PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 11 (Get Things Done #106 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #106 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 John F. Kennedy. He said: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 11 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

27. There a a good TV program on.

Two decades ago, FCC Chairman Newton Minow referred to television as a “vast wasteland.” The phrase still applies, and it conjures up in my mind’s eye a landscape littered with countless ruins of unfulfilled plans, aborted ventures, unrealized dreams—not just on the part of the producers, but also of the viewers, who try to select the least tedious of several mediocre shows instead of turning the set off and doing something. If the activity you are postponing really ranks below the typical situation comedy or quiz show in priority, then it’s not worth doing at all, so forget it. But give some thought to whether you ought to be striving for some more challenging goals.

28. As soon as I start, somebody will probably interrupt.

If the hustle and bustle around you is creating a mental block, do something about your environment. Seclude yourself, if you can. Close the door and resolve not to open it until the task is done. At a minimum, tell the people around you that you need some time to concentrate (and let them know what the task is that you’re working on, so you have the added prod of having made a commitment to do it). Explain that you would like to be incommunicado until you finish. It won’t always work, but you’ll be surprised how often it will. People tend to respect the privacy of someone who seems determined to concentrate on a task until it’s done.

29. It needs further study.

Everything does. Meanwhile, go ahead on the basis of what you know, if you have a pretty good hunch as to what that further study is likely to confirm. Remember the words of the ancient maxim: “He who considers too much will perform little.”

30. My horoscope indicates this is the wrong time.

Far be it from me to want to come between you and your astrologer. And yet . . . well, let’s put it this way: I’m told that astrologers, like surgeons, sometimes disagree. Before you ever postpone anything on purely astrological grounds, may I suggest that you at least consider getting a second opinion?

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.