Moving When Life Has You Stuck
By Kevin L. Parker
There’s a term used in chess to describe when one player can no longer move anywhere – Stalemate. Here’s a definition of stalemate: any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; a deadlock. Sometimes in our lives, we can be in a stalemate. We want to move forward, we want action to take place, but nothing seems to be happening. Marriages, Careers, Families, Friendships, Relationships, Situations or Life in General can seem stagnant; have little or no movement at all. We have all been there before. It’s like being in a traffic jam. We’re trying to get somewhere and can’t go anywhere. Life seems motionless.
When we get to a point that no progress is happening, we can’t sit and do nothing. We must develop a strategy and do something to make movement in that area that seems stuck. This will be the key to our success. A plan without action is just a plan. Once action is applied to that plan, we can see the potential and possibilities of victory.
There is a story in the Bible that gives us wisdom on how to overcome when we are stuck in situations. Read 2 Kings 7:3-20. I will summarize this story for you. There were four lepers that found themselves in a stalemate. They were in a situation that looked hopeless. Somehow, they reached a conclusion and asked themselves this question “Why stay here until we die?”
They just didn’t accept their situation and decided to do something about it. In other words, they created movement and motion. As a result of not accepting things as they were and following up with action, they saved themselves and others. Their hopeless situation was now a victorious one. What looked like defeat turned in to a winning moment. We serve a God that can turn any situation around. It’s not a matter of if God can turn our situation around; it’s a matter if we are going to do the things that are necessary to involve God’s participation.
Power Points to Move One When Life Has You Stuck:
- Never accept your circumstance
- Decide that you are going to do something about it
- See yourself victorious before you begin
- Create a game-plan and strategy for victory
- Stick to the game-plan, even when obstacles come
- Don’t give up
- Celebrate when victory happens
For more information on Kevin L. Parker and Frontline Leadership Training and Development Services, please visit www.frontlinecoachingusa.com. Kevin Parker can be contacted for speaking engagements or workshops at 248.885.6653.