PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 9 (Get Things Done #103 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #103 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. Colossians 3:23 says: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

Our quote for today is from C. C. Chapman. He said: “An excuse is nothing more than a self-imposed roadblock.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 9 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

15. If I put it off, somebody else might do it.

That may get the job done, but it won’t do much for your reputation among your associates, assuming that you are the logical person to have done the task. It won’t do much for your self-esteem, either, knowing that some poor fall guy is stuck with doing your work. George Washington spoke of “that little spark of celestial fire, conscience.” Your spark hasn’t gone out, has it?

16. It might be embarrassing.

What you should really be embarrassed about is permitting yourself to postpone on such flimsy grounds an action you know you should take. Mentally rehearse doing the thing, and mentally rehearse how you will respond if the worst imaginable situation develops, and you’ll soon find yourself making plans and backup plans, and thinking constructively about the task, instead of indulging in agonizing (and as yet undeserved) self-pity.

17. I don’t know where to begin: the job is overwhelming.

Time to use the Salami Technique that we discussed in Chapter 2. Break the job down—on paper—into as many tiny steps as you can.

As your grandmother probably taught you,

Life by the yard is apt to be hard;
Life by the inch is more of a cinch.

18. I need a good stiff drink first.

Those are ominous words; they imply that you’re using liquor as a crutch to get you through difficult situations, and when that happens you’re on a collision course with disaster. If you can’t force yourself to postpone that drink until you’ve accomplished the task, the procrastination you should be worrying about is the phone call to Alcoholics Anonymous that you’ve been putting off. You’ll find AA listed in the white pages of your phone book.

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.