Taking a step towards a holistic life
Travis Bundrick has seen it time and time again. As director of the Williamson Baptist Association—a nonprofit organization ministering to the needs of area churches and providing leadership development—Travis has witnessed hardworking men and women who are exhausted by life as they strive to meet the expectations of their bosses, spouses, friends, and even strangers. He points out an underlying problem with juggling all these relationships at once.
“As Americans, we tend to have a financial life, a job life, and a family life. We divide these parts of our lives into departments. But when we do that, we fail to realize that every part is interrelated with every other part. So we have a false understanding that ‘If I could be good at my career, I’m going to have a life of significance and purpose,’ and yet that doesn’t normally happen,” says Travis.
The solution to this problem lies at the heart of the WBA’s Trimergent Leadership System. Developed by former WBA director Clint Anderson, the program begins by looking at life holistically. Essentially, it means taking those separate lives and stirring them together in such a way that there’s no longer a work-self or home-self—just yourself.
Learning to live a holistic life isn’t about taking a few easy steps toward a quick fix. Participants begin by looking deeply into themselves and asking tough questions that may have some uncomfortable answers: “What are my core values? What is my belief system? What are my strengths and weaknesses?” Then, participants use their answers to establish a personal vision and mission statement through which they can filter all decisions.
The result can be an existence in which a person doesn’t frantically react to external pressures and motivations but rather lives calmly and proactively, meeting everyday tasks, roles, and challenges with a self-knowledge that fosters success.
“Here’s the neat thing about success: It’s not just more money or a bigger house. It’s inner contentment, peace, significance, meaning, and the notion that ‘I’m steering the ship,’” explains Travis. “It’s not selfish, and God is saying—in our opinion—‘Way to go. I’ve been wondering how long it was going to take you to quit trying to live up to other people’s expectations and just be who I created you to be.’”
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