The Core Purpose of Business
Business is far more than making money. It’s about serving others at the very core level.
Life is all about service to others. By serving others, we ultimately help ourselves. Give first, then you will receive. Help people in ways that you can help them the most. We all have unique talents, skills, knowledge, and experiences that is of value to countless people all around the world. It’s time to step outside your small world and share it with them.
A business is simply a larger system or vehicle that delivers a solution to a group of people that need to solve a specific problem, in exchange for a representation of value we call “money”.
A Business Helps You To Grow
Starting your own business takes a lot of effort and is not for the faint of heart. That’s why so many business fail after the first few years. Most people just don’t have what it takes and even if they did, they gave up too soon. It’s for people like you and me who are looking to take on a real challenge to grow and expand our potential and that requires effort, facing challenges and problems along the way.
There is no easy path – the only easy path is backwards and that’s not the direction we want to be heading.
To create a successful business, you need to constantly improve yourself, update your habits, beliefs, and stick to strong, spiritual values. Doing business spiritually means you acknowledge you are part of a greater whole (God, Universe, Mind, Self) and you are mindful about everything you do in business in terms of that greater Self.
This creates harmony and when you flow with the natural movement of life, everything works to help you succeed.
Values You Need in Business
These are a small selection of some of the greatest values you can live by in your business. The list is not limited to these, so don’t stop once you’ve mastered these in your own life.
Honesty – To be truthful in all your thoughts, words, and actions.
When you are honest with yourself, you allow yourself to move forward and grow. If you deny certain faults, you cannot change and these shortcomings will be reflected in your business success.
Always say the truth when you deal with other people, however, it needs to be done tactfully and in a way that does not hurt them. Truth by itself is not enough – it needs to be done with understanding and love.
Businesses who hide the truth and who are not honest, are simply not sustainable. It’s bad karma because they’re deceiving people in what their customers think they’re getting. The customers or even the government will eventually find out and the consequences will bite them back.
Integrity – Adherence to moral and ethical principles in your business
Your conscience will tell you if you’re doing wrong. You’ll know it deep inside, and if you choose not to listen to it, you’re doing yourself and others harm. Integrity is very important in business. It creates trust which is the basic ingredient of any business transaction.
Transparency – Being open about your business activities
I see so many businesses lack in this quality. Why? Because they most likely have something to hide. Why would they hide flaws? Because they think it protects them. They don’t want their customers to see their shortcomings and things that could be potentially harmful to them.
But that’s not the way to do it. They should fix the problems and strive to be more open with their customers. In fact, this is what more and more consumers are demanding today as the world is becoming more conscious. It instills trust to share behind the scenes of the company, even if it’s far from perfect.
Vulnerability (which goes with being transparent) is a beautiful thing and it shows you have strength. It says “look here, I’m human, I’m not perfect, but I’m doing my best to serve you in the highest good”.
Let me give you a more concrete example. Take the modern food industry. There is a certain amount of transparency in the ingredients labeling, but we have no idea HOW the food is made – is it ethically sourced? are their workers paid well? How is the working environment? Is it environmentally friendly? Are the ingredients harmful over long term consumption?
These questions are rarely ever posed. How can you have true trust in a company that doesn’t give you the full background story? You can’t. Transparency is the only way.
Loyalty – faithfulness to commitments or obligations
When you promise something, do you keep your promise? If not, you’re not being loyal. It’s best not to make a promise or commitment in the first place if you know you can’t keep it. What does loyalty mean in business? It means being faithful to your commitments to your customers and clients and doing your duties to the best of your ability.
If you promise someone to show up for an important meeting at 4:00pm on this and this day, then you’ve got to show up at that time.
When you are loyal, it deepens trust and allows you to offer greater help to the other person.
Commit To Spiritualize Your Business
Your business is a reflection of yourself – an extension of your values, beliefs, thoughts, and actions. You need to commit to building your character and growing spiritually first if you wish your business to be like that as well. It all starts with YOU my friend! It doesn’t matter what happened in the past. That cannot be changed. What can be changed is NOW. All it takes is a resolute decision.
May you and your business always be blessed and guided along your chosen spiritual path.
P.S. What are you doing in YOUR business to spiritualize it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!