Ben Franklin said, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.”
This is so true. I’ve met so many people (including the one in the mirror) who so often make excuses for reasons why something didn’t get done that was their responsibility. If I can just OWN what I’ve done wrong, and figure out a way to do it better the next time, I’ll make progress so much faster. Rather than making an excuse and continuing down the same path in the same way, eventually achieving the same result (failure to get it done).
Each new day brings with it new opportunity. Every morning, before you allow the day to run your life, choose to be the one in the driver’s seat. Say this phrase,
“WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THE OPPORTUNITY GOD HAS GIVEN ME?”
Matthew 25:14-28 (NIV) — The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
LIFE LESSON: If you are responsible with a small amount, you’ll be responsible with a large amount.
To avoid not getting your responsibilities accomplished, I recommend PLANNING. Plan your day, asking yourself what that day’s “main event” is. Focus on getting that one thing done and prioritize the less important things under it. One of the best ways I have found to do this is by making a list of everything that is circling around in my head. Get it ALL out on paper or your reminders list on your phone. Then I open my planner that has one week across two pages. Each day is a column and within each day it is broken down by daytime hours. Pencil in the items you want to accomplish and make sure everything has enough time to be completed. I say “pencil in” because I am usually having to move stuff around before I’m all set for the day. Once your day is planned out, you’re good to go. AS LONG AS YOU KEEP YOUR PLANNER IN SITE DURING THE DAY. 😉
Another good thing to remember is… ANYTHING YOU HAVE TOO MUCH OF, YOU WILL ABUSE.
This is true for time (not planning your day to be proactive about your list), money (not being careful or on a budget so you don’t overspend), possessions (not taking care of stuff you own). I would even go as far as to say responsibility can be abused if you have too much and you don’t know how to delegate to be sure to get stuff done.
IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO PENCIL IN TIME FOR REST. I am a firm believer in having short ‘rest periods’ throughout the day so I can regroup and recharge. When life starts getting crazy and you find yourself having scattered thoughts because you can’t seem to focus on one thing long enough to complete it well, just pause.
Take 3 deep breaths in this manner:
4 seconds to inhale • 7 seconds to hold in the breath • 8 seconds to exhale
Repeat 3 times.
Then go get ’em tiger! <3