Here come the cliches …
Making a mountain out of a molehill.
You can’t teach a old dog new tricks.
In my job as a Functional IT Analyst, I am currently transitioning from some older legacy technology and software to more current up-to-date technology, software and productivity tools. And I have struggled in that transition. Fortunately this week I have experienced many breakthroughs in that transition … thank you Jesus!
Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks … if that old dog is still willing to learn and will venture out of his comfort zone …
So I have been carrying a small stack of index cards around for the last two or three weeks to challenge me in the transition … so thought I would share them on the blog tonite (BTW anything in double quotes below is attributable to John Maxwell)
CARD 1 – HOW DO I RESPOND TO CHALLENGES?
“Leaders stretch with challenges. Followers struggle with challenges. Losers shrink from challenges.”
“Most of our problems are in our heads. Its not what happens to us; it’s what happens in us.”
CARD 2 – ARE YOU PARALYZED BY TOO MANY PRIORITIES?
“The discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a stated goal are essential to a leader’s success. (success: the progressive realization of a predetermined goal.) Too many priorities paralyze us!”
NEED MANAGEABLE/REACHABLE LIST OF DAILY PRIORITIES
CARD 3 – I WILL NOT PROCRASTINATE!
“All my problems become smaller when I confront them.”
CARD 4 – ARE YOU SELF-DISCIPLINED?
“No matter how gifted a leader is, his gifts will never reach their maximum potential without the application of self-discipline … If you know you have talent, and you’ve seen a lot of motion but little concrete results – you may lack self-discipline … A life in which anything goes will be a life in which nothing goes.”
CARD 5 – WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM?
WHAT GIANT IS STANDING IN YOUR PATH?
“We look at the Goliaths in our lives in the same way the army of Israel looked at them, and our thoughts focus on not being defeated … when we focus on the pitfalls rather than the prize, we often fall right in.”
CARD 6 – WHAT TASKS DO YOU FEAR?
WHAT TASKS DO YOU CONSTANTLY PROCRASTINATE?
(procrastinate: postpone doing what one s/b doing!)
WHAT TASKS IMMOBILIZE YOU?
CARD 7 – DO YOU BELIEVE?
DO YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT WHAT YOU BELIEVE?
IS JESUS GREATER THAN YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
CAN CHRIST OVERCOME YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
CAN YOU TRULY DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST JESUS WHO STRENGTHENS YOU?
Now let me be clear … I am nowhere near dealing with the various issues addressed by these cards in all the ways I would like to … but I’m making progress albeit the fact they are baby steps. But progress is growth … and I thank the Lord for all growth in my life … may it continue until the day I die!
Let life’s journey … with all its challenges and obstacles … continue!