The Reflective Executive
More specifically it's a combination of ever-present technology, competing demands, doing your job and a third of someone else's, and the inability to turn off the devices--even when you can.
Too much going out and not enough coming in can be problematic in terms of health, family relationships, and job performance. All reasons for taking this condition seriously.
Failure to periodically refresh the human spirit is not only damaging to the person but has longer-term consequences for society.
An essential part of renewal is coming to terms with who you are. This is true especially in team-obsessed corporate cultures which tend to diminish the role and necessity of the "individual."
In Self Renewal, author John W. Gardner observes that, “Good mental health derives from a reasonably objective view of the self—including the acceptance of the self." However, Gardner says, “We run away from ourselves failing to explore and probe the fearful and wonderful world within.”
He sadly concludes, “The individual who has become a stranger to themselves has lost the capacity for genuine self-renewal.”
Gardner, the late founder of Common Cause, identifies several principles with enduring qualities that offer realistic optimism about the renewal process, and our part in it:
Everyone is different but we've found the following to be reliable sources of renewal:
What is renewing to you?
Taking inventory is a helpful first step. Here are some areas of life upon which to reflect:
A New Year's resolution
What about including an annual reminder on the calendar that says, "My life is worth renewing." And once underway renewal has the potential to help bring about more of the same in others.
Restoration, combined with practice and perseverance, makes it possible to move beyond ordinary to extra-ordinary--w
hich is the secret of accomplishing great things.