling you to do?
15) What is the next action step that you can do?

So when you are in that lonely place as a business owner—of crushing defeat which leads you to want to give up—truly contemplate the answers to these questions.

You might just find that taking action on some of these questions will be just the thing you need to get off that treadmill of hopelessness caused by little progress.

And then you will find branding success!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dana Susan Beasley, the creator of an online training program called Brand Identity Quest, helps Christian families create sizzling brands so they can build dazzling futures. A graphic artist, writer, and homeschooling mom to a special needs son, she is the owner of AngelArts, an arts agency and publishing house. It’s purpose is to inspire audiences to reach for new heights in their lives and beyond through excellently-designed publications and products using original art and literature. To take her free mini-course, 5 Steps to a Wildly Successful Home Business, click here to start now.

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