While most of us can relate to the idea of spring cleaning, fall also is a high demand season for cleaning of all sorts. Maybe it’s the idea of “back to school” or perhaps it’s refocusing after summer vacation; regardless of the reasons, it’s on all of our plates in some capacity.

As a faith-based leader, I like to take advantage of these times to also “clean up” in other areas. I am motivated by Psalm 51:10 (ESV)

 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

There are many directions I could take this reflection, but for today, I want to focus on renewing a right spirit within me.

We all need to renew our spirits. This action is important because we are all leaders in some capacity…as a parent, a spouse, a friend, a volunteer, or in our workplace.

As leaders, we are called to connect with others and to well, LEAD, with the right spirit.

I’ve found that 4 easy steps to get me back on track when I have become less of a leader than I should be. Interestingly enough, these steps also work in cleaning up our environments.

1.      Get back in the game. Look up and look around. What have you been neglecting in your life? Acknowledge it (or them) and move forward with a clean heart.

2.      Create a new vision for today and tomorrow. Share that vision.

3.      Make an action list. This should include daily steps that bring your vision to life. Put the actions in your calendar.

4.      Remember, you are working for God. As a faith-based leader, I reflect daily on how the work I do strengthens my relationship with Christ. It’s the little things that often matter the most…changing someone’s day by taking the time to listen, creating an environment where peace exists, praying while I am doing the tasks that may be considered mundane.

I hope that you can adapt these steps into your own life. As you focus on your personal ideas of cleaning and leadership, you’ll realize that cleaning is a metaphor for so much of our lives…our homes, our business, and indeed our relationships. What we do with clean hands and a pure heart will always take us far.