As we wrap up our growth series. It’s time to prepare you to take action. It’s a lot easier to stay in the “planning and vision” phase, but it’s not as fun to start taking action. All of the fear, doubt, and insecurities that hold us back must be overcome only by facing the vision head-on and taking action. It’s better to begin than wait for the perfect timing. Remember: “Done is better than perfect.”
We hope this series equipped you to create a clean slate, get clear on your vision, develop a plan, set a sustainable pace, and now implement that plan. Without these steps, we could easily set ourselves up for burnout. Burnout usually takes place when we are not clear on our vision and go 100% in too many different areas. We end up failing in them all when we try this approach. That’s why we emphasize having a plan of action. A detailed plan of where you want to go and how you will get there.
A great way to avoid burnout is by setting the pace before the busyness. Decide now what kind of father, leader, husband, and pastor you want to be. Do you want to be present? Then as you prepare your plans and goals for the year, make sure to not overdo it. God has called us to do great things, but never at the expense of neglecting our souls or those closest to us. What does it practically look like to live a life of action? Here are a few areas we can live a life of action in 2021:
1. 2 Minute rule: How often do we procrastinate on things that only take a couple of minutes to get done? If it takes under 2 minutes, do it immediately. This will help stay on top of things, emails, messages, and clear up your mind.
2. Eat your frog for breakfast. We’ve all heard this statement before, right? Do the hardest thing FIRST. The best way to take action is to tackle your hardest task first thing.
3. Make a list at the beginning of the week of what you would like to get done that week.
4. Make a list every morning of what you would like to get done specifically that day.
5. Sticking to your word and not breaking promises with yourself or others. Did you say you were going to run a 5K with your friend? Show up. Don’t back out just because the initial feelings of adrenaline wore off. Show up and give your all to the things you said yes to and align with your values.
We hope this series equipped and challenged you to make this a year of action. How will you implement this in 2021?
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