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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cures for Procrastination

In summary of
Philippians 4:13 it says,
“I have the strength to face all things or any condition by the power that Christ gives me.”

Bottom Line:
I can do anything through Christ, He is the one who gives me the strength.

What this means to me:
When it comes down to it, I can gain the strength to face anything that comes my way.  This is all through the power that Christ will give me if I ask Him.  With his assistance I can be ready for everything.  God’s word provides me with several actions I can do to cure procrastination:
  • Stop making excuses - stop with the “one of these day’s or when things settle down” phrases.  Its highly likely that things will never settle down. Instead I need to make a choice and prioritize  what is important and get after it.
  • Start today - Not next month, next week, or tomorrow. I can do this by simply jotting down three things I know God wants me to do, then choose one and start.
  • Establish a plan and a schedule - as the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you're planning to fail.” I need to at least put out a simple plan, then designate some specific time slots each week for the things I need to do.  I find it helpful in planning to “start with the end in mind” , getting a clear picture of what it will look like when it’s done.  Then working backward to figure out what was needed to get there.  This will give me the basics of a plan.
  • Face my fears - Its hard to admit that I have fears.  Often our culture sees this as a sign of weakness. However fear is just part of life. Only a fool is not afraid.
  • Focus on what I can gain, not the pain - There are very few things in life that are easy. I must push through the frustration and look at the gain beyond the pain.

A key is to not ask myself "What I feel like doing" but rather "What does God want me to do?"  Jesus never said life would be easy. There will be sacrifice and commitment on my part. But if I push through there is tremendous reward in doing the things he calls me to do.