Tackle Those Priorities–
Don’t Let Them Get Away!
Ironically, the day I started modifying this post from an earlier published date, there were priorities that pulled me away for a couple days!
Football season is underway (GO PATRIOTS!) and I think most people understand football terminology. So the photo above depicts the idea of tackling our priorities once we have them established.
Much like the idea of not allowing the opposing team players to get away from us with the football, we don’t want to allow our priorities to slip from our grasp or get out of our control. I’ve learned the hard way that this has been an ongoing struggle for me; and it’s also why I felt it’s important to share as I learn along the way, to perhaps help other people to tackle their own priorities and get them under control sooner!
I’ve learned that NOT overcoming or preventing procrastination, and NOT prioritizing, balancing, establishing, and tackling priorities consistently, results in feelings of frustration, dread, embarrassment, fatigue, and otherwise negative, “I’m a failure,” type of emotions. All these things combined certainly interfere with the ability to pursue purpose in our lives!
This is a bit longer post than usual, as I’ve compiled several relevant thoughts on these concepts from some of Joyce Meyer’s teachings, because she has a real gift for expressing common problems and getting to the heart of the matter. No sense in trying to “reinvent the wheel,” as they say, but rather to “work smarter, not harder.” (Oh, and by the way, I have no affiliate association with Joyce, nor do I provide links that will result in any earnings for me – I just think she’s a great motivational speaker, and I’m providing links to her books that I reference just in case anyone would be interested in purchasing them! I *DO* have permission from her ministry to share excerpts from her various publications).
“Dread is closely related to fear. I believe a lot of people dread many things and yet don’t realize what a problem it is. How we approach any situation makes all the difference as to whether we will enjoy it. We will, of course, be miserable if we approach [any task] with a negative, complaining attitude.
It is actually extremely foolish to dread things we must do and know we will do. The main thing dread does is steal the peace and joy of life. It also drains us of energy and strength we need for the day. God gives us what we need for each day, but He does not give us tomorrow’s grace or wisdom today. If we use today trying to figure out tomorrow, we feel pressure because we are using what we have been allotted for today.”
— Joyce Meyer in New Day New You
“How often do you find yourself putting off things that you dread doing? Train yourself not to dread the unpleasant tasks but instead to tackle them first. The sooner in the day you do the things you don’t prefer doing, the more energy you have to do them. Dread causes us to procrastinate, but if you’re ever going to do something, now is the best time!”
–Joyce Meyer in The Confident Woman Devotional
“Don’t spend your day looking for something easy to do instead of tackling the hard things that need to be done. Do the hard things first, the ones you dislike the most, and get them out of the way. For example, don’t look at your distasteful jobs and think, ‘I will do those later.’ The hard tasks will nag at you all day long and drain your energy for doing the things you want to do.
The spirit of passivity will rob you of productive energy, but you have the power of God in you to overcome procrastination. Pray and ask God to help you finish the tasks you have been dreading. Work on what is important first, and soon they will no longer be ruling or ruining your day.”
–Joyce Meyer in Starting Your Day Right
So Who’s With Me?
Can you relate to any of these passages?
Are you ready to tackle those priorities and get them under control, so you can move on to pursuing purpose in your life?