I love Podcasts. Love them. When I’m in my car driving my kids to and from school (a 25-minute commute each way), I am always listening to a new show. One of my favorites is Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn.

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Jess Lively

Pat’s most recent show featured Jess Lively, an Ann Arbor-based entrepreneur whose journey to her current business began with making jewelry at 15 before she transitioned to business coaching. She is now teaching others how to live life with intention and trust intuition and gut instinct rather than the mind.

During her interview, she offered a look into her course materials, touching on “trusting the stomach” and “listening to the chest.” Her practice is faith-based, but isn’t focused on religion. Instead, it is focused on an unseen force or gut instinct we have within ourselves.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with relying on faith in business. In fact, I think it’s a necessity. The only question, again, is what we are supposed to have faith in.

Are we looking to God? Ourselves? Karma? My perspective may surprise you. Granted, I’m not a clinical psychologist, but hear me out anyway.

The truth is, I don’t think it matters. When we choose to have faith, we are unloading the pressure we have placed upon ourselves to an unseen force, whether it’s God, karma, our gut, or our chest. Instead of carrying that immense burden on our own shoulders, we are giving it away and – as a result – experiencing great relief.

Once relief is felt, we are free to dig into our creativity and productivity.

The Anxiety-Ridden Business Owner

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Anxiety is a regular part of my life, though it’s also made me into who I am today! It’s a work in progress.

I am an anxiety person. It’s a fact. If I’m not worrying about something, I’m worrying about why I’m not worrying. It’s a paralyzing mindset to adopt and I don’t recommend it.

For reasons I only need to get into when I write my autobiography, I experience a sick sort of comfort in anxiety. It’s where I feel at home. It’s also, however, detrimental to my business. Sure, there are (distant) positives to constant worry. I’m not, for example, going to fall victim to laziness (unless, of course, I’ve burned myself out to the point of apathy).

In the grand scheme of things, worry is bad for productivity, and it’s often misguided. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been paranoid over delivering something to a client because I envisioned said client in a state of rage.

So I would work myself into a stupor putting my materials together only to have the client tell me they would review the material “following the weekend” or “in the morning.”

Moral of the story: set clear deadlines for your clients and, more importantly, for yourself … but I digress. Moving on.

Why Faith Has a Place in Business

Right about now you’re hoping I’ll get to my point, aren’t you? Well, here it is.

I think Jess Lively is onto something. I think she is onto something because faith in business helps us take the spotlight and pressure off of ourselves and put it onto something else.

Our minds punish us and allow us to second-guess ourselves. Our minds take us in circles trying to uncover the most rational approach. But all too often that rational approach isn’t what we need. What we need is to listen to our gut or our god or our stomach or whatever it is.

We need to get out of our own heads and relax. We need to stop obsessing over finding the right answer and instead look for the answer the feels right. Then we need to have faith.

What Form Does Your Faith Take?

Learning to relax is a huge part of my faith-business journey.

I am a God person and look to that faith in my business. I also look to faith in practical ways. I have faith that turning off the notifications on my phone won’t hurt my business, that scheduling will help my productivity, that taking a break will help my work rather than hinder it.

I also have faith the way Jess Lively suggests. Trusting my gut instinct rather than the numbers on a page. Choosing to go in a certain direction because my stomach is telling me to. Telling my brain to shut it when it tells me I’m making an irrational decision.

The irony is that having that kind of faith takes a lot of hard work, but I’m getting there one step at a time and know I will persevere. Ultimately it’s faith that will see me through.

What role does faith play in your business? I would love to hear your story.