H.A.L.T. to Avoid Making Bad Decisions

Ever made a bad financial decision when stressed? 

Chris Myers discovered that it wasn’t the amount of stress he carried, but the failure to identify triggers that released it. This impacted his ability to make wise decisions. So, he created the acronym H.A.L.T. which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Hungry: Whether physical or spiritual, check yourself. Are you hungry for worldly results, success, or action? Angry: When frustrated, mad, or bitter you can’t think straight. Identify it, let it go before it takes hold, confess it, and repent. Lonely:  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. Learn to delegate and find trustworthy people to hold up your arms when needed.

When you feel stress mounting it is crucial to go to the Lord. Here are two verses to remember. 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 says: “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” So just remember the triggers in H.A.L.T. and you can avoid making another bad decision if you HALT and seek wisdom.

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