You cannot succeed if you are not focused. What is it that you want to do or be? You do not have to know everything, just the one thing you are going to focus on right now. Habakkuk 2:2 (NIV) states “Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” It may sound silly, but actually WRITE OUT your vision. Create a vision board and take steps everyday toward those goals. I’m a living witness that it works! God’s ways and directions lead to success!!
Stop playing with your future, and commit to being the best at what you do. Take classes, get a mentor, and get training.
Hebrews 12:11 NIV states that “no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful; later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” It is so important to be disciplined fiscally and functionally. I’ve learned that another reason so many stylists struggle is due to a lack of work ethic, innovation and commitment. How many times do you walk into a salon and the stylist’s hair is disheveled? Or the salon is dirty? Or, even worse, they look like they just woke up? If you do not take yourself seriously, how do you expect clients and potential clients to take you seriously? How you show up is vitally important to your success.
As a stylist in today’s highly competitive market, it is important that you be more than a good stylist. Deuteronomy 8:18 states “But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today”. For me it was imperative that I not only recognize where my talents came from, but that I also continuously work to maintain, enhance and be a good steward of those talents.
There is a stylist on every corner, and YouTube is putting up tons of how-to videos daily. With the economy fluctuation, job security is not found in how good you do hair or the convenience of your salon location…God helped me to learn that it is about how you position your business. He guided me to the resources, education and industry knowledge that kept me from being in the position of having to chase clients for the rest of my life.
My ability to grow this business from nothing to greatness is certainly not solely due to my own efforts or actions. God certainly enabled me to have divine insight and divine innovation that shaped my business into what it is today. Romans 12:2 NIV clearly states “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.” This is a commandment for innovation – never be a carbon copy of someone else. Never rest on your last level of success. It is imperative to renew yourself by committing to lifelong learning and continuous endeavors for improvement.
Once you have a clear and focused vision, start taking yourself seriously, get started. Do not talk about it, do it.
No one has to say it for me. I know I am one hard-working sister, who believes absolutely anything is possible in life. This world is simply a playground where, as a small business owner, God allows me to create freedom, joy, and prosperity for myself, and those who come in contact with me. I have been blessed enough to experience how far determination and abilities can take you. I have been places that I could never have imagined, and so can you.
I had lived in Atlanta, Georgia for less than three years when this “little ole country girl” from Memphis, Tennessee decided to open a hair salon. After a year of frustration with that property owner, I moved the business to Buckhead – a space we were in for nine years. During my time there, I trained more than 30 assistants, who are currently successful hair stylists in this beloved cosmetology industry. To follow up the success of the last nine years, my team and I are expanding our services to educate and train hair stylists at home as well as abroad. My dreams are becoming a reality, and yours can too.
How did I succeed? The reason is that I never stopped and I never let fear control me. Fear is the enemy of all entrepreneurs. Mark 5:36(NIV) says“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told them, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” There may come a time when you are the only one that believes in what God has shown you – never give up on the vision – never!
I never stopped believing I could do it, and took the correct steps to make it happen. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 NKJV.With God’s help, I never stopped looking for solutions and I gathered an arsenal of advisors that could help me accomplish my dreams. “Without the guidance of good leaders a nation falls. But many good advisers can save it.” Proverbs 11:14 NIRV. With prayer and grace, I found the strength to never give up on the dream of having freedom and job security and once that was achieved I never lost sight of my visions or goals, or what my purpose on Earth really is.
II Timothy 1:7 (NIV) states that “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Don’t allow fear to creep in and make you turn away from what you are called to do. I did not turn away from my God-given talents. God helped me to accept everything that was happening, to look to Him, and to find the strength to keep going. Allow yourself to do that, my friends. The strength and peace that God provides will take you to some amazing places. All you have to do is look to Him. Let Him bring you to your “Promised Land.”