As we seek to improve our leadership capacity with the goal of maximizing our ability to lead both inside and outside of a crisis, it is necessary to consider how we are cultivating sacred daily rhythms in our lives. The first step to doing this work is to understand that our lives happen in rhythms that occur each day, often without our conscious attention. Our habits, what we mentally attune to and think about, and what we watch are all part of our daily rhythms that occur without us giving them much thought. The goal of cultivating sacred daily rhythms is to build upon our spiritual capacity by becoming more aligned with who we truly desire to be.
What does it look like to cultivate sacred daily rhythms as a leader both inside and outside of a crisis scenario? We will explore several strategies below that serve as mechanisms to draw more closely to our desired selves.
What are sacred Daily Rhythms?
When considering sacred daily rhythms, it is important to note that our lives are the product of rhythms or habits that we have embraced along our journey. Sacred daily rhythms are spiritual practices that help us cultivate, over time, a life in closer alignment to our life rule or who we truly desire to become. Sacred daily rhythms include the rhythm of generosity, the rhythm of prayer and/or meditation, rhythms of engagement and withdrawal and rhythms of work and rest. Let's examine each of these rhythms, and what we can do on a daily basis to cultivate them as a leader.
Cultivating sacred daily rhythms can propel us forward as leaders when the going gets tough. If rituals and rhythms are established pre-crisis, we are better able to honor them when a crisis occurs. Further, modeling these rhythms for our teams makes it more likely that they are also engaging in these appropriate self-care strategies. Remember, our team is only as strong as the weakest link. When our teams are stronger, we are better together.
Linger a Little Longer:
1. What daily rhythms do you unconsciously cultivate that you wish to change?
2. What sacred daily rhythm can support you in the response above?
3, What sacred daily rhythm can you commit to modeling for your team?