Spring is in full bloom where I live outside of Nashville. The grass is green, dogwoods are in bloom, and trees are bursting with new life. There is a new energy in the air as children are busy at play and grown ups are busy doing yard work. Rodney and I spend the evening cleaning our patio and fixing up things around the house. Then we grilled out and took a long bike ride. This spring day has motivated us to action.
As leaders, there’s a time to do some spring-cleaning too. It is time to recharge our energy for life and leadership.As a leader there a few areas where you might want to spring clean this season: Click To Tweet
Here are a few areas you may want to clean up or clean out:
Whatever you are holding on to – anger, a grudge, envy, jealousy, resentment, or anything that is robbing you of peace with others, deal with it now. Let it go. If you need to give someone grace, give it. If you need to ask someone to forgive you, do it now. If the root of these are rebellion against God, ask God to forgive you. These things in our lives will rob us of our energy and focus. They will rob us of our passion and joy to lead. Clean up your relationships and start fresh.
- Books, magazines, papers, and stuff.
Get rid of anything not necessary. More is not better. More things to read or file can bog you down and prevent you from reading anything. Recycle, give to charity, share it with a young leader, or throw it away. Get rid of workspace clutter. Add something new to your work area – a new painting, a plant, new family pictures. Get a stand up desk (I got one last year and love it!). A new fresh workspace will give you new and fresh energy.
Delete, delete, delete. Look at it once, take action, or delete. Set up automatic email sorting systems to not let junk email hit your inbox. Don’t let email control you. Email has a way of distracting us and pulling us down into the weeds. Set up new boundaries for when and how you will manage your inbox. A clean inbox gives you the energy to engage in plans for the future.
- Your Calendar.
Take a hard look at your calendar. Are you wasting your time? Are there meetings you don’t need to attend? Are there things you are giving your time to that aren’t necessary? Is your time given to the most important, most strategic things? Or do you find your calendar packed with things that are outside your leadership and life goals. Now is the time to reset your calendar. Delegate. Eliminate. Narrow your focus so you don’t miss the most important things. Reclaim your life by resetting your calendar.
- Forgive yourself.
This may be the hardest but if you are holding on to past mistakes or recent failures, forgive yourself. It could be an initiative that didn’t succeed, a project that didn’t meet its goals, or a hire that didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. Maybe it was a job you didn’t get, or a job where you were let go or fired. All these are great leadership lessons and can, if you forgive yourself, be used to strengthen your leadership. And also forgive yourself for all the things you didn’t get done that you planned to do. Now is the time to start new.
Use this season of renewal and growth to get rid of these things that are holding you back. Prune back what isn’t serving you well so that you can thrive and bloom this spring.What are you getting rid of this spring that isn't serving you well? Click To Tweet
“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12
What do you do to get a fresh start as a leader?