When I started this online boutique for Christian T Shirts, I really did not know what I was doing. If I'm being completely honest, I still don't. But I'm learning.
Opening an online e-Commerce store for Christian gifts is an idea that came to me during a sermon last year. My pastor was preaching on finding your purpose, and I was praying for God to reveal mine. Now, selling Christian jewelry and T shirts may not be my actual purpose- but serving God using my creative talents is.
So, I started this online Christian boutique and have slowly learned the ins and outs of eCommerce and entrepreneurship. It's a long journey, ya'll. And success will NOT happen overnight. There is no magical formula to achieve online success and quit the 9-5, I'm sad to report. BUT- there are certain things I am doing in order to achieve the goals I have set for 2019. The goal being to do this full time, and fulfill my purpose serving God using my creativity and love for eCommerce and social media marketing.
One of the most important steps to achieving my eCommerce goals is...
Ignore each and every ad from Gurus touting that they have the secret to overnight success.
I bet you thought I was going to say something different? Let me explain.
Something weird happened to me immediately after the New Year. After writing my goals down as I always do, I was confronted with Facebook Ads from every.single.guru.on.the.internet. These ads were everywhere. People were putting up ads all over the place claiming to have "cracked the code" and giving info that "know one else is doing". and "join my webinar to learn the secrets!"
Instead of inspiring me...all of this information paralyzed me. FROZEN. I was completely blocked. No ideas, no creative juices, nada.
I didn't know who to believe and whose offer to accept, I was self doubting everything I knew and now believed that I couldn't be successful because I needed a definitive guide and step by step coaching. This REALLY stressed me out. I knew I needed help from a guru. I needed a step by step process. I needed an adult.
And then last week, as I was praying over it. It hit me.
I already had the guide. It was sitting on my nightstand.
I didn't need some overpriced consultant to hold my hand. I didn't need to purchase any courses or watch 120192920101 YouTube videos. My guide to success has been right in front of me the whole time.
But what can the Bible teach me about e-commerce?? That does not make much sense, right?
I read Romans Ch. 12:2 that day and suddenly things became clear and the juices were flowing again..
2.Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world. But let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know God's will for you which is perfect and good.
Once I accepted this and prayed on it- the block was gone and the ideas started spilling forth again, as well as a clear path as to what I needed to do to achieve my goals.
I know this may be a no-brainer to most of you, but to me, as a fairly new born-again- this was a mind blowing experience. Because a book as old as time was teaching me and guiding me through e-Commerce!
Now, every time I spend those moments alone with God, He reveals a new path to take...which doesn't cost me thousands of dollars, it cost me 0. He even revealed who to seek out and listen to for these YouTube tutorials and who to block out.
So my big secret is not really that big of a secret but it is GREAT ADVICE.
IGNORE THE ADS. Ignore the gurus. They want your money. The real people who genuinely are wanting to help and spread their knowledge, do so freely.
Once you put forth the effort and access your Bible FIRST. God will reveal your next steps. It is a practice in putting forth complete and absolute faith and it's kinda freaky, because it works. ::cuemysterymusic::
So for 2019- in order to achieve my goals- I am ignoring ALL of the gurus and the ADS. Don't tell Zuckerberg...but I'm cutting out the noise and focusing on getting ALL of my answers from my Bible. Then I can apply what He is teaching me and fulfill His purpose for Me. It's not My Purpose for me.
It's not about the money, it's about the message.
Also- stay tuned and I'm going to reveal the books and videos that I'm watching that have really helped increase my knowledge and am also playing with the idea of putting up my own videos with what I'm learning...although that terrifies me and makes me want to vomit with anxiety. So...yeah.
I hope ya'll have a blessed day and week!