One of the challenges we all face today is the pace of life and work. Things keep moving so we keep moving. It is hard to stop something in motion, especially in rapid motion. But it is critical that we build into our leadership and organizational life strategic times of pause to remember.It's critical to build into our professional and personal lives strategic times to pause and remember. Click To Tweet
For most of us, the time to stop will need to be planned or it simply won’t happen. Good intentions won’t put you in a stop position. Or waiting until things slow down, or you get caught up, or things get easier will not get you to a strategic time of remembering. It requires strength of leadership to build the pause into your personal life and into the rhythm of your work life.
Here are 5 reasons remembering is so important to your team’s success:
- Celebrating the wins.
It is only when you stop to remember that you can clearly see all there is to celebrate. The big things to celebrate are easier to see but what about all the parts that got you to the win. The solution that the team created, the way the team solved a problem, that last minute marketing idea that took off, or the person who went above and beyond to make it happen. There is so much to celebrate with the team and when you stop to remember you can absorb the full story of the win.
- Clarifying that even in the hard places, great things happen.
When you stop to remember, you have to recall the losses too, the hard things. The times when something didn’t work or a supplier didn’t deliver or even personal crisis that impact life and work. But when you stop to remember, even in the hard places you will see lessons learned, support given, and the power of people rallying together to press through. Don’t brush over the failures and miss the way God shows up in the hard places.
- Seeing the progress of hard work.
If you don’t stop and remember, you can miss the progress you are making. Sometimes the progress is slower than we like but moving things forward is a great indicator of personal and organizational health. Don’t wait until you have arrived at some metric to remember. Recognize the steps that are leading you to success. Each step of progress is advancing your team’s mission and purpose. It is easy for us to lose heart when we keep moving and don’t stop to remember where we have been and see where we are now. You may not have arrived at your goal, but you are making progressive steps and you are closer than you were.
- Honoring people.
Remembering will be key to honoring people. When you stop to remember, you will hear the voices of people sharing how different team members contributed to the team’s success. You will hear how team’s worked together to solve a problem. All the work we do is rooted in the people. Don’t miss remembering the contribution of those on your team and honor them for the work they do faithfully and with full commitment everyday.
- Remembering the work of God.
Stop and remember the times and places where God showed up, answered prayer, provided a way when there was no way, or graciously gave you favor with others. Remember the times He brought new people to your team, rescued you from an impossible challenge, or gave you wisdom in a critical decision. As leaders of faith, remembering is so important to a strong foundation of faith. God has worked in the past, so we can be confident He will work in the future. Remember all that God has done.
“. . . Do you have eyes, and not see, and do you have ears, and not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets full of pieces of bread did you collect?” “Twelve,” they hold Him. “When I broke the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many large baskets full of pieces of bread did you collect?” “Seven,” they said. And He said to them, “Don’t you understand yet?” Mark 8:19-21
This past year, what do you remember that compels you to move forward with confidence?