PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 10 (Get Things Done #105 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #105 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. Luke 9:59-62 says: “And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Our quote for today is from an unknown author who said: “Excuses are tools of incompetence used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness, and those who use them seldom specialize in anything else.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 10 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

23. I’ve got to tidy up first.

Like so many other excuses, this one may or may not be valid. If “tidy up” means to gather a bunch of scattered papers and put them out of your way, so you can concentrate on the task at hand, by all means do. so. But if it means going through a stack of papers one by one and getting them all sorted into a new pattern, followed by some filing, followed by a bit of dusting and polishing, ask yourself if this isn’t a diversionary routine. You seem to have this compulsion to sort, file, dust, and polish. Fine: why not use that compulsion, then, as a reinforcer? Why not promise yourself that you’ll do those things as soon as you complete the less enjoyable task that you know in your heart has a greater payoff?

24. I need to sleep on it.

Some matters need to incubate for a while, to be sure. But most don’t. Too often when you sleep on something, it winds up being squashed.

25. We can get by a little longer as is.

Perhaps. But if you’re going to have to take the plunge eventually—why not now? Why not avert a crisis by acting before you are compelled to? Why not act, instead of reacting? Why not play the game of life on the offense, instead of the defense?

Remember: it is better to deal with difficulty today than disaster tomorrow.

26. I dont really know how to do it.

If you lack knowledge or skills that are needed to do a task, obviously you shouldn’t blame yourself for not doing it. But you should blame yourself if you don’t take the steps to gain that knowledge or those skills—or to arrange to have the job done by someone who does have them. In any event, the ball is in your court. If you can’t do the job, give it to someone else, but do something—don’t just procrastinate.

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.