You may have been asking this question to yourself many times, especially during this pandemic, or for most of the time that you are leading. Let’s take this time to go back to our WHY as we listen to this podcast.
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3:04 An important question that we can ask ourselves, “Why are you still leading?”
This pandemic has forced us to get to the most important reasons for why we are doing things.
One word that keeps coming up is essential. What are essential businesses, functions, trips, roles, etc.?
In the same way, we need to find the essential reasons, the critical reasons for doing what we’re doing.
7:10 There are primary and secondary reasons for why we lead.
- Some secondary reasons can be:
- It’s emotionally rewarding to see the effects of leading.
- The feeling of success or progress (getting things done).
- The validation or approval of other people.
These are good reasons. But what if they’re gone? What if it’s not emotionally rewarding? What if it doesn’t feel like a success? What if you don’t get validation?
10:35 There’s one main reason that keeps us going even when things are not working out well: because you don’t have a choice.
“This is how God made me. This is who He made me to be. I gotta keep doing what God has called me to do.”
In other words, it’s that sense of calling, specific to you which is why you’re doing what you are doing.
12:24 “No one answered. The noon-bell rang. Still no one spoke. Frodo glanced at all the faces, but they were not turned to him. All the Council sat with downcast eyes, as if in deep thought. A great dread fell on him, as if he was awaiting the pronouncement of some doom that he had long foreseen and vainly hoped might after all never be spoken. An overwhelming longing to rest and remain at peace by Bilbo’s side in Rivendell filled all his heart. At last, with an effort, he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice.
“`I will take the Ring,’ he said, `though I do not know the way.’” –The Fellowship of the Ring
“`I think I know already what counsel you would give, Boromir,’ said Frodo. ‘And it would seem like wisdom but for the warning of my heart.‘
`Warning? Warning against what?‘ said Boromir sharply.
‘Against delay. Against the way that seems easier. Against refusal of the burden that is laid on me.”
– The Fellowship of the Ring
16:53 Everyday there is that temptation to wake up, neglect the call of God in your life––to stop loving, to stop serving, to stop leading and to just do what everybody else does. And yet there’s that warning in your heart against delay, against the way that seems easier, against the refusal of the burden and of the call that is on you. But when you’ve got that one reason, that’s the only reason you need.
“I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away. But baby, I just need one good one to stay.”––Lady Gaga
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. -Philippians 3:12
In NIV, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
That’s why you are still leading, because you don’t have a choice, because you are called to.