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Business Tip: Course Correction

 Course Correction

Christian Business Tip Course Correction

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Purposeful Pathway is a haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.

The theme of this post is course correction!

Setting crystal clear goals is a powerful practice in our faith-based businesses; in setting goals we delineate the destinations for our journeys. And, in creating the action step plans from these goals, we create our roadmaps – or, as I like to view them, our treasure maps!

Yet, for various reasons, God may have us “course correct” along the way. Although course correction is natural, so often we feel “wrong” for “abandoning” our goals. After all, we set our goals to achieve them, didn’t we?

But let’s look at why course correction is often necessary.

One reason for course correction is that our Omniscient Father has other plans for us; He will therefore nudge us to adjust our overall goals. Another reason may be that we need to better align with His timing. Yet another reason may be that our action steps, as well-planned as they are, are not in perfect alignment with God’s will. This does not suggest that they are morally “wrong” but simply that they are not in course with the “big picture” of His will.

So, as uncomfortable as it may be, course correction is a precious process to embrace!

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Let’s move to the practicals of this process. Below are seven steps for recognizing the need for and implementing the process of course correction:

  1. Red flag of resistance. Encountering constant resistance on our paths is often a sign that course correction is necessary. For example, you set a goal to coordinate a certain convention; yet you discover that nearly every item is falling through (the presenters, the venue, etc.) Sometimes the resistance exists to strengthen fortitude and patience. Sometimes, however, the resistance exists to nudge us in another direction. It is necessary, therefore, to pray for discernment about this distinction. Ask the Lord to shed light on whether or not the resistance is a red flag. Joyfully trust in His love and wisdom. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
  2. The gut feeling. As entrepreneurs, we can get so busy in “doing” that we tune out “feeling” and “being.” It is important to heed your feelings, subtle as they may be. They exist for a reason! For example: you may find yourself doing everything according to your thoughtfully laid-out plan, yet you sense now on some level that you should be doing otherwise. Ask the Lord to reveal the source of your feelings and where course correction is necessary.
  3. Back to the drawing board. Once you are clear that course correction is necessary, it is time to go back to the drawing board. It is time to redraw your treasure map. Ask the Lord to guide you through any revisions in your goals, business plan and daily action steps. The mission of our faith-based businesses is to serve others and glorify Him. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:20)
  4. Grow comfortable with the uncomfortable. Changing direction requires energy and focus. Envision a ship changing course. It is not an easy thing to do. It is easier to “go with the flow” of the current course. Expect discomfort in the process; expect also that you may question your course correction. It is important to review the reasons why you decided to course correct. Leaning upon the Lord, reviewing your reasons and conjuring your new vision will provide the necessary fuel to redirect your steps.
  5. Get help along the way. We do not journey in a vacuum. God created us to be in relationship – with Him and with others. As you course correct and embark upon unchartered territory, seek support from others who have traveled similar terrain. Be proactive in seeking support from godly friends, peers, mentors and coaches.
  6. Savor success. Document in your journal the details of your course correction: the steps you have changed, the dates you have implemented, and the fruit you have enjoyed. Savoring our course-correction successes enriches the journey and also provides motivation for future course corrections.
  7. Celebrate Christ. Jesus Christ is the one who paves our purposeful pathways. He is the Director of our course corrections. Let us celebrate our Savior as we savor every step!


I am excited for you as you course correct your purposeful path for Christ!

If you need help with course correcting in your business, I would be happy to help in this powerful process. A healthy business involves health all around: body, mind and spirit. Join 3D Vitality Biblical Health Coach Ann Musico and me in a powerful journey for transforming your body, your business and your life here.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us with a perfect love. Thank you for nudging us to course correct when necessary. We ask for the grace to hear Your voice and to heed Your call. May our every step be purposeful and aligned with Your Perfect Path. We offer You our lives, our hearts, our minds, our souls. We desire to bring You glory in every step of the way, every moment of every day. It’s in Jesus’ Name that we pray. Amen.

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  • http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com/ Ann Musico

    This came at the PERFECT time! I am in the midst of making some changes and the steps and tips are right on! Wonderful, insightful article, as always.

    • http://PurposefulPathway.com/ Caroline Gavin

      Wow!!! Thank you so much, Ann! Praise God for His PERFECT timing! He always sends the right article at the right time. Thank you for your always inspirational insights and your always wonderful friendship! You are a true treasure! Praying for you as “course correct” your purposeful pathway!

  • http://www.VictoryChristianCoaching.com/ Marianne Clements


    Great steps! I’ve definitely had to correct my course, especially over the last 2.5 years since I left my corporate job and stepped out in faith. Sometimes we start down the wrong path, but the steps you have outlined will help us determine if a course correction is needed.

    Have a Victorious Day!


    • http://PurposefulPathway.com/ Caroline Gavin

      Thanks so very much, Marianne! I always appreciate your insightful comments!

      Your journey is a perfect example of the necessity for – and the beauty of –
      course correction! Thank you for heeding God’s voice by heading in the direction
      He leads!

      Blessings of Victory and Joy in Jesus,

  • http://www.MarianneClements.org/ Marianne Clements

    I’m reading your steps again and being blessed once again. One question has been helpful to me as I’m correcting my course: “Is the devil driving or is the Lord leading?”
    Have a Victorious Day!

    • http://PurposefulPathway.com/ Caroline Gavin

      Once again you bless me with your encouragement and wisdom! Thank you, sweet Marianne! Your question is a probing and powerful one; each of us can benefit in asking this as we course correct! God bless you as you pave your purposeful pathway – and course correct – for Him!