Author: Activate God's Purpose

I firmly believe that God does have a divine blueprint and purpose for each of us individually, and collectively. We can walk in them if we yield our humanity to His Divinity. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Learning to Flourish in the Dark

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c/o of Dan via freedigitalphotos.net

Do you feel like you are able to be your best self at work? The majority of us are working hard to earn a paycheck every two weeks. We strive for our work to feel good. We want to be inspired by positive energy and to be encouraged to perform at our best levels.

However it’s an unfortunate truth that some of us feel that we cannot blossom at our jobs. We don’t feel good. We are surrounded by negative energy. And as for feeling encouraged to work at our best levels? Forget about it!

Instead we are held back by fear. We bring our personal insecurities to the office. We fear another colleague’s judgment. We face bosses who are never satisfied, no matter what we do or how hard we work. We face put downs, cynicism, belittling treatment, and smug looks.

It’s easy to allow such treatment to paralyze. It’s easy to allow others to prevent us from trying our best and putting our best face forward. How can we be expected to flourish in a place of darkness? By shining our own brilliant light!

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

The hard truth is that we need these chiselers in our life to help shape us into becoming the best version of ourselves. We will never reach our potential and we will never maximize our true abilities unless we face hardships. We CAN overcome the naysayers, the grouches, the mean-spirited. Slowly, steadily, but surely we can begin to flourish and create our own positive energy to push us through.

Reflect, breathe deep, and perform like never before!

Be a winner. Overcome fear. Soar on your job.

You CAN do this. 

Need more encouragement? 

 

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What Type of Colleague Are You?

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What type of colleague are you?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you ever thought to take a moment to take your eyes off other colleagues and to instead really look at yourself from within?

What do you see?  Do you see someone who readily points fingers at other colleagues, blaming them for everything?

Or do you see someone who sees things for what they are and with a good spirit and heart? Someone who endeavors to pursue not just your success and joys of work but that of others?

Do you assist others in doing and being the best that they can be at work or are you gleeful about their ‘failures’?

What spurs you on: throwing others under the carpet or celebrating a victory for all on the job?

Are you the colleague who will aide others to succeed, buoy them up when they are down, or scheme to make their lives even more miserable?

Do you assist your fellow colleagues, lend a kind hand, say a kind word, champion them on, nurture and bolster them?

We can all work harder to make the work place a better place for each other. Let’s begin by asking ourselves the tough questions about how we contribute to the joy or the misery of others at our work places. After all we are colleagues, we are people, and all of us are valuable and precious, and do not deserve abuse or denial to be the best that we can be.

We all deserve to excel, and sometimes it just takes a kind word, a slight urging and encouragement, a moment where we are treated with decency and dignity. It works wonders for our productivity.

What will you do this day, this week, this month, to support, stimulate, uphold and motivate a fellow colleague?

The choice is always ours; our freewill can assist or destroy. What do you choose?

 

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Let’s Stop Hating What We Do Not Understand

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c/o StockImages via freedigitalphotos.net

I have always wondered why many of us hate what we don’t know or don’t even understand. Sometimes we look at other people and just hate them. It’s an impulse that simply feeds negativity and bad energy. Instead, I wish for us all, myself included, to just learn to give joy, peace and love to each other, and in times when we cannot bring ourselves to do so, that we walk away and just leave things well alone.

If we cannot understand why a colleague is different, thinks differently, acts differently from us, and does not talk or walk the way we want, does that warrant hate, gossip and put down?

Just as we feel the right to be who we are, so they feel that  they have the right to be who they are, too.

I mean, don’t we all have work to do? Aren’t there more important things to spend our precious time and energy on other than bickering, complaining, and psychoanalyzing each other? Wouldn’t our time be much better spent taking the time to know a little more about each other?

None of us have walked in another’s shoes so what do we really know? What are we really hating here and how do we hate someone we don’t even know? What does that say about us?

This week, cleanse yourself of the negative, hateful views you harbor of just one person and try instead to look at them in a brighter, more positive light. Do your best to soften negative impulses or jumping to negative conclusions about a person’s character. Let me know how it goes!

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Celebrating Labor Day

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Image c/o satit_srihin

Today is Labor Day. While many of us are enjoying spending time with our families and our friends and rejoicing in having a day off from work, it has me thinking about our work lives.

We all need money; we all need to earnestly earn it. We stay on our jobs because we have mouths to feed, mortgage and rent to pay, lights and heat to keep on. We work to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy. Those who call the shots and have the power to cut the checks know the challenges that we all face but oftentimes we are treated as if we are merely expendable. As if we are one in a rotation of individuals who circle in and out of our particular positions. This can be a tough pill to swallow.

More so, some of us have colleagues who feel as if it is part of their job responsibilities to rip us and fellow colleagues apart with their tongues, even though they have no knowledge about our personal life and have never walked in our shoes.

I believe that despite how we have been trained by society and how we are being treated in our work environments, being kind, being slow to argue, and refraining from delivering sharp retorts does not mean that you are docile or a rug to be walked over! In fact, having the strength to stand strong, stand quiet, and evaluate the situation for what it really is — that is where power lies. Quiet Power, Peaceful Confidence is not an easy stance to take, but with patience, practice, and perseverance, we can all work towards becoming our best selves.

Make a commitment to return to work this week with a refreshed and balanced head on your shoulders and the strength to stand above the gossip, above the petty arguments. This week, focus on doing your work the best you can. Help your colleagues in a positive, calm, and efficient manner. Support your bosses and embrace the point of view that you are working with them for a common cause.

We all must walk through the fire from time to time, are you strong enough to walk to the other side?

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