Keys are Important!
Recently, I have been collecting (digitally) articles that enumerate a countdown to some conclusion. Though I have posted about being weary of these countdowns, there is something to be said about having a small number of items you may use as keys to a subject.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that the steps to success are often small in number, only necessarily repeated often, if not daily… Or moment by moment.
Keys, steps, even habits, unlock the doors to success, as well as close the doors to bad habits. They allow you to see things you should focus on, and reveal pitfalls. One of the most popular questions we asked in the Y2K event was often queried in light of personnel, but could easily be focused on products or events.
“What happens if you get hit by a Mack Truck?”
Good questions like this make us stop to consider whether we have good alternative solutions in case of something unexpected.
Recently, I saw this graphic on a twitter feed and I immediately downloaded and started thinking each key, step, or habit through. Over the years of managing, pastoring and doing grunt work, I have found that there are rewards from having some process to plan out what work you have to accomplish.
You may find this useful, or you may already have something that works for you. Regardless, consider these seven items for a moment. Fill in your own action item instead of allowing someone else to tell you what they mean.
- Seek out Tools
- Set Priorities
- Have Less Stuff
- Choose Simple Solutions
- Practice Maintenance
- Regularly Purge
- Project Themselves into the Future
A number of years ago I found 5 steps that help me with just about anything I have to deal with. I jokingly called them the “5 “P’s” to Success”. Then, holding up my hand with fingers displayed, I would roll through these 5 things like I was playing a roll on the keyboard.
“Prior Proper Planning Prevents Problems”
Of course, these only work if you start off a project with them in mind – because, if you end up on the receiving end of a poorly planned event then I will simply roll through my fingers and utter the phrase above.
Jesus taught a lesson (not a parable) about being prepared for action.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” ~(Luke 14:26-35 ESV)
The answers to success often comes to balancing the pro’s and con’s – for and against, yes and no, now or later…
We all need to learn to balance the projects in our lives to see if the timing and resources are right to complete the task, but before it all there should be some guiding keys, steps, or habits, that help us with our success ratio.