Make no mistake about it, there will be moments when a crisis strikes. Life has a way of making sure that plenty of lemons come our way.
And it seem that none of us can escape this truth.
Leaders often have to manage through crisis. This can only be done with good information. Because of a crisis, you may feel like your life has been a waste. But don’t worry… there are plenty of chances to turn those lemons into something good.
Mistakes are Inevitable
In my experience, no one is always happy, excited, or hopeful. We may not always see progress. At times we see things slipping backwards. Sometimes through no fault of our own, yet often through our own mistakes as well. Everyone makes mistakes, the mistake is not the important part, the lesson is.
Here is a key truth to overcoming our mistakes:
Admitting your mistake quickly positions you to extract wisdom from it
That’s right. You learn when you admit your mistakes openly and transparently.
Laugh them off, brush them off, learn the lesson, and move on to your next (even greater) accomplishment!
You see, pain births a willingness to change. No matter what has to change around you, the first thing to change is YOU. Renew your mind to what a crisis is to you.
These steps may help:
Understand that your feelings are created by your focus
What you are focusing on determines how you feel. Here are a few ways to change your feelings:
- Through focus
- Through music
- Through the people around you
- Through praise
And if you are so inclined…
- Through worship
Understand that your feelings can change as quickly as they arrived
Did you suddenly get upset at something? Then you are able to suddenly get happy again! It’s all a matter of what you decide to focus on. That will get your joy back.
Nothing is ever as bad as it first appears
What you see as a loss is actually an investment – if you perceive it through new eyes. Bad times can activate great relationships. Think about it, when the bad time hit, your fair weather friends left, didn’t they? But your true friends stuck with you. Your relationship with them is now cemented even better than before. What a wonderful gift to receive! Absolutely priceless in my book.
Quitting does not improve your life
WOW, WOW, WOW! This one hit me strongly the first time I read it. It just never occurred to me that QUITTING HAS NO REWARD. What does quitting give you? Regret, guilt, shame, more fear, less faith. Nope, I don’t want any of those, I’ve had enough of feeling those things. So I have decided today that I’m not quitting. How about you?
Endurance is a bridge
Everyone walks through a wilderness experience. Everyone walks through the rough places. Everyone experiences crisis, even those who seem to “have it all together.” Get real. They don’t. If you could see deeper into their lives, you would see that they don’t have it all together.
Instead, see that your endurance will increase access to someone – a friend, someone to help you, someone to encourage you, someone to help you solve the problem.
Your endurance is a testimony of encouragement to others
Someone is watching your life. Someone is learning from what you are doing. Someone is secretly rooting for you to win. People love to see the underdog win. So if you are feeling like that underdog today, take courage in knowing that when you do win, it will be a heroic and inspirational story! You will encourage others with it! So today, allow encouragement to sink in. You will win if you do not give up.
Always know that I am here to help put things in perspective and to be your friend and encourager!