What got you here will get you there. God spoke this to me on a run one day when I was praying about how to handle everything going on right now. This took me by surprise because this is opposite of what we generally hear from leadership advice. I’ve noticed during this quarantine period and COVID outbreak that a lot of people are trying to change the way they do things or change who they are. I’m all about growth and self improvement but I think in times of crisis we have to return to the things that we already know. In a world full of things that don’t make sense and we honestly can’t even plan for the next week we have to return to the things that have been pillars in our life. One of those things for me is that “my heart is my responsibility”. You see we can delegate out a bunch of things in our life, who cleans our house, who picks up your coffee, tasks around the office, etc but the one thing you can not delegate out is your heart. These are the things that I remind myself of in a season of uncertainty or frustration.
- What are you choosing to focus on? We have a world that is shouting for our attention. Even our families and our jobs are but what you choose to focus on is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Everyday whatever is right before you is going to begin to dictate the state of your heart. I have the choice and the responsibility to what I am going to focus on and put my attention on for the day!
- The story you tell yourself. What is the story you are telling yourself about a certain area? The story you are telling yourself around what happened is more important than the event itself. This story is affecting whether you are living in hope, faith, and love or in fear, anxiousness, and despair. An offended moment will only last 10 seconds but the story you tell yourself after that 10 seconds can impact you for the rest of your life. How are you writing your story? It’s your responsibility!
Ask yourself these questions:
- What am I not seeing around me because my heart has become critical?
- When is the last time you have just talked to someone about the good things God has done?
Openness, spiritual hunger, gratitude and receptivity are all attributes of a healthy heart. We have a responsibility everyday and what you choose to focus on and tell yourself will dictate how you live your life and handle everyday situations. Your heart is your responsibility! XO