For the past several years, my annual goal for personal development was “to increase my leadership capacity”. After all, I am a “Type B” kind of guy living in a “Type A” kind of world. My organization is a fast paced, high intensity, “Get-R-Done” kind of team.
However, I made little progress towards that goal. Over time, I could not discern any growth…and worse, I really didn’t know how to achieve my objective.
But a year ago (summer of 2012) I had several conversations with God where I felt that He gave me several specific challenges. One was to start writing this blog. Another was to accept every new challenge that came my way. It almost felt like he told me to say yes to everything I was asked or invited to do.
That seemed pretty crazy at the time. I am naturally wired to be an introvert. I am at my best when I am alone, or with less interaction with others. But God called me to ministry and that includes a lot of conversations, meetings, and “people stuff”. I’ve worked hard to build my defenses…learning to balance quiet time with people time.
But, I gave it a whirl. I said “yes” to every project…every meeting…and every email. I figured I would flame out after a while and God would let me off the hook.
Instead, I just conquer more projects…have more conversations…and get more accomplished. I’m not sure how or why it works, but my capacity seems to have grown tremendously this past year.
If you would like to increase your capacity, perhaps the best approach is to start pressing beyond your comfort zones and discover the new territory that awaits.
Thanks for listening.