“There is incredible growth on the other side of fear” – Jeff Walker
Jeff Walker is a blogger, entrepreneur and founder of The Product Launch Formula.
Last Sunday, in his weekly video blog he talked about getting past our fears about producing content. This struck a cord with me as I am a firm believer that fear is largely self imposed, self limiting and counter productive.
When we talk about submitting to the will of God there is no room for fear.
The apostle Paul wrote to his friend Timothy to encourage him with these words:
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and a sound mind. [2 Timothy 1:7]
I often use that verse to encourage myself and my clients and reiterate to them that if we just slow down long enough to think, the spirit of God will make us braver and smarter than we actually are in the moment.
According to entrepreneur Frank O’Dea, founder of The Second Cup Coffee Co. and author of the book “Do the Next Right Thing”, there are three steps to managing a crisis.
1 – Step Back from the Key-Hole.
When you are in a crisis it’s as if you are looking at the world through a key-hole, you can only see a small portion of what is right in front of you. It’s not until you step back and open the door that you can see the whole room.
2 – Find peace with your higher power.
O’Dea is a survivor of extreme mental and physical abuse. As a result, he spent several years as a homeless drug and alcohol addict on the streets of Toronto. It wasn’t until he made the decision to change through Alcoholics Anonymous and their famed twelve step program that he was able to pull himself out of that self-destructive life style. In the book he explains the concept of a higher power using the language of AA, that it can be anything greater than yourself, but it is also clear that O’Dea, himself a devout Catholic is referring to God in the traditional sense.
Stepping back and finding peace with God then leads to the final step.
3 – Do the next right thing.
If you’ve done the first two steps adequately you will always know what that is. It might not be easy, and you might need help, (which would mean that the next right thing is actually to ask for help), but you will always have an idea of what the next right thing is.
As God would have it, when I first sat down to wright this post I was confronted with my own crisis. I won’t go in to detail about what that was here, but I had the opportunity, while thinking about writing about them to follow the steps myself.
First, I stepped back from the key-hole and tried to gain a broader understanding of what exactly was going on. I then meditated and prayed about the situation off and on for the next 12 hours. Finally, I did the next right thing which in this case was to pick up the phone and have a conversation with someone.
It worked. After the initial shock, I was able to calmly assess what was happening, gain some perspective and after enough time had elapsed I was able to have a calm and rational conversation and get things resolved.
That’s how the will of God works in a crisis. Tell me in the comments below about a time when you had to work through a potentially difficult situation and knew the next right thing to do, even if you didn’t really want to do it.
L C Sheil writes regularly about, spirituality, life and business coaching. He is the founder and director of The Matthew 5:5 Society (formerly The Meekonomics Project) where he coaches ministry and business leaders to Live Life to the Fullest in Complete Submission to the Will of God.
Mr. Sheil has authored two books and is available for public speaking and one on one coaching in the areas of work life balance, finding and living your core values and financial literacy. Write to The Matthew 5:5 Society here for more information or follow L C Sheil on twitter and instagram.