Practice being more encouraging
Endurance racer Robyn Benincasa said “You don’t inspire others by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.” If we know others believe in our skills and abilities we are far more likely to use them and grow in them.
There are many ways we can be encouraging to others, with words and actions. Focus on noticing, praising and thanking the efforts and achievements of others however small. Encouragement can be a simple as a smile or as costly giving someone your undivided time and attention.
Try it for a day -or a week…
Practice being more merciful
It’s so important to create a culture in your groups where it is ok (and normal) to make mistakes. As you focus on being merciful to others you can also model this by admitting your mistakes, and being generous and gentle when things don’t go perfectly. Try it for a day -or a week…
Practice being more prepared
It’s important the importance of being sensitive and thoughtful towards others in your teams and groups, in every aspect of your ministry from planning, time keeping to every part of communication and interaction. As you focus on being more prepared spend more time thinking about how you can be more sensitive to the needs, backgrounds and circumstances of others
Practice being yourself
Authenticity is about being honest with yourself and others about who you are and where you are at now rather than and idealised version. This can be harder in certain contexts than others but always valuable. If we want to get to know others we must be willing for others to get to know us...
Prayer for seeking new opportunities
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance...
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
You make known to me the path of life;
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.