What could be great becomes mediocre when we fail to plan.
I tweeted this statement yesterday scolding myself for not having prepared as well as I should have for last night’s Cultivate Her event.
It’s not that I just blew it off or didn’t care about preparation, my schedule has just been so full that I really couldn’t engage preparation for it until the night before. This left me scrambling to figure out some last minute details. When I finally sat down to prepare for the night, God gave me some really cool ideas. But in order to pull them off I was going to transfer my crazy anxiety to others, which is simply not fair and certainly not good leadership.
This episode is just a small glimpse of how I’m approaching a lot of my commitments right now.
I feel like I’m in a dangerous season of life…
The season where I have just enough experience and confidence in my abilities that I don’t have to agonize over preparation in the same way that I might have 10 years ago…
The season where the opportunities are seemingly endless but time is even more scarce…
The season where others are amazing supportive and willing to partner with me…
Perhaps I have some reasonable excuses for having to fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants more than I have in the past, but I can’t shake the idea that I have a responsibility to steward this better.
Of course there will always be moments like yesterday, but when they become the norm rather than the exception, I think we have to pause and evaluate what needs to change in the order and structure of our lives. When things become mediocre because we fail to plan, it doesn’t just affect us, it affects those we’re called to lead. When we give them less than God’s best in us, we’re short-changing them and being poor leaders.
Busyness is not a good excuse.
When I start hearing myself explain my incompetence as “I’m just so busy”, it’s a warning sign to me that I’m not stewarding my life and responsibilities well. What do I need to say “no” to? What am I not being purposeful about? What do I need to eliminate and change?
The life of a growing leader is constantly changing. Growth = Change. As the definition of insanity says, “you can’t keep doing the same things expecting different results.”
Leaders, don’t let what could be great become mediocre because you’re not doing the self-evaluation necessary to continue to grow.
Is your life dangerously mediocre right now? What can you do to change it?