A repost, but one I dearly needed to revisit. It can happen to the best leaders. They want results. They want their team to win. They want perfection. But, is that necessary? Is it even possible? At what cost does a leader pursue perfection? Here’s 5 reasons why being obsessed with perfection is not good leadership. And trust me, I need this list more than anyone, as I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way. It basically put me in the hospital this week…
I prayed yesterday morning and went through my day. It was pretty uneventful, until right before bed. My best friend told me that in general, I am a negative and angry person who has high expectations of others. I am subject to mood swings and nothing anyone does is ever good enough for me. I also complain about everything, everyday. Read on to see what happened after that.
So today, I woke up and prayed. I will be honest and tell you that I did it in bed again and I don’t remember getting a specific word from God. Maybe He didn’t want to talk to me this morning? Maybe I should work on getting out of bed and getting in my “war room”? I did however, decide to focus on two things. Anger & Effort.
I am writing to reflect on my last post. I just re-read it and first of all, I don’t know why I was surprised God could give me a message in 6 minutes. I mean, He’s God. He can do anything. I should have said, “surprisingly, I heard God’s message.”
The other thing I thought about was the fact that I am really tired right now. After traveling through two time zones and having to re-adjust, the thoughts in my mind Have turned negative and angry. I started thinking about going to work tomorrow and every negative thing about my job was pouring into my head. My thoughts ended with me wondering if my local church was hiring…
Right then, I pinpointed my frustrations to me being tired, as opposed to my job being horrible. I have a really good job and career. I am grateful and blessed. My hope is to fall asleep very soon so that I can get back in my “war room” tomorrow morning. And if you don’t get the “war room” reference, please rent and watch the movie. I know that Christian movies can be a little cheesy at times, because they can make any kind of miracle happen. It’s a movie. But I liked this one.
My message for tonight is that leaders need sleep. Only you know how much you personally need. For me, 6 hours gets it done. I can’t sleep longer than that. However much sleep you need, make sure you get it in. Or you may as well prepare to have a sub-par day, with negative thoughts coming out of nowhere.
You’re defenses against the obstacles of this world are not as strong, when your mind is operating like a wet noodle.
Day 6 brings somewhat of a surprise revelation about sin. I didn’t expect this…
This is the wrap up for day 5 of my prayer challenge. I experienced another empowering day. I was very focused on my tasks. I was able to leave my daughter alone about her reading program. (See article here) One thing to note is that, while I am thankful to have had the sort of week I’ve had, I am hoping tomorrow morning I don’t forget to do this. I don’t have to go to the office on Saturday’s and I tend to be very laid back on the weekends. Weekends are usually when I stop working out, dieting and I begin losing overall focus on things, especially bad habits I’m trying to change. That’s a bad pattern I must deal with, if I want to continue having good results. Here’s my plan.
So, technically I passed my challenge. Pray for ten minutes at the beginning of the day and see what happens. I wrote a post afterwards, which you can read on my website. Quick summary of the post, God answered my prayer right away and told me to make sure to mind my behavior today because I haven’t had much sleep. I decided to stay quiet and just get through the day. I could do that! I was so proud of myself. I figured, today is gonna be easy! Little did I know, that was only the beginning.
During conflicts, a boss in the middle must know when to say “time-out”. There’s a point when arguing your point (even if you’re right) only works to further aggravate the situation. There are many other benefits to discontinuing an argument.
This article discusses a crucial part of being a “boss in the middle” that’s often missed. Sometimes, we need a break. Here’s what I think we should do.
Like the chameleon, leaders are not able to stay one way. They must develop the type of character that can anticipate, accept, adapt and administer. To become a problem solver and a voice of influence, these skills are very necessary.