When I’m in my leadership sweet spot I have a practice that accounts for most of my creativity.
It’s called Dream Days.
You may call it something else, but that’s what I call them.
It’s a day, or even half a day where I get away from the regular routine, rhythm, pace and place of my work to dream about what’s next. I don’t have anyone else with me. This is not “GroupThink” time. This is me and Jesus time. This is “creative visioning” about our/my tomorrows. I try to find a location that makes me feel creative.
I read the Bible. I pray. I sit quietly. I get a pen and paper. I write. I turn off wifi. I imagine what’s possible if God really does have His future for us in mind.
The details can be worked out another day if I don’t have all of those yet. The logistics aren’t really important yet. I make notes of things I think are important for my team that I want to make sure I remember.
I’ve done it in the mountains. I’ve done it by bodies of water. I’ve done it in buildings with modern architecture. I’ve done it in a park. I’ve done it in coffee shops.
When my schedule gets busy. When my calendar tells me what’s important instead of the other way around. When my leadership gets stale. When my team gets bored…
It’s almost always because I haven’t prioritized Dream Day. I’m more reactive than proactive. I’m processing yesterday more than dreaming about tomorrow.
Call it what you want, but it could be the secret to unlocking the next season of leadership, growth and productivity for you.
Stop what you’re doing and go block some time on your calendar.
You have permission to dream!