Questions, Leadership, Walking with God and much more

I wrote about a whole bunch of things throughout 2014. The 2 main themes were about Walking with God and leadership thoughts I would tell my 19yr old self when I was first given a leadership opportunity.

Here are the more popular ones if you missed them…

Ask Questions

Everyone Else is Doing It

Leadership Discretion

My Confrontation Experience

Amazing

How to Handle People

Leadership Involves Staying Teachable

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Don’t Lose Your Focus

When we start off in leadership we are often scared and excited. Our enthusiasm levels are high. God has got us involved in something and we are loving just being a part of it.

We are keen.
We are willing.
We are passionate.
We are focused.
We do not let things get in the way of what we want to see accomplished.

Then time goes by. The monotony of what we are doing starts to kick in. Enthusiasm levels drop. Passion begins to fade. We are not seeing the breakthrough we really want to see. We dodge a few meetings. We start to settle.

We lose our focus.

As a leader, you will find yourself in this position at some point in your leadership but here’s what I have learnt to do…

Acknowledge that you are a bit jaded. Look at what is happening and know where things are at. Be honest. Reflect. Gather the facts. Don’t just brush it under the carpet or just try and carry on.

Refocus. Get with yourself first. Pray for fresh vision, new ideas, creativity. Get a hold of all the different aspects of what the team should be doing and remind yourselves why you are doing it. Then get with the team and do the same thing. Sometimes a good shake off and get you re-energised.

Work on a plan. Be deliberate about what needs to be done. Get the preferred future in view. Layout the path. Clearly set expectations for the team. Work like it depends on you, pray like it depends on God.

When things aren’t going great we often reach for the quit button. Don’t. Reach for the pause button instead. Giving up rarely helps unless it’s unhealthy because of something toxic. If it’s just time taking its toll then in my experience it’s time that invested in the right things that will create some new momentum.

There are plenty of ideas out there. I’m not saying mine are right. They are just what I would do.

30 Days of Writing

My mini-challenge is done. At least one blog post every day throughout September. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey and maybe even some of what I’ve said.

I have a real desire to write. Not sure how good I am but this is the place of practice. Whether anyone reads or not is actually irrelevant. I have learnt that first you must write for yourself. It becomes a sort of personal journal of thoughts. Then the themes come, the focus for your writing.

When I look back over all that I have written, this is where my heart is – leadership and walking with God, ‘leading well in life’. Myself first, then others. After all, if I can’t lead myself well who would want to follow me.

So the journey continues. These will be my focus for the future:

Keep on walking with God.
Keep up with the learning.
Keep reading all variety of books.
Unpacking my Bible.
Helping others to do the same.

What will your focus be?