How To Deal With A Crisis

Crisis happens to all of us. From time to time something happens that causes great trouble. Crisis comes in many forms. We find crisis in our relationships, in our career, in our families, in our health, in our finances etc.

Since they do happen, how do we deal with them? What are the steps that help us navigate the storms they produce? If we can’t change the crisis, how do we move forward?

There are many answers that are correct but there are a couple of principles that are absolutely necessary when dealing with crises.

A crisis throws your balance off and  it creates instability that affects the whole life. So, the first thing you must do is realize that a crisis is not the end of the world. It may be the end of a relationship, it may be the end to something you love, but it is not the end of the world.

Once you take away “the sky is falling” cry, you will see more clearly. Exaggerating the crisis is the mistake that most people make. You must state the facts.  You must be honest about the situation, but you must keep your emotions from exacerbating the problem.

Don’t let your crisis overrun the banks of your life and flood all of your life. Keep it in the boundaries of truth. So, the first thing you do is get rid of exaggeration. This will take excess emotion out of the problem.

Secondly, you must let your character lead the way. Character is who you are when no one is looking. Character is not developed in a crisis. It is manifested in the crisis. Character is your strength of will in action.

Character will not allow the crisis to control and master you. Character will keep your thoughts true, your heart strong, and your decisions based on facts, not feelings.

In a crisis you must not allow exaggerated thoughts, untrue thoughts or emotional thoughts to strong-arm you. This is why character is so important. It will bring you back to center, keep you in the middle ground and give you balance in the midst of an unstable situation.

Thirdly, you will need to be slow in making further decisions. The last thing you want to do is make quick decisions. Wait until you get the problem in clear view before making a decision.

A quick decision is often based on emotion, not facts. So slow down, digest what is going on and let your mind clear before moving forward. Don’t let anger or anxiety force your hand.

By taking your time, the storm clouds overhead will begin to dissipate and the sunlight will begin to peer through. By letting the facts be found, and your character lead you, you will have plenty of time to make, not only the right decision, but the best decision.

These alone will not solve all crises, but they will head you in the right direction.  Don’t let your crisis cripple you, but let your response, to it, defeat it.

Pastor Leon Wallace

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Published in: on June 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

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