Decision, Discipline and Determination
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. James 4:17
Brian Tracy says: ‘There are so many good things you can do, that your ability to decide may be the critical determinant of what you accomplish. If you’re like most people, you’re overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time. Mark Twain once joked that if first thing every morning you eat a frog, you’ll go through the rest of the day knowing that’s the worst that can happen! Your ‘frog’ is the most important task…the one you’re likely to procrastinate on…the one that can have the greatest positive impact…Treat it as a personal challenge…resist the temptation to start with the easier task. If you ‘eat’ it first, it’ll give you energy and momentum for the rest. Success is determined by the habits you develop. Setting priorities, overcoming procrastination and getting on with the most important task is a mental and physical skill, learnable through practice and repetition until it becomes a permanent part of your behavior. Once it becomes a habit, it’s automatic and easy to do. When you complete a task of any size or importance, you get a surge of energy. It triggers the release of endorphins that give you a natural ‘high.’ The ‘rush’ that follows makes you feel more positive, personable, creative and confident.’What you put off until tomorrow, you’ll put off again tomorrow. Plus, it’s ‘sin to know what you ought to do and…not do it.’ Success requires decision, discipline and determination. Make the decision, discipline yourself until it becomes automatic and stay determined until it becomes part of who you are.
Heavenly Father, help me to faithfully do the things that You place in front of me each day – not putting them off thinking there is always tomorrow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen