Draining the Swamp

1stqtr07 266Difficult preliminary tasks, paying attention to planning details, getting rid of obstacles and nuisances; preparations; things that must be done to move to new territory

Success is in the details. 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 tasks which proved much bigger and more difficult than expected? Looking back, we can conclude life is very tough, not easy and involves details and nuances we often grossly underestimate. There is much to life, including how to successfully live in it and how to make the most of it. The more we pay close attention to necessary details, the more we will be able to affect, control and improve our results.

An old saying when we are up to our necks in alligators and snakes, it is very important to drain the swamp before going forward with our plans. 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. It can cause us much pain and misery. This teaches the importance of doing our homework, up front planning and taking necessary upfront preliminary steps before some projects should even be started. It is part of preparation. This applies to daily tasks as well as the mammoth projects that often confront us. It can be hazardous to forget to pay attention to a proper good start.

Going ahead and tackling unpleasant upfront details can sometimes really be challenging and not much fun. If we go ahead, take the time 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 our 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 basic knowledge to their lives keep making unnecessary mistakes and miss out on some 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 our past efforts.

An indication of mature intelligence is experiencing, learning, adapting and getting better at living life. Most of us have had some success at this. Those mastering this, who learn to skillfully pay attention to details and nuances of life’s lessons, increase their capabilities to make more of life. Those who continue making the same mistakes over and over again should remember to drain their swamps. It is an important first step.

Challenge: The quality of your life is in your hands. It is the product and result of the things you do and how you do them. Not putting forth the necessary effort in to details and life’s 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. Utilize these things; you will have higher levels 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 seek God’s guidance, direction and help, our life has nothing but great upside potential.

Prayer: Through your loving guidance and empowerment, I can do a better job of learning life’s lessons.


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