In 2014, these were the three best productivity articles, at least for me.
Enjoy, and happy Saturday.
I picked this up from entrepreneur Tim Ferris and his amazing book, “The Four Hour Work Week.” It’s a must read in 2015.
Tim states that as one climbs a mountain, the air becomes thinner.
Astronauts use oxygen tanks in space because the air so darn thin.
Most air molecules compete with each other at lower levels.
At higher levels the competition gets scarce.
The same goes for every day life.
Competition is fierce at the mediocre levels.
The world is a herd of mediocre cattle.
Few strive for excellence.
But if you do, you will find yourself in a stratosphere void of competition.
Tim goes to say that it’s easy to become a billionaire because there is such scarcity of competition at such high levels.
Be crazy good! Be crazy innovative! Be the expert at something!
Figure out something to help the world than no one else does.
Suddenly you find yourself alone and no one to challenge you.
The whole world is opened to you.
I call it the law of thinning air.
“The aim of this book is for you to see that change and evolution are all about breaking the habit of being the “you.” Evolve Your Brain: Dr. Joe Dizpensa.
Dr. Dispenza is a scientist. In my opinion he falls a bit short in what he says. Yet his statement is highly important.
Liberty and transformation are all about getting the “you” out of the way. The “you in you” must become Christ Jesus, or the “you” in your resurrected and eternal state.The core of all the world’s ills is our obsession with beautifying, cosmetizing and keeping alive the corrupt and sin laden “you.” The utter effectiveness of Christianity when it’s carried out according to scriptures is that it replaces the “you.”
Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard for effectiveness is the default mode of the world. What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it. Efficiency will be useless unless it’s applied to the things that will cause you to attain to your goals. Tim Ferris
Or in my own words, being highly efficient without being effective is just a lot of empty hard work.
If your busyness is making you effective at the cost of efficiency, it’s the Holy Spirit.
If your busyness makes you efficient at the cost of effectiveness, it’s time to repay what you are doing.The devil will make you highly efficient and poorly effective and burn you out.
Being busy is a form of laziness- lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.
Being overwhelmed by much work is often as unproductive as doing nothing.
Lack of time is often a lack of priorities. Tim Ferris
The opposite to happiness is not sadness. The opposite to happiness is boredom Tim Ferris
Evil men are busy creating, designing and implementing while good men are busy at consuming what evil men create and implement for them.
Three questions I ask God for wisdom.
What can I commercialize that will bring God glory?
If this was my last day on earth, what would I impart to it? Then live every day like this.
What can I create and design on earth? In my case, it’s for God’s glory.
As Seth Godin says, the earth is filled with copy editors. Few design and create. Are you a creator or a copy editor? God is the former.
Strive in everything that I do to make it usable for others. Ninety percent of things on earth are non-usable.
Ex 31:3 and I fill him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all work,
Wisdom comes from God. Wisdom is taking accumulated knowledge which sits passively by and making it into something so usable that it can be commercialized. What can you commercialize in your life? EW Kenyon.
I don’t think the shortage of artists has much to do with the innate ability to create or initiate. I think it has to do with believing that it’s possible and acceptable for you to do it. We’ve only had these particular doors open wide for a decade or so, and most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it. Seth Godin
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substantiating of things hoped for, the conviction of things (a completed thing) not seen.
Rom 1:20 — for from the world’s creation the invisible things of him are perceived, being apprehended by the mind through the things that are made (a finished product), both his eternal power and divinity, — so as to render them inexcusable.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship (a finished product), having been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has before prepared that we should walk in them.
Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that time itself was framed by a command of God, so that the things which are seen were not made ( become; perfect tense) of things which are visible.
Re 16:17 And the seventh messenger did pour out his vial to the air, and there came forth a great voice from the sanctuary of the heaven, from the throne, saying, ‘It hath come (become; perfect tense)!’
Re 21:6 and He said to me, ‘It hath been done! (become; perfect tense) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End; I, to him who is thirsting, will give of the fountain of the water of the life freely;
The brilliant entrepreneur Tim Ferris utilizes the DSSS method for rapid learning.
His book, the “Four Hour Work Week” is simply astounding.
I recommend it as a must read for all church leaders.
My time is brief today, so let’s begin.
In the case of faith, let us apply the DSSS method for rapid learning.
So what is DSSS?
Take something large and make it into smaller pieces.
Simplify by eliminating all the unimportant and leaving the essential.
Identify the key qualities characteristics of the process to master.
In faith it is to manifest the invisible.
What elements appear essential to produce results?
Focus on the outcome that you are attempting to achieve.
What is my focus? It is to manifest the invisible!
Is my mind renewed in order to manifest the invisible?
Am I plagued with doubt and unbelief?
Tim uses the Pareto Principle
“The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes” Wikipedia
Twenty percent of our activities produce eighty percent of our results.
What are the essential activities which will produce the results of faith?
Where am I wasting effort in fruitless activities?
Where am I wasting time by the repetitive activities of doubt and unbelief?
What if I did things backwards or in the opposite order?
What if I started with the completed products in heavenly places and work from there to manifest them on earth?
What steps would I use?
Accountability to produce results and setting deadlines with God for the results.
I make myself accountable to deliver the finished product of faith
Can I set deadlines with God for the manifestation?
Here is more on Tim’s DSSS method for rapid learning.