No one likes to be criticized. It’s not fun to be told what you did wrong. But criticism is exactly what we need to hear to get better.
If you were taking a college writing course and got glowing remarks every time you turned in a paper, those remarks might make you feel good at first. But if the remarks became a consistent trend, they would begin to ring hollow. As a result of the consistently positive feedback, you would eventually realize that you weren’t getting any feedback that would help you improve. You would sense that you needed some constructive criticism to help you get better.
While not all criticism is constructive, it can be received in that way. But that requires that you look at criticism in the right way. Here are three steps to deal with criticism and make it work for you.
God has a plan for your future (Jeremiah 29:11). He has a plan that He would like for you to follow because you have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). And He wants you to pursue that plan. But first it is up to you to find out what that purposeful destiny is.
God is still the potter and you are still the clay (Isaiah 64:8). It is His will that you are here to fulfill. But if you delight yourself in the Lord, then He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Because your desires will be His desires.
God knows you intimately. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7). And He knows the way that would be best for you to follow (Proverbs 22:6). So His plan for your life is the perfect one for you.
Here are 15 questions you can use to determine what God has planned for your purposeful destiny here on earth.
Integrity is important for your leadership. It is important for you to be the same person all the time, especially if you are running a business. The people in your charge are relying on you to display the kind of character that is necessary to produce a healthy business culture. That’s why it is imperative that you exhibit business leadership integrity.
You can’t afford to be one kind of person at the workplace and one kind of person at home. That is not integrity. That is compartmentalization. And that will sabotage your business culture.
Here are three disciplines to implement to maintain business leadership integrity and develop a healthy business culture.
What you expect will come your way. It is a biblical principle: you will become whatever you believe in your heart (Proverbs 23:7). You won’t be able to change your life until you change your self-talk.
Fear and faith are two opposite concepts. But they both are self-fulfilling. Both imply a belief system that will support their fulfillment.
You have a choice to make. You can either choose to listen to faith or listen to fear. What you listen to will determine how you think. And how you act. And what you say.
Here are three ways you can change your life by changing your self-talk.
You walk into work on a Friday morning, thinking about all that you have to do that day and what you want to do that weekend. Soon after you get in, your boss calls you into his office. After you sit down, he tells you that you no longer have a job at that organization because your services are no longer needed there. He then informs you that you need to pack up your desk by the end of the day. And for the rest of the day you think through how a job loss will impact your financial situation.
Can you relate to this? This is a difficult experience to go through. You have to fight thoughts of worthlessness and worry. Because a job loss feels like an attack on your identity. But it shouldn’t be.
You are not your job. You are not what you do. Because you can change what you do. And a job loss can be a great blessing if you look at it the right way.
After a job loss, you can move forward and not just move on. Here’s how.
Have you ever marveled at how some people can persevere through anything? They seem to be able to plow through any obstacle to achieve their goals. Ever wondered why? It’s because they have the power of courageous commitment.
I know some people have a self-confidence that borders on cockiness. But the power of courageous commitment doesn’t have to be based on our own sense of self-importance. In fact, it should be grounded on a firm belief of who God is and what He has called you to do.
Here are some examples from Scripture to show that you too can appropriate the power of courageous commitment.
True self-confidence can be elusive. Even though people may project a confident exterior, they usually deep down harbor a lack of self-confidence.
But people who genuinely are self-confident are oftentimes not self-aware. They don’t realize that their self-confidence is ill-founded. Because they don’t really know who they are. As a result, they deceive themselves.
True self-confidence has to start inside you. It will not come from things outside you. But it can be confirmed from things outside you.
Here’s how you can build true self-confidence.
Most people don’t discover God’s vision for their lives. Even if they did discover what God’s vision for their life was, they wouldn’t believe that they could do it. As a result, most people are frustrated with their lives. Because they don’t live up to their God-given potential.
Here’s a simple exercise. Answer the following questions:
- Do you believe that God is all powerful?
- Do you believe that God can use any instrument to accomplish his purposes?
- If God called you to achieve something you thought impossible, could you accomplish it?
That’s why you need to see yourself as God sees you. Here’s how you can find out God’s vision for your life, so you can live up to your God-given potential.
Have you ever made an error that made you lose everything? Most people have not lost everything, but they live as though they might. That’s because they fear failure more than they believe in themselves.
Most people are so afraid of failure that they don’t do what they could do and they don’t become who they could become. They try so desperately to avoid failure that they are afraid to try.
But God doesn’t want you to live that way. He wants you to embrace all that you can be. Here are three steps you can take so that you won’t fear failure in the process of becoming who God made you to be.
Have you ever gone into a room before and forgot why you went there in the first place? The same kind of thing can happen in your life. You can wake up one day and wonder how your life became the way it is. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your life focus and avoid life distractions.
In life, there are many options to choose from. And you can get tempted to go down some paths that seem good but don’t end up getting you where you want to go. That’s why it is important to maintain your life focus.
Here’s how you can avoid life distractions and keep your life focus.