But, instead of painting the town red in celebration, you feel a little blue. You start to question if your efforts even made a difference. You wonder if you have it in you to do it all over again next week.
This, my leader friend, is what I call the crash. A leadership crash feels like caffeine withdrawal combined with the emotions of a really bad breakup. After years of these experiences, I can forecast this adrenaline hangover as easily as my aching knee can predict a change in the weather. In my time leading the ministry to women at a large church, this letdown happened the day after the last day of Bible study. Every. Single. Year. Our whole team would be in a funk that took a couple of days to shake. Now, I can count on the crash hitting me hard after big speaking engagements or much-anticipated projects are completed.
As you know, recognizing, even naming the issue at hand, is empowering. But so what? How do you recover from an adrenaline hangover? What do you do to pick yourself back up and lead on? For me, I head over to the broom tree. I’ll tell you more about what it looks like for me to recover in my next post.