An Inside Job – Rough Day at the Office
Key Bible Verse: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8
Bonus Reading: Proverbs 3:5-8; 18:14; 24:10
Do you allow business problems to ruin your entire day? Problems with staff, customer complaints, and difficulties in production are inevitable. At some point in your career, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed.
The key is how you respond. Wasting energy complaining won’t help to overcome the situation.
It’s like sailing on the ocean during a major storm. You can’t stop the wind or the waves, but you can bail water out of the boat.
When problems threaten to crush you, look for positive action you and your staff can take. Attack the problem where you can make the most difference.
Ask yourself what you can change with your available resources. Identify three things that will make a 50 percent difference. Then establish an action plan that involves both you and your staff.
Set other, less important, issues on the back burner, and tackle the important priorities immediately. Next, identify lesser issues that you can solve, then keep moving down your list of priorities until everything is back under control.
As you take decisive action, your problems won’t crush you, and you’ll eventually win again in your business.
—Steve Marr in Business Proverbs
My Response: One step I could take to improve my outlook is …
Adapted from Business Proverbs (Revell, 2001)
Prayer for the Week: I can cope with external challenges, Lord, if I’m internally aligned with Your will. Help me to think like a true Christian this week.