Christian Career Corner: 6 Ways to Get Your Victory

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Enjoying a victorious career as a Christian takes more than a scribbled plan on a napkin and a prayer.  If only it was that simple!

Labor Day seemed a good time to share 6 habits to help you achieve your career goals.  If you regularly practice all of them you will get the victory.


1 – Know WHO you are. If you don’t have a good sense of self, how can you realize your full potential?

  • Self awareness
  • Taking assessment exercises (There are many exercises that can help you get a very good sense of your top strengths and ‘motivated skills’)
  • Mental reflection (Ask yourself: What makes me unique?; What kind of things do I do at work that I enjoy and get me recognition?)

2 – Know WHOSE you are (Faith). You are a child of God. Your steadfast faith as you work and manage your career will surely help you be a victor. As Romans 8 tells us, saved believers are ‘more than conquerors’. Even when you face a career storm, trust that all things will work together for the good. God’s on your side. Your co-workers, who haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, face their work battles all alone. You know your big battles are fought by the Lord.

3 – Know WHERE you are going. Your career goals and plans should be clear and in writing. Frankly, for some, this is the only habit that they associate with career planning. Even then, those in this camp too often don’t write their plans or have plans which aren’t clear. Even if you practice this habit well, it takes more than knowing where you’re going to be truly victorious. What should you do? Have career goals. Make them clear. Put them in writing; regularly assess your progress.

4 – Know WHY you want what you want. Having this knowledge can enhance your self talk and your ability to sell yourself in interviews and promotion meetings. There are 3 Whys that you need to keep in mind: Emotional; Rational; Strategic. Ideally your ‘whyness’ should flow from at least 2 of these 3 whys. Careers, career moves, or on-the-job actions that are driven only my emotion, pragmatism (rational), or strategy are at risk of being unfulfilling.

5 – Know and BELIEVE you’ll succeed when it’s time to act. Act when the time arrives! Don’t be an unconfident procrastinator. Don’t be a doubting Thomas or Thomasina about your career prowess. Please keep this in mind: If not you, who? If not now, when? Don’t let negative self talk, unsupportive naysayers, or procrastination keep you from getting the victory! Embrace yourself. Have the courage to make your goals come alive by acting.

6 – Know that mid-journey SETBACKS can actually be beneficial. Sometimes the bad things you experience can be a blessing in disguise. Remember that you have God by your side. He has the final say! So if you get rejected for a job or promotion, don’t fret. If you loss your job, know that you haven’t loss your Savior. As I heard a minister say a few months ago, often there’s ‘treasure in your trouble’. Keep your head up and keep the faith! God may be setting you up for something far better.  



  • Even if you are in a job today you’re happy with, the first four habits alone will help you understand why you are content – and know how to maintain and build on what you have now.
  • If you are in a job that’s simply OK, are seeking a promotion, are contemplating a career change, or are jobless now, practicing all 6 of these habits could prove very helpful I believe.

If you remember who your Real Boss is -the Lord- you’ll be able to survive and thrive in the Workplace.  Again, it begins with faith: knowing whose you are (the second habit).  This powerful Marvin Sapp video (“I Win”) captures visually and musically the essence of this post.  If you walk with Jesus you’ll win!  You will win.  Peace be with you!  Happy Labor Day!

Greg Silverthorne


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Change Your World, Keep Moving Forward (King/Peale)

“If you can’t fly, then run.   If you can’t run, then walk. 

If you can’t walk, then crawl.  But whatever you do,

you have to keep moving forward.”

~ Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

iStock_000027630618Medium_manstretchingNYC“Change your thoughts and you change your world”.

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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Acts 16 Comes to Atlanta (Faith)


There was Paul and Silas in jail, ‘loosed’ from the prison by an earthquake (Acts 16:25).

Then there was Willie Myrick in Atlanta GA (Praise in Action: Gospel-singing boy is freed).   Kidnapped, he was released by kidnapper after he kept singing this Hezekiah Walker gospel song (“Every Praise”).  As I stated in that post, he ‘beat the storm’:

By singing a Hezekiah Walker song (“Every Praise”) for 3 hours  . . . until the kidnapper relented and released him!   No Georgia troopers, no guns, just GOD!   Talk about ‘a very present help in time of trouble’! (This brave boy got God to show up, and show out, in a matter of hours)


  • Sing praises, solve the situation.   Willie did it.   Paul and Silas did it.  You can too!  Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

 

See and Starve Your Career Fears (Christians)

iStock_000024086772Medium_stressAtWorkA Christian who wants to succeed in their career must do this:

  • Acknowledge and starve their fears. 

What are the Career Fears which abiding Christian men and woman often harbor?  This post describes three common career fears.  If you see them in your work life, strive to effectually and continually starve them!


Common Career Fears of Christians

NETWORKING

Being connected and networking is important for ALL workers, whether gainfully employed or temporarily jobless. Some shun doing any networking.

  • Even if you’re shy by nature, to be truly victorious you need to get out of your comfort zone – and connect with others.
  • Naturally outgoing and extroverted?  Be sure you listen as much as you talk when networking.
  • In short, your connections can be a BRIDGE to advancing your career, getting a promotion, or getting a new job.
  • Tips:
    1. Build the bridges BEFORE you need to cross the water.   If you are working now, and God forbid lost your job next month, surely having established contacts would make it easier for you get another job.
    2. Understand that being well connected is as much about who knows you as who you know.

FALLING/DEFEAT

Falling is part of winning.    I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news.   Quite simply, some fear falling and not being able to get back up.  This fall-avoidance fear drives fall-fearers to aim low (not high) to avoid ever falling in the first place.

  • This thinking WILL stymie your career and make victories rare & small.    We fall down, but we get back up again.
  • Risks and Rewards are the bookends of a successful career journey.  Calculated risks are part of a truly rewarding work life.  Foolish risks, however,  should always be avoided.
  • Playing ‘small’ will rarely lead to large victories.

YOUR STEADFAST FAITH WILL NOT BE ENOUGH

Replace your career worries with constructive career concerns.  Have faith and trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Reflect carefully on the following 2 scriptures from the Bible:.

  • Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.   Hebrews 11:1 (NRS)
  • But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today”.  Matthew 6: 33 – 34 (NRS)

To put it simply, be an Overcomer.  Acknowledge a fear and move to starve, not feed, it!  If you starve your career fears today, you’ll be positioned to be a Christian Career Champion tomorrow.  Be an Overcomer, not a Fear Feeder.  Those who never network, aim low, and generally ‘walk by sight’ are destined for a mediocre career.  Let the pursuit of excellance, not fear-fueled mediocrity, guide your Career Journey!

Which of these three fears have you conquered fully in your career already?  Grace, mercy, and peace to you.


Greg Silverthorne

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Success Quote – Mar. 8, 2015

So true! While we all would like to live a long life, and go ‘up yonder’ to enjoy eternal salvation, ask yourself this: What am I doing down here?  This great MLK quote reminds me of many scriptures (about our purpose and God’s plan for us). It also reminds me of the following quote: “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” (Henry David Thoreau).  Do more than simply exist, Live!  Thanks for sharing Paul.

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“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” 
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

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Who You Are, All You Are (Life Purpose)

What is my purpose?

“I’m not sure where it came from, but somehow our passion and purpose get all tangled up with our occupation.   Your passion and purpose do not come formed in the shape of a particular job or career, ever.   Passion and purpose are WHO YOU ARE and what makes you, you.   Nobody’s passions add up to a single job . . . a single job role can never remotely encompass your energy and the potential you bring to the world.”

  • Are you defining yourself primarily by your 9-5 job?  Theresa Sullivan, in “You Need To ‘Find’ Your Passion & 4 other myths debunked”, captures powerfully the all-too-common notion that this single part of one’s life (a job) encompasses ALL that one is – or can ever be.   She explains quite well why it can’t.   I agree with her wholeheartedly!
  • In this post I’ve provided several excerpts, from Sullivan’s insightful LinkedIn post, to give you a flavor of her thoughts.

“Look at who you are, not your job title, when you’re talking about purpose or passion.”

“Your passion isn’t hiding from you, you won’t find it all neatly packed into a miraculously fine job role, it isn’t just one thing and it can shape-shift throughout your life.” 

“Not a single one of us knows what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone 10, 20, 30 years from now.   We get to do this lifetime exactly once.  By not being who you are right now, selfishly hoarding your gifts instead of sharing them with the world, you will have missed out on the entire, miraculous opportunity of being alive.   Only when you share with the world what you were uniquely put here to do will you be able to claim you’re really alive.”  [Emphasis added]


Even if you have a phenomenal position which you truly love, that single work role surely is NOT the only role that’s important – to the Lord, others, or you.  Is It?   Being one of ‘God’s masterpieces’, all you are can not be simplistically reflected in your job alone.  Like Sullivan, I too wonder how our purpose and passion got ‘all tangled up with occupation’.  Do you need to untangle yourself, and your purpose, from your job today?  Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

 Greg Silverthorne


For we are God’s masterpiece.   He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,

so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)


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It Ain’t Over Until God Says It’s Over! (Russell Wilson’s Victory)

He must increase, but I must decrease.  (John 3:30)

If Russell Wilson isn’t an example of a Christian man who knows where his strength comes from, who his Real Boss is, I don’t know who is?     To have a Playoff NFL game start so poorly yesterday for the Seattle Seahawks, and then have the NFC Team end up winning the game is, as far as Wilson, I, and many are concerned, God’s favor at work!

Wilson is a gifted Quarterback; his faith in God is one of his core strengths.   Like another God-fearing, Christian NFL Quarterback, Cam Newton (post), I’ve featured Wilson (Ask, Seek, and Knock post) on this site before.

  • To have a zero (0) Quarterback Rating in the 1st quarter of the Sunday afternoon football game against the Green Bay Packers and then, in the last 5 minutes of regulation and Overtime, go 179 degrees and win was a sight to see.  A miracle perhaps.  Guess what?   Who better to spark a Miracle than the Lord and a God-trusting Quarterback like Russell Wilson!
  • Wilson gave credit to God and his Team in an emotional, post-game Interview:

  • The New Testament scripture (John 3:30) that led this blog can be found on Russell Wilson’s Twitter home page.

 


 




 Greg Silverthorne