Every business starts with a gift or identification of a need. You either have a gift or identify a need which results in producing a product or a service.

The Bible says Proverbs 5:15 “Drink waters out of thine own cistern and running waters out of thine own well”.

The word cistern, according to the Collins English dictionary means a water tank or an underground reservoir. This means tap into your own resources, tap into your God given reservoir of gifts, tap into your underground, unseen talent, tap into your skills and tap into your talent. It is a resource that God has given you so make the best out of them. Use what God has given you.

Use your skills to identify opportunities, cease them and make the most of the opportunities. Be influenced to take action. Don’t just identify them and sit down.

Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Identification of a need helps you spot an opportunity that you can take advantage of.

But having the gift alone or spotting an opportunity is not good enough.

You set objectives: Objectives are goals that you want to achieve. These are the reasons why you are putting your talent to use.

Proverbs 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

They are the set SMART targets.

S – specific, significant, stretching: i.e. well defined, clear to anyone that has a basic understanding of the project

M – measurable, meaningful, motivational: Know if the goal is attainable and how far away completion is, Know when it has been achieved.

A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented: Aim for results

R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented: Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time

T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable: enough time to achieve the goal, Not too much time, which can affect project performance.

A goal may be what you want to achieve in two, three or five years time

Get organized: Plan effectively. Planning is necessary to achieve those goals you have set for yourself. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Have a plan of action. Have a plan that is clear, concise, compelling and consistent. Have a plan in place how you intend to achieve those targets set above.

Proverbs 21:5(NLT) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Prov. 24:3-4 “An enterprise is built by wise planning, it becomes strong through common sense and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of facts.” (Living Bible)

Write your plans down. Hab.2:2-3. Only 3% of people write their purpose, plans and goals down. 10% keep them in their head. The remaining 87% just drift through life. They have “the whatever will be will be syndrome”. Research shows that the 3% achieve 50 to hundred times what they write down.

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