Recovering When You Have Lost Your Way – Part 2
“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”
PRINCIPLE #2: “NEGATIVITY INTO POSITIVITY”
Sometimes, we lose sight of our vision because we have been stuck in negative thought patterns for too long. Because of setbacks or long periods of stagnation, we start to feel that we aren’t adequate to carry out the dreams that God has given us. As anyone who’s experienced this can attest, it can be so difficult to break the bondage of discouraging thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:4
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
“I’ve been there! I understand what it’s like to be stuck, to feel like you’re in a place you’ll never get out of,” Dr. Ellison said. “When you’re stuck, you need to change the way you ask yourself questions. Instead of saying ‘Why me?’ or ‘I don’t have enough money or time,’ or ‘My family doesn’t believe in me,’ reframe the way you talk to yourself. Ask yourself this question: ‘What does this make possible?’”
Changing your mentality is an incredibly important step toward rediscovering your passion. It may sound cliché, but “looking on the bright side” can really help you to remember why you embraced your vision in the first place. Not experiencing the fast growth you would like to see in your business? Perhaps you have more time to spend learning from your mentors, or building quality relationships with potential clients. Not feeling the same drive for your ministry that you used to? Maybe you now have more energy to dedicate to studying God’s word and learning about His will for your future. In addition to the ever-important “What does this make possible?” question, Dr. Ellison also uses some of these additional mental exercises to stimulate positive ideas:
• What are people asking me for? What kind of advice do people come to me to receive?
• How can I create something that will serve even more people?
• What are some of the needs I see around me?
• What makes my heart sing? What makes me come alive?
Ask these questions not just of yourself, but of some of the people around you. Be bold! Get feedback from your spouse, your employees, your friends, and your bosses. If people say that you’re a great encourager, then think about the ways that you can build up the hurting people in your life. If you’re passionate about a fine art like carpentry or painting, then film a few videos of yourself and start a teaching channel online. If others tell you that you’re a fantastic cook, then look into that and make use of it.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Thank you for reading this post today. Have a blessed day!
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