The higher your degree of ownership, the higher your standards.
I’ve found this to be true both in my professional and personal life. I’ve also found these standards to be hindering… or rather I once did.
If nothing else, I want your takeaway to be this: You have options.
Oftentimes being an achiever is a trademark of a valued leader. Sometimes, however, what you achieve is peace of mind from choosing to do nothing at all. Let’s look at this closer.
Reading this word, my gut instinct tells me many a reader will cringe or grimace. Our culture does not look fondly upon doing the bare minimum but rather fawns over those who go the extra mile… or twelve.
I’d like to suggest, however, this is an unhealthy and dead end approach.
I openly admit my natural inclination is to strive for perfection. Growing up, it was commonplace for a teacher or coach to remind you when you did something, to do your best; only put your name on something if it’s quality.
In adulthood, I’ve come to respect and cherish a new outlook: I can decide to leave well enough alone, to not do something – maybe just this time, maybe for good.
We want to improve everything, but in an environment where you are trying to grow giving, grow enrollment, and grow improvement you simply cannot continue to improve everything at all times.
Everyone has a capacity and you will reach yours. Put your energy where it’s going to count the most.
If a task is not essential – if it’s not impactful, it’s not necessary.
Incremental improvements lead to incremental gains. In some areas, you need more than just incremental gains!
Making the choice to push your communications team as a means to grow giving may trump your attention to another area of development for a season. Remember your capacity and maximize your efforts.
This will not come naturally. Push through it.
Shift your perspective back to your purpose.
By taking responsibility and choosing what to do rather than when to do it all you will empower yourself, your mission, and ultimately your ministry.
I look forward to hearing how this impacts your ministry’s short-term and long-term goals. I see productivity in your future!
I want to come alongside you in your leadership journey. One way I can do this is by personally interacting with you via text. Most every week, I send out some sort of encouragement or insight that I have learned, usually the hard way! Sign up here to be a part of this group and let’s move forward together!