Here is Tip #6 for Ministry Leaders in 2016…
Get more sleep.
For too long it has been a disturbing badge of honor to live and lead by “burning the candle at both ends.” While there are days and even short seasons of life when we have to get up earlier and stay up later to get it done, this shouldn’t be the indefinite lifestyle of a healthy leader.
The truth is, if someone is always exhausted (and letting everyone know about it), then at some point there are simply some poor life and leadership management choices being made. We’ve all been there when we haven’t gotten enough zzzz’s… we get “cranky,” our creativity decreases along with our attention span, our poor eating and drinking choices increase, we just aren’t as “sharp” as we know we can be.
Here is a link to a great article on the correlation between rest and productivity by Michael Hyatt – Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More
It’s simple. If we want to be our best for the Lord, your family, team and the people you lead, then we must choose to be well-rested. We might even take an elusive “power-nap” every now and then. New York Times best-selling author and all around life and leadership guru Jon Acuff says, “In a world that praises busyness, rest is an act of bravery.”
Sleep well, live well. Live well, lead well.