7 Ways Christian Business Leaders Can Conquer Worry
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Know that feeling when you’re overwhelmed, frustrated, and worried about your work?
Well, of course you do! We all do.
But, I’m convinced that worry is one of the most devastating hindrances to success for entrepreneurs and business leaders, both personally and professionally.
Think about it. You’re running out of money, your customer base isn’t growing quickly enough, and your original sense of vision and excitement becomes dampened. It could be because of multiple roadblocks, or things just not working as you anticipated and as fast as you hoped.
You may sense you can’t even establish the foundations of a new venture, much less finish the project or even create an organization.
What if you fail?
What will your colleagues say?
What will the industry say?
What will your friends say?
What will your family say?
And, what will you do?
Well, all of these fears can certainly be a cause for worry.
Yet the Bible clearly says, “Don’t worry.” In fact, worry is listed with other “gross” sins like adultery, murder, idolatry, etc. Ouch!
So how do successful business leaders handle worry at work and in their personal lives?
You think and act biblically, turning that cause for worry into motivation for personal and professional growth and success.
In the beginning of Psalm 37, we observe the first 3 of the 7 core skills that if applied will change your life.
“Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper” (Psalm 37:1-3 NLT, emphasis mine).
I learned these in my late teens, when I was, in fact, a world-class worrywart. I worried about everything. Truly. I was living in a constant state of panic. A mentor taught me these principles. I turned them into habits and ultimately core competencies. I can honestly tell you I have not experience a day (often not a minute) of worry ever since.
Based upon my experience of practicing these key concepts, let me coach you briefly on how to apply them as skills in your life to overcome worry.
1. Don’t Worry
Great, isn’t that helpful! You think to yourself. It actually is. But first, you must commit not to worry. Because your worry is sin and demeans God. It says in effect, “God, you are not big enough to deal with my issues.” So, what issues aggravate your worry as a Christian business professional right now?
2. Trust in the Lord
“God works all things together for good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose,” according to Romans 8:28-29, right? So, we worry not because our challenges are too big but because we fear our God is too small. Trust him.
3. Do Good
Don’t just sit there and stew, but do what you can that is good. If your business is struggling financially, use best practices by re-evaluating your business model, your customer service, the quality of your service/product, and so on. And, be good to people in general and, hey, be good to yourself too. Cut yourself some slack.
So, you see importance of conquering worry in our own lives. Let’s continue to look into the scripture verses in Psalm 37 to see the next 4 key skills that we must put into practice to overcome worry.
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