I have been blessed to work in several cultures that were excellence-driven. It may sound surprising to hear that, for – in our current culture, at least – excellence-driven is often equated with “high stress.” While it is true that there may be seasons of stress in such environments, it can actually be LESS stressful… Think of it this way. Which is going to stress you out more: 1) Heading in to church, knowing you’re going to have to work hard, but also knowing that things are being done well and people are being impacted because of it, or 2) Heading into church, and heading home that same day knowing in your heart that nothing moved forward because you worked for 15 minutes each hour and “recovered” for the other 45?

The potential issues are not just work ethic-related. Some come from the leadership side, particularly when the “win” is not clearly identified. For any team to be successful, everyone on it must understand where they are headed – and why. More on this in the days to come…  

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” – Benjamin Mays

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