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The 3 Spiritual Practices That Will Save Your Life as a Leader

You will not get it all right. You won’t show up for everyone perfectly. You’re going to bomb some sermons, presentations, or interviews. You’re going to totally screw things up sometimes.

Grit will make you go back to work, but grace will restore your joy and peace in doing so.

And we also need to make allowance for others. For those we serve. For those who serve alongside us on the team. For those who report directly to us. For people with different beliefs and political viewpoints. For people who’ve been hurt and, therefore, can be hurtful sometimes.

Sometimes we need more grace for the whole world. Otherwise, we’ll become bitter, and few forces are as destructive as someone who is both gritty and bitter!

3. Gratitude

And gratitude ties it all together. Grit gets us up every morning. Grace makes the hard days manageable. Gratitude is one of the most powerful practices a leader can develop.

When things are good, give thanks. When things are hard, give thanks. Because giving thanks is a matter of intentionally choosing to recognize what is going right amid any circumstance, even if a lot of things are going wrong.

My recommendation is to start a gratitude journal (or add a gratitude section to your current journaling practice) and write down at least three things you’re thankful for every day. They don’t have to be big. They just have to be true.

Gratitude re-wires our brains to look for the positive, and in this world, we need all the help we can get looking for the gifts worth celebrating.

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