“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12)
To negotiate well, you should do these three things:
- Talk to God before you talk to others. Involve Him in all your decisions. The Bible says, “Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” “Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, and the power to enjoy them and to accept his appointed lot and to rejoice in his toil — this is the gift of God [to him]” (Ecclesiastes 5:19). If God can negotiate the price of our salvation at the cross, don’t you think He’s qualified to help you negotiate successfully in business?
- Think long-term. When someone feels “burned” in their business dealings with you, you may make a sale but you’ll lose a repeat customer. Billionaire Sam Walton said he rarely invested in a company because of where it would be in eighteen months. Instead he invested in companies that would still be successful ten years down the road. You may be irreplaceable today — but you won’t always be. And if you pressure your boss for a raise by threatening to leave, your short-term gain may result in long-term loss.
- Don’t be pressured into anything. Run from the salesperson who insists, “This is the last day of this sale!” Generally speaking, when you return a month later they’ll still do a deal! In many instances they need your purchase more than you need their product. Your opinion deserves to be heard and respected. Just make sure it’s at the right time, in the right atmosphere, and with the right attitude.
Heavenly Father, help me remember it is not about wealth but about honesty and rightness in dealing with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.