Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How To Take Action Even When You Don't Feel Like It

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A Recent Funk

A few weeks ago, I got into a funk. I'm not sure exactly why. I just did. I could feel that funk in everything I was doing, in my writing, in my quiet time, in my work, and in my home. It descended on me out of nowhere and lasted for about a week.

When you get into that kind of state, it's really difficult to take action in many parts of your life. Sure, you can get by. You can go through the motions at home and at work. You can "fake it 'till you make it," but it's not all that satisfying. You don't necessarily feel like you're at the top of your game and functioning at a high level.

And, this doesn't just happen to individual people, either. I've witnessed "the funk" occurring in churches, businesses, and other organizations. How does an individual or even an organization break out of these kind of cycles?

The Vision Is The Thing

In my situation, I found that in order to break out of my own funk, I had to purposely return to the vision for my life. If I wanted to take action, I had to reassess my vision.

I had to revisit who I wanted to be as a person. I had to remember what I wanted to accomplish in this life. I had to re-visualize how I wanted my life to look if I was "in the zone" and "firing on all cylinders!"

Once I recaptured the vision of how I wanted my life to look, feel, and become, then the funk slowly faded away. It was replaced with a desire to take action. The vision for my life pulled me into the future. It caused me to get excited about life, once again.

In order to keep my vision before me each day and do a little "preventive maintenance," I actually did a cool little seven minute inspirational vision recording in Garageband. I now listen to the vision of my life each time I workout. It helps me remember the vision for my life each and every day.

Churches, businesses, and other organizations would do well to follow this same advice. Leadership needs to constantly be monitoring the climate of their groups. If the climate is stagnant and stationary, then it's time to visit the vision of that group. If the vision of the organization is compelling and repeated enough, then it will propel everyone forward. Action will take place. Momentum will be re-established.

Is Your Vision Compelling?

How about you? Are you currently in a funk? Are you having a difficult time taking action and moving forward as a result?

Do you have a vision for your life? If not, why not? If you do, are you re-visiting that vision on regular intervals to keep you motivated and excited about your life?

How do you personally take action, even when you don't feel like it?

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