One thing I have observed about leaders is that they do not dab. Meaning, they do not dab their time, effort, or attention in many things. Instead, they stay focused on very few things.
Two biblical examples are of Nehemiah in the Old Testament and the Apostle Paul in the New Testament.
Nehemiah was focused on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, restoring the gates of the city, and creating a culture honoring God. Nehemiah did not dab in many things. He focused on his main task for rebuilding the city.
The Apostle Paul was focused on spreading the gospel. He did not dab in many things besides his necessity to work in order to provide for himself. He focused on his main task of discipling others and spreading the gospel.
Here are a few keys to staying focused on a few things instead of dabbing in many things:
- Know your strengths and weaknesses because you should focus on the areas of your strength
- Be intentional to schedule time for the few things you want to spend your time on
- Be intentional to say “no” to outside requests of others who want you to dab in things that you do not want to focus on
- Tell others what areas you want to focus on so they know how to help you focus on what you want while staying away from other areas
Question: What other tips do you have for leaders to prevent them from dabbing in many things?