7 Must Read Talking Points For Your Success

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Ecclesiastes 3:22 in the Contemporary English Version says:

We were meant to enjoy our work, and that's the best thing we can do. We can never know the future.”

According to a recent Gallup workplace study over 70% of American employees DO NOT like their jobs.  That’s not good or for that matter…scriptural.

If we settle for a job just to earn a paycheck. . .with the attitude of doing just enough to get by. . .we’ll never be happy in the job.

To me, it’s real simple. . .if you don’t like what you’re doing or where you’re working. . .stop complaining and do something about it.

Here are seven must read talking points for your success in the workplace or marketplace.

First, stop talking negatively about your supervisor or your job.

Let me ask you a question. . .now be honest. . .have you ever complained about a job, your supervisor or the management of the company?   If so, STOP IT NOW.

When you speak negatively about someone or something. . .you are empowering the enemy to further torment you.

When you speak negatively about someone. . .you are building a stronghold in your mind that will not be easily torn down and/or removed.

Literally, a stronghold is a house made of thoughts.

Luke 11:21-22 in the Amplified Bible says:

“When the strong man, fully armed, [from his courtyard] guards his own dwelling, his belongings are undisturbed [his property is at peace and is secure].  But when one stronger than he attacks him and conquers him, he robs him of his whole armor on which he had relied and divides up and distributes all his goods as plunder (spoil).”

Before we were saved we were the “undisturbed possessions” of the devil. . .who was a strong man guarding our souls.

When we got saved. . .”someone stronger”. . .Jesus attacked and over powered the devil and stripped him of his power over us. . .by taking away his “armor.”

I believe the armor in this case consists of our own thoughts, attitudes and opinions which are in agreement with the evil one.

What Jesus described as armor the Apostle Paul identified as strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says:

“For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.”

Now it’s important to understand that our born-again experience did not eliminate all the strongholds erected in our lives.

Yes, old things are passed away and new things are come. . .but until we are walking in the fullness of Christ with a renewed mind and way of thinking. . .we have to  know the process is not complete.

The strongholds that affect us most are those hidden in our thinking patterns which we do not identify as evil or else we haven’t done the spiritual homework necessary to tear them own.

So as you can see. . .scripturally speaking. . .negative talk about your current job can create strongholds that only God can deliver your from.

Second, start Praising God that you’ve got a job. . .regardless of how you feel about it.

There is a children’s song entitled “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”  The opening stanza says:

“If you're happy and you know it

Clap your hands. Clap, Clap.

If you're happy and you know it

Clap your hands. Clap, Clap.

If you're happy and you know it

and you really want to show it

If you're happy and you know it

Clap your hands. Clap, Clap.”

If you’re unhappy and you know it. . .so will everybody else.  If you don’t like someone or something. . .it will show in your face.

“Oh no, Brother Harold, I’m good at hiding my emotions.”

Not true.  The longer you dislike something or someone. . .it will begin to show in your facial expressions, your attitude or your conversations.

If you don’t like your job. . .you can’t effectively hide your true emotions.

What’s the remedy for this work misery.

Now I could write seven points on how to become happy in difficult circumstances but I’ll only give you one. . .two word sentence.

PRAISE GOD.

That’s right. . .anytime you feel the melancholy coming on you. . .start Praising God.

“Heavenly Father, I think you that you woke me up this morning that you clothed me in the mind of Christ.  I thank you that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is working through me as I reflect your love and attitude in every conversation.

“I thank you that I can breathe on my own. . .I can feed myself. . .I can hear others speak and they can hear me.

“I thank you that I’m blessed enough to have a job. . .and I rejoice in the wisdom you’re giving me daily to handle difficult situations and people in that job with the same kind of love that would flow through You.

“Lord, I’m asking you to help me be the very best employee this organization has ever had until you promote me to my next assignment.  And yes, I want to thank you that my promotion doesn’t come from the north, south, east, west, a man or woman but from you.

“So thank you, Father, that I’m energized and empowered for any and everything that comes my way today and the joy of the Lord is my strength.  Hallelujah and Amen!!”

Finally, take comfort and draw strength from 2 Corinthians 9:8 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”

Third, create a plan to improve your skill set and marketability in the workplace.

Lou Holtz, a former college football, player and coach and analyst, said:

“In this world you're either growing or you're dying so get in motion and grow.”

By the way, I had the pleasure of having a wonderful conversation with Lou Holtz standing at baggage claim a few years back.  He’s a strong Christian and I might add the only college football coach to led six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs into top 20 rankings.

I want to repeat Coach Holtz’s quote one more time.

“In this world you're either growing or you're dying so get in motion and grow.”

It would be a huge understatement to say that every area of our lives is changing dramatically.

For generations, people will have one job for forty years and retire with a pension.  In the past thirty years things began to change.  Now the average employer works for a company 4.6 years.

Changes have decimated the automotive, steel and coal industries. 

The jobs most in demand today are technological and require a new skill set.

If I had a dollar for every person who’s told me they don’t understand computers and never will. . .I could buy everyone listening in tonight dinner at the Silver Fox, our favorite steakhouse in Fort Worth.  Well, maybe a Big Mac because there are a lot of you watching tonight.

It’s time for people to stop talking about what they don’t know. . .begin to Praise God for what they do know and ask God to position them for the wisdom they know to excel in the workplace.

I frequently advise people who don’t understand computers. . .or social media. . .to ask their children or grandchildren.  They’ll know how. . .to instruct you.

Psalm 71:17 in the Amplified Bible says:

“O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous works and miraculous deeds.”

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but that doesn’t mean you allow the old dog to sit around and allow their mental and physical muscles to atrophy.

It’s been scientifically proven that the best way to keep your mind and body sharp as you age. . .is to use them.

My Mom and Dad learned to use a computer after they were 80.

There’s no limitation to what you can learn and achieve.

Psalm 92:14 in the Amplified Bible says:

“[Growing in grace] they will still thrive and bear fruit and prosper in old age; They will flourish and be vital and fresh [rich in trust and love and contentment]”

Fourth, prepare and present yourself properly for your next assignment.

Now let’s look at specific, practical steps which will help you in getting hired for a new job.

1.         What can I do today to increase my value in the marketplace by sharpening my skill set?

2.         Who should I call?  Make a list of people you think can help increase your aptitude and attitude in the marketplace.  Spend time with them.  Create a network of friends (the positive kind) who can help you.  If you’re a woman. . .talk with your hairdresser. . .you’d be amazed at what and who they know.  If you’re a man. . .talk with people you meet at family sporting events.

Always be looking for divine connections.

3.         Use the 7/11 formula for success.  Pray seven days a week for at least eleven minutes each time.  Pray for divine appointments, increased insight, problem-solving abilities and supernatural favor.

4.         Never go on an interview without praying.  Ask God to anoint your lips with words that need to be spoken and the wisdom to know when not to speak and/or what not to say.  Ask Him for favor in every interview.

And remember, always dress for the job you want. . .not the one you no longer have.

5.         Work on your resume.  Many potential employers will see your resume before they ever see you.  So you need to think about what your resume is saying about you that sets you apart from others.  If you need insights and/or guidelines on preparing a proper resume. . .just give me a call.

6.         Get up at your normal time….dress for work. . .do the things you would normally do when you were still on the job.  Changing your routine can be counter-productive and cause a person to become mentally, physically and even spiritually lethargic.

7.         Visit appropriate websites…job placement sites. . .staffing sites. . .classified ad listings in newspapers.  Do not surf the internet and drift into a cyber-daze until you’ve taken care of business.

One more word.  Do not allow yourself to drift into becoming a professional Facebook poster or a Twitter Tweet master. There is nothing wrong with either of these social media sites unless you spend hours wasting time.  Get in. . .post. . .and get out. Or set a timer and then get out when it goes off.

Stay focused and mentally sharp.

Fifth, start looking for a new job.

What’s the first thing you should do when looking for a new job?

PRAY.

Ask God to direct your path. . .ask Him to open the right door to open...with the right job...at the right location....with the right salary and benefits....the right supervisors....and yes, right now.

Grab a hold of the next three verses.

Isaiah 48:17 in the Message Bible says:

"I am God, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well. I show you what to do, where to go.”

Psalm 32:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

Joshua 1:9 in the Message Bible says:

“. . .God, your God, is with you every step you take."

Not only is God with you. . .every step of the way. . .but He has His eyes upon you.  He’s watching you.  As the popular saying goes: He’s got your back.

From a natural standpoint. . .here are some other helpful hints.

Work on your resume.  Many potential employers will see your resume before they ever see you.  So you need to think about what your resume is saying about you that sets you apart from others.  If you need insights and/or guidelines on preparing a proper resume. . .just give me a call.

Get up at your normal time….dress for work. . .do the things you would normally do when you were still on the job.  Changing your routine can be counter-productive and cause a person to become mentally, physically and even spiritually lethargic.

Visit appropriate websites…job placement sites. . .staffing sites. . .classified ad listings in newspapers.  Do not surf the internet and drift into a cyber-daze until you’ve taken care of business.

One more word.  Do not allow yourself to drift into becoming a professional Facebook poster or a Twitter Tweet master. There is nothing wrong with either of these social media sites unless you spend hours wasting time.  Get in. . .post. . .and get out. Or set a timer and then get out when it goes off.

Sixth, give your current employer your best effort and keep quiet about the new job you’re seeking.

One thing we must never forget is promotion begins and ends with God.  He is never caught by surprise when a supervisor steals your idea and presents it as his or her own. 

The silver lining of a Christian … the assurance we have as Christians … is the fact that God is always watching … everything. 

And as important is to remember … He is not just watching ‘them’ He’s observing how godly we respond to the situation we find ourselves in.

Putting the temptation down and allowing God to act is an ongoing process but one we need to learn as quickly as possible if we want to succeed.

Romans 10:12 in the New King James Version says:

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”     

You can handle it and probably mess it up … you can let God handle it … knowing His way always works even if we don’t see it immediately.

Everything we go through is preparing to take us to our next level. We can listen and be directed by how the Holy Spirit would lead us … and therefore step up to the major leagues.  Or we can get angry and get even and be sent down to the minor league to learn more viable skills to make it where we are already!  It’s our choice.

Personalizing Psalm 32:8 in the Amplified Bible is a great morning reminder.  It says:

I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

As Christians, our number one goal is simple … act like one.  We are not trusting God when go out for revenge as the world does.

We are to take our concerns to the Lord. Matthew 6:6 in the New King James Version says:

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

And if you truly know God wants you searching for another job, just follow His lead while you are doing all you can to be valuable in the one you already have. 

After all, if we want another job, we are going to have to outgrow this one in the eyes of the Lord first.  His timing is perfect and who knows if He’s waiting on you to be qualified for what is coming up.

I Corinthians 4:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].”

If we don’t give up on God … He will not give up on us.  …The Bible is full of examples for us to follow:  Joseph’s work ethic and moral conduct as a slave in Egypt; Jacob and the unfair labor practices of his father in law, Laban and David’s loyalty to King Saul in the midst of persecution … and the list could go on.

We have the examples … not we must believe them and trust God’s word as we move forward. 

Psalm 75:6 in the Living Bible makes it abundantly clear:

For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”

Seventh, don’t quit your current job until you have a written offer from your new job.

There is a human tendency to overvalue what others have while undervaluing what we have.

Ecclesiastes 6:9-11in The Living Bible says:

“ A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; mere dreaming of nice things is foolish; it’s chasing the wind.”

The earliest English version of the proverb is from the Christian Bible translated by John Wycliffe in 1382. 

However, the phrase reaches back to 100 A.D. when Ancient Greek author Plutarch wrote Of Garrulity, where he states:

“He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.”

However, back in 600 BC, Greek storyteller Aesop wrote a fable entitled “The Hawk and the Nightingale.”  The story went like this:

A Nightingale, perched on an oak, was spotted by a Hawk, who swooped down and snatched him.

The Nightingale begged the Hawk to let him go, insisting he wasn’t big enough to satisfy the hunger of a Hawk, who ought to pursue bigger birds.

The Hawk said, “I’d be crazy to release a bird I’ve already caught in favor of birds I don’t even yet see.”

I’ve known of many instances where a person is verbally promised a new job only to have the business or agency change their minds at the last moment.

Don’t be burning any old bridges. . .especially, if you haven’t crossed the new one yet.

Remember, the words of Zig Ziglar, the author of “Born To Win” and Southern Baptist layman once said:

“A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.”

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