Develop strong creativity and innovation skills.  If you've lost your enthusiasm, drive, or energy to do your best in your work, ask God to revive you and breathe new life into your career.  Purposefully release all of your gifts into the world through your work rather than burying some of them out of fear.  Make whatever career changes you need to make to ensure that you're in a job that allows you to fully release your gifts.  Don't hold onto any job position you've grown comfortable in if it's keeping you from being optimally productive.  Release any bitterness that's interfering with your growth by forgiving the people who have hurt or offended you.  Rejoice by frequently celebrating the ways God is at work through the work you do for Him.  Instead of viewing your work as drudgery you have to do, ask God to help you see it as something valuable and fulfilling that you want to do.  Enjoy spontaneous moments of joy and humor with your coworkers.  Thank God often for giving you great work to do and empowering you to do it well.

May 11, 2010

Adapted from Jesus: Career Counselor: How to Find (and Keep) Your Perfect Work, copyright 2010 by Laurie Beth Jones. Published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Nashville, Tn., www.christian.simonandschuster.com.

Laurie Beth Jones is an internationally recognized best-selling author, speaker, inspirational life coach, and trainer - offering small group, online, and one-on-one training. Previous titles have spent more than thirteen months on the Businessweek bestseller list and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, CNN Financial, and more. A business-development coach and consultant to CEOs and organizations, Laurie Beth has conducted training or provided leadership products for major companies including Tyson Foods, Purina-Nestle, Neiman Marcus, Pfizer, Citi Financial, and American Express.