when we stare at some unwelcome task and feel no strength to do it, we can forget that God often gives strength only as we start doing. The Jordan River stopped only as the priests stepped in (Joshua 3:13). The widow’s oil flowed only as she poured (2 Kings 4:1–6). The ten lepers were cleansed…
Month: July 2021
Start With What You Can Do On Your Worst Day
“When choosing a new habit many people seem to ask themselves, “What can I do on my best days?” The trick is to ask, “What can I stick to even on my worst days?” Start small. Master the art of showing up. Scale up when you have the time, energy, and interest.” -James…
“Experiment. If you miss any days, your Mini is too big. If you only get Mini wins, make your Plus smaller. If you get many Elites and no Pluses, your Elite may be too easy or too close to the Plus.” “‘How can you trust yourself if you’ve failed at reaching your goals for many…
Some days are about not losing. Others are about winning.
“Some days are about not losing. Others are about winning.” Source: https://medium.com/be-a-brilliant-writer/how-to-form-healthy-habits-that-actually-stick-elastic-habits-by-stephen-guise-5fe6e083e224 For more on this subject, see Atomic Habits by James Clear (where I first heard the idea) and also Apparently Elastic Habits by Stephen Guise.
Start. Keep Going. Finish.
If you haven’t started, start. If you’re in the middle, keep going. If you’re near the end, finish.
To Not Address a Problem is To Solve It Poorly
“We have a given problem to solve. If we undertake the solution, there is, of course, always danger that we may not solve it aright; but to refuse to undertake the solution simply renders it certain that we cannot possibly solve it aright.” – Theodore Roosevelt From “Strenuous Life, 1899” : https://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/roosevelt-strenuous-life-1899-speech-text/
Passion = To Suffer
Ken Coleman defines passion as something worth suffering for. Something I love strongly enough that I am willing to suffer hardship and wait for.
Persistence Without Patience Leads to Burnout
“Persistence without patience leads to burnout.” – Ken Coleman It takes time to see progress.
Have a Place to Store What You’ve Learned
Have a place to store what you’ve learned and some way of organizing that information so you can easily find it again. This has helped me in so many ways. Documentation with tech stuff, study sheets* for school, all of it has helped me more than I could express because you don’t have to go…
An Hour of Concentrated Effort is Better Than a Week of Diffused Attention
An hour of concentrated effort is often better than a week of diffused attention. *Sleep deprivation can make this depend on the hour and how well rested you are.