In my profession I end up encountering a lot of people in crisis mode. It seems to be more often than not lately. For the next few blogs I want to address this issue with some thoughts on how to respond during these times of life. If you don’t need them now, store them away for future reference. In the world in which we live those times are sure to come.
So, to begin the dialogue, here are 5 things NOT to do in times of crisis:
1. Panic – Panic is “a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior” (Dictionary.com) If you panic when crisis occurs you’ll most always make the wrong decision and cause yourself more pain. Calm down; come to your senses; and think and pray through a wise decision.
2. Give Up – When I was in a business that was struggling the worst reaction to my situation, which was the one I chose most often, is to run from the problem. That never solves anything. Looking back I wish I had stayed the course, because when I gave up, so did those I was supposed to be leading.
3. Blame Others (This includes kicking yourself.) Figuring out who is at fault when you are in crisis- mode is probably not as important as figuring out what to do next.
4. Refuse Help – I have learned by experience that the same time God is allowing a crisis to occur He is rising up people to intercede on behalf of the suffering. Don’t deny someone their opportunity to be obedient to what God calls them to do, even if that means swallowing your pride and letting them help.
5. Deny God – People either run towards God or away from God in times of crisis. You can probably figure out which option works best.
In my next post I’ll share 5 things TO DO in times of crisis.