At the Bay Area Christian Church, we believe that making God attractive starts with living an inspiring life. For professionals, a big part of living an inspiring life is fulfilling our potential in the workplace. As a young professional myself, one of the biggest things that can kill my ability to be my best at work is insecurity, like:
- What if I try hard at this job and fail?
- What if my boss doesn’t like me?
- What if my coworkers don’t like me?
- What if this isn’t really for me?
These are thoughts nearly anyone can battle with, no matter how capable and talented we are.
In a recent article published by Forbes magazine, the author listed 10 ways on how to become more confident at work. Some of the ideas the author presented had spiritual principles. Below I’ve chosen 3 ideas the author presented and added three scriptures you can use to become more confident at work.
1. Identify your strengths and capitalize on them
In the following passage we learn that God has given each individual specific and special talents/skills ‘depending on their abilities’:
“It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money. After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
Matt 25: 14-30 MSG
It is evident that God doesn’t care about how much we have but what we do with what He’s given us. God cares about how we are utilizing our talents/skills (strengths) and capitalizing (investing) them for Him.
To figure out what our talents are and how to use them, we often need help. One of the greatest parts of the BACC professionals’ ministry is mentorship. Mentors help us figure out what our strengths are, and how to use them better. No matter what your career path, the professionals’ ministry is diverse and full of mentors who can provide encouragement and direction both spiritually and in your career, life and future.
Q: What are your strengths? Ask someone who knows you well what your strengths are and talk to your employer about how to capitalize.
2. Be a role model of positive attitude
Whatever work you do, do your best…
Eccl 9:10 NCV
For the people worked with all their heart.
God cares about our heart and motives. He cares about our attitude and giving our best. In order to make God attractive at the workplace, become someone who exudes a positive attitude while doing your best. People will take notice.
Additional Scriptures: Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:6, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 12:1-2 MSG
3. Stay focused on you
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live.
1 Thess 4:11
One of the biggest temptations at work is to listen to or indulge in the latest gossip— but the truth is that indulging in matters that don’t concern us steals our confidence and creates rocky relationships with others. According to the Forbes article, the number one reason individuals lose confidence at the workplace is because of strained relationships. Improving your relationships will boost your confidence and career!
Q: How are your relationships at work? How is the condition of these relationships affecting your job satisfaction? What can you do to improve them?