You are on the front lines of leadership during the largest, swiftest cultural shift the world has ever experienced. Everything has changed. You have been rising to the challenge.  In fact, some of you are experiencing this as the most rewarding, if not demanding, chapter of your ministry.

Being on the front lines of leadership and change requires a certain inner strength.  You know that the coronavirus is not the only thing that can bring you down.  Fear of the future, exhaustion, and resisting the way things are can likewise infect you.  These negative mindsets weaken the body as well as the spirit. 

In this article I am going to reveal a simple four-step process to fortify your spiritual immune system. I will also invite you to join me for a class I have designed especially for you. It will empower you to clear out disempowering thoughts, disarm limiting fears, and rethink no-can-do self-talk.  

Four Steps to Spiritual Clarity

I’m excited to share this four-step process with you.  Because here’s the bottom line:  getting stuck in negative emotions won’t do for spiritual leaders like you.  It’s time to boost your resilience so that you can continue to lead with agility and flexibility.

Step #1: Hear the Word

Start with an uplifting message from Scripture.  For instance, consider the simple yet powerful verse from Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Now, put yourself in the picture: “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  If this sounds like more of a command than an affirmation, then you have picked the right one. The truth is, no one feels like rejoicing all the time.  No one is always glad.

Step #2: Listen to Your Soul 

Ask your soul what is getting in the way of your rejoicing or of being glad.  Consult the following list of potential barriers. Note the ones that apply to you. Write down the specifics.

  • Worry
  • Self-doubt
  • Blame
  • People-pleasing
  • Busyness
  • Unforgiveness

Step #3: Clear the Pathway

To clear the pathway back to your soul, invite Jesus to hear your list, and to listen with compassion.  Then read your list out loud, sparing no detail.  Sense the barriers being removed as you fess up.  Then light the list afire and offer it up for Divine guidance.  Welcome the Holy Spirit back into the newly cleansed space of your soul. 

Step #4:  Start the Day Over 

Now that you have cleared the pathway back to your soul, and hopefully back to the space of gladness and rejoicing, it’s time to start the day over!  Personalize and recite the psalm so that it sings. Perhaps like this: “Today I rejoice in this day that the Lord has made, I am glad to be alive in it!”

Boost Your Leadership Resilience

To support you in the midst of these rapidly changing times, I have created a new online workshop starting Wednesday, May 6 called Leadership Resilience.  These three one-hour sessions will enhance your spiritual, emotional, and financial resilience, empowering you to lead these changes over the long haul.  Clear out disempowering thoughts, disarm limiting fears, and rethink no-can-do self-talk.  You can register here.  All sessions are recorded for your convenience.