Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells you that you have an incurable and terminal disease, and you have no more than 10 years to live. What would you do differently, and, in particular, what would you stop doing?
Jim Collins, The Stop Doing List
The new year brings a new start for many of us, a chance to evaluate the year before and set goals for the year to come. In his article Best New Year’s Resolution? A ‘Stop Doing’ List Jim Collins offers a different take on the new year – not what will you start doing this year, but what will you stop doing?
Our lives can be busy, says Collins, but not disciplined, and filled with activities that ultimately don’t help us lead the life we want.
Spiritually, the same concept applies. In 1 Corinthians 9:25-26 the Bible says,
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step.
Do you live your life with purpose in every step? Ask yourself who is God calling you to become this year in your family, your relationships, and your leadership. What will you stop doing in order to reach that goal?