“The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.” (NIV)
My first thought upon reading this verse was that the house of the righteous stands firm because it has a rock-solid foundation. Jesus speaks about the importance of having a sturdy foundation in Matthew 7 when he says:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV)
Let’s pretend your current position is your house. What kind of foundation are you building your “house” on? You may be a business owner, a seasoned executive, middle management, or maybe just a fresh college graduate starting out in your career. Are you building on rock or are you building on sand?
In life, just like the verses say, the rain is going to come down, the streams are going to rise and the winds are going to blow and beat against your house. Weather shifts are part of life. They are going to happen. My question for you is this: Is your “house” prepared to stand firm when those weather shifts come or will it fall with a great crash?
Your business or career is only as strong as the foundation you build it on. On the other hand, if you have a weak foundation, you are left vulnerable in ways that can disrupt or even lead to collapse. If your foundation is weak, then it’s important you patch the cracks in order to strengthen it.
What are some ways to patch the cracks and strengthen the foundation?
1. Give everything over to God
It’s very simple. It’s so much easier to go through life when you are a part of something greater than yourself. Don’t put all the pressure on yourself. Allow God to be in control.
2. Have character and integrity always
Stephen Covey said this:
“The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.”
We put ourselves in stressful situations when we don’t live a life of integrity. When we build our careers without integrity on a house of cards, at any moment that house could come tumbling down. There’s a reason God gave us consciences that notify us when we are doing right or wrong. Just have character and integrity and give your conscience some relief.
3. Give up anything that is holding you back
Is there anything that is holding you back from reaching your potential? A few common examples of things that hold people back are: TV, people you are surrounding yourself with, lack of discipline, and financial issues as a result of low financial IQ. Be willing to give up or change whatever is holding you back. As the saying goes, “the pain of disciplines is far less than the pain of regret”.
4. Eliminate unresolved Issues
If you have any unresolved issues with colleagues, friends or family, resolve these issues. Unresolved issues become burdens that hold you back from performing at your best.
5. Meet with someone you respect
Find someone you have the utmost respect for and ask them if you can take them to lunch. This person has to be someone who knows you extremely well. Take a notepad and pen (old-fashioned I know) and take notes so you have a guide for what needs to be changed. Just a sidenote: Don’t waste their time unless you are truly willing to change.
6. Put together a plan to work
Do you even have a plan? Just my personal preference, but I wouldn’t want to live in a house not built from a plan. Sit down and figure out some goals you would like to accomplish. Then put together a plan that you can work that will ultimately lead to accomplishing the goals you have set.
I have always loved this quote:
“If you want to change your life, you have to change your life.”
I have no idea who said it but I love it because it’s so simple yet full of truth. If you have cracks in the foundation because it hasn’t been previously laid right, you have to make the necessary patches. Don’t wait either. Remember, those weather shifts will come. Make the necessary changes today so your house will be the one standing firm on rock when that time comes.