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!
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