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7 Keys To Getting Things Done (Part 1 of 2)

Planning requires a lot of strategic thinking, and can be very exhaustive. It is never an easy venture to draw up a plan be it for baking a...

Planning requires a lot of strategic thinking, and can be very exhaustive. It is never an easy venture to draw up a plan be it for baking a cake, building a house, educational presentation, departmental tasks, and most importantly, your personal lifetime. Planning draws a lot of energy and effort from you. 

7 Keys To Getting Things Done (Part 1 of 2)
However, even though planning is a daunting task; executing the plan is something that is even more complex and demanding. It is very common to find brilliant plans on shelves, libraries and cupboards that were never executed. They were simply drawn up on paper and died a natural death. Therefore, execution becomes a primary cause for concern even as one lays out his or her plan. The key question is: HOW DO YOU INTEND TO GET ALL THESE THINGS DONE?? 

The fundamental rule is that you endeavour to do things that you love and are naturally gifted in. It will save you a lot of hassles, time and resources. This perspective is better explained by Bishop TD Jakes in his book INSTINCT. He writes: “Whatever you do with your life, it should honestly be the outflowing of who you are. That way you don’t have to work hard to manufacture it. It’s best when it is organically and artistically an outpouring of your gift, your talent, your perspective”

Germany Kent, an American journalist, philanthropist and former beauty queen; came up with “7 Keys To Getting Things Done”

1. Start:
By nature people are afraid to start things. They normally get nervous and discouraged especially when they hear so and so tried it and failed! But the only way to get to understand something is to start it. Once you start, it becomes easy to improve and perfect it. The plan that you have, please start on it now. Even if you fail, you will still gain some experience that will help you later on in life. Bryant McGill says: “A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress”. If you are afraid of making mistakes, then you will remain stagnant in life. 

Thomas Alva Edison, who has been described as America's greatest inventor, invented the lightbulb. It took Edison about 10,000 attempts to invent a functional lightbulb. That’s a huge amount of failures by any standard. He eventually found success and got the world the lightbulb. But in response to his repeated failures he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Look at the attitude. Start! Start! Start! 

2. Don’t Make Excuses:
My father, Bishop Pride Sibiya, once taught on a message called “Acceptable Excuses”. In his deep explanations, he said acceptable excuses are the biggest hindrance to any successful venture in life. There are people who will spend hours explaining to you, sometimes with tears running down their cheeks, why they can’t do certain tasks. Some tend to give acceptable excuses such as I am an orphan, single mother, I am disabled and so son. Even Moses, the great servant of God, tried to explain to God his speech impediment to avoid an assignment. Genesis 4:10“Then Moses said to the LORD, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”. If God had listened to this acceptable excuse, Moses wouldn’t have qualified to be listed in Hebrews 11: The Heroes Of Faith. If you want to be a great achiever in life, avoid these unnecessary excuses. Do it. Take it head on. 

7 Keys To Getting Things Done (Part 1 of 2)

3. Celebrate Small Steps: 
By nature, people want to achieve big things. And there is a societal level of esteem that is associated with big achievers. Even in public gatherings, there seems to be a natural selection of groupings, linked to achievements to some extent. However, it is important to celebrate small successes. These are the steps that will eventually give you big successes. 

Deepak Chopra; an American author, public speaker and a prominent figure in the New Age Movement; said: “Take advantage of each small success. In this way you close the gap between what you want from life and what it is giving you”. Every step that you conquer in life deserves to be celebrated. You might not pomp champagne in front of all and sundry, but within the confines of your home and prayer room, learn to celebrate small successes. 

Biblically, in Luke 16:1-13, Jesus Christ talks about the Parable of the Unjust Steward. On verse 10: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much”. The simple deduction here is that when you are faithful with little, God rewards you with bigger things. Celebrate small successes, and God will give you bigger things. 

Watch out for Part 2 as we continue to with Keys 4 to 7, and conclude on the same.