In the beginning of the year, we are usually excited about new vision; we strategize and prepare for prosperity-especially when it pertains to our personal or professional life. Unfortunately, as we approach the mid-year, many of us hit a common roadblock. It is usually placed right before an area of destruction, chaos or confusion. Actual roadblocks prevent us from entering dangerous ground. Similar to an actual roadblock, barriers in our life indicate that change must be made or else we too will enter dangerous ground. Private humility prevent us from public humiliation. A slip and fall while on ground-level hurts way less than falling from a 50-story building. Roadblocks prevent us from experiencing humiliation in high places in both our personal and/or professional lives.
Below are 5 important steps in order to break through a roadblock.
1. Examine Your Personal Life
Every human being was placed on earth to feel the love, peace and joy of God. People spend money and make great sacrifices for this love, peace and joy – even if they are searching in the wrong places. We must keep in the forefront of our mind is that every relationship, client, sponsor and employee is searching for this love, peace and joy- even if its through us, our business or brand. If they don’t find it, they will go elsewhere.
Our relationships, businesses and brand is a reflection of our hearts. If we are struggling with our business or brand, the first thing we should examine is our personal life. Our professional life is a reflection of our personal life. When we hit a roadblock in your professional life, we must take a step back to look at our entire life. How do we feel when we are alone? Can we honestly say that we are at peace? Peace does not mean perfection- it simply indicates that our spirit is at rest with our current circumstance.
As we grow, both our personal & professional life grows. When our personal life illustrates peace, love and joy- our professional life will too. When people see us they should recognize the peace within us. They will want to know “who, what, why, when & how” we got that way.
2. Examine Your Sacrifice
The word of God says, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying ‘this fellow began to build and was not able to finish” [Luke 14:28.] There is always a cost to leading yet sometimes we don’t place ourselves in a position to make the necessary sacrifice. Sometimes our roadblock can be self-inflicted. We may have to step away from certain family and friends to focus on doing the work required. Whether good or bad, if we are doing the same thing as everyone else, we will get the same results.
Leaders are not always available to do ”common” things. God says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” [Luke 12:48]. The greater the sacrifice, the more our value increases and the higher the value, the more the worth.
3. Examine Your Food
Matthew 14:13 illustrates how Jesus fed 5000 + people because He had the power to whereas the disciples could not. Initially, the disciples were going to send the people away to eat elsewhere. This is a clear illustration of how we treat our relationships, brands and businesses. Without realizing it, many of us are giving our future clients, supporters, sponsors and employees away due to lack of power. Remember, people want to feed on peace, love, joy as well as knowledge, wisdom and understanding; this is what brings our business/brand value. We need to feed ourselves 10x more of knowledge, wisdom and understanding to feed 10x more people. Our brand is an overflow of what we receive. In order to ”feed”-we must “eat”. When we never stop “eating,” we EXPLODE into so many opportunities because no one person can hold all the love, peace, joy, wisdom & knowledge inside. Roadblocks occur because we are empty. God can’t take empty vessels to touch nations. We must fill ourselves w/ His power [His word], which includes peace, love, joy, knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
4. Examine Your Distractions
How many of us wake up reaching for our phones to see what people are tweeting versus waking up reaching for our Bibles to hear what God is saying? Distractions take away from the creativity needed to excel in our professional lives. Creativity comes from the Creator, which is Christ so if we are bound to people, places and things-it blocks us from hearing the million dollar idea that will take us from the pit to the palace.
Distractions subtract from who we are, which in turn they distract us from our purpose. As a result, we are distracted from our relationships, businesses and brands, which distract us from making money. We don’t suffer from ”lack”- we suffer because of distractions. The ”smallest” distraction will keep us broke & miserable. For many of us, social media, TV, relationships & other vices are keeping us in misery. Know when to participate & when to pull back.
5. Examine the “Small Things”
The word of God says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” [Luke 16:10]. Paying attention to the smallest detail will enhance our relationships, brands and businesses. Small habits later develop large habits. We tend to overlook details not realizing they can take us from nothing to everything. How we organize & handle your sock drawer reflects how we will organize & handle your business. How we operate in friendships illustrate how we will operate in a marriage. Being anxious & overlooking small details causes us to fail tests that God gives us daily. First comes the test, then promotion. Place effort into EVERY aspect of your personal life & I guarantee you that it will enhance EVERY aspect of your professional life.
-From Sherane’s Closet to Yours
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