‘…Get wisdom…get understanding.’ Proverbs 4:7 NIV
In his book, Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Dr. Daniel Goleman says that IQ amounts to only 20 percent of success. To keep your job and earn a promotion, you need more than intelligence. Goleman suggests several things to help you succeed on the job:
(1) Confidence: Confident workers trust their God-given abilities. And where do you get this confidence? From God! ‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.’ (Psalm 118:8 NKJV) Confidence in God gives you the assurance that you ‘can do all things through Christ who strengthens [you].’ (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) (2) Curiosity: ‘Get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.’ Curiosity is eagerness to know, learn and understand more. Curious workers are interested in what’s not obvious. Others presume that a solution doesn’t exist or is too difficult, so they quit at the point at which they should be starting. But when others are saying, ‘It’s way beyond me,’ the curious employee says, ‘There’s an answer. There’s a better way. We just need more understanding.’ Every boss wants the sort of curious worker who makes things better. (3) Decisiveness: ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) Fear results in an attitude that makes you pull back, or freeze in place, or give up. That spirit doesn’t come from God, so resist it. Don’t be afraid to take a prayed-over risk, or accept responsibility for an outcome.
SoulFood: Ezek 31-33, Mark 16:1-20, Ps 80:1-11, Pr 15:11-14
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