Gotta Have Faith
We begin every day with faith. Faith we will wake up, faith we will make it to our first meeting, faith the phone will ring with new business, faith our employees will show up, etc. Faith makes up a significant part of our existence, but oddly it's often an uncomfortable subject because it is associated with religion.
For me when I hear the word faith, the first thing I think of is George Michael in tight faded jeans shaking his money maker and singing to me that I gotta have faith. Then I think of religion and yes precisely in that order.
In the context of religion, one can define faith as confidence or trust in a particular system of belief. Religious people often think of faith as confidence based and in essence faith in business is the same. Ironically people that doubt religion view faith as a belief in something without evidence. But when you break it all down, faith creates trust, it feeds confidence and fuels motivation. Without faith in what you are doing, you have no foundation. Or as quoted in Luke 1:37, “Faith doesn't make things easy, it makes things possible.”
While faith is that intangible can that can be called on when times are tough or when things happen that are out of our control, it is also ironically the first thing we begin to lose in those same scenarios. For religious people, it’s keeping the faith that God will get you through, for spiritual people it the divine consciousness that will get you through, and for entrepreneurs, it's the faith that you will get you through. Maybe that's where the term "self-praise" came from.
Nevertheless, as we see in the news and on all of our social media feeds daily, faith is the basis in every major topic surrounding our government leadership right now, and depending who you ask, faith has either been diminished or restored ironically by the exact same person.
That being said, when you are in a leadership position or working for yourself it's not just your faith, but it's the faith of others, your clients and colleagues that is so vital to you making it in the long haul. You need their faith in you and what you do, because if they don't have faith in you they don't believe in you or what you do so they won't stay with you because again, faith creates trust.
So just remember when you have no sales, a pile of bills, it's raining doubt, and you are finding ways to still move forward, that's when you know you have found your true faith. Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to. So slip on your faded jeans and black leather jacket, shake your money maker and celebrate your faith.
Jody Taylor is a former women's professional football player who also served as the Women's Professional Football League's Media Relations Director for seven years, working with 52 teams nationwide and some of the largest media outlets in the nation. After hanging up her cleats she officially launched her own Public Relations, Marketing, and Talent Management firm, Sixty5 Media named after the jersey number she wore her entire football career. Taylor works with clients that range from small businesses to celebrities, recording artist, and professional athletes. Additionally, she serves as the Assistant Editor of What's Up Hollywood, contributes as a guest journalist for three other national publications, and is a co-host for the radio show, Notes From the Underground on KNSJ 89.1 FM in San Diego which also streams worldwide.