DURING THIS SEASON OF LENT we have a great opportunity to step back and work a bit more on the big picture.  I’m not talking about business planning, or even visioning and direction-setting.

It’s more about recognizing the hard work ahead.

How do you take advantage of Lent at the personal level?  Many will use it as a time of introspection and spiritual development.  Giving up chocolate or coffee might help you do that, but Lent isn’t about denying yourself pleasures and “feeling bad” now so you’ll “feel better” at Easter.

So why can’t a business also use this as a time of introspection and spiritual development?

Well, a company doesn’t have a “spirit” in the Christian sense.  But it IS composed of people, who each have their own spirits, and come together to join in common purpose and contribution.  And we’re all far away from the ideal purpose and contribution.

This is what needs introspection, examination, and development.  As the business owner, it’s your role to lead this.

Here’s some great questions to dive into:

  • Do we all agree on what the “ideal” is for our business?
  • Where are we doing well, and where are we falling short?
  • What change could we make now which would help us get closer to that ideal?
  • How can we renew our focus and dedication for the hard work ahead?

Recognize that, as humans, it’s not a good idea to focus just on shortcomings and failures.  We needs support and encouragement as well.  Make sure you have a balance so that people don’t get discouraged.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9 ESV

Use this as a time to build heart, and prepare for being an even better company in the future.