PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 12 (Get Things Done #107 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #107 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. Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Our quote for today is from Nelson Mandela. He said: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 12 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

31. Nobody is nagging me about it yet.

To say this is to admit that you have abdicated your decision-making power to others. If somebody is going to be “on your case,” that somebody should be you.

Many years ago, David Riesman coined the terms “other-directed” and “inner-directed” to distinguish between people who act primarily out of concern for what others think and say and those who act because of their own convictions and perceptions.

Inner-directed is the way to go.

32. If I do it now they’ll just give me something else to do.

People usually don’t express this attitude quite so openly, but the rationale is not all that uncommon.

If you find yourself feeling this way it’s time to do some soul-searching, because you are in a situation that will never provide you any real satisfaction. What you are saying is that you don’t care about the aims or achievements of the institution you are working for, and you have no desire to pull your weight within the organization. You have, in short, reached the dead end of other-directedness.

You have two constructive options: you can overhaul your attitude, and try to act on the basis of what needs to be done, instead of on what “they” might tell you to do, or you can leave the organization and try to connect with one whose goals matter to you.

The third choice, which is to accept the status quo and continue to make a minimal contribution, is the cowardly way out, although it’s the way many people choose. I feel sorry for them, because it isn’t very rewarding to be, in effect, a living puppet—and a reluctant one at that.

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.