7 Tips for Thriving in the New Normal

rockclimberAs people in our society struggle to come to grips with the extent of our country’s (and their personal) financial morass, it is easy to spend a lot of time dwelling on the “good ol’ days.” Well, unfortunately the days of yesteryear are never to return. Wishful thinking for days gone by is a waste of time. It’s time to accept where we are and move forward with discernment, determination, diligence and discipline.

It’s easy to thrive when everything is going well in your life. It’s not so easy when things are extremely difficult and you’re not sure where is the end of your tunnel. Because many of you are in unfamiliar territory, it may be hard to figure out how to optimally function in this type of environment.

Here are seven tips to help you shift from surviving to thriving in this new normal:

  1. Trust God. Period. I believe what the Bible says about Him supplying all of my needs (Matthew 6:33, Phillippians 4:19). He’s my anchor in the midst of life’s storms. Is He yours?
  2. Be positive. More true than ever, your attitude will determine your altitude. Don’t get trapped into rehearsing and rehashing negativity. Use your pressures to propel you forward.
  3. Expect the best, plan for the worst. Don’t live in fear. Don’t be a pollyanna either. These are real challenges that need focused attention. What we’re facing is not going to get better overnight. Gather your resources, because it could be a long financial winter.
  4. Appreciate life. Enjoy every day. Live passionately on purpose. Any day on this side of the ground is a good day.
  5. Cherish your relationships. Don’t take people for granted. You can replace possessions, but you can rarely replace significant people in your life.
  6. Look for opportunities. The perfect time to seek out new opportunities is when everyone else is cowering in a corner. Problems can become blessings for those who have the right perspective.
  7. Get creative. Necessity is the father of invention. Find your source of inspiration. Use constraints as motivators. Have fun while solving problems.

In these challenging times, you can either become a carrot, egg, or coffee bean (click here to see what I’m talking about). You can either flourish or freak-out. You can fly or fail. You can blossom or break. You can thrive or die.

Don’t allow your external circumstances to determine your internal demeanor. Be a thermostat that changes the environment not a thermometer that only responds to the environment. The choice to thrive is up to you.

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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About Paul Wilson Jr.
Paul Wilson, Jr. is a "Dream Catalyst" and Marketplace Pastor for leaders and entrepreneurs. He is driven to lead people to unleash God’s potential in their lives through their purpose, passions, and professional skills. He equips leaders with creative, faith-based strategies to flourish spiritually and professionally, while operating from several multi-media platforms, including TV show host, inspirational speaker, and stimulating writer. Paul is the President of Kingdom Business University, which utilizes workshops, consulting, and coaching services to ignite Christian catalysts maximize their God-given mission in the marketplace. He is the author of the life purpose igniter “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative God-Inspired Life!” He is also the host of Passion in Action, a motivational and educational faith-based Internet TV show for social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents. Contact us today to learn more about how he can help your business, church, or community to thrive on purpose!

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