In today’s economy things are changing. Every company and every person within the company needs an edge to stay ahead or even keep afloat. One such strategic measure is to forgive. Recognizing how unforgiveness impacts your bottom line will not only change your business; but your life. Forgiveness will have more impact than With about 40 symptoms of unforgiveness in the Bible; being equipped in this area is something every business person cannot afford to not take into consideration. So how exactly does unforgiveness impact your bottom line?
1. Unforgiveness keeps you focused on you. In many ways unforgiveness keeps a person living as a narcissist although not in full blown NPD. When people live in unforgiveness the focus is damaging. If you are a supervisor and have employees who make mistakes; that is part of life. How you handle it is what it is important. If the employees are not allowed to 1) make mistakes, 2) not ever be escape being reminded that they did because you are the one to keep them in that bondage unforgiveness is evident. When someone lives in unforgiveness it becomes very challenging to recognize that others make mistakes; and that no person is immune. Unforgivers though will find and or create every way to make everything about them; because victim mentality reigns. I
2. Unforgiveness damages relationships. Business is all about relationships. Is there one such company that was ever built with one person and no customers? Of course not! Relationships and people are the backbone of every business. An unforgiving person bringing the baggage of unforgiveness and its symptoms will be more of a destructive force within the business; hence impacting relationships not only with colleagues but also with customers. If employees are required to work in groups and there are consistent interpersonal issues within the group; unforgiveness just may be the reason. It really isn’t that everyone else in the group is stupid, ignorant, and intolerant of your ideas. If sales aren’t reaching the expected levels and quotas there is a reason. Sure it may be that the person wasn’t created to be in sales; however, not examining the heart condition of unforgiveness could prove to be more devastating that people think.
3. Unforgiveness holds you back. If you want to climb the ladder and are qualified on paper yet not advancing; that is a clue. It isn’t because everyone is more attractive and or sleeping with the right person. It isn’t that everyone is just out to get you and that you are the victim. Oh no! It tends to become a first thought in order to reign in self-preservation. Unforgiveness holds people back. It stunts personal growth. Sure you may be the most intelligent in the room; however, who cares? What does your intelligence do for you if you are still behind where everyone else is? I know from personal experience just how much unforgiveness holds you back. While everyone else is growing and climbing I wasn’t. I didn’t know the full impact that unforgiveness had in stunting my growth in business but also in life. The symptoms that come with unforgiveness share cause in it as well. The bitterness, resentment, hatred, illness all play an impact. If you aren’t feeling well; forgive. And do it quick!
Forgiveness breaks barriers in relationships; whether personal or professional. Forgiveness opens the door for more creativity, acceptance, growth and expansion in business. Matthew 6:15 is clear: ‘But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. It’s best to live a life of forgiveness and break chains, expectations and quotas while building empires that show the best in people. It’s best to start today while you still can.