Have you ever been frustrated by other drivers on the road? What a question! Who hasn’t been frustrated by other drivers? God recently convicted me of overexerting my highway prowess and it caused me to think about the areas in my life where I have influence.
As we closeout 2018, we give thanks for our blessing, take note of unachieved goals, and begin to set new expectations for the upcoming year. We begin to pull together documents in preparation for tax season, and we update our family budget. We may look at our savings, and maybe even our investments. Each day about 169 million Americans look to Wall Street, considered the center of the financial market, to take stock on the performance of their investments. These investments fluctuate daily based on how well these publicly traded companies perform.
Worry and anxiety can stifle the effectiveness of the best leader. In my life, when anxiety gets the best of me, my leadership always suffers. So what goes on in the mind of a leader when he or she worries and what can we do about it? Consider these suggestions.
When we feel anxious, a process in our brain starts because God created our brains to help us survive. When we feel threatened and anxious from a roar we hear outside our tent while camping or from a roar from a nasty email, it initiates a flight-fight response in our bodies.
We’ve been engaged in a season of change. This constant change, though it’s mostly good, has worn at us till our positivity has begun to fray.
You’ve been to that crumbling edge, haven’t you?
Not enough good sleep. A tickle that blossoms into a hacking cough. Too much fast food, and fast talking with not enough deep conversation about what’s important. The challenge of teammates who’ve misplaced the mission, the hassle of technology gone awry, and endlessly shifting expectations and reactions. It’s not all bad. Not really. But it does stretch leadership engagement.