I read a great article the other day from the Atlanta Business Chronicle called “7 Habits of Amazing Successful Sales People (Terry Brock, Contributing Writer)”and one of the habits seemed to jump off the page at me: Hustle when others hunker down. When uncertainty or tough times come about (and they always do) the winners and leaders take a different approach than the average person – they jump into hustle mode while others want to stay under the radar and not rock the boat.
We all like certainty and security. It makes us feel good, relaxed, and less anxious. Predictability is a good thing and the desire for comfort is fundamental to our human nature! However, one of the only certain [assured/guaranteed/definite]things in this life is that uncertainty will always be present! The deal fell through, the boss you love has left, family relations took at drastic change, sickness struck without warning, a friend left you hanging, that promise was broken, the money didn’t come in, that trip didn’t happen, that dream won’t be fulfilled. What do you do in this moment and how do you react when met with hardship and unexpected circumstances? Do you retreat, let life beat you down, dwell on the negatives, assume the worst, abandon your dreams and aspirations? Or do you get back on your feet, look at what you can control in your life (emotions, time, energy, thoughts), fight, work hard, keep the right attitude, and determine to move forward? The latter find a way to use their challenges as a springboard to success. Don’t allow it to crush your spirit or discourage you from using your gifts and talents. Success can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people – only you can determine what that looks like for you personally.
Those of us who have faith in Christ Jesus know that His ways are above our ways and that we should count it all joy when we fall into various trials. This doesn’t mean that we should be happy about the hardship… it means that we can get excited about what the trials will produce in us ifwe allow God to work through us. Just as you go to a gym to workout and literally tear your muscles in order to get stronger, so God allows/uses the trials and uncertainties of this life to build character, perseverance, and spiritual faith. When we are weak, He will be strong in us.
Don’t take your foot off the accelerator, don’t hunker down, don’t look for an easy way out, don’t get discouraged, don’t give up, and don’t throw away your dream. Uncertainty is certain, but what you do during those uncertain times will greatly alter the outcome of your life and those around you.
“Remember who you are” –J. Mingee