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As well as many others on the subject. All of these books have great insights and wisdom that are helpful in ordering and organizing ones life. I have found many useful points that have helped me along the way.
Each of these three books lay out a program for the reader to help the reader be more organized in life and to get more done. Each of these books points toward order in ones life.
The problem is that my life always reverts to chaos. Not chaos in the sense of an out of control life but chaos in the sense of my to-do list didn’t get done and my calendar is out of wack. That is the kind of chaos I am talking about. The “Well things didn’t go as planned” type of chaos.
That is the kind of chaos I experience most of the time. I try out one of these book’s philosophies and it works well for a while but then it all falls apart. I’ve tried and tried and tried but it all falls apart anyways.
So I have resorted to embracing the chaos. That is, I embrace the surprises that life throws my way. To embrace this chaos I have to learn to adjust. Adjustment is about sacrifice.
So I have to learn to sacrifice my own plans so that I can move forward in life.
But I also have to have some non-negotiables that I will not sacrifice. I will not sacrifice daily time with the Lord. I will not sacrifice time with my family. I will not sacrifice physical activity.
So now I approach each day clinching tightly to my non-negotiables. Embracing the chaos of the day.
I will embrace the chaos from now on. Well at least until the next book on productivity comes along and then I will give it a try for a while.
How do you organize your life? I would love to hear from you.
When I was in junior high school I would spend hours in our driveway practicing basketball. I would dribble the ball everywhere on the driveway. I would take a lot of shots. I got to where I was shooting a couple hundred free throws every day. And I was making most of them. I was all about basketball to say the least.
This love for basketball continued when I was in high school. I loved to get out in the driveway and play basketball for hours. In high school I played on the varsity team as a sophomore. It was a tough season for us because we started 4 sophomores that year. It was hard but it was a good learning experience for us all.
By all accounts things should have gone well for me. And for the most part they did but there was one problem. The problem, I was all practice and no game. Meaning, I spent hours in the driveway taking the shot but I was never willing to take the shot when I was in the game. I would shoot the ball on a rebound, under the basket, but rarely ever took the open shot anywhere else on the court.
All practice and no game.
This phrase still defines a lot of my life. I love to read. I love to gather information. But I often fail to put that information to good use. Reading, by itself, doesn’t lead to any positive outcomes.
Therefore, the time used to practice is wasted. Why spend hours preparing for something that I never do? The practice is not the problem. Neither is the time used in practicing.
The problem is the doing. The problem is getting from the knowledge of how to do something to actually doing it. That is the problem.
Does anyone have any solutions? How do you keep going every day to complete tasks and accomplish goals?
Last night, during his post game interview, Peyton Manning gave thanks to “the man upstairs” for the Denver win. The statement he made got me to thinking; who is this man upstairs?
Was he giving indirect thanks to Broncos General Manager John Elway? Maybe Elway’s office is upstairs above Manning’s (Do star quarterbacks have offices? Oh yeah, their office is the football field). No if that were true he would say something like this, “I would like to thank John Elway, the man upstairs, for putting together a great team this year.”
Was he thanking the Broncos ownership? No, if that were true he would have said something like this, “Thank you Pat Bowlen, the man upstairs for owning this team well.”
Or maybe Manning has a loft apartment over his home and he has someone living there.
Who could be living there?
Maybe it’s his uncle Johnny. No, that can’t be it. If that were the case he would have said something like this, “I would like to thank my uncle Johnny, the man who lives in our upstairs apartment, for this win. Plus uncle Johnny cooks me eggs every morning and that makes me strong.”
Maybe he has taken in a homeless man to live in his loft apartment. No, in that case he would have said, “I would like to thank the homeless man that we have taken in and who lives in our loft apartment. He is the man upstairs and he never gives up and I am inspired by that!”
No, no, I’ve got it. Manning was talking to one of his fans. Maybe one of his fans was in the upper deck at the Super Bowl and Manning was thanking him. This fan probably wrote him a really cool email and he was thanking him for the inspiration. No that can’t be it. If that were the case he would have said something like, “Thank you to my greatest fan, the man upstairs in the upper deck, who wrote me this really inspirational email this week and it helped me get through this game.”
It also could be that Manning rents out his loft apartment. He could have been saying, “Thanks to the man upstairs who always pays his rent on time. He helps me put food on the table for my kids.” No that probably isn’t what he means. He doesn’t need to rent that out to earn a living. In fact he rented himself out last night with the Budweiser statement he made right before he thanked the man upstairs. (He got paid to say that and please don’t believe otherwise.)
I could go on with these but I think you get the point. The phrase, “I want to give thanks to the man upstairs” is open to a lot of speculation.
I get it. This phrase is a cultural phrase that is used quite often to refer to God but I fear that it is too broad. It is true that Manning could have made no reference to God at all. But I also believe it has become a cultural norm to soften what one really believes when in the public spotlight.
Can we get to a place where one can have convictions and speak them with boldness? I hope so. I pray so.
We need faithful men and women who are guided by their convictions and their convictions guide their words. We need men and women who are willing to say, “I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for gifting me with the ability to play this game and lift high His name.”
That is an honest statement. That is a clear statement. That statement is not open to silly speculation.
Let us be clear in our convictions. Let us be clear in our use of language.
Ryan Stevenson is a very talented artist. He also has a great heart for the Lord. Check out this song he wrote about his home town. He changes the lyrics here to fit our small town of Pampa. In the video there is also a guest appearance by Mr. Rick Scott on the harmonica. We had a lot of fun last night!
I know I am a week late on this but I just came across this video of Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd on the Jimmy Kimmel show. They did a great job with this piece. Take a few moments to watch. It will be worth your time.
In this video I discuss the role that having a plan in writing has played in helping me stay on track to reaching the goal of writing a book in 38 days.
Here is a picture of the calendar that I used to lay out this process! I have a goals for each day that helps me reach the overall goal of writing a book!
In the video I also make reference to a workout that I found that helps you wake up in the morning. It involves some simple body movements and actions to help get you going. Let me know what you think! You can check it out here! The exercises sound silly but they really wake me up well. I only do a few of them.
In this video I talk about the progress I am making on the 38 day plunge. Spoiler Alert: It did not go well today.
I also share the real reason I am writing this book about raising boys into men. Hint: It has to do with my daughters.
Then I review three books that have influenced me lately. All three of the books I have read in the last month or so. I explain the subject of each and the describe why you should read them. Let me know what you think.
Also I am taking a survey to determine the title of my new book. Would you help by answering 2 questions for me? Thank you so much! Here is the link!
Here are the Amazon links to the three books I mentioned:
Total transparency: The links to the books are affiliate links. If you click the link and then buy the books I will receive a small percentage of the purchase. Thanks so much. Just wanted you to know!!