Would you hire you?

resumeIf you owned a company, and you were looking to hire a manager, would you hire you based on your life’s resume?  If you had to give examples of how well you managed your spiritual, relational, financial, and professional life, what would your resume look like?  Obviously we never put the bad things on paper when trying to get a job, but God is the owner of everything, so we can’t hide anything anyways! That being said, how’s your resume look?  Is it plagued with poor management ability?  I know mine was, but here are 3 ways you can overcome your past and lay a good foundation for the future.


Read!

This sounds hilarious coming from me because I used to be the most anti-book person you could have ever met.  I was forced to read a few books in school (let’s just say a while back), and until the very end of 2013, going into 2014, I can’t remember the last book I had read although I had received a few over the years.  It was probably between Christmas and New Years when I picked up a book again, Rhinoceros Success By Scott Alexander.  (Outstanding book, I highly recommend it, just click the link to find it on Amazon.)  After that book, I haven’t stopped reading.

You may be asking what to read, as I did at first. Well, right now, I have taken a unique approach that has worked out for me really well so far.  I started with a motivational/inspirational get up and go book, Rhinoceros Success, and then when I was done with that book, I read a spiritually inspirational book, Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot by Max Lucado.  Afterwards, I went back to a business type book and continued the pattern.  It works for me, but it may not work for you.  Find a non-fiction book you think you can enjoy and read it, learn from others and gain their wisdom from their experiences. Formal education is far from the only source of applicable education.


Manage!

If you were asked to provide 2 examples of how well you manage, what would you be able to give?

    1. FinancesHow do your finances look?  If they’re a chaotic mess, I strongly encourage you to read the financial blogs on this site.  Not for my benefit but yours! Start now and get control of your finances, create a budget, spend less than you actually make, and stop using those credit cards!
    2. TimeGet control of your time and work/life balance.  How effective are you at managing your time?  Have you ever noticed the time just disappears from the day?  I know I have, but I have to be intentional in making a schedule for my day. We all have the same amount of time during the day, the difference is how you manage it.
    3. Stress LessBoth finances and time are two of the largest factors in your stress levels.  You don’t feel you have enough money or time in the day to make it through, and until you get control of both of these, you’re stress levels will be very high.  Just remember, God is the owner of all things, He just asks you to manage them for Him.There’s no need to worry when God is in control.
    4. CoachingIf reading isn’t working for you, and you need more information or some questions answered, feel free to contact me.  I’ll be happy to assist in answering questions or if you need some 1-on-1 coaching, I’m happy to provide that as well.

Ask the Owner!

Probably the most important thing you can do to lay a good foundation is to just ask.  God has control of everything, and He placed the resources in your life.  He knows your capabilities and won’t give you more than you’re able to manage (even though sometimes it may seem He does). If you were a manager in a business and needed clarity in a business goal or objective, wouldn’t you just ask for clarification? If you’re a good manager, you definitely would.  Stop, pray and ask God what He wants you to do in your life with the resources He’s provided.  This is essential.  You have to have the same goals as the Owner, or you won’t be a very effective manager.  Be a good steward with the Owner’s objectives in mind and don’t bury the resources you’ve been provided.

 

What are some other things you would look for in a resume of life?  I’d love to hear from you, comment below and share the article with your friends. Thanks!

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