Leave space in your daily schedule, and the projects you want to get done. The space, or margin, helps give breathing room.
It’s important to stay focused in life. We can’t do everything. We need to be selective on everything we say “yes” to, what we can legitimately accomplish, and where we need to spend the majority of our energy each day.
Energy is not unlimited. We all only have a limited supply. At some point we will run out for the day. So we need to stay focused on our primary purpose and goals, and be OK that we can’t do everything all at once. Also, we need to learn to be OK not finishing our work every day. We need to be realistic about our capacity, and what we can actually get done.
We probably need to say “no” to more invitations, so we can say “yes” to the main things God is asking us to do.
5. What you eat affects your mood & energy levels
Our health and nutrition are essential to our motivation levels in life. What we eat affects us. We need to understand the basics of nutrition, and to be careful about eating too much junk food, sugar, caffeine and not enough nutritious foods.
If we train ourselves to eat and enjoy the right nutritious foods, it will significantly help us in our energy in life.
6. Wait until tomorrow to worry about tomorrow
One of the great principles of the Bible to counteract anxiety that naturally builds in all of us is Jesus’ words in Matthew, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough worries of its own.”
What Jesus was telling us is to focus your energy on today, and what’s directly in front of us. New energy will be available for tomorrow’s challenges, after a good night’s sleep.
This isn’t a directive to keep us from planning for the future, but simply to focus on what’s immediately in front of us, and not waste our energy worrying or being anxious about everything all at once.
How much of your day do you spend worrying about the future? Take heed of these words, and keep them in front of you, until you sense new motivation rising to focus on each day at a time.
7. Who are you running with?
One of the greatest motivators in my life is time talking with my wife, Michelle, or doing life with good friends in ministry from around the country. I have been so blessed by the friends God has placed in my life, and the team that has continued to build around Think Eternity. These close friends inspire me every day in the purpose God has for us together.
Are the friends in your life motivating you toward God and His purposes? Or are they toxic in their complaints, negativity or attitudes?
The Bible says, “He who walks with the wise will grow wise.” It’s important to build friendships with the right kind of people who will be an encouragement of the right kind of attitudes and goals in your life.