In a recent article for Forbes, Chris Myers warns entrepreneurs to be careful about making big decisions when they are carrying a lot of stress. The acronym H.A.L.T., he explains, stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.
He discovered that it wasn’t the amount of stress he carried, but the failure to identify triggers that released it, thus impacting his ability to make wise decisions.
Hunger: Whether physical or spiritual, check yourself. Are you hungry for worldly results, success or action?
Anger: When frustrated, mad or bitter you can’t think straight. Identify it, let go before it takes hold, confess and repent.
Loneliness: Leadership can be especially lonely and responsibility can be overwhelming. Find understanding mentors who will listen and be there for you.
Tired: Exhaustion comes easily when trying to outwork your competition. It’s easy to lose sleep due to stress. Learn to delegate and seek those you can trust to hold up your arms when needed.
When you feel stress mounting it is crucial to go to the Lord. Here are a few verses to offer comfort:
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Psalm 118:5-6 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
So, learn and remember the triggers in H.A.L.T.: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. “And if you lack wisdom, ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given.” James 1:5 You can avoid making another bad decision.
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