Prioritizing Community

Avoiding Burnout

Just because you are doing what you love doesn’t mean that you won’t burnout. In fact, it’s easier to push yourself to the limit when you are doing something you love. Make sure that you aren’t letting burnout sneak up on you by setting S.M.A.R.T. (Sustainable, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-boxed) goal. Listen to your body and take breaks when it feels like things are getting too much.

SMART Goal Setting

When you set goals for yourself, they need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Sustainable, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-boxed. Basically, you need to be able to reasonably act on and fulfill the goals you have set. So, it’s not feasible to go from not attending any city council meetings to attending all of them. Taking such a large jump will most likely cause you to fail and feel down about yourself. It’s totally fine if you want to attend all of the city council meetings, but take smaller steps. You will attend every other city council meeting, while you work out how this will affect other areas in your life. Then, once you’ve achieved that, you can incrementally increase your goals.

The idea is to take small steps and gain success on your way to a bigger goal.

Lead, Don’t Tell

Actions speak louder than words, especially as a leader. It is not enough for you to tell people what to do, you have to show them that it can be done and that you hold yourself to the same standards.

Great leaders do more than just dictate or delegate. They inspire others to become leaders in their own rights. They do this by first, not solving every problem for their team. Instead, they work with the individual or team to help them find the answer or solution to the problem.

Second, great leaders do not make themselves on the restrictions they put on their teams. If you, as a leader, do not attend every group meeting for the local community garden but expect it of your team, no matter what you say to them, they will not look to you as a leader.

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