Most high performing people know how to add stuff to their list but they are not so good at taking things off. To lead well, you have to stop doing some things. It’s time to narrow your focus and eliminate those things that aren’t in line with your life’s purpose and direction. Recognize the clutter that holds you back from moving forward with focus, confidence, and with faith. Then just stop it.
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Here are 10 things to jump start your own list.
- Stop trying to please people.
This one will get you in big trouble and cause you to say yes to way too many things. It will keep you from taking risks or taking on new challenges based on your fear of what others will think. You can be kind and respectful of others but it’s your life, and you don’t want to waste it trying to get others to approve. Seeking God’s direction and God’s approval should guide our life.
- Stop making excuses for not taking action.
Just stop. There will always be excuses. A million of them. Step up and take action. Even a small step forward brings momentum for the next step.
- Stop holding a grudge.
It is time to believe God’s Word and settle this. Your hurt, your anger, your resentment is poison to you and to those closest to you. It is time to let it go so you are free from it. Release it to God and move on.
- Stop blaming others for your lack of success.
People from your past and present are not responsible for the life you are living or not living. You are responsible.
- Stop wasting time wishing for another life.
You wish you had another job, another ministry, another church, even another family. You spend time thinking about a perfect place (that doesn’t exist!) and you miss the beauty of the work, ministry, and family God has given you.
- Stop spending money on things you don’t need.
If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Learn the discipline of living on less. Don’t be trapped in the lie that more will make you better, happier, or more successful. Learn to live on less, save more, and give more.
- Stop making work (or ministry) an excuse for not spending time with your family.
You have to make it happen. Set the boundaries and make your children and your spouse a priority. Get the calendar out now and mark the time and days. When you make family a priority, the work world will keep on going, but if you don’t, there will be a high price to pay.
- Stop wasting energy and resources on work that is not in line with your mission and purpose.
This will require you saying no to lots of good things. This may mean you need to stop some lines of work or ministry. We have limited time, energy, money, and resources. Keep your focus and your team’s focus on the mission and purpose of your organization.
- Stop being critical of other people.
It is so easy to get in a habit of always being critical of others, always finding fault or pointing out the weaknesses in people. I would challenge you to be intentional about stopping this in 2017. As a leader influencing the lives of many, your criticism will cause others to be critical including your children. There is room for focused constructive criticism for the purpose of helping someone. There is no room for general negative criticism of others with no purpose.
- Stop letting the evidence of what you see rob you of living by faith.
It is so easy to get our eyes on the problems of the world, the challenges to our business, the critics of our ministry, and to lose hope and faith. Scripture tells us it is impossible to please God unless we live by faith. Hope is a powerful gift from God. Stir up your faith this year and know that God is able to do more than you or I can see.
What others would you add to this list? Let 2017 be a year that you intentionally STOP doing some things that are holding you back from the plans God has for your life.
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfected of our faith, who for the joy that lay before him, endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2