You’ve got to boost your entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in entrepreneurship. But in order to do that, you have to grow and strengthen first your own spirit. Spiritual development is an important key to achieving any kind of success, whether it is business or non-business related. It is in improving our spirituality that we learn how to develop our personal values and principles, which are vital in successfully starting our entrepreneurial quest. Through spiritual improvement, we also realize how to create good relationship with other people, who can be our friends, families, customers, co-workers and employees. Furthermore, spiritual enrichment leads us to achieving peace, focus, serenity, happiness and thankfulness, which are important things we need to perform our daily task effectively and efficiently.
If you want to achieve entrepreneurial success by developing your spiritual power and strength, you’ve got to learn from these 12 spiritual tips for entrepreneurs and business owners.
1. Acknowledge the spiritual world
Entrepreneurs have to understand the things that are seen and the things that are unseen. They should realize the things that perish and the things that remain forever. This is important since entrepreneurship involves taking risks and making big sacrifices. Should you sacrifice money that is temporary or should you let go of love, trust, and honor that are long-lasting? You have to realize the things that cannot be seen by your eyes, such as love, trust, honor, peace, and joy. You have to realize that they are more important than money and other material things that perish over time. This is the first step to grow your spirituality – open your spiritual eyes to see the things that are true and eternal.
2. Practice meditation
In our entrepreneurial journey, we face problems that cause us a lot of stress and agony. That is why we have to practice meditation or reflection regularly to achieve serenity. This regular practice should mean not only monthly, weekly or even daily. But it must be practiced as often as you need just like taking a bath when you are feeling dirty.
The process of meditation will purify our minds and hearts, and will bring us closer to our purer spirituality. It is where we reflect and realize our mistakes, and make solutions for our improvement. Meditation is better done in quite places, like in your room or in places nearer to nature. However, meditation can also be done anywhere when we really need to meditate and attain serenity. It is important for entrepreneurs and business owners to learn how to meditate anytime and quickly clear their minds from stresses caused by doing business.
Meditation touches our spirit within. When you perform reflection, you start looking for answers on life’s long-reigning questions, like “Who you are?” and “What is your purpose in life?”. Of course you cannot find those answers if you only meditate seldom.
3. Study physics
This is a simple tip to improve your understanding of the spiritual world. If you can’t understand physics then how much more can you understand metaphysics? Remember that spirituality is beyond physics. Learning spirituality is learning things that are smaller and more invisible than quantum mechanics.
4. Associate with spiritual people
Be surrounded by people who are spiritual. And where can you find them? Of course you can’t usually find them in night clubs or in places for vices. But you can find them in spiritual places, like your church or other spiritual gatherings. Just make sure you don’t associate with hypocrite people who claim to be religious but do not practice charity and justice.
Spiritual friends will help you improve your values and principles in life. They will lift you up when you’re down. They will also give you good advices to help you make the right decisions, whether it’s about your business or life as a whole.
5. Learn how to share grace and show mercy
Be kinder by giving not only blessings, but also grace. Grace is what you share to others beyond what they deserve to receive, while blessing is giving what people deserve to receive. For example, business owners and employers can give bonuses to their employees aside from the wages they deserve to show that you care for them. This makes them more motivated, happier and even more productive. You can also show grace to your customers by simple giving them extra services they aren’t expecting to receive from the money they pay you. This grace will wow your customers and will make them more loyal to your business.
Moreover, practice mercy, which is more than justice. Justice is giving punishment according to one’s sin or mistake, while mercy is giving forgiveness and renouncing any punishment a man deserves. Entrepreneurs and business persons can practice mercy by giving chances to people who may have sinned to them, like their employees, business partners, and friends. Every one of us is prone to sinning and making mistakes. That is why we have to learn how to give mercy so that we may also receive mercy for our own sins.
6. Be selfless
Do you want to be invisible like a spirit? Be selfless. Selflessness is the ability to sacrifice oneself for the sake and betterment of others. But selflessness is not actually killing oneself for the interest of others. It is actually abandoning your physical and material being to fully embrace your spirituality. Being selfless may hurt your physical existence, but it will boost your spiritual power. In other words, it will make you more benevolent, patient, humble, and contented. You might lose money or wealth from being selfless, but it will make your heart richer and truly happier. It will also make you a better leader who earns a lot of followers. Furthermore, selfless persons don’t really become poor in the end, but they eventually earn true wealth and even share a lasting legacy to others.
7. Justify your faith
Being spiritual doesn’t mean you have to believe in the things you don’t see. Well, when it comes to believing on things your eyes don’t see, it may be true. But seeing is not only done with our eyes. We can also see things through our minds and hearts. Remember that moment when you don’t see what a person did, but you say to yourself “Oh I see” because you understand and can justify what he did.
Therefore, don’t just believe instantly, but acquire knowledge, wisdom and understanding on the things you want to believe in. If you want to succeed in business or entrepreneurship, don’t just believe in yourself easily to achieve it. But instead, continuously train and develop yourself to be fit for success.
If you want to be more spiritual, you’ve got to do something substantial to banish your doubts and fear. You can do that by constantly knowing, understanding, practicing and justifying your belief or faith.
Do you want to believe in your team of workers or employees? Then train and prepare them to be more competitive, skilled and productive. Do you want to be faithful in your business, brand or product? Then make sure that they possess quality and excellence.
8. Be compassionate
Compassion is one of the greatest virtues considered by various principles in philosophy and by major religions in the world. It is deep and it requires strong emotional and spiritual capability to practice. It involves not only listening to what people say, but also involves feeling what people feel.
It is important for entrepreneurs to be compassionate and have empathy on the suffering of other people. Compassion will help leaders and managers understand more their followers. It will help employers feel what their employees feel. It will also help business owners and entrepreneurs provide the product that their consumers truly need. Just like selflessness, compassion requires spiritual strength to make one person capable of making big sacrifices for the sake of others.
9. Be a humble servant
Entrepreneurs should be great leaders of people, as well as themselves. And in order to do that, they have to learn how to be humble while serving people, including themselves. Humility is vital to serving and influencing people to achieve a common great goal. When you are leading an organization, you have to be humble to inspire people inside that organization. When you are leading yourself for your own personal and spiritual development, you have to be humble to admit that you still need that improvement upon yourself. Indeed, humility in serving others and serving yourself must be present so that you may succeed.
10. Support your prayers with good deeds
So you think you are already spiritually stronger because you are religious, and because you always say a prayer? Well, you can actually have a strong spirituality through praying, but you can only be spiritually stronger if you support your prayers with good deeds.
Praying is asking and talking to God. However, to listen what God answers when you ask Him and to do what God instructs you when you ask for His direction are things that are greater than praying. If you really want to enrich your spirit, you’ve got to work what you pray. You have to show God that you are a righteous prayerful person, and not just a hypocrite one.
If you are praying for your business to flourish, then don’t just pray and pray without leading the people in your organization the right way, without improving yourself to be a better entrepreneur, and without creating the right products for your customers. Also remember that religion is not only a name, but it is an act.
11. Love others as you love yourself
The practice of love will certainly test your spirituality because it is one of the hardest or perhaps the hardest thing to do in life. But many people fail to execute love. Why? The reason is that they don’t know how to love themselves. Learning to love oneself is very important to learning to love others. Well, how can you love others if you can’t even love yourself?
Loving yourself the right way is not a practice of selfishness. Loving yourself the right way is making yourself to be a better person so that you can love others even better. To truly love yourself is to fill it with the right values, virtues and habits. If you love yourself, you will fill it with good things, like kindness, peacefulness, self-discipline, joy and even love itself. That is why in entrepreneurship, you have to learn how to motivate, inspire, lead and improve yourself so that you will be able to motivate, inspire, lead and improve others.
Therefore, love your employees, your customers, and your community as you love yourself.
12. Exercise the ethic of reciprocity
Popularly known as the golden rule, the ethic of reciprocity is a principle, ethical code, morality and widely accepted religious guideline that says “we must treat others as we wish others to treat us”. It is a notion that teaches us to have a good relationship with others, emotionally, spiritually, financially, et cetera.
The ethic of reciprocity is a principle that can be useful in attaining business and entrepreneurial success. Simply, if you want your customers to trust and love your business, you’ve got to trust and love them also by providing them what they really want and need. If you want your subordinates to listen and follow you, then you also have to listen and follow them by spending time with them and recognizing their efforts. And if you want yourself to cooperate with you, you also have to treat yourself well by giving it enough love, care, training, and even a good night sleep.
These 12 spiritual tips for entrepreneurs, which can also be useful for any person, are not easy to do. They may even incredibly difficult to practice and apply to our life and business. But this is the essence of spiritual development – we are supposed to accomplish incredible things that unspiritual persons couldn’t accomplish. Entrepreneurs, to be truly successful, have to sacrifice big things. One of these big things is materiality. And in order to do that we have to be more spiritual.