Compounding Good Habits to Sustained Victory.

A group of us a going through the book Compund Effect by Darren Hardy, which is basically the power of consistent small habits and steady process making a significant impact.

Jamar shared this principle from 2nd Corinthians 9:6

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

So its about steady sure implementation of quality tasks, habits, and disciplines that have a significant growth over time. The power of time. The power of focus. The power of conistency which accumulates abundantly. There is a lot to be said regarding this and a great little technique is Habit Stacking.

The problem is getting overwhelmed with the ‘Whirlwind of Life’ as coined in Good to Great as I recall. When life is hard, when its busy, it becomes easy to neglect these things.

I think this verse sums it up well and is a great encouragement:

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

So don’t quit.
Do what is good, the best you can at the best you know with the best you got. That is always good.
And at the right time. In due time then BOOM!
You will reap. The water flows, the plane soars, the butterfly is let loose and finds bountiful flowers.
That is only IF (there is that HUGE two letter word) you (and me and thee) do NOT what? Do not give up and quit. It’s not only okay to rest but its good to rest but dont stop. Never stop, never quit. For its tried and true: ‘Quitters never win and Winners never quit.”

I am reminded of an analogy the late great Zig Ziglar told of pumping water from a well. You gotta start to pump and work hard to get the water up from down below. If you stop pumping before the water flows, it’s for not. If you quit on the 29th pump, the work is lost. It may well be the 30th one that puts you ‘at the top’.

Once the water is flowing (the habit is engrained and automatic), it becomes much more efficient. The sure and steady wins the race.

Or think of an airplane. It requires tremendous energy to take off and climb against gravity and the lower level winds but once the plane is thousands of feet up in the thin air, its much faster with less effort. You know, life is more of a marathon than a sprint. The tortoise ended up beating the hare.

With all that said, let’s check and confirm our heading. Lets make sure we have the right wordlview, the right guiding values and purpose. Don’t pump a a dry well. Like Darren discussed in the book, if a plane is off just one degree then the power of compounding works against you.

Keep your eye on the prize. Like a farmer plowing a field. He focuses on a point at the end of the row so he plows straight. We need to keep our goals and purpose out in front and consistent march and focus on them. The great one learn to embrace the suck. They find joy in the hardship.

We are indeed, as strange and difficult, to count it all joy.

If sweet serendipity comes your way or a huge rock is in your path, pivot but always check your purpose before getting off track. Just don’t keep chasing every shiny object.

If you find yourself pumping a dry well, in soil with tons of rocks and huge boulders, or in a plane that is going down hard, don’t be stupid and crash.

At the same time, don’t be a quiter just because life is hard, uphill and cold. It’s often obvious but sometimes takes wise discernment. Let’s Pivot on purpose when necessary, keep the joy and overcome.

Good and Adversity – Job 2:10b

“Shall we indeed accept good from God,

and shall we not accept adversity?”

Job 2:10b

This verse’s truth is the reason the subtitle of this blog is its a ‘beautiful mess’.

God doesn’t spare us from adversity always but He does assist His own to power through it always. He always uses it for good and His glory, some how, some way.

Yes, life is hard but God is good.

Overcome – John 16:33

“In the world you will have tribulation;

but be of good cheer,

I have overcome the world.”

Jesus, John 16:33

Some day…its ALL gonna change for good! Keep the great hope UP!
God has got this…in His time, His way.

If we are on His side and love Him, then all we can do is all we can do but all we can do is enough! Its a Romans 8:28 thing, everything is!

Order of things

“Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. If you can raed tihs, psot it to yuor wlal. Olny 55% of plepoe can!”

I am not sure about 55% but this is neat regardless.

There is a life lesson embedded here:

“Make sure you at least start and finish strong and right”