Leadership is about doing and action. Since leaders are driven to accomplish and achieve the temptation can be to resist rest. However, rest is an important key to effectiveness and productivity. If you implement regular rest into your life you will see positive results now and into the future. You will have the stamina to move through the different seasons of leadership and have a greater chance of leave a lasting legacy. Senator Joe Lieberman insightful said,
“In our time of time-starved culture, we race through our hectic days, desperately wishing for more time with family, friends, and ourselves, as the hands on the clock whir around the hours at ever-increasing speed. But the truth is, our bodies and souls were created to rest- regularly – and when they do, we experience heightened productivity, improved health, and more meaningful relationships.”
The benefits of rest only come when we intentionally take time to rest. Below are three suggestions to help implement rest into your life:
1. Make rest a priority- In Jason Vana’s post Time to Yourself he says, “we are only able to pour into others what we first received ourselves.” Rest allows us to better influence the people we lead. This happens when we value and make rest a priority. When a leader does too much without a sufficient amount of rest they are in danger of becoming frustrated with a lack of productivity and have the potential to burnout.
2. Engage in nourishment activities- Nourishment means “The substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.” When you find and apply nourishment centers into your life they will refresh and recharge you. Below are a few nourishment centers I recommend engaging in on a regular basis:
- Family- Spending quality time with your family will greatly recharge you. It’s also a significant factor when it comes to being successful in leadership. I believe a Strong Marriage Equals Strong Leader.
- Recreation- It’s important to find and engage in recreations that you enjoy and like to do. Edwards Bellamy said, “If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.” The activity might require energy and effort but it will bring nourishment to your life.
- Relationships- The friendships we have and develop can greatly bring value and refreshment into our life. Spending time with a close friend can bring rest and refresh our soul.
- Spiritual life- When you nourish your spiritual life then your outward life will thrive. Isaiah 40:31 has a great promise, “those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Spending time with God and reading the Bible can bring rest into our life.
3. Lead a balanced life- I believe a key to longevity in leadership is to have a balance between your personal and professional life, both physically and mentally. A leader taking time off but thinking about work or a task that needs to be accomplished will not be able to fully rest. Whether at work or at home train yourself to be fully engaged and concentrated on your current activity. Taking time to rest requires being deliberate about disconnecting from your professional life so you can fully be renew.
Questions: What are some other ways we can implement rest into our life? What do you enjoy doing that brings you rest and refreshment?