Many of us spend our lives believing that we are only loved and accepted if we perform well, and punished or ignored when we perform poorly. But what if we could spend each day working from a place of security and empowerment? A place where we are confident we are accepted and loved regardless of our performance.To truly be powerful in business, we must first create the foundation of a strong identity and internal empowerment. That is why we need to find our one true foundation to build upon in order to be powerful at work. Here are 5 ways you can begin to implement that knowledge today!
Create Emotional Boundaries
The truth is, you can’t control anyone else, but God has given you the power to control yourself. With this awareness, we can exercise discipline around our thoughts and emotions. Restructuring our habits so that we might respond instead of react is essential to our growth as emotionally mature leaders. As children of God, we know that He is the one who ultimately knows the truth about us. Therefore, we must submit our thoughts and emotions to Him first. Once we are able to take our thoughts captive, we are more equipped to discern between the thoughts we should partake in versus the ones we shouldn’t. Just because we have strong feelings about something, doesn’t mean it would be wise to act upon them.
Navigate Conflict with Peace
It’s freeing to realize that as children of God, we don’t need to force others respect for us. We create a respectful environment simply by showing respect. How we navigate conflict can also serve as an example. Enforcing a standard and upholding emotional boundaries creates peace within ourselves as well as our environment. As we develop a strong identity, we are able to better tolerate stress and insecurity as well as encourage confidence within ourselves and others.
Demonstrate Personal Values
People are often afraid to contribute to their workplace. But when we have an inner security that comes from a God who tells us we are loved, we feel empowered to bring our best to the table. Prayer and meditation are ways in which we can feel connected to God throughout the day. Remaining in constant communication with the Father is also a way to ward off feelings of anxiety and jealousy. Envy is a wicked thief and professional jealousy is very real. Those who have a strong identity in the Creator see value in the contribution of others. They also have the confidence to see value in their own personal contributions.
Move Past Mistakes
Nothing you do can ever separate you from the love of God, not even your mistakes! When we have God as our anchor, we are able to move past earthly missteps more easily. The Bible tells us the Earth will pass away, but the love of the Lord remains forever. Why not place your value in something that is immovable and everlasting? Acknowledge your wrongdoings, but don’t dwell on the past. There is not a worry that will add a day to your life. Learn from the trials and know when to move forward.
Seek Help from Those You Trust
Pride is the ultimate roadblock when it comes to asking for help. Vulnerability is key thriving in the workplace. While our pride sees this trait as weakness, God views it as strength. We were created to be in communion with one another. Surround yourself with trustworthy colleagues and don’t feel discouraged when you need to ask for help. Have patience and respect for yourself just as you would your subordinates. Seek solace and aid in those you trust.
No matter our workplace circumstances, challenges, successes or failures, our true identity as sons and daughters of God is immutable. When we place our trust in this and remain committed seekers of truth, our ability to be confident and powerful breaks through. If we allow God to have reign over our personal lives, why shouldn’t we do so in business? I would encourage you to implement these strategies to build a more confident and powerful you today!