BP:04 – Be Productive

If you have ever rolled over three times to hit the ringing alarm clock…this goal is for you!

Being productive involves actually doing something, which can be hard to actually do. Most people (sadly, me included) plan to do many things.

In fact, your calendar is probably full at the moment with all sorts of things you have to do. Just to be clear, you’ll do most of the things on your calendar.

The question you need to ask yourself, however, is this:

Ouch! That’s a question no one really wants to answer, because the truth usually hurts.

Your days are most likely filled up; but are they filled with things that make you productive towards your personal goals? If not, there are at least a few things that really need to change.

Why? Because when a person goes for long stretches of time without accomplishing the things that are really important to them personally, they usually end up burning out. You don’t want to be the person who burns out, do you? I didn’t think so!

Action Steps:

  1. Write down three personal goals to work on.
  2. Cancel two unnecessary appointments this week. (And next week!)
  3. Get up thirty minutes earlier and work on a personal goal. (You’ll feel good about yourself when you do)

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, I want to be productive in the things that matter most. Will you help me to prioritize my time so that I can reach the goals I’ve set for my life…I know you will!

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BP:03 – Deliver my absolute best even when I don’t feel like it

Deliver

Today’s goal is hard.

I’ll admit it.

Often we have plenty of reasons to go home early, stay in bed, shirk responsibility, or to simply not show up; but actions like those will get you no where in life.

You want to succeed in life, to find and live in your purpose, develop your passion, and reach your dream. It would be nice if things would simply “work out” for us sometimes; but the truth is that usually never happens.

To reach your full potential in life, you have to make a hard decision.

Here is the choice you have to make:

I will deliver my absolute best even when I don’t feel like it.

About 18 years ago I wrote down a manifesto of sorts, describing what I want to be like and what I will do. I simply called it my  “I wills”. Here it is…

I will win my battles whatever the cost.

I will make a difference for the cause of Christ.

I will fight until there is only one man standing and I will be that man.

I will carry God’s vision into every territory and fight until I see it comes to pass.

I will go above and beyond the call of duty.

I will live with honor.

I will fight with courage.

I will rest with hope.

I will walk with victory.

So what are you going to do today?

Will you determine to deliver your absolute best even when you don’t feel like it?

 

Action Step:

  • Write down your “I wills”.

  •  Post them in a place where they are visible to you throughout your day.

  •  Practice them each day.

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, help me to show up with my absolute best today, even if I don’t feel like it.

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BP:02 – To gain more clarity, take a step back

Clarity

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Today I was reminded of something I’ve known for a long time, yet I often seem to forget.

In life, there are times when confusion, stress, and struggle seem to overwhelm our thinking ability. It seems like all the mental processes we’ve tried hard to develop aren’t working in sync.

Decisions become hard tasks to undertake, because the clarity we so desperately need to make them has vanished.

  Clarity gets replaced by: Wrong ideas Wrong information Wrong assumptions Wrong mindsets It is a list which could go on and on; but you get the picture. Scripture says openly that, God is not the author of confusion; but of peace. So when confusion seems to reign, what is a person supposed to do? To get to the answer, try this… Look at your hands. Specifically, look at your fingerprints. Notice how they are all somewhat different and unique? God made them that way. He made you unique. Now, bring your hands all the way up to your face.   What you notice first is your fingerprints beginning to get blurry. They start to go out of focus. You could say that the clarity vanishes. What was easy to see from a slight distance becomes first blurry, then indistinguishable, finally black, as your hands completely cover your eyes.

So what is the solution to gaining clarity? It is as simple as pulling your hands away from your eyes. To gain more clarity, you have to take a step back. Being too close to your situation is like trying to look at a mountain from five feet away…all you see is rocks. To see the beauty of the mountain in full clarity requires that you remove yourself from it; and put distance between you and the mountain. When you are so emotionally tied to the stress (actually stress is a result of the desire to control the outcomes in your life), it’s hard to see with clarity. You are to close to see clearly. When you are so close to the problem, you’ll never have the clarity you need to see the solution. The answer is found in taking a step back.

3 Power Questions:

  1. In what ways could you take a step back from your current situation in order to gain clarity?
  2. What areas of control would you have to let go of to take a step back for clarity’s sake?
  3. Are you willing to take a step back? If not, don’t expect to see the answer you long for.

 Today’s Prayer:

Lord, help me to see the areas of my life in which I need to take a step back.

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BP:01 – Don’t be the lid on your own potential

potential

You have a potential that is God-given

  • The potential to be a great parent
  • The potential to succeed in your purpose
  • The potential to reach the outcomes in life that God desires you to reach
  • The potential to become the spouse you were meant to be
  • The potential to influence those closest to you for Jesus

Your potential was embedded your DNA before you were ever born. God formed you and made you.

Psalms 139:14-17 

14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. 

15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 

16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

God molded and shaped your life. He gifted you with the talents and resources to experience the potential He created you for.

With that being said…

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Don’t be the lid on your own potential.

Lead yourself towards the outcome God desires for your life. Why? Life is filled with countless things that act as lids to hold you back from the great things God wants to do in your life.

    • People will do their best to hold you back.

 

  • Situations try to bring you down.

 

 

  • Resources can seem to dry up at times.

 

 

With all the lids in life you are going to face, you don’t need to be the lid on your own potential! Many people become the number one lid on their own life holding back God’s best; and worst of all, they don’t even know it. I believe that lids appear in those areas where we refuse to grow. When God has pressed you to go forward, and led you to grow in a certain area, if you refuse to grow, a lid shows up.

3 Power Questions:

1. In what area do you most need to grow in order to reach your goals? 2. How are you planning to go forward in your potential in the coming weeks? 3. What is one small thing you can do today (just one) to grow where you need to most?

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, help me to stop doing anything that would knowingly or unknowingly harm Your potential in my life. Open my eyes to see the areas in which you most desire me to grow.