When we don’t pay attention to the things that matter to us, we end up losing them.
LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.
“Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable.”
— Kim Hubbard
How many times have you told yourself that you are too busy? How often do you replace those busy moments with random activities? How many times do you actually do nothing at all?
I write in the affirmative on the first two questions and am not too sure why I asked the third one. Many people are just like this. We are busier than we’ve ever been. When we try to take a break from being busy, we fill that time with random activities like mindless TV watching, movie binging or internet surfing. We do this because we think that to do nothing is a sign of laziness and we never want to be in that category.
Luke 11:28 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
At any given moment on any given day, our attention is pulled in many different directions. People, things, and situations all vie for our consideration. It’s easier to let our minds wander in whatever direction it chooses to go than to focus on one thing. Attention deficit disorder isn’t just a diagnosis for some; it’s a reality for many. Read more…
“If you take care of important things, the urgent things don’t show up as often. The opposite is never true.”
— Seth Godin
Some things are urgent and some things are important. Focusing on one will keep you in firefighter mode. Paying attention to the other will help advance you toward your goals. Most of what we encounter every day — situations, problems, and people — are urgent, but not important. Urgent things are short-term; important things are usually long-term. Important is coherent; urgent is muddled. Important is methodical; urgent is scattered. If you’re not playing in the hand of one, more than likely you’re dancing in the hand of another. Finding out what side you’re on will help determine how far you go. Read more…
(30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #15)
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
— Winston Churchill
The direction of any good goal is always ahead. But so many people get sidetracked because they lose focus of where they want to go and what they should be doing. They spend time chasing too many things at once that everything escapes their grasp. What gets your attention will ultimately control your life. Staying focused takes discipline. Discipline is courage. Read more…