PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 3 (Get Things Done #97 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #97 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 14:23 says: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

Our quote for today is from Dale Carnegie. He said: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 3 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

3. I work better under pressure.

This ploy is one of the most insidious of all the arguments for procrastination. It does, of course, contain an element of truth: most of us, when the pressure is on, do force ourselves to concentrate, to block out extraneous diversions, to “grasp the nettle,” and to do what needs to be done. But a little self-discipline can create just as much pressure while protecting the cushion of time that can be so valuable if something unexpected occurs, or if the job simply takes longer than anticipated.

So create some pressure. Give yourself a deadline, and be tough about meeting it. Take all the legitimate shortcuts that you would take if you were forced to do the job at the last minute. Just because you have the luxury of a little breathing space doesn’t mean that you have to dawdle!

4. Maybe the task will take care of itself if I just ignore it long enough.

Fat chance! Oh, it happens sometimes, I know. You ignore the thump under the hood of your car, and it mysteriously stops, or you postpone the visit to the doctor and the pains in your chest go away. Still, you are left wondering whether you did the right thing. You must weigh the pros and cons, and recognize that although the problem might go away, it might not—and you must consider the possible consequences.

We tend not to do this. We tell ourselves that the matter will take care of itself when objective analysis would lead us to the opposite conclusion. For example, I have never known a leaky faucet to repair itself, or a stack of paperwork to sort itself out, or a basement to clean itself up, or an apology to make itself spontaneously. Yet we act as if we half-expect these miracles to happen!

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.