A colleague just came back from a recent conference and shared a quote from a speaker*: “You can’t sprint forever.”  This reminded me of a saying that one of my mentors continually preached: “The horses need to rest.”  

Whether you apply this to your personal life or keep it in mind as you supervise staff, the essence is the same. Neither the human body or spirit can continually go at full throttle.  There are times, and maybe even frequent times, for pushing, but there has to be a break in between the pressure.

Think about how your life is structured.  Are you trying to sprint non-stop?  Are you urging your staff to relentlessly keep at it?  Maybe you should use this Sunday to take a breather and get yourself rested for the next lap.

— beth triplett

 * Justin Draeger, NAFSAA president

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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