Leadership requires a tremendous amount of energy and can be exhausting, mentally and physically. Why? The constant barrage of life storms and stress can wear you out. You may be faced with loss, sickness, drastic change, disasters, attacks on your faith, people problems, unfounded criticism, failure or any other adversity. The relentless pressures can wear you down, cause you to burn out and make you want to quit. But, a leader needs to persevere and be resilient; to continue despite obstacles and bounce back after hardships. To avoid fatigue and press on, a Discipled Leader needs time to recharge. How?
Retreat – From time to time, step away from your work to rest, pray and wait on the Lord. Be still and quiet in his presence. Connect with him. Also, find a place to go or something to do that is totally unrelated to work. Develop a hobby like boating, biking, sowing, reading or singing – anything that you enjoy and will help you recharge. Give yourself permission to break away and invest time rejuvenating. If you do, God will renew your strength and energy to fight another day.
Refocus – When you retreat, take time to re-center on Jesus, reflect, and define reality. Remember your vision, mission and purpose. Determine if you need make any changes to your approach. Lastly, place your hope in the Lord. Hope is the promise and confidence in a better future or outcome. Know that he is for you and not against you. Your faith and hope in Jesus will protect you from despair, depression, or discouragement.
Re-engage – After you retreat and refocus, re-engage with a renewed enthusiasm. Get back into the game! As new challenges come your way, you’ll have the strength to face and overcome them.
Discipled Leaders find their strength in the Lord. When faced with constant pressures, they retreat, refocus and then re-engage. If you take time to connect with God, rest, and wait on him, he’ll empower you to carry on, bounce back and avoid fatigue.