PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 10 (Get Things Done #104 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #104 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Luke 14:28-30 says: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”

Our quote for today is from Florence Nightingale. She said: “I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 10 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

19. I’m too tired.

Remember the warning of William James about too readily accepting this excuse for inaction. Learn to look for the “second wind” that comes quite often if you just hang in there for a few minutes longer. Don’t call it quits every time you run into that “first layer of fatigue.”

20. I’m too busy right now.

A fine, universal, irrefutable, all-purpose rationalization for the would-be procrastinator. And even if it isn’t technically true at the moment, you can quickly make it true by finding something to get busy on, however trivial. It’s self-satisfying, too, because you can always fool yourself into thinking you are overworked.

But wait a minute. Before letting yourself off the hook so easily, ask yourself about the comparative importance and urgency of the task you’re putting off and the one you’re doing instead. Do you really have your priorities straight? If so, fine: put it off with a clear conscience. You aren’t procrastinating, you are following priorities. However, if the task you’re giving priority to is more fun but less rewarding in the long run, you know what to do, and I trust you’ll do it.

21. It’s a boring job.

Every job, every accomplishment, has its monotonous aspects. Playing scales on the piano, for example, is tedium itself; but it builds the dexterity that later will permit the pianist to pour out his soul through the keyboard. Nothing could be more boring to a football player than calisthenics and sprints, but a team that omitted this boring routine from its preseason training would be denying itself the exhilaration of future victory.

There’s always a trade-off. The trick is to keep your mind on what you’ll get in return for what you give—even if it’s just the satisfaction of seeing the astonished look on your boss’s face when you finish a distasteful task ahead of schedule.

22. It might not work.

There’s one way to find out, isn’t there?

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

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