Breaking Indecisiveness

Indecisiveness. Information overload. Paralysis by analysis. Do you ever find yourself struggling with any of those things? Do you find yourself seized up, not knowing what to do next? 

From time to time in my life, in my ministry, in my online work and in different areas, I’ve found myself in thestate where I come to a dead end and I’m not sure what to do next. The lack of sureness, that lack of assurance really keeps me from making a decision and taken action. 

I’ve bumped up against that from time to time in my life and come to the uncomfortable conclusion that the reason this happens to everybody at some point is this crazy thing called fear of failure. It’s actually the fear of failure. The fear, not necessarily of a catastrophic failure, but the fear of making a mistake that keeps us from taking action and doing what we should do next. 

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Starting Your Year

This Daren Wride and welcome to Priority Pastor

Well how do you plan a year? 

There are so many variables looking ahead; three hundred and sixty-five or sixty-six days, 52 weeks, twelve months. Planning can be a little bit presumptuous and we often try to plan in a way that makes us think we’re in control of what’s going to happen when that’s not the case. 

Planning really needs to be done with open palms; really our planning is an offering. It’s a presentation to the Lord say here’s my plans but not what I want what you want ultimately. However, it is helpful to get clear in our head what we actually are hoping to accomplish and put that underneath the umbrella of “your will be done.” 

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Getting Refocused

I’m currently writing this on Labor Day, September second here in North America, and a holiday long weekend. I just finished my regular holidays and actually went back in the office a little bit last Thursday to meet with my associate who has taken off on his own holidays. Then I got ready for Sunday, did the Sunday service, and now it’s a holiday Monday. This week marks really the end of my holiday season in a lot of ways, and admit I’m having a hard time shifting gears. 

I had what I call a reasonable holiday. There was a bit too much driving, more driving than I prefer to do. I’m not quite as holiday’d-out as I like to be after the holidays. September first is the start of hunting for both deer and elk here. It’s also the start of hunting season here, and I’m not out there. I’m here. 

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Retirement Isn’t The Endgame

I’ve noticed that for a lot of people, specifically I mean followers of Jesus Christ, it seems like retirement is the end game. That is the focus of life. That’s the preoccupation, that’s the plan. That’s the destination. 

There is lots of debate as to whether or not retirement a biblical principle, which I don’t want to get into, my point is even if retirement is fine and proper, it’s not supposed to be the end game. We are supposed to be thinking beyond retirement to our ultimate retirement. We are to be thinking into eternity. 

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Don’t Shoot For The Moon

I came across a little quote recently from a fellow named James Friel who is a high end internet marketer and consultant. He gets a lot done; a very productive person. But he made the following observation. “For a long time I heard that we should all shoot for the moon and have big, hairy, audacious goals. Goals that make people laugh at us. I subscribed to this train of thought for a long time until I heard about research that clearly states that in timeframes of less than three years, if your goals feel scary or possibly unattainable, it will actually be counter productive.” Interesting thought. 

You know, there’s this principle that you can get far less done in a year than you think, but far more in a decade than you can imagine. We get momentum in our day to day and week-to-week life from actually finishing things. Not just working on things, but actually finishing things. That’s why the Pomodoro Technique of time management is effective. 

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