Ten Suggestions to Sustain your Stamina

It takes a whole lot of stamina to sustain through a crisis. If you are a leader, you might be getting weary. At least if this was a marathon we would know we are at mile marker 21 and we only have 5 more to go. There isn’t an end in sight, in fact, everything is pointing to a new world on the other side of this crisis. Uncertainty is disheartening and makes it even harder to sustain stamina.

I can’t answer the question of what the current state of the world means for your ministry or your leadership >> and you are likely not able to answer that either. Right now, part of your job will be to sustain the stamina to lead your people through. So, let’s cover 10 ways to stretch your stamina so you can lead through even when it gets a little long and arduous …

1.       Start your day with the same routine to create a sense of stability

2.       Stop ignoring your own health >> don’t forget to eat well and move often every day. Get enough sleep each night to refresh your body, mind and soul.

3.       Snag quick recovery times for you and your people >> it’s just not business as usual these days. If possible, get outside and take a short walk and marvel what is around you in nature. The sights and sounds can provide a needed change of pace.

4.       Share what is new as well as  what stays the same >> it is good to remember that not EVERYTHING is new or lost

5.       Snatch up every opportunity to offer praise, encouragement, and provide grace for mistakes that crop up.

6.       Signal as soon as possible when things are changing for your team >> it’s hard to be adaptable when there are layers of change piling up on each other

7.       Spark new ways to fuel your hope >> regularly engage in conversation, writing, reading, brainstorming, meditation & reflection

8.       Support one another because the impact of what is happening today triggers emotions that don’t make sense

9.       Smile to keep yourself and others from “losing it” and giving into the stress that seems pervasive today.

10.   Switch it up >> #1 is start with the same routine, but if it’s not working, do something different

What would you suggest?

None of us have ever been here before. We are navigating the new territory without a map. And without a map both the direction and the destination are unclear.

What suggestions would you have to sustain stamina in so much uncertainty without an end in sight?

Comment below, I would love to grow the list!

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Annie Perdue Olson

Annie is founder of Leading Better Together, guiding leaders through the relationship and people challenges that sidetrack ministry. With 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management and pastoral ministry she equips people and teams to work better together. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Change Leadership from St. Thomas University and received her coaching certification from the Center of Coaching Excellence.

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