We all have full and overflowing lives which makes it easy to avoid taking actions. We put problems aside to deal with on another day or just hope they will resolve themselves on their own. It’s time to take inventory. The very thing you are avoiding may be the very thing that is holding you back or holding your team back from future success.What are you avoiding? Here are 6 things leaders commonly avoid: Click To Tweet
What are you avoiding? Here is a list of six actions leaders commonly avoid:
1. Letting someone go.
It’s there in the back of your mind and it eats at you. You know that leader just isn’t working out. They are a great person but they aren’t succeeding in their work or role. It is time to have a conversation, to make a change. They may be waiting on you too. Or maybe you have a toxic friendship that is holding you back. You try to avoid them but you haven’t dealt with it. It’s time to speak the truth in love and let them go. People actions require much prayer but avoiding the obvious may be holding them back too.
2. Shutting down a ministry or line of business.
It isn’t bad but it isn’t great either. It costs your team a great deal of effort to keep it running and the truth is 90% of the people involved have lost their passion for it. Go ahead and shut it down. It will require energy to make it happen but it will provide more energy for the things that have the most impact.
3. Asking for forgiveness.
It’s there in front of you most of the time. It is amazing how it will resurface at unexpected times. Go ahead and pick up the phone and make the call. Take them to lunch and ask for forgiveness. Whether they receive it or not, you will feel a huge weight off when you sincerely ask.
4. Taking care of your health.
This one has been getting worse. You mean to start that exercise habit again but you never seem to have the time. You know you need to have your annual physical but time keeps getting away from you. And you know you need to eat better, but how do you do that with the pace of your life? It is time. The years are coming fast and if you don’t get a handle on your health now there will be serious consequences. The world won’t stop if you take 3 mornings a week to work out and if you clean out your pantry of all unhealthy items and restock. Make that physical appointment now. Be an example to your family and others. Being healthy is serious business.
5. Why people are leaving.
Customers are leaving. Church members are leaving. Good employees are leaving. It isn’t at a crisis yet but it is happening. You have been ignoring it and hoping no one else notices but you know it. Stop. Ask. Reach out. Listen. Learn the lessons you need to learn now to turn this around before it becomes a serious problem.
6. Sharing your faith.
You are so busy rushing in and out of your neighborhood that you don’t have time to invest in the people who live there. You keep meaning to. Next week, next holiday, next year. It is time that you make your neighbors a priority in investing in them and in sharing your faith with them. It may be a family member you want to share but there never seems to be the time. An old friend that you wonder about their relationship with Christ. Make the time. So much of our time and energy is given to things that have zero eternal value but not this. Take action this week to share your faith.
We all avoid things. Me too. Let’s take action now for our health and the health of the organizations and teams we lead.
What other items are you avoiding?