Time Management – Overcome the Pressure of Time and Invest It Wisely!
You Can Overcome the Pressure of Time
Time is precious; we never seem to have enough of it.
More than that, we tend to be overcome with
the pressure of time, as we continually find
our “to do” list filled with too many tasks and
not enough time to finish them.
Well, why not choose to overcome the pressure of time,
rather than let it overwhelm you?
You can manage your time and take control of your life.
“Make the most of every opportunity.”
— Colossians 4:5 NIV
Time is a Gift – Do You Use It Wisely?
Time is one of the valuable gifts God has given us. And even though we may be aware that each day is a gift, none of us know how much of it we have left to use on this earth.
We are encouraged to use our time wisely in Psalm 90 verse 12: “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
The question is: What are you doing with your days?
Time Wasted or Time Invested?
When analyzing how we manage our time, we will most likely find that much of it is spent on “time wasters.” “Time wasters” are those things that soak up our time and distract us from accomplishing our goals.
Games, TV, Facebook, email, phone calls, and surfing the web are all common “time wasters” these days. And if you are procrastinating tackling your “to do” list, these distractions can easily take up way too much of the day.
The next thing we’ll probably notice is that a lot of our time is spent on the daily maintenance tasks of life. Not the most exciting activities to do, but yet necessary.
Keep in mind: without a vision of the future, we can easily get caught up in doing things today that lack lasting investment.
One of the most important principles, in our walk with God here on earth, is that time and activities spent for His kingdom have eternal value. Investing the time God has given us in kingdom work is not only satisfying, but will see everlasting rewards.
Time Management Tips
Managing your time gives you power. Disciplining yourself to improve this skill will reap life-long benefits.
The following time management tips will help you get started:
- Make a “to do” list of the things you need to accomplish.
- Prioritize the list and put a “P” in front of the main three to four priority items that need to be accomplished for the day.
- Focus the first part of your day accomplishing the priority items.
- Refuse to be distracted by “time wasters.” Remove distractions as much as possible in order to complete the priority items.
- Motivate yourself to complete the priority items first by considering how great you’ll feel once you have accomplished them.
- Schedule time for leisure activities and remind yourself they will be a reward to look forward to once you have completed your priority tasks.
- Ask God to help you throughout the day.
Word of warning: don’t let the seemingly endless “to do” list cloud your vision and make everything seem like a chore, especially when it comes to relationships. Time spent in relationships is a valuable investment. This is no less true when it comes to spending time with the Lord.
The truth is, we don’t have to perform for God when we spend time with Him. It should not be a chore. He wants us to be still and to know that He is God. Spending time in His presence will result in joy. Regardless of how busy our lives become, we must guard our time with Him.
Are you starting to see the light? Time is a precious gift to be valued. How we invest our lives demonstrates where our heart is and reveals what is most important to us. Overcome the pressure of time by learning to manage it and invest it wisely.
May you invest your time wisely and enjoy a life of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
Powerful Leadership – 5 Crucial Skills Required to Become a Great Leader!
Great Leaders Commit to Developing Key Skills
to developing key personal skills and abilities.
Great leaders must have a driving desire
to make things happen.
If you want to be the head and not the tail,
then you must fine tune key leadership skills in order to become effective so that others will want to follow.
Some people are born with natural talents that lend themselves to becoming a great leader. But despite the fact that you might have been born with some of these talents, it still takes continual enthusiasm, drive, and experience for true development as a leader to occur.
5 Crucial Skills Needed to Become a Great Leader
Leaders need to know the vision of their group or organization. They must have a clear sense of purpose. Knowing the organization’s goals and objectives, how the organization works, and being able to communicate the vision to others, helps put everyone on the same page.
Leaders need to help others catch a personal vision of the big picture, so that everyone is moving in the same direction on the road to success.
Leadership is not about using harassment or fear as a driving force to get others to take action. Great leaders encourage others to accomplish the goals of the group. Encouragement is contagious and it benefits everyone when it is flowing freely.
Trustworthiness is vital to great leadership. Your followers must have trust and confidence in you. And if they do, they will go to great lengths for you and the group.
Strong relationships, trustworthiness, and high ethics build trust and confidence. Leaders that deal with people in a positive way, lay a foundation of strength for the group. Stronger relationships equal a stronger measure of trust and confidence in the capabilities of the leader.
Communication is crucial skill of a leader. You must be able to clearly communicate the goals and objectives that you are all about to undertake as an organization. A leader’s vision and plan must be clearly communicated to others in order to keep everyone on the same page.
Great leaders have great judgment. If you want to grow as a leader, you must continue to improve and develop your judgment and decision making skills.
Leaders need to make wise decisions in a variety of situations. Your followers will come to rely on your judgment. Good, wise decision making is crucial to the success of a leader and the organization.
Keep in mind: In life we all eventually find ourselves in a leadership role, in some shape or form, big or small. And the Lord wants to see His children become strong leaders and He gives them instructions and tells them how they can be.
“And the LORD shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if that you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God…to observe and to do them.”
— Deuteronomy 28:13
Conclusion: Leaders lead. Leaders have followers and you’re not much of a leader if no one is following. Being a great leader is about constantly growing, developing, and setting an example, because you are a reflection of what your followers must be. Develop these five crucial skills and demonstrate powerful leadership.
May you develop your skills to grow into a powerful, effective leader and experience much growing prosperity!
Soar higher in Him,
How to Prosper and Achieve Incredible Success with the Powerful Skill of Diligence!
This Rare but Powerful Skill is the Prosperous Key to Helping Make Your Dreams a Reality
require the use of powerful skills.
How would you like to become one in 1000…
who accomplishes abundant success?
In every project we take on,
as well as every goal we go after,
we will get results anywhere from extraordinary to disastrous.
The Prosperous Key to Making Dreams a Reality
Take a look at the lives of successful people and you’ll see that they have encountered final outcomes in one or more aspects of their lives from this range.
The exception: When it comes to the prosperous areas of their lives, the successful results are from putting into practice the simple, but extremely powerful skill of diligence.
Diligence was the key that helped them make their dreams a reality.
“Do you see a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings.”
— Proverbs 22:29
Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and Bill Gates are just a few of the people who have used the skill of diligence.
Why Do So Few People Fully Utilize Diligence?
The truth is it is a skill that can be learned by anyone regardless of their education, background, or IQ. True diligence is a rare, valuable trait that runs contrary to human nature.
Everyone has characteristics that happen to be part of the human condition. These types of characteristics create our natural drives, tendencies, strengths, as well as weaknesses. Diligence, although, is just not one of them.
Actually, the characteristic universal to all mankind is the desire, or drive, for quick gratification. We desire as much as we can acquire, as quickly as we can acquire it, by using as little work as possible. This is our human nature. Everyone has a natural tendency to pursue the path of least resistance.
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
— Proverbs 21:5
Thankfully, in spite of this natural tendency, we can decide to undertake a path of greater resistance and grow diligent in the pursuit of every venture, assignment, or goal. And when a person develops this type of diligence, it is possible to achieve incredible success in any significant area of life.
Diligence to Prosper
Diligence is often described as a persistent and hard-working effort in doing something.
Diligence is working at something with persistence in addition to working smart. Doing it right, or to put it another way, doing it on time to the highest possible standards achievable, regardless of what is required or anticipated. It means bringing creative thinking, persistence, and in many cases incorporating other individuals as well as outside resources into the work to achieve incredible success.
Seem difficult and too much to handle?
That is because true diligence consists of numerous qualities. That’s the reason true diligence is extremely rare and hard to find. However, let me just say, you can begin incorporating these qualities of excellence today and start developing the skill of diligence. And you need to know that anybody can develop it.
Why not develop this rare, but powerful skill of diligence that is your prosperous key to helping make your dreams a reality?
Make no mistake about it; prosperous outcomes are possible when we have perfected the skill of diligence. We can make use of it in all critical areas of our lives, in any undertaking or goal; to quickly achieve amazing results. We can make use of it to change lousy careers into great careers; okay relationships into wonderful relationships; and a faltering business into a prosperous one.
May you develop the powerful skill of diligence and achieve a life of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
Powerful Leadership – A Positive Attitude in Leaders Produces Results in More Ways Than One!
A Valuable Leadership Skill Worth Improving!
As a leader grows and develops, it not only helps improve their life, but the lives of those around them.
A key skill to develop and maintain is a positive attitude.
Men and women rise and fall everyday because of their attitude.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
— Thomas Jefferson
Positive Attitude – The Critical Factor in Leadership
If you really want to go anywhere as a leader, you have to examine your attitude! Whatever attitude you accept at this time is a critical factor in determining the success or failure of your future.
Too often people never come to a place of leadership where God wants them. Or they don’t produce the results that are expected, because of a negative attitude. A leader may want God to use them, but He is saying “No” because of their sour, nasty attitude. A negative attitude will hinder a leaders potential.
And don’t be one that points the finger of blame at others, especially as a leader. Each persons attitude is their own responsibility.
Often times, people with bad attitudes don’t know that they have one. But if you are a leader and find yourself pointing the finger of blame at others regularly, that may be a great reason to examine the condition of your own thoughts and heart.
Positive Attitude – Helping Leaders Produce Positive Results
Understand that the attitude a leader has toward how they view and handle things, will determine the results they produce. As long as a leader is viewing things negatively, they are going to get negative results.
Leaders should not let other people govern their production and outcome. Leaders must have an “I can” attitude. Many people miss opportunities and promotions that God has for them, because they let someone else determine their attitude.
Of course as a leader, challenges are always going to come and attempt to get you to accept a bad or negative attitude. But remember it is a critical factor to have a positive, ‘I can’ attitude about what you are doing in order to produce positive results.
The results not only show up in the life of the leader, but in the life of those being led. This is the case whether it is a leadership role in a family, ministry, or business. You can make a difference.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.”
— Proverbs 29:2
Bottom line: A leaders attitude will create results. It is up to the leader to choose the attitude they will put on for the results they desire. A leadership role should require a positive attitude and one that produces positive results.
May you be a leader that maintains a positive attitude and a life of growing prosperity!
God bless you –
Leadership – Do You Utilize these Top 3 Powerful Skills?
Discover the Top 3 Powerful Skills of Successful Effective Leaders!
Leadership is required in many different arenas of life.
A small number of people seem to be born with a built in set of skills for being an effective leader and it comes naturally to them. However, for the majority of people, study and training is required to bring out the true leader in them.
It has been said that “The person who says he is leading but has no followers is only taking a walk.”
That being said, I would also add that good leaders require good followers.
Effective leaders teach their followers how to step up and be all that they can be. As others imitate a leader, and follow their steps, growth and progress should come to the organization as a whole.
Top 3 Powerful Skills for Effective Leadership:
1.) VISION – It is vital that a leader be a person of vision. If you do not have a clear vision of where you are headed and what you plan to accomplish, how can you expect to get yourself and others there?
This type of vision is actually a spiritual vision.
When the Bible talks about vision it is about what will be; not what we see. Spiritual vision equals seeing what will be. Natural vision equals seeing what already is.
We are told that vision comes from God and that it should be written down and made clear to others. That way everyone can grab hold of it and run with it. (Habakkuk 2:1-2) It is vitally important that you stay focused on the vision.
2.) PLANNING & PREPARATION – Another key skill of an effective leader is the ability to plan. Before you start something; plan, make preparation, and look ahead.
What is the long-term impact of what you are about to do? Sit down and count the cost. Fully consider the project you are about to take on to be sure you can complete it.
Planning and preparation helps fulfill the vision. It is never wasted time. Learn to plan ahead, prepare, and be organized.
3.) PRAYER – Great leaders that stand the test of time are leaders that pray. Prayer is not just for your personal life, but also for your employment, business, family, school, etc.
In everything we do it should be by prayer. (Philippians 4:6)
Why would you not want to be built up spiritually before you do anything? In everything you do; be prepared in prayer and get God involved.
Keep in mind: Your vision may be so big that it seems impossible to ever attain it. Remember though, that vision tends to run in advance of your ability to fulfill it.
As a leader you have strength that can be tapped into through the resource of prayer. When God is your partner, nothing is impossible!
Your next step? Take what you have just learned and whether you are a leader of a business organization, or any type of group, ministry, or family begin to grow in these key skills. Start applying these powerful skills in your life and watch yourself become a successful leader.
May your leadership skills improve and your life overflow with growing prosperity!
P.S. If you have any comments or thoughts to expand on this, please feel free to share…I’d love to hear them…