Years ago, I found myself in a dangerous place as a leader: my ambition was bigger than the time I had to accomplish it. I had more things I wanted to get done than I had hours in a day. And every week, it felt like it got worse. I would put more and more effort in, white-knuckling my laptop late into the night, sacrificing time with my family, exercising, and sleep to try to accomplish my goals. It wasn’t long before I burned out—and burned out hard. It wasn’t pretty. And it’s something I promised myself I would never do again.
Today, I’ve still got big ambitions for my future. That hasn’t changed. But a lot of other things have: I’ve written books, run a podcast and blog, and have grown my church to the largest it’s ever been. All without sacrificing time with my family, exercising, or sleep. In fact, I feel like I have more time than ever before—time I get to invest into my family, church, and goals, without having to sacrifice any of them.