I (Matt) can still remember the scene…
I am in kindergarten. My mom has just arrived home from the commissary (grocery store) with a car filled with groceries. Next to the car is a big orange box of Tide laundry detergent.
And by big, I mean big. But I want to help, so I try to pick it up.
Hulking up like Lou Ferrigno in green body paint (again, this is 1980...some of you know!), I am bound and determined to carry that box into the house.
But it doesn’t budge.
So I try to drag it. Just like those big European dudes in a strongman competition pulling a truck.
I get a couple of feet before I lose my grip and fall backward on the garage floor.
My struggle goes on for (what seems like) hours. I make it all the way to the stairs into our house.
Stuck again. Couldn’t pick it up the first time. And now I’ve used all my Hulk powers dragging this blasted box across the garage.
My mom asks if I need help. I stubbornly refuse.
“I can do it myself.”
That isn’t the last time those words come out of my mouth or my heart. The truth is, most leaders struggle to ask for help. We are convinced that self-reliance is the hallmark of good leadership.
Well, it isn’t.
Here’s the truth.
Self-reliance is a window into the soul of unhealthy leadership.
It strips the soul of gratitude.
It robs us from the rest we desperately need.
It grabs generosity and convinces us we can’t afford it.
On this week’s episode, Tal and I talk about self-reliance as the enemy of spiritual health. Because of what God has done, is doing and will do, spiritually healthy leaders have hope.
What does that look like in our lives? We’ll show you three signs of spiritually healthy leaders and help you take steps towards a hope-filled life and leadership.
In this episode you’ll discover:
- What will be in style (according to Tal) for men in 2024.
- Why leaders struggle to find and maintain spiritual health
- The power and practice of gratitude
- Two basic practices that help leaders rest well
- How to be generous...with boundaries.
- Why spiritual health is the foundation of the Five Factors framework
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