Great words from William Vanderbloemen
This New Year’s Eve, over a billion people will tune in as the ball drops in Times Square and we all say “farewell” to the past year and “hello” to the next. One of my family’s traditions is to gather around our family room with friends and reflect on what we have to be thankful for in the past year, and then we tell one word of what we would like to focus on for the New Year. My word for this upcoming year is “healthy.” Not just “healthy” in a physical way, but healthy as a husband, a dad, a leader, and even as a follower of Christ.
Over the next few weeks as I prepare for the new year, I will begin to put some details to that word to help me be healthier in the New Year. Here are some tips for church and ministry leaders to make sure we all grow healthier in our leadership during this next year:
Look at the past year and reflect on your growth. How have you grown as a husband/wife, a dad/mom, and as a leader? How have you been intentional in your health in these different areas? Write down a list of the areas you have seen some obvious growth, and then list some areas in which you need to grow.
If we are going to be healthy, there must be a plan. For example, as a husband, I want to be intentional on planning a date night with my wife each month. And as a dad, I plan on taking “tech-no breaks” where I devote my total attention to my children. “Tech-no breaks” are set times where we all take a break from technology.
I spend much of my time talking with families who don’t know one another because they have not been experiencing meaningful communication with one another. As a leader, I have been challenged to think about three words: new, simple, and creative. These words have given me focus in my area of leadership. Read more, create more, simplify more, and gain insights and input from new leaders and blogs that you would normally not follow. Find a few words to help guide you as you launch into a new season and a new year. Be intentional with a plan.
Make sure you are connected with other leaders. Not leaders who drain you, but leaders who inspire you. Sit with your team and dream again. Never get to a place of isolation as a leader. God truly did create us for relationships with others.
To be healthy, we must be connected with other people. Tweet: To be healthy, we must be connected with other people.
Be a part of a Small Group, or a leadership network. Make sure you have a mentor that you respect and you can learn from this year. Get connected and stay connected.
Many times leaders forget to live. Spend time outside of your leadership responsibilities and have fun! If you do not have a hobby, get one. A few of my favorite things to do are to explore new places and experience new adventures, whether it is hiking or driving. New places give me a new perspective, and it always clears my head and keeps me “healthy.”
I have no idea what adventure is ahead of me in the new year, but I truly want to be used in the placed me.
Which of these steps can you begin to adopt this coming week?