Time and time again I’ve found myself stuffed uncomfortably in to corners that I pray my way out of. Corners of time, “I forgot”, and “I don’t really want to be here”. Corners of self-doubt, frustration, and expecting the worst. I’ve been there more times than I care to recount, but I believe that we can pull a lesson out of every uncomfortable situation and learn for the future. We can learn to stay out of these corners.
First of all, you hold the paint brush. Stop painting yourself in to corners. This begins with planning. Too often we get in to a cycle or routine of days simply passing us by with little or no thought applied to what we are doing, when we are doing it or even why we are doing it. Stop! Take time to plan. For some of us this may mean that each evening you have to take 15 minutes to plan the next day. For others, this may mean that you need to plan your next week and for some this may mean you plan your month. The important thing is that you find what works for you. What causes you to take pause and actually think about what you are doing? What causes you to keep your activities and priorities in perspective?
For me this has meant getting and keeping up with a daily planner. I’ve found that if my days are not planned out, that 24 hours slip away from me so quickly. We have become so conditioned to get up, work, take care of everything and everyone else, go to sleep, and do it all over again. But at my age I see that too many days like that cause regret and confusion. Where did my time go? That changed when I decided to work at managing my life every day instead of letting my life manage me. God gave me a word. That word was “stick”. Choose what needs my attention right now and “stick” to it until it is done. Only an emergency should pull me away from completing it. And guess what? Everyone else’s so-called emergencies are not my emergencies.
I became exponentially more productive in just a few short days. E-classes I had been intending to complete were finally watched. Articles I had been meaning to read were finally read. Little things around the house that I had been meaning to do were done. I had to prioritize. I asked myself if I would be happier in my last days on this earth knowing I had watched every episode of *insert favorite show here* or knowing I had accomplished my God-given purpose. God won.
We often look at others who are successful and wonder what it is about them that makes them so special. Why are they the stuff the movies are made of, the stuff that books are written about. The truth is the only difference is a willingness to get off your butt and try. To make your days successful and rewarding, you must be intentional about what you do and why you do it. I am the stuff that books are made of…because God made me that way.
Go Be Blessed