In order for a leader to lead from a place of personal wholeness and integrity, they must engage in a process of renewal. Be honest and open as you work through the four cornerstones of your life with this checklist. Check of the items that you regularly succeed at as you go through this Checklist for Renewal.
- I schedule time for thinking and dreaming
- I enjoy a hobby
- I read books regularly
- I keep a journal of thoughts, goals, and reflections
- I listen to music to relax and walk to clear my mind
- I engage in meaningful, unrushed dialogue at least once a week
- I allow my imagination to create my dreams
- I am organized and have a good time management system
- I have specific unplugged hours for rejuvenation
- I am up to date with current recommended medical tests
- I exercise 20-30 minutes at least three times per week
- I take daily supplements for vitamins and minerals
- I maintain a strength program
- I include cardio and flexibility exercises
- I get a proper amounts of sleep
- I eat clean at least 80-90% of the time
- I rest one day a week
- I consume moderate amounts of caffeine/alcohol
- I have defined my “code of honor”, my guiding values
- I have defined my purpose and includes accounting for my soul and spirit
- I find daily renewal through meditation, solitude, prayer, study, or reflection
- I give time talent and treasure to my faith community
- I keep my heart open to truth
- I honor the presence of God through faith
- I honor and respect those with a different faith or religion than my own
- I have a hopeful, optimistic outlook on life
- I am aware of my moods, attitudes and emotions and their contagious nature
- I understand emotions drive many my actions, performance, and leadership
- I build emotional connections with others through trust and empathy
- I sincerely apologize when I need to
- I can persevere through hard times
- I can control my impulses, cool down and respond rationally
- I practice emotional renewal through recreational activities
It is my hope that the Leader’s Checklist for Renewal will help jumpstart your thinking for a personal renewal plan. Do you see areas where you are doing well? How about some blind-spots or areas that need attention? I think we all fall short in some areas. Rather than feel guilty or pressured, understand that there is no right or wrong plan when it comes to renewal activities. We all find renewal in our own unique ways. There are items on this list that will not apply to everyone, and that’s alright. The important thing is that you find a plan that works for you.
I hope this list encourages you in your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal.
I would love to hear your ideas as well!
Your leadership matters and you matter!
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