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4 Habits that keep Great Leaders from Quitting

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Let’s be real, leadership ain’t easy. It can be tough, lonely, and bring us to many dark roads. The demands cause many to hang it up and quit altogether. They decide it’s not worth it anymore. When you get to that place, Go to this place.

4 things to keep you from quitting

Q – Quiet (Be still and know that I am God) – Time with God is essential at anytime, especially when you’re at the end of your rope. Go to a place, be quite, and let your Creator speak to you. Let him speak admiration, conviction, direction, and whatever else He needs to. Why do you need it to be quiet? So that nothing keeps you from HEARING Him.

U – Unplug - Keep it quiet. Unplug every connection to any source that is draining to you. Your laptop, your iPad, your phone, your email, your video chat, anything that is tethering you to the world. Now, of course, don’t be stupid, you’ll have to plan ahead in order to do it, but you can make this happen… you MUST. Unplug from the world, let everyone know that you can’t be bothered for a period of time. Unplug and Recharge.

I – Interaction - Talk to someone – I can’t tell you how important it is to have close, open, and transparent relationships. People that you can be vulnerable with, but still encouraged. People that you can cry to, but still feel respect. A lot of leaders think that when they begin leading a big organization or operation that they have to withdraw from people… that CAN’T be the case. Choose these people wisely, but choose them non the less. If you can’t find someone close to you, find a professional to help. Go to a counselor. You need someone to talk to. Let it out before you say, “I Quit!”

T – Try - Try something new, try something old, try something borrowed, something blue… Do whatever it takes to fill your cup and get out of your rut. Without breaking a rut, you’ll be back in same place.  Find a new hobby, a new sport, a new interest, a new place to go. Try something different.

Psalm 23:2-3 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

What else ya got? What do you do to keep from quitting?

Comments

  1. Ron Cline says:

    This advice works…I know! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Tom Feliciano says:

    I’m not a pastor, but my ministry is to Pastors. We try to help Pastors and Christian Leaders prevent burnout. We have been doing this for over 25 yrs. Every Pastor that we have ministered to has said (in some way) when leaving “I didn’t know how much I needed that”!

    What we do is take them out into the wilderness to fish or just relax. I’m a bush pilot and guide up here in Alaska (40 yrs worth). One of the most important things I’ve learned is Pastors need to know who God is and who God isn’t. It sounds kind of silly but the reality is God doesn’t give his power to whoever asks for it and wants it. He does give it too people that he trusts, and will not miss use it.

    I got on a very large and popular web site and asked 2 questions. I got hammered by several pastors, for asking them. I also got scolded by the moderator. He removed the questions and said If I ever asked any questions like this again I would be banned from the site! Question 1. How much time do you spend with the Lord every week? Question 2. On a scale of 1 To 10 how well do you know Jesus? I can’t answer no. 2 but I can say it’s going up.

    I have a friend up here that owns a very exclusive wilderness Lodge ($13,500) per week. He has several very nice Wilderness cabins that he only uses during the hunting season. He has offered the use of them to Pastors (free). Who want to get away and spend time in the wilderness alone with God. I have offered to many many Pastors this opportunity! I have not had one taker. One (an honest one) said that most Pastors are afraid to be alone with God.

    And then we wonder why the Church isn’t impacting American Culture.

    I would like to talk to you if you have the time 907-694-9038.

  3. Artie, right on with this post!

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