A Step Ahead
This blog is for those who are waiting on their breakthrough. Those who can’t seem to break free. You are stuck. You have been stuck. My goal in writing this blog is to help get you one step ahead. Many blame God. It isn’t his fault. You have prayed until you are blue in the face. You have cried many nights and things still are the same. If you are going to change your life, you are going to have to be the one who does it.
Step 1: Surround yourself with community.
God works through people. If you aren’t connected to a support system then you aren’t going to get anywhere. Want some help with a new business? Find people willing to give you advice and meet with them. Having relationship issues? Join a small group at your church and open up with your small group leader about what you are facing. Having trouble at work? Meet with your managers and share your heart with them. You weren’t meant to do life alone.
Step 2: Be authentic.
If you want to build trusted relationship you have to let your guard down and be real. Answer honestly. You don’t have to over spiritualize your answers. Don’t be spooky. You can communicate without constantly saying what God thinks. It is OK to say what you think too. What you think about your life matters to God. You don’t always have to start with can you pray about this and then proceed to gossip. That is not a good way to earn trust. Identify how you can help those who you are trying to influence. The level of your influence is tied to the amount of help you offer.
Step 3: Shut up and listen!
That’s right. Applies to your relationship with God and your relationship with others. You don’t have to say everything that is on your mind. Taking a brain dump on someone is not nice. If you walked away saying everything you wanted to say, then you probably said too much. Your goal should be to listen. Every conversation isn’t about you or what you have been through. Every conversation doesn’t have to be confrontational. You don’t have to share over and over about that negative experience you had. Learn to have some self control and listen with heart. If you are checking your phone, texting and taking calls, looking at your watch, then you are communicating that what they have to say isn’t important to you. It is also very rude. Listen with heart.
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Step 4. Ask open ended questions when you do talk.
Open ended questions do not end with yes or no. For example: How did your meeting go? How did that make you feel? What are some next steps you think will help? Questions that begin with how and what are key to getting other’s help. Listen to them because it may be God speaking through them. It may be a confirmation.
Step 5. Accept accountability.
Ask them to hold you accountable with your progress. Change isn’t an event. It is progress. Maintaining change is innovation. We are constantly changing from glory to glory. Let them help you discover some practical steps to help you achieve the results you are trying to reach. Set up a time and date for a follow up conversation.
Once you work through your situation, you will be able to help others work through their situations as well. These principles will help many of you breakthrough. When you are ready to change you will begin to apply them. The ball isn’t on God’s court. It is on yours. You determine how far you will go. You determine whether or not you respond to the vision and dreams that God has placed in your heart. You determine the impact you will make in your lifetime. You determine whether you want to be broke the rest of your life. You determine whether you want to be free from habits, hurts, and hang ups. Everything Jesus was going to do for you has been done. It is finished. Now it is up to you to receive it by faith and live.
Now go ahead and identify the next step you need to take. Take the next step to get ahead.
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