Draining the Swamp

Difficult tasks, paying attention to details and avoiding mistakes

Success is in the details. Author Unknown

Beware of the person who can’t be bothered by details. William Feather

Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come. Perry Paxton

  Who has not taken on a task which proved much bigger and more difficult than expected? We can look back at life and conclude sometimes it is tough and not easy and involves details and nuances we grossly underestimate. It seems there is much to life, including how to successfully live it and how to make the most of it. The more we pay attention to details, the more we will be able to affect, control and get better results.

    An old saying reminds us that when we are up to our necks in alligators, a very important detail maybe that we need to drain the swamp before we can improve our situation. Failure to pay attention to such an important detail may be hazardous not only to successfully completing the project, but to our well-being as well. This proverb teaches the importance of doing our homework, up front planning and realizing the necessary steps required to successfully take on projects and bring then to successful conclusions. This applies to daily tasks as well as the mammoth projects that sometimes confront us. It can be hazardous to forget to pay attention to necessary details.

     It goes without saying that going ahead and tackling certain details can sometimes really be challenging. If we go ahead and drain the swamp in the beginning, it may make the remainder of the project “a piece of cake”. We should have learned this from life’s previous “swampy” experiences. Those who have learned this and apply this important truth to their lives are those who are more apt to be successful. Those who have yet to apply this knowledge to their lives may keep making unnecessary mistakes and miss out on successes they could be having. We can think back and remember how overlooking, leaving out, not crossing t’s or dotting i’s, haste and waste, procrastinating and other miscues has cost us so dearly in the past.

    An indication of intelligence is experiencing, learning, adapting and getting better at living life. All of us have had some success at this. It is our nature. Those who master this, who learn to skillfully pay attention to details and nuances of life’s lessons, have increased capabilities to make more of life. Those who continue making the same mistakes over and over again might consider draining the swamp. Sometimes it an important first step.

Challenge: The quality of your life is in your hands. It is the product and the result of the things you do and how you do them. Not putting forth the necessary effort, additional details and the finer points are often the difference between failure and success, mediocrity or excellence. You already know this. More self discipline, focus, and motivation to excel can be the missing ingredients that if utilized can take you to a higher level of success.

Wisdom: I know it’s hard when you’re up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp. Ronald Reagan

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

There is always hope an there is always opportunity for improvement. No matter where we are in life, there is opportunity for our life to get better. One of the requirements to a better life is that we must be proactive and decide that we want a better life. Even in our own strength there is much that most of us can do to improve the quality of our life. If we submit to God’s guidance, direction and help, our life has nothing but upside potential.

Prayer: Help me to use the intelligence you have given me to do a better job of learning life’s lessons. 

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