I’m reading Wayne Cordeiro’s book again, “Leading on Empty: Refilling your Tank and Renewing Your Passion “ (Bethany House ©2009). This book addresses how we as leaders can not only survive burnout, but how we can avoid falling into it over and over again.
Cordeiro shares 7 lessons he learned as he relapsed into burnout. I think these are great lessons and reminders for all of us. The lessons are his, the comments are mine.
#1) DO NOT OVERPRODUCE
We try to pack more into our day and we try to accomplish more. Learn to stop. Learn that tomorrow will come. You don’t have to do everything now! Margin.
#2) STEWARD YOUR ENERGY
“A leader’s greatest asset is not necessarily time. It is energy.” Cordeiro. We need to steward our energy in order to address all areas of our life, not just the areas that are screaming for help and attention. Managing our energy is one of our most important tasks!
#3) REST WELL, MY FRIEND
We don’t know how to truly rest. “We are never more vulnerable to depression than when we are totally fatigued or overtired.” Cordeiro. Slow down. Sleep. Rest your soul.
#4) EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY
Do something to get your body moving everyday. It doesn’t have to be a huge workout, but it needs to be something. Make it a habit!
#5) EATING YOUR WAY TO A GOOD LIFE
Learning to eat right will give you energy and will affect every area of your life.
#6) RECHARGE DAILY
Connecting with God will fill you up, restore you and recharge you. Take time every day for this! Don’t miss it.
#7) FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY
Realize that our greatest charge in leadership is to invest in our family. Don’t ignore this and don’t assume someone else will do this. This is MY responsibility.
These are great reminders for each of us. How are you doing in each of these 7 areas? Can you relate to them? Do you see the need?
Today, begin the process of addressing these things. Stop Now. Look at your schedule. Make this a priority!
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