Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 2.26.36 PMNo life change ever starts without a crisis. For some it’s losing their job. For others it’s something huge at home. For me, it was a combination of both.

In late October, I had a meeting with my boss. She had been silently watching me for the past couple months. She’d seen me knocking certain areas of my role out of the park but saw other areas that were slacking. At the same time, she had seen my passions for doing things outside of work begin to rise.

As she watched me, she had a crisis. How does she do the things she’s tasked with while putting me in a position that best fits what is awakening in me?

She determined the best route to go would be for her to assume some of the role I was slacking on.

This left me with a crisis: There’s no way they continue paying me the same amount for doing less work.

Uh oh.

Both crisis moments led to deep, honest conversations. I had to hear exactly how the pursuit of my dreams was hindering my employer’s mission. I had to look inside myself to see if my dreams still aligned with that mission. All the while, I had to figure out how the heck I was going to pay for a mortgage, a pregnancy, and eventually a baby.

Crisis moments always lead to one of two places: to the hope of something new or to the fear of being screwed.

The decision of which crisis path to take can be a crisis in and of itself.

I had to decide if God was inviting me to something new or if my employer was trying to get rid of me and replace me with someone else.

I chose to assume the positive.

It would’ve been easy to assume the negative. I’m a pro at getting mad and taking offense to things; at getting defensive and thinking someone is trying to screw me over.

Instead, I gave my boss the benefit of the doubt.

I knew how much she’d wrestled with her crisis before bringing it to me. She wanted to do what was best for me but she had to do what was best for the organization. Sometimes those are the same things and sometimes they’re not. In this case, they weren’t.

How would 2015 be different for you if you assumed the positive in people?

How much better would your life be if you didn’t operate as if people always had a grudge against you?

What could you accomplish if you looked for the hope in a crisis before fear had a chance to be found?

Make this year different.

Make 2015 better than any other year.

Give people the benefit of the doubt.

Assume the positive.

Your turn

How can you assume the positive in 2015?

Who deserves the benefit of the doubt in your life?

Leave a comment and let us know.