Leading On Empty- Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion (Bethany House)

Every leader shares a common and fatal enemy- BURNOUT.  Whether it is because of conflict in the organization, depleted emotional resources, ill health or simply fatigue we are all vulnerable.  If you are like me, you consider yourself immune, but if you are not strategically ‘filling your tank’, your hope, passion and zest for life and leading can be slowly eroded.  As Cordiero says, “those whose vocation is all about giving out are wearing out”.

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Here are 10 action steps to help you get replenished:

  1. Learn what drains and what fills your tank.
  2. Realize that in a winter season all you can hold on to are the positive disciplines you have already built into your life.
  3. Plant seeds today that will bring you the outcomes you want tomorrow.
  4. Use your pain and vulnerability to fuel you with compassion towards others who have gone through similar challenges.
  5. Know that it is in the crucible of private sufferings that the most noblest God-given dreams are born.
  6. Be selective in what you initiate- because what you initiate you have to maintain.
  7. Restructure your life for higher levels of all-around health.
  8. Address body, soul and spirit to get well.
  9. Adjust your perception- the way we view our problem is oftentimes the problem.
  10. Focus back on what God called you to do in the first place.

I have discovered some things that ‘fill my tank’ in this season of life:  time with supportive friends, relaxing in the sun, reading a good book, down time with my family and experiencing God’s presence in a worship service.

Q: What fills your tank?

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