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Questions to Ask When You’ve Grown Stagnant

If something doesn’t move for a while, it usually gets stiff or stagnant.  There are times in every leader’s life where we get stuck in patterns of immobility, and before we know it, we’re asking ourselves, “What’s wrong with me?”, “Why have I lost my passion?” OR “Is it time for me to move on to a new job?”  If you’re feeling a little stagnant, before you make any big moves, take some time to think through the following questions:

  • If I could add one thing to my job description, what would it be?  Why?
  • If I could eliminate one thing from my job description, what would it be?  Why?
  • What’s the most stimulating thing I’m doing in my job right now?  What about that responsibility gives me so much energy?
  • Who is actively challenging me to grow and stretch as a leader?  If the answer is no one, who can I invite to play that role in my life?
  • What strengths have I been neglecting and allowing to atrophy?  What do I need to do to restimulate those strengths?
  • What about my current routine is draining me and preventing me from dreaming and innovating new ideas?
  • Have I read anything in the past 30 days that has stirred my thinking?  If the answer is nothing, who can I ask for reading suggestions?
  • Do I have any goals that are inspiring me to give my all and trust God for outcomes bigger than what I’m able to do on my own?
  • Are the obstacles I’m facing demotivating me or motivating me toward greater determination?

As you reflect on these questions, write out your thoughts and create a growth plan that will get your blood pumping again!  The choice is yours…get moving or grow stagnant.

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Mac Lake is the Development Pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site church with 13 campuses, where he oversees leadership development, small groups, missions, communications, and internships. He is a popular church leadership conference speaker and the author of the training resource Growing Small Group Leaders. Learn more from Mac at MacLakeOnline.com.