OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION: WHEN AND WHERE TO START

People want to know how to stop laziness.

They want to know how to stop procrastination.

They want to plant a seed, so they spend their time watching the wind to determine when is the best time to plant. They want to reap the benefits of creative, hard sustained work, but they spend their days studying the clouds instead of reaping (cf. Ecclesiastes 11:4).

They have an idea in their head … Maybe even a vision. But they don’t know where to start—so they ask: “Where do I start?” “When is the best time to start?”

Here is a simple answer: HERE and NOW. (cf. Ecclesiastes 9:10)

That’s it.

You want to improve? You want to get better? You want to start having devotions? You want to spend more time in prayer? You want to spend more time with your kids? You want to start reading through the Bible in a year? You want to get on a workout program or a clean diet or start a new business? You want to write a book or make a movie or build a house or a computer or an app?

Where do you start? You start right HERE.

When do you start? You start right NOW.

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. – John 9:4

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23

Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. – Proverbs 20:4

You initiate action.

You GO.

Here is the reality: That idea isn’t going to execute itself. The Bible isn’t going to open itself. That book isn’t going to write itself. Those weights out in the gym—they aren’t going to move themselves. That prayer time wont happen by itself.

YOU HAVE TO DO IT.

And you have to do it now.

So stop thinking about it. Stop dreaming about it. Stop researching every aspect of it and reading all about it and debating the pros and cons of it … Stop using the ultra-spiritual cop-out of praying about it.

Start doing it.

Take that first step and Make It Happen.

GET AFTER IT.

HERE and NOW.

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This is my Christian rendition of “Discipline Equals Freedom Field manual” 2017, Willink, St Martin’s Press

WHERE DOES DISCIPLINE COME FROM?

Where does discipline come from?

This is a simple answer. This is a complex answer.

One the one hand it comes from the Holy Spirit. He undergirds natural human
abilities and directs them towards a goal more glorious than just your own ends.

He directs them to bring glory to God.

On the other hand, it comes from with YOU. It doesn’t happen passively or ‘magically’.

Either way, discipline comes from within.

Discipline is an internal force.

Sure, you can have discipline imposed on you by a person, like a drill instructor, or some self-help guru on TV, but the reality is: He won’t give you real discipline.

Because that external discipline is not strong.

It will not survive. It cannot stand on its own.

What you are looking for, what you need, is SELF-DISCIPLINE.

Self-discipline, as the very term implies, comes from the SELF.
YOU.

It comes when you make a decision to be disciplined.

When you make a decision to be better.

When you make a decision to do more, to BE more.

Stop blaming God, and the Holy Spirit for not creating it in you.

Paul says, “But I discipline my body and keep it under control,” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27) and goes on to compare himself to those disciplined athletes of the world who most often don’t have the Spirit, but are able to MAKE IT HAPPEN .

Self-discipline comes when you decide to make a mark on the world.

If you don’t think you are disciplined: It is because you haven’t decided to be disciplined. YET.

It is because you haven’t released it. YET.

You haven’t become it. YET.

So where does it come from? It comes from you.

So make the decision.

Make the commitment.

Become the discipline—embrace its cold and relentless power.

And it will make you better and stronger and smarter and faster and healthier than anything else. And most important: It will make you free.

 

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This is my Christian rendition of “Discipline Equals Freedom Field manual” 2017, Willink, St Martin’s Press

What Drives Me?

What drives me? At the end of last year, a friend asked me that.

Two things drive me.

1: I know that somewhere out there, something, someone is also preparing.

That thing or person is my enemy.

It is working, training, planning and preparing to meet me on the battlefield of life[i]. I don’t know when. I don’t know where. But I know that at some point we will meet[ii].

I want to be ready. Ready mentally. Ready physically. Ready emotionally. Ready spiritually.

2: Simply this. Those who have finished the fight.

My father, mother, and brother. Who all fought the fight. Who took the field and at great cost slew their enemies to the glory of God

But not just them. Hundreds more. Thousands more. A great cloud of witnesses. Men and women who fought and gave their lives as martyrs so that I could have a Bible and know Who God is and know true freedom[iii].

For them, I will make every day, every minute and every second count.

But mostly, for Jesus Christ who died that I might live a free life, I live to honour His and their sacrifice.

A life worthy of the price that Christ uniquely paid for me, and that they paid for me, for us.

I don’t want to let them down

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[i] 1 Peter 5:8
[ii] John 16:33
[iii] Hebrews 12:1-2

The Path of Discipline

Everyone wants a shortcut. A hack.

But the fact is you won’t find one. Shortcuts are a lie. The hack won’t hack it. The easy road won’t get you there[i]. The broad road and wide gate won’t take you to where you want to be[ii].

It won’t take you to heaven. But it also won’t make you stronger, smarter, faster, healthier, better or free.

Reaching goals, overcoming obstacles, becoming the best version of yourself, it will not happen by itself. It will not happen by accident. It won’t happen by cutting corners, taking shortcuts, or looking for the easy way.

There is no easy way

There is only hard work. Late nights. Early mornings. Practise, rehearsal, repetition, sweat, study, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline[iii].

Discipline.

There must be Discipline.

Discipline is the custodian of all good qualities[iv]. It is the driver of daily execution. The core principle to overcome laziness, lethargy, and excuses. Discipline defeats the infinite excuses that say: Not today, not now, I need a rest, I will do it tomorrow.

What is the hack? How do you become better

How do you become stronger, smarter, faster, healthier? How do you become better? How do you achieve and enjoy freedom?

There is only one way.

The way of discipline.

 

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[i] Proverbs 13:4

[ii] Matthew 7:13-14

[iii] 1 Corinthians 9:25

[iv] Proverbs 25:28

This is my Christian rendition of “Discipline Equals Freedom Field manual” 2017, Willink, St Martin’s Press

Table Talk: Episode 24 – Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship

0:00:00 – Opening
0:05:40 – Introducing Craig Blomberg
0:10:00 – Western entertainment mentality
0:15:30 – 2 Corinthians 9:16
0:18:00 – Lack of wealth creates an awareness of need for God
0:21:00 – Seduction of wealth to sin
0:28:30 – Zephaniah and Augustine – Wealth and sex
0:31:20 – Great Commission and money expenditure
0:33:20 – Poor with heart set on wealth
0:39:30 – Serving two masters
0:44:00 – The deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word
0:46:40 – Old Covenant promises of wealth
0:55:40 – Christians in debt and giving
0:58:10 – Giving generously theme throughout Scripture
1:07:10 – Social conscience of affluent churches
1:12:40 – First-world giving to third-world
1:21:50 – Giving things besides money
1:25:15 – What is at stake in stewardship
1:30:00 – Closing
Show Notes:
Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship (Biblical Theology for Life)
Report: Average Male 4,000% Less Effective In Fights Than They Imagine

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Table Talk: Episode 23 – Experimental Calvinism

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Table Talk: Episode 22 – From The Earth Up – “A Synoptic Portrait of Christ”

0:00:00 – Opening
0:01:03 – Welcoming Dr Darrell Bock
0:07:40 – The Synoptics particularly useful for the unbeliever
0:10:40 – How we handle the gospels unhelpfully
0:12:56 – Cultural Scripts
0:24:00 – How the Gospels came into existence
0:29:50 – The ‘missing’ gospels
0:40:00 – Jarius’ daughter and the differing accounts
0:48:58 – The healing of the paralytic
0:58:55 – Jesus own words in the gospels, are they more precious
1:00:00 – The portrait of Christ from the synoptic writers
1:07:00 – The calling of the 12 and its significance
1:12:29 – Can we speak of Jesus from the book of Revelation
1:16:20 – Son of Man
1:29:00 – Closing

Show Notes:
The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities
Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

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Table Talk: Episode 21 – The State of the Gospel in South Africa

0:00:00 – Opening
0:06:40 – Introducing Dr. Desmond Henry
0:12:55 – Why is thinking through the state of the Gospel important
0:18:15 – The Global Picture of Christianity
0:25:50 – What do the stats say about Christianity in South Africa
0:46:33 – Trends on ethics and what they say
1:08:30 – Monoculture
1:12:29 – The Digital Age
1:17:00 – What the trends mean for established churches
1:32:30 – Closing

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Show Notes:

Amplify Conference

Table Talk: Episode 20 – Disunity in the Church

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Table Talk: Episode 19 – The Song of Solomon

 

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Show Notes:
Song of Solomon Series at Heritage Baptist