3 Great Resources On Slowing Down

The world tells us that we have to always be on. There’s no stopping us if we don’t slow down.

I’ve felt extremely weary of this kind of advice. It tears us down. It makes us tired.

After the year of COVID, I’ve heard from other leaders that they’re tired as well. Many are questioning their call to leadership or ministry. Some feel displaced like they have no place in their organization anymore.

I think this is because we’ve lost the art of resting. I know I have. I know many of you have as well.

Recently, I’ve read and listened to a lot of leaders talk about slowing down. They have done a better job of it than I ever could. Today, I want to share these resources with you.

Are You Hallucinating?

Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States Of America, said “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Let’s think about that for a minute.

Many leaders have a great vision. They’ve laid out everything they want to accomplish. They know how it begins, how it goes, and how it ends. The vision sounds amazing.

But, then the leader runs into a major issue. They fail to execute the vision.

Let’s Stop Hallucinating

I hallucinated for a long time about my book. I had the vision of what Reel Leadership could look like. I knew how the chapters would go. I could envision the movies I would use. I even began dreaming of cover designs and page layouts.

What didn’t I do? I failed to execute the vision I had for Reel Leadership.

This meant the book never got written. I held the vision close but didn’t execute.

Things To Consider While Making Leadership Decisions

We can make decisions in a vacuum. It is easy to dismiss others around us or their ideas.

We do this in our homes. We do it in our businesses. And this hurts our effectiveness.

Today, I want us to look at a few things to consider when making leadership decisions. This will help you become a more aware leader.

Things To Consider While Making Leadership Decisions

My list won’t be comprehensive. This list will barely scratch the surface. However, I believe it will give you a starting point when making decisions.

These are the things you need to consider while making leadership decisions:

Who does the decision impact:

Our decisions, our actions impact more than ourselves. The decisions we make impact those we lead, those we do business with, and more.

Make sure you’re considering others when making your decision.

The Year Of Continued Fatigue

2020 was the year of COVID-19. I believe it was also the year of fatigue.

So many leaders have been challenged, beat down, and talked down to because of the COVID-19 virus. They’ve become beat-up, worn-down versions of their old selves.

Then comes the year 2021.

Things are looking better in terms of COVID-19. People returned to work. Business picked up.

Then, like a rollercoaster, we’re hit with another wave of COVID-19 issues.

The Year Of Continued Fatigue

According to Healthline, fatigue is the overall feeling of tiredness or a lack of energy. Who here has felt that this year, especially?

I’ll be the first to raise my hand.

The year 2020 was challenging. Between COVID, lack of work, and the death of my father, I was worn out and tired.

The Hard Work Of Leadership

From the outside world, leadership can look easy. People may see leaders as having the cush job. They get a corner office, they don’t have set office hours, or they get to make all the rules.

These things sound great. Sometimes, they are. But the people looking at leadership from the outside in miss so much more that goes on in leadership.

They miss the hard work.

The Hard Work Of Leadership

What does that mean? Is there really hard work for leaders? You betcha.

The hard work of leadership includes:

  • Deciding how to let a potential candidate down
  • Working longer hours because you are unwilling to settle for good when you want the best
  • Listening to a family who has lost a loved one
  • Trying to figure out how to make a financial shortfall work this month