Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we want. We study, practice, complete our project, analyze what we’ve done, make improvements, then take a deep breath, and submit our hard work to the appropriate authorities. Only to have it rejected. It makes us feel like we’re all alone on a deserted island.
On Wednesday, we talked about iPower. The effort we put into getting several things, or maybe that one special project, done successfully. All by ourselves.
But often, we push so hard we overdo it to the point of becoming ineffective. And out of pride, we sometimes fail to ask for help. All too often, warning signs could protect us, if only we’d pay attention. But if we don’t, and continue trying to do everyone on our own, a forced shutdown can occur. Like a phone frozen by confused signals, our brains go frigid with too much information.
But there are some things we can do to avoid pushing beyond balanced limits. Common-sense principles are often God’s way of helping us stay within healthy performance lines.
- Take courage and listen to those closest to you when they point out areas of your life that are out of balance.
- Delegate more to your children — it will relieve time for you, and equip them with life-skills they need for survival.
- If it’s in your budget, hire someone to help with basic housework.
- Say no to at least three things a week.
- Take a leisurely twenty minute stroll, not a power walk, at least twice a week to reset your breathing and clear your head.
- Determine to rest, preferably with a full nap, on the Sabbath.
- Shelve the project until a later time.
- Pull out the best parts and create something new. Sometimes success is deeper than the surface.
- Start on something totally unique. Knowing the rejected project was good training ground.
Leaning on Someone else sounds easier than it is. But having the expertise, support, and extra energy of GodPower means the final result, no matter how long, or how challenging, will be worth my submission. He knows the end from the beginning, and His plans are for my good. Turning off iPower means my mind is clear enough to hear them.
Do you need to turn anything off so you can succeed in what you were created for?
Anita Fresh Faith
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author of First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASS for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.