Deadlines, timely email responses, responsibility within a project, presentations…..the list can go on and anxiety may arise, if you care anything about doing well at your job. Let’s learn how to handle pressure situations at work like the BOSS that we are #WomenInTheWorkplace!
Oh Lord, Why Me?
This may be the first question you ask God, as you have a stare-down with your latest work assignment. Why you? How about why not you? This pressure situation is an opportunity for you to grow in your spiritual gifts that God has given you. People who don’t want to grow, run away from pressure, people who are looking to grow and become refined receive pressure well.
Here are some tips to handle pressure based off the scripture John 7:1-19, (scripture at the bottom), about how Jesus handled pressure like a BOSS! Jesus was pressured by his own brothers to “prove himself” amongst the Jews. They purposely tried to place Jesus in an uncomfortable situation in which they believed He could not deliver and confirm who He was and what He came to Earth to do.
Be humble in the midst of pressure (John 7:6-9)
Jesus remained humbled, even when antagonized about His skill set. He repeated His mission and remained focused on His purpose. Remember, stay humble even through the questioning of your character, expertise and experience. Never exalt yourself before your time because of people saying things about you, or doubting you. Remain focused on your assignment and let God exalt you in the right time.
Do not perform for the applaud and approval of other (John 7:10)
When Jesus went up to the feast, He did so in private. He was not looking to prove himself as His brother’s wished, but to perform within His duties while on Earth. Performing under pressure, can make you want to prove something to people and win their applaud. By doing this, you take your focus off of God and onto man. “Man” now becomes your focus and your desire for affection. Now, of course you should want to do well for your bosses and supervisors, but there applause should never be first priority. Why? Because when you do well and do not receive it, it will strip you of your confidence and self worth, so therefore, you cannot rely on it or make it a motivation to do well at work. God was pleased with Jesus before He began teaching and healing. God is pleased with you because you are His child and He has loved you even when in sin. Now, what He desires for you is to use what He has given you and perform for His glory!
When it’s time to perform, remember it’s not about you.
The pressure is not on you but on Holy Ghost to perform through you, your job is to yield to Him and let Him. We do our part by studying, working, training, reading, practicing, researching and whatever else we need to do, in order to prepare. Once it’s showtime, then we let loose and just do it! This is why most people get stage fright and freeze up, they focus on themselves and their audience and not the one being that truly matters, Holy Spirit. If you did everything you need to do, to prepare, let Holy Spirit bring back those things to your remembrance and guide you in the way to present yourself. Stop giving yourself too much responsibility and power and relinquish that control to your Father in heaven.
When it was time for Jesus to “perform”, He did so well the Jews were amazed at His teachings. To them, He was unlearned and didn’t have the “education” or “experience” but Jesus relied on Holy Spirit within Him and who He was. His motives, wasn’t to give himself glory, but to honor God in this situation.
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John 7:1-19 ESV
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.
10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”