Staying Fresh!

2152673496_42081e74ef_mIf we’re not careful we can allow circumstances to rob us of the divine spark that we need to live the life God has called us to. Weariness, fatigue, exhaustion and bitterness can easily creep into our hearts and steal our life force if we’re not paying close attention to ourselves and our teaching (1 Tim 4:16).

There are fundamentals to staying fresh. The former Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi was famous for how he drilled his players. While other teams would have 20-50 plays, Vince only had 8 plays but he drilled his team so intensely on those 8 plays that when it came to game time, no one could compete with the Green Bays incredible execution of their fundamental plays. 

The same can be said for staying fresh and avoiding burnout or rust-out. I have read many books but after a while most of them say the same thing but in different ways. Out of all of my reading, observation and application I have found 6 core fundamentals to staying fresh that I want to share with you today.

  1. Sleep in before midnight, not after midnight: The hours before midnight really do make a difference to your sleep patterns than the hours after midnight. It all has to do with your REM sleep patterns and 90min cycles of deep sleep and light sleep. Rather than sleeping in after midnight and waking up groggy, sleep in before midnight and wake up fresh and ready to go.
  2. Do some form of exercise regularly: Modern lifestyle doesn’t help our physical bodies but our bodies were created to move. Exercising for 20-30mins 3-5 times per week will detoxify your body, release endorphins and improve your strength and cardio. Eat plenty of salad and drink plenty of water.
  3. Do activities that fill your tank back up: Imagine yourself as a water tank that gets drained by certain activities on a weekly basis. It’s important to discover what fills your tank back up. For me reading, movies, exercise, family and friends fills my tank back up. I have just recently purchased a new bodyboard to go catch some waves with and so this will be a de-stressor for me.
  4. Refocus your devotions on re-discovering your friendship with God: Forget the formula’s and come into God’s presence with no agenda but an open heart, your bible and a willingness to be real with God. Life flows far easier from friendship with God.
  5. Plan your week around your greatest priorities: I have read many time management books and the bottom line is organise and execute your life around your top priorities. Time is your greatest currency and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Every night take 10mins to review your day, preview tomorrow, check appointments and prioritize what’s most important.
  6. Re-focus on what you love about your life, work & ministry: It’s so easy to get distracted by what you don’t like to do or what you are not strong in but everyone of us has a strength zone where our gifts can be used to make a difference. In this sweet spot we feel alive and full of energy. Don’t let passion be sucked out of you but refocus on what you love to do.

Lead the Change!

One Response to “Staying Fresh!”

  1. Rach Wallace Says:

    This is great! I love these principles; simple but so effective. I was always waking tired and sluggish so lately I have been making a point of going to bed earlier and it is making all the difference to my freshness the next day. Sometimes changing the smallest things can make the biggest difference.

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