Keys to a More Abundant Career

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Since time immemorial, mankind has faced distractions — both internal and external. Author, Steven Pressfield calls these distractions resistance, and in his book, The War of Art, he says “Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, or erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be.”

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “What you resist persists.” What are you resisting in your career? Is it networking, marketing, development? What can you do to make your task more palatable? If you feel overwhelmed, how can you break up your big to-do items and make them more manageable? Here are three options for you to consider: ┬ádo, defer, or delegate. Wherever you are in your life or career, what would you have to believe to trust that the Lord has you exactly where you’re supposed to be?

Take the words “should” and “have to” out of your vocabulary and replace them with “choose to” and “get to.” You don’t “have to” write your resume — perhaps writing isn’t your thing, and the truth is that if that’s the case, hiring a professional resume writer might very well be the smartest thing you can do. You don’t “have to” network. If you go to a networking even with that attitude, it will sabotage your success. Why not go instead with a strategy for making networking comfortable?

Byron Katie or Katie as she’s known says that “Reality is always more kind than the story we tell about it.” If you’re telling a story about reality that has you feeling less than abundant, consider changing your story. Remember, the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus came that you may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

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