• Mary Grothe

Say yes today, tomorrow, and forever.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I recently went through a bit of a struggle and needed to take some time to clear my head and get reconnected to what matters.

It’s already paying off. During my “time away” from work, I was able to get centered on what I want in the next few years of my life. Whereas I don’t have an exact picture of where and how I am getting there, I am thankful for the clarity and for giving myself the ability to breathe a little more easily.

For those of you like me, who run a million miles a minute and agree to take on more than we should, but couldn’t live any other way (ha!) can oftentimes lose joy in the “pause”. I started to feel like any free moment I had meant I was wasting time because surely there was something I needed to be doing at that moment. There was one more thing I could cross off the to-do list.

During my time off, I realized that I don’t have to live that kind of life anymore. I don’t have to run around frantic and hustle every minute of every day. I know that has been my style for a long time, but just because I have done that in the past, doesn’t mean I need to do it in the future.

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should.

In fact, I’d argue I can achieve the same great outcomes and have a lot more peace in my life, if I just get myself organized and aligned with my values, set boundaries, and say no more often.

Jesus creates a place of refuge. But you have to say yes to Him to receive that kind of peace and safety. I was so nervous… like, losing sleep nervous about saying no to a few things that had been creeping up in my life. But going to Him and resting in Him is the absolute greatest feeling.

During my time away, I realized I had been saying yes to the demands of my business, yes to my work life, and started saying no to my family, especially needing to work on weekends, and then I was also saying no to Jesus - even though not outwardly, but my actions weren’t faith-aligned… they were my flesh, my human side, trying to solve all my problems, rather than saying yes to Him.

Sometimes it is not in what we say, but in what we don’t say that can hurt others… and ourselves. Not having boundaries is an easy way to get overwhelmed and feel like a situation is out of alignment with who you are and what you want.

In order for me to navigate my recent challenge at work, I had to go to Him. I tried praying little by little and was seeking Him at a minimal level. Honestly? I was still trying to solve the problem my way and just hope He would guide me through it. But, that’s not what He wanted.

He knows me better than I know myself. He knew exactly what I needed to get through this and I needed to fully surrender it to Him. After seeking wisdom and guidance from a few trusted advisors, I still felt uneasy and unsure. Whereas I normally fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow, it started to take hours for me to fall asleep.

I couldn’t shut off my brain.

I couldn’t get the peace in my heart that I needed.

I was restless and I was fighting my way through it.

But I finally gave in.

I couldn’t take any more sleepless nights and moments where I could feel my blood pressure skyrocketing. No more stressful days and nights. It was time to say yes to Him, just as I have before… many times before when the waves of the storm were crashing into me and causing me to drown.

And at that moment, I fully surrendered myself to Him and His plan for me. I said yes to Him.

Saying yes to Him means fully committing myself to Him and His plan. NOT saying yes to Him at that moment, and then going back to doing whatever I was trying to do. That’s not how it works.

He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). It’s that simple.

Say yes today, say yes tomorrow. Say yes, forever.

And for those doers out there, like me, this has been my favorite scripture.

Commit to the Lord in all that you do and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

It’s been hanging on my wall, right by my kitchen, for all to see for the past 3 years ever since I started Sales BQ and embarked on this entrepreneurial journey. He has guided me through some of the most challenging times in my life as a business owner.

So what do the next few years look like for me?

I’m investing in my family, myself, and my team.

For my family, I am looking at deepening my relationship with my husband and my son. I plan to take advantage of my son’s last year or two before kindergarten and having him home 1 day per week with me once we move to the farm. I want to get a Spanish tutor to teach both of us the language. I want to help him learn to read and write before Kindergarten.

I want to invest in his interests and help strengthen his foundation for learning and tapping into who God created Him to be. It took me years, into my late 20’s, to understand that God created me for a purpose and that I should use what He gave me to further His kingdom, through marketplace work. I didn’t understand what I should do with my “sales talents” and couldn’t fathom those were God-given talents… why would God want someone to be so great selling payroll services? Ha… what a short-sighted answer.

Anyway, I am ready to invest in my son and help teach him about Jesus and his Heavenly Father and start him on a path towards pursuing his purpose.

As for my husband? Well, we have our 6 year anniversary coming up in a few weeks. Rather than deciding what our next steps look like, I plan to create those with him and hopefully, we get a night away to have some alone time to plan through the next phase of our marriage together.

As for my business, it’s time to step up and invest in my team. I am loving being a content creator and envision producing a significant amount of content in the next year of my life. The only way I can be a writer, finish my book, host two podcasts, contribute to two blogs, create and produce a new sales training course each month, and create weekly meaningful content for 3 social channels, is if I am purposeful in developing and mentoring my team to continue to do remarkable work for our clients. With two recent new hires, a 3rd new hire coming next month, and the potential to reach $2M in revenue this year, we will officially be the biggest we have ever been!

It’s time for me to step up as a CEO, invest in my team, and when we are consistently performing at the highest levels imaginable (trust me, we are close), I plan to reduce my work hours slightly and get pumping at content creation.

God created me with specific talents and a voice. He also created me with a heart for Him and a dedication to further His kingdom through the marketplace.

And that’s exactly what I plan to do.

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