The Intentional Employee: Finding & Keeping a Good Job – Dr. Randy Carlson
As Christ-followers, we should be the most productive, cooperative, honest and hardworking person in our business.
The Christian, as an employee, should be the most desirable and productive employee around.
Here’s my list of ONE THINGS for hanging on to a good job – and making yourself indispensable:
Go the extra mile! Do more than you’re asked and with excellence – ahead of time. Come in a little earlier and stay a little later than other people – not to impress, but to get more done.
Look for One Thing today that would make your business more successful and then act! Go to your boss as a “solution focused” employee. Be careful not to step on the toes of others as you do this.
Have a great attitude! If your attitude is to look out for the well-being of the boss and the business that usually doesn’t go unnoticed.
Sharpen your skills! Keep up with technological advances and keep your work skills up to date.
Be a team player! If you’re on a team become indispensable. Usually 80% of the work is being done by 20% of the people – be in the 20%!
Learn to get along with other people. Robert Bolton, in his book People Skills, reports that 80% of people that fail at work do so because they can’t get along with other people.
Remember Who you are really working for in the first place.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” – Colossians 3:23
Choosing to Be Intentional with Your Emotions by Dr. Randy Carlson
If your emotional reaction to life is keeping you from being successful in any of the five essential areas of your life, why settle for it? It’s time to become intentional and act. It’s time to do two things that can change your emotions for good.
You can choose to be intentional with your emotions. Emotions get their start in our thoughts. Thinking is a precursor to almost everything that happens in life. Our thoughts drive our emotions, and our emotions drive our actions. For example, let’s say I’m having a difficult day and I’m thinking, life’s not fair, people aren’t treating me well. That thinking might lead me to comfort myself by eating comfort food. For you it might be going to the mall and buying yourself something new, spending money you don’t really have. Maybe you lose your patience and get angry. Do you see where this could lead to a vicious cycle? When we change our minds, we can change our lives. The Bible says in Proverbs as a man thinks of himself, he is. Emotions get their start in our thoughts.
A second way of looking at this is to start with our actions. If you change your actions, you will change your emotions. If you’re feeling down, get up and go for a walk or read the Bible. Sometimes you have to say, “Hey, I don’t feel like it, but I’m going to do it anyway.” With just a little bit of action, you’ll start to feel better. In order to deal with our emotions, we have to either start with our thinking or with our actions.
As far as I’m concerned the most effective thing you can do to successfully manage your emotions is to choose to think and behave like Christ. This message is written throughout scripture, but one of my favorite passages is “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NKJV
The Apostle Paul gives clear instruction. It’s very action-oriented. He’s saying, “Do these things.” He’s not saying you have to feel anything at this point. He’s just saying to do it. If you want to change your emotions, you can start right here. Interestingly, Paul goes on saying, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV. This is how you can choose to think like Christ – today!
Peter & Shannyn – Hope In Dark Times
Over the past several months it seems there has been more violence in our nation & world, & it can leave us feeling like there’s no hope. Family Life Radio President Dr. Randy Carlson joins P&S to talk about how to find hope in dark times, & how to talk to our kids about the darkness.