By Roberto Ponce
In last week’s blog, I wrote about the importance of focusing, planning, and implementing. I referred to how multitasking is valued in our western society, yet few people can master several tasks at the same time. At some point, something has got to give. That is why focusing becomes very important. By no means am I suggesting we develop “tunnel vision.” We still need to pay attention to our surroundings. Rather, I am talking about focusing to accomplish what’s important in life.
One time while we were having lunch, the psychologist of a major league soccer team told me that success was “achieving victory on a repeated basis, making it the norm.” His team got his message loud and clear, for the Columbus Crew won the national championship soon afterward. Each player played his position to the best. Each one focused on his position, and collectively they led their team to victory.
So what does prioritizing involve? It usually involves time management. Prioritizing requires you to arrange your tasks and plan your time to accomplish those tasks in order of importance. Time management is simply managing your time wisely. In Ephesians 5:15-16, Paul encourages us to be careful with our lives and to make the best use of our time. Let’s be productive and yet careful not to lose sight of what’s really important.
Planning is also crucial to accomplishing our projects. As I mentioned last week, in Genesis 41:34–36, Joseph’s suggestions about preparing for the Egyptian famine demonstrate how planning for the future is wise. Strategy gurus have come up with several key steps, but I usually take three easy steps for short tasks: Assess (your situation), set (your goals), and implement (your plan). In other words, I suggest answering these three questions: (1) What do you need to do? (2) Why do you need to do it? and (3) How are you going to do it? Then implement your task.
Planning and implementing are interrelated. Planning without implementing accomplishes nothing, nor does implementing without planning. Proverbs 21:5 warns against implementation without planning because it leads to poverty.
In Global University’s chapel, Dr. George Wood, Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, preached a great sermon from the passage about the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:39–44). Dr. Wood’s insights into this passage led me to observe three leadership principles about the concept of planning:
1. Plan and be strategic about your plans. Jesus directed the people and sat them down in groups before He proceeded with anything else (verse 39).
2. Trust God with your plans. In verse 41, Jesus prayed and blessed the food.
3. Implement and complete all the projects you start. When Jesus fed the crowd, “they all ate and were satisfied” (verse 42).
As we focus on God and trust Him with our projects, let’s prioritize what’s really important. If we learn to have a one-track mind, at least we’ll know we are on the right track.
Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.