By Roberto Ponce
I was reading an article today in the life section of a national newspaper. The article described how Harry Belafonte fell asleep prior to a live television interview via satellite. Apparently, the 84-year-old singer then appeared on camera with his eyes closed and remained unresponsive. His publicist blamed the issue on the producers due to a “technical glitch.” At the end of the day, the singer was not able to conduct the interview. Ouch! It is hard to focus at times.
In today’s marketplace, one often hears the word multitasking. It’s a buzz word popular on resumes and corporate literature. Our western society values individuals that can take on several tasks at the same time. Although productivity should be encouraged, one must remain vigilant not to lose focus on things that are truly important.
Sure, you can do a couple of things simultaneously with some kind of success. For example, you might drive your car and talk on the phone—not advisable, but possible. However, you are most likely to succeed when you focus on one specific goal and work toward accomplishing that goal. Sometimes having a one-track mind is perceived as a bad personal quality. Yet the Bible calls us to be focused. We are instructed to seek God’s kingdom first, and then all things will be given to us (Matthew 6:33).
As we go about our daily lives, it is so easy to be distracted by mundane things. We all have bills to pay, lives to live, and jobs to do. Yet we are called to focus and seek the Kingdom first. We are also reminded to set our minds on things that are above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). By no means am I implying that we should ignore our responsibilities. I once heard someone question why he should get a job if Christ was coming soon anyway. Our spiritual worldview should never be taken out of context.
Another popular term is strategic planning. Planning is crucial as we live our lives and accomplish our tasks. As Christians, we believe God is the master planner for our lives. Yet we still have to plan. Just because God is in control does not mean we don’t need to be good stewards with our lives. In Genesis 41:34–36, Joseph’s suggestions about preparing for the Egyptian famine demonstrate how planning for the future is wise. As we plan, let us remember to seek advice from others as well. Proverbs 15:22 tell us that “plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Still, planning alone is not enough. Planning requires action to bring our projects to fruition. Planning without implementation is like trying to fly without wings—it takes us nowhere. It won’t happen. On the other hand, implementation without planning leads to failure and even poverty (Proverbs 21:5). We need a right and healthy balance of planning and implementation.
In my next blog, I will expand a little more on key steps to help us with our planning and implementation strategies. Today, let’s focus on God and trust Him with our projects. In the end, it is better to have a one-track mind than to become a “train without a track.”
Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.