2021 has been a real tough one but has also given us staying power and a newfound appreciation of our challenges.
One of the lessons I learned was to stay true to my purpose to inspire you to keep moving and not give up on your dreams. Even as I struggled to keep 50plusshadesofus relevant in the midst of doubt and despair that seems to be plaguing our livelihoods.
One thing I know for certain is this: “When you are frustrated and disappointed due to circumstances or brokenness, you can always find your way to the secret place of God’s presence.” The secret places reveal truths about yourself and about God.
We have to be careful of allowing circumstances and people to come into our season and take us off course. Check out the following key points:
1. CHANGE CAN BE SCARY – BUT IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE
Finding yourself under new circumstances, good or bad, can be overwhelming. The uncertainty of facing something without previous experience is a major source of stress.
However, a crisis can also be an opportunity – as long as you develop a “Challenge Mindset” rather than a “Threat Mindset.” When faced with a stressful situation, if you see it as:
A crisis you don’t have the capacity and resources to overcome, that stops you in your tracks? You have a “Threat Mindset.”
If you view it as an opportunity to build on your skills, using the resources you have at your disposal? You have a “Challenge Mindset.”
It is easier said than done, but some strategies can help you become better at adapting to these changes. These include:
- Removing as much uncertainty as you can.
- Putting things in perspective, and using a long-term goal as motivation.
- Displaying boldness in the midst of unbelief.
2. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO
It’s about more than just a mindset. It’s what you do that matters too. Our persistent modest attitude gets God’s attention. We have to:
- Stop trying to do things in our own power.
- Speak to our Mountain “Mountain Be Moved”!
- Be persistent in Humility
- Don’t Give Up!
3. YOU’RE A LOT MORE RESILIENT THAN YOU THINK…
We all realize this year that we can get through more than we thought. To continue building your resilience skills in the New Year, try some of these strategies:
- View you decisions as active choices – not sacrifices.
- Believe in your God-given gifts and talents
- View stress and setbacks as opportunities, not punishment.
Remember, you are not alone. Take the time to search your hearts with the help of the Holy Spirit. Fight your mind from straying…wandering as this produces not only anxiety but hesitation that causes procrastination.
God has an assignment for us every day!
Be Blessed in 2022.
Your purpose-driven mentor,
Kimberly J. Richardson
Leave us your thoughts and comments. What lessons have you learned in 2021 that will help you in 2022?