On Labor Day, this seemed a good day to deal with a few of the steps I feel, if taken, will allow Christians to more easily achieve Career triumph. After drafting a Career Plan, the plan-implementing steps taken will surely shape a worker’s results.
- There are three (3) steps which will typically facilitate your achieving success in your worklife, namely:
1. Encourage yourself
2. Listen to yourself
3. ‘Keep yourself’ when you’re jobless
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God (1 Samuel 30:6).
Managing and planning your career, or just getting up on Monday morning (for some), may require you to tap into your spiritual dimension. Surely a worklife storm will require you to do so! Be faithful and believe that God is bigger than the situation or storm you’re dealing with. Be it getting a promotion, enduring a tight job market, or making a career change, let the Lord help you get the victory you’re seeking – and deserve.
- Tap your HERO mental resources to “cope with the challenges of [your] work life” too. Dr. Marla Gottschalk (Why Positivity is So Essential in the Workplace) believes that drawing on four (4) ‘psychological resources‘ can be very helpful. What is HERO?
Hope – A belief in the ability to persevere toward goals and find the methods or paths to reach them. Efficacy – The confidence that one can put forth the effort to affect outcomes. Resilience – The ability to bounce back in the face of adversity or failure. Optimism – A generally positive view of work and the potential of success.
With the Lord as your Shepherd, your resilience and hope HERO resources should be abundant, right?
Listen to yourself
- Parker J. Palmer, in his book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, offers some great insight into how people typically go about choosing their career path. He sees vocation not as a “goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received.” He goes on to state:
“Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice “out there” calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.
It is a strange gift, this birthright gift of self. Accepting it turns out to be even more demanding than attempting to become someone else!”
- His work has been featured on this blog: What’s Life Saying to You? (Part 2)
- On listening to yourself he states: “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”
‘Keep yourself’ when you’re jobless
In writing about how his own father responded to losing his job, when he was 17 years old, Dustin McKissen wrote in If You Lose your Job, Remember This:
“if you lose your job, don’t lose yourself. The best parts of you, the parts that will be remembered, usually have nothing to do with your job. You should give your job your best, but don’t make the best part of you your job.”
Wow! In less than 45 words he captures why those who tie their whole identify, their personal worth, to a single job shouldn’t. Those who do may take losing a job like the death of a loved one. If this is you, please check out McKissen’s entire post. No job, even a truly great one, should be ‘all you are’. In short, keep yourself when you lose a job; don’t lose yourself.
- McKissen goes on to state “just because that time [you were employed] has come and gone doesn’t mean you have come and gone.” As someone who has been unemployed myself, his words are great food for thought for all who are temporarily jobless. I read a lot of LinkedIn posts folks; this one lingered in my mind for days!
- In a nutshell, please don’t let joblessness trigger hopelessness. Frankly, that will make getting another job more (not less) difficult. It’s very important that you remain hopeful (remember HERO) and maintain your mental stamina. Like a lot of things in life (before one gets to Heaven), this truth is a bitter pill that must be swallowed . . . to move out of the dark Career Valley you might be in. Trust that ‘trouble don’t last always’ and that all things will ‘work together’ in due time.
In closing this Your Next Triumph post, remember this: The Christian who remains encouraged and listens to their self and God stands a far better chance of getting the workplace victories they seek. Some of those victories may even find them! As long as you haven’t tied your entire personal identify to your 9-5 job, you’ll likely be such a victory-bound Christian. Your Real Boss wants you to be more than a conqueror! However, being easily discouraged and, as Palmer might put it, ignoring ‘what your life is saying to you’, isn’t a wise strategy for a triumphal worklife.
To God be the glory.