We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. Staring up at the ceiling, mind racing, wondering what’s next. It can be an unsettling experience filled with insecurity and doubt. However, this is not the time to allow your faith to waver. In our moments of uncertainty, God helps us to draw out purpose and prepare for what’s ahead. I have learned that God takes us through four steps when we are contemplating what’s next in our lives. If you’re in a season of transition in your life, I encourage you to take a deep breath and read the four steps below.
Throughout our lifetime, we encounter many periods of transition. Whether that be in our careers, in our family, our even in our faith. The number one question that frequents our mind is, how should we begin to prepare for these transitions? It’s not always a cut and dry answer. I remember a friend of mine who had just left his job. He had his whole future ahead and was searching for the correct path to take. However, what I’ve learned in life is that rarely will there be a “right” path that will just present itself.
I told this friend of mine that instead of searching for perfection, he should start focusing on preparation. He was immediately confused. He informed me that he felt prepared, he just didn’t know the trajectory of his path. I played the devil’s advocate with him. I asked him three questions. What are your main priorities? Is your heart and mind in the right place? What do you feel your purpose is? He stared at me with a blank face. He quickly learned that his lack of preparation was the key factor that was keeping him from reaching his full potential. By setting goals and taking the necessary time to evaluate his future desires, he was able to ease into the next chapter in his life.
2. Shift in Peace and Presence
Sometimes we get complacent. We stay in certain situations because we are comfortable and secure. Even if we know these situations aren’t meant for us, we stay put. I remember when the Lord was leading me into real estate full time. At this point in my life, I already had my hand in a few investment properties, but I noticed that the Lord was beginning to shift my direction even more. I felt the peace of God starting to shift me and I noticed that the work I liked before, I didn’t seem to like anymore. I no longer felt the same presence of God in the areas that I used to. With an uneasiness inside of me, I put all of my trust in God. With this, I began the process of renewing my mind. My shift in peace and presence pushed me towards a whole new unforeseen chapter. Sometimes these slight shifts are exactly what we need in order to walk into a new season with open arms.
3. Confirmation from Other People
When entering into a new season in life, it’s helpful to have encouraging mentors that can share knowledge and wisdom with you. These godly mentors and trusted advisors are often the people we keep closest to us. Sometimes their our parents, our friends, our teachers, or anyone who we have developed a supportive relationship with. God provides us with these people because they help to guide us. When your mentors start recognizing your shift, they will be able to confirm what God is trying to pull you towards. Often times God speaks to us through other people, so make sure you’re listening with an open heart.
4. God Leads in Small Steps
Have you ever heard the quote, “The path to our destination isn’t always a straight one?” I know I’ve heard this quote dozens of times, and I will say that it carries some truth. When you embark on a new journey, no matter what it is, you will always be faced with unexpected situations and sudden changes. Still, it’s important to remember that God leads in small steps. The will of God requires patience. Begin by dipping your toes into the water, then submerging your feet. You will begin to notice that God’s plans for you are slowly unfolding. Before you know it, your small steps will have taken you the whole mile. Every step will take you closer to your purpose. Just put your trust in God!
In honor of my new book, “Leadership Mastery,” being released this month, I will be focusing on the topic of leadership in my upcoming blogs. To me, leadership is about preparing yourself in small ways and in big ways. It’s about instilling in yourself a spirit of faith and the ability to communicate your vision to others. It’s about recognizing that great leaders are made from the inside out. “Leadership Mastery” is about growing your capacity to lead yourself, others, and your organization. What does being a leader mean to you? I always appreciate reading your answers in the comment section below!
A leader is willing to be an example to his team to search out a new way of doing something, break the norm so to speak, and is willing to share the accomplishments and bear the responsibility if the plan or idea did not quite pan out as expected. A leader is one who instills confidence in his team(mates) but does not put them in a position to fail A leader is aware of who on the team is ready for expanded responsibility and works with them to get them there. A leader sets the tone for team success by being honest with them, makes work enjoyable through various means (including random lighthearted moments) and encouraging them to see the bigger picture.
Thank you for your encouraging comment! You perfectly captured the characteristics of a true leader. I hope God continues to bring forth great blessings in your life this year!