LISTEN: Get Tough With Yourself, Part 5 (Get Things Done #39 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

James 2:17 says: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

Our quote for today is from Harvey Mackay. He said: “Worrying about the past or the future isn’t productive. When you start chastising yourself for past mistakes, or seeing disaster around every corner, stop and take a breath and ask yourself what you can do right now to succeed.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 3 of Step 6: “Get Tough With Yourself” from “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals,” by Edwin C. Bliss.

Fortitude in getting a task done is one thing, but it’s equally important to be tough with yourself in deciding which task to do, forcing yourself to choose promptly instead of endlessly vacillating among various possibilities.

Indecision is, of course, simply one way of procrastinating, and like all forms of procrastination it drains energy, causes stress, creates and emotional barrier, lowers self-esteem, and prevents things from getting done. But it is only a habit – which means that it can be changed.

Q: But aren’t hasty decisions often unwise? Doesn’t a prudent person carefully weigh the pros and cons, consider all the various options, and perhaps even “sleep on it” before making a decision?

In the case of a major decision, that’s a good idea. But in the case of the typical day-to-day, garden variety decisions, it’s important to do that weighing quickly, make a decision, and then proceed to carry it out and get on with something else rather than deliberating too long.

Many years ago Napoleon Hill, who had spent twenty years studying the work habits and attitudes of people, put the case emphatically. He said, “Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes of well beyond the million-dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of making decisions promptly, and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions slowly, if at all, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.”

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.