Trust IN the process
What does trust look like these days?
Where do you go to find trust?
How do you find trust when you’re afraid?
It sounds too easy to say the Nike catchphrase, ‘Just Do It’, but it can be done. Elegant Leadership with Voltage is grounded in the rhythm between Ego, Results and Relationships. They are intertwined with a small space of connection among the three that has tremendous impact – Grace. The enabling power and spiritual healing required to Lead Elegantly. ‘Believes’ means ‘trusts’.
We tell ourselves over and again in times of struggle to, “trust in God’s process.” Repeating it until all you can do is believe. There is no weapon stronger to fight the enemy than the Word of God – find trust in God and His process. All relationships require trust. And all relationships will end – whether by choice, by death or some other situation. Every time we enter a relationship, we take a risk. Trust in a dynamic relationship grows and endures. It’s part of the process and His process. What do you believe? In whom do you trust? When it get’s tough, and it will, come back to speaking Scripture over yourself, turn to God in your fear and call out to Him when your trust is fading.
“Know what you want to accomplish and focus on the process rather than the outcome.” – Nick Saban
When we change jobs, we take our good behaviors with us, and our bad ones too. In time, we all show who we truly are – behaviors are irrefutable. The underlying principle here is trust others. The lack of trust – the cracks and flaws expose who we are. We demonstrate trust by being trustworthy. By being someone of integrity, we can be trusted even though we fall short and will never be perfect. For some business leaders, it’s easy to find ourselves in the trap of working IN our business versus working ON our business. When we put the four pillars of Elegant Leadership – heart, head, hands and habits – into practice and trust our people to do what they were hired to perform, the results returned are what’s expected.
How do we build trust in the process? We build the foundation of trust by seeking wisdom, discernment and the revealing notes from that search. As business leaders, we need this wisdom to know when to establish, develop, nurture, correct, reconcile and elevate our relationships. We need discernent to help us avoid unnecessary divisions and disunity as well as how to move relationships, business, and people forward. We need help in building trust and cooperation through empathy and perspective from our faith. This is where and why the heart is so vital to a leader’s success. So far we’ve been talking about trusting in the process when the day’s are good – the waters are calm. But what about adding the element of stress and pressure, or as my military clients call, ‘scorched earth’?
In the Eye of the Storm
…when there is pain and uncertainty involved in our own lives, what do we do, where do we turn?