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The Bittersweet Secret to Success

December 4, AD2013 5 Comments

Christina Weber - Bittersweet

Christ turned the world upside-down when he established the Church. His message turned off people in 30 AD, as it still does today.  (You may have noticed that the Catholic view on suffering continues to effectively repel  many onlookers.)

Catholics don’t buy the prosperity gospel, where believing always leads to fulfilling your hearts desire— material wealth, comfort, love, romance—with minimal personal discomfort. As good as that sounds, you’re probably aware of the multitude of martyrs—white and red—that handily disprove that theory.

You may not be surprised, like many mature Catholic mompreneurs, when you get the unpleasant awakening that life, and your business is not a bowl of cherries.  Perhaps you’ve experienced:

  • A difficult marriage
  • A shameful personal problem
  • Embarrassing financial difficulties
  • Life’s low point like depression and lack of meaning
  • Struggles getting all of the moving parts to work right in your business

As a Catholic, embracing your suffering is part of your success journey.  It’s your mini Calvary.

But did you know your pain and suffering is likely the root of your business success?

What?

Your pain fuels success in these ways:

  • Your business mission is  typically rooted in  your painful life experiences.
  • You probably personally overcome these challenges, and are passionate about helping others do the same.
  • Virtue growth, and spiritual and emotional strength, bubbled in you from persistence in working through the problem, and having a deeper dependence on God.
  • You have a deep empathy for your clients, and are best suited to guide them from where they are to where they want to be.

You see, no one really wants a mentor who has it completely together. They want someone who, a) understands their problem, and b) know how to help them resolve it…someone just like you!

So, in the season of gratitude, make sure you thank God for the pain and suffering that made you exactly who you are today.

You will learn to appreciate the  “bitter”  in the “bittersweet” success God gives you.

 The Catholic Mompreneur’s  Biz and Life Tip:  Spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, asking what experiences have shaped who you are today and how you can use your pain to serve God and others.

About the Author:

Christina Weber helps Christ-centered mompreneurs confidently do God's will, while earning more in less time so they fully enjoy their families and life. Gain clarity (and peace) in understanding God’s will for you, your family, and your business by scheduling a FREE session here: http://www.talkwithchristina.com/.

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  • jamey brown

    Thanks, Christina, for a really excellent article and for giving me a new prayer!

  • Greg

    So true! Out of frustration with conflict I made a vocation out of resolving conflict… and there, too, people too often seek the easy solution rather than being ready to engage the difficult moments. Here is the beginning of a series of videos I just released (free) for those seeking peace… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX3Xx_FaMaE&list=PLsiNne-RYKEX-6i2OoHkzL51eMjxdBkNP&index=1

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  • David Peters

    I don’t know how I can help others through having suffered but your right you can learn through the tough things we go through, so maybe that’s it. I love the examples of the Saints!
    By the way I’m so glad the Catholic Church does not buy into the prosperity gospel. Thank God.

  • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

    Christina, love this statement in your article: “As a Catholic, embracing your suffering is part of your success journey. It’s your mini Calvary.” That’s the truth. Thank you for articulating the true success of every Christan in this article. Peace be with you.