It's SWOT night with @pastorsteph and @ginamueller777 . The night goes something like this. Take out and snacks are an essential component . Then add that special element that is all too rare in our lives: time.
We do a version of a SWOT analysis on what happening in our lives, but also pressing into what is happening in our leadership. We reflect on our battles, breakthroughs, frustrations and failures. And we love and trust each other so we simply go there. We talk and we listen, we act as a bit of a brain trust for one another, sharing and critiquing ideas, encouraging, challenging, collaborating. Celebrating what God has done.
Each time the emphasis is different. Sometimes we talk lots and pray a little. Sometimes we talk less and pray much more.
Each time it's a late night, but I feel invigorated and refreshed.
There's an African proverb that I unapologetically overuse that's says
'If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together'
I'm choosing far. And I'm grateful for these two and other leaders (in all walks of life)that I get to learn from. Coffee conversations. Phone calls that comfort. Texts that transform.Books I read. Podcasts I listen to. Voxer chats that set my phone on fire. SWOT nights that strengthen my vision. Online groups that remind me that I'm part of something way bigger than myself. Face to face life.
Its takes work and effort, but I don't want to be a Lone Ranger, when I can be a part of a Village.
Who encourages you in leadership and life?
What helps you grow and go far together?
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