We don't often think about how we mix business and spirituality, mostly because the two don't seem to share any common bonds. Business is about driving revenue, boosting sales, and making money. Spirituality is about finding a moral center, a place in this world, and what we can do to elevate our own sense of inner peace. Yet it is important, especially within our modern fast-paced culture, to find a balance between business and spirituality.
Can business and spirituality coexist?
The question has been raised time and time again and depending on your personal background and upbringing, you may find completely different answers than someone else. We have come to understand modern business as being a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners ideology and showing any compassion for others or a sense of limits to what you are willing to do to win at business as is considered a weakness.
Yet nations around the world have been founded on the foundations of spirituality. Some might call this religion, but the two are closely related and it seems as though mankind alters religion into a political tool when it suits them, though it is the spirituality that underlies those beliefs that define these nations.
As younger generations grow up, go to school and college, earn their degrees and then enter the workforce, they have been inundated with messages about the importance of money. It drives them, it motivates them, and ultimately it becomes their compass in life. While this trend is certainly not new to the world of business and entrepreneurship, it is fast becoming something of a plague in modern society.
Why can't business and spirituality coexist? It has happened with some of the best and strongest companies in the world. The basic groundwork for dealing with this issue comes down to each individual and the importance they place on making money.
Boosting business is not evil
Just because you have a strong desire to elevate your business, make it more profitable, and to become a leader doesn't make you an evil person. There are many businessmen and businesswomen who have worked hard and become successful while holding onto their strong sense of spirituality. It all comes down to a basic choice.
How important it the bottom line to you and your business? What are your limits when it comes to achieving your goals for your business? If you are a spiritual person yet you wish to make a million dollars with your business in five years, there's nothing wrong with that. Unless you begin to conduct yourself in a way that leads you off the path you have chosen for your spiritual strength and salvation.
Merging business and spirituality requires foresight, a plan, and being able to hold fast to that plan. When you do that, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your dreams.