Baby Steps

I was recently reading a blog post by Dave Ramsey, and he talks about the best way to get out of financial debt is to take “baby steps“.  He shares that it takes people time to get into debt, so it’s going to take people time to get out.  One step at a time!  (To read his blog post:  CLICK HERE)

It’s January and it’s a New Year.  We’ve been talking over the past few weeks about evaluation, about setting goals, about taking time for reflection and about thinking strategically about the year before us.

Today, I simply want to remind each of you that you are not going to be able to accomplish all that you want to do in the first days and weeks of 2012.  It’s going to take some time, and you’re going to need to take some “baby steps“.

I have been wanting to read a book by an author I really enjoy, but I haven’t had the time to even get the book started.  Today, I read the first chapter.  Baby steps.

Don’t get overwhelmed!

If you’re like me, when you get overwhelmed, a number of things happen:

1)  When we get overwhelmed, we look for shortcuts.  We look for the easy way to get through things, but this isn’t always the “best” way.

2)  When we get overwhelmed, we lose track of our priorities.   We forget about the goals and the dreams we had.  We often choose the “easiest” thing to get done, not the most important.

3)  When we get overwhelmed, we compromise.  All of our energy goes towards the thing that is screaming the loudest, and other areas of our life that are often more important get neglected.

I hate to tell you this, but you WILL be overwhelmed from time to time.

Here are 5 things to do when that “panic”  begins to set in that comes from being overwhelmed:

1)  Take Inventory.  Go back to your goals, your priorities and your action plan, and determine how to adjust your schedule without compromising the things that you really want to accomplish.  Ask God for wisdom and clarity in the decisions you need to make.

2)  Get Some Help.  Go to one of your closer friends and ask them to help you through this time.  We often overlook this and try to do things on our own!

3)  Clear Your Head.  Stop, take a deep breath, and then move.  We often react to things without having a clear course of action or a clear plan.

4)  Make Some Changes.  It’s OK to make changes.  You don’t have to live your life in a constant state of pressure.  If you need to make some changes, do it.  Just put some thought into the things that you can change and the things that can’t be adjusted.

5)  Work Your List.  Write down the things that need to be done, and get to work.  Take the “baby steps” needed.  It will be overwhelming for a while.  You may need to work some extra hours, but you’ll get through it.  Don’t run from it. Don’t avoid it.  Work it.

The New Year just started!  Don’t quit before you get some momentum behind you.

You can do it!

 

 If you missed the Tip Sheet on The New Year, CLICK HERE

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 30 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: www.russellcline.com Write directly to Russ at: rcline@extremeresponse.org www.extremeresponse.org www.leadermundial.org twitter: leadonesource, leadermundial

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