Do More of What Matters Most

by | Jun 1, 2017 | Younique | 0 comments

I heard on the news last night that meteorological summer is here. Meteorological summer differs from astronomical summer by its restriction to the months of June, July, and August. Here in Texas, however, neither the meteorological nor the astronomical versions fully contain the heat of our endless summers.

Please note we are closing in on the halfway mark of 2017.

How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions? If you are like most people, the resolve gave out some time in January. However, knowing you to be the exemplary person you are, you are no doubt batting well above average.

I completed my first quarter’s goals and set my second 90-day goal at the end of March. I am now moving toward the conclusion of that goal, and I’m happy to report I am on target. (Check it out here.)

My present 90-day goal involves completing and submitting for publication two writing projects. As of this morning, the first one is complete. (You can find it here: 30 Days of Prayer: How to Read the Bible, Listen for God’s Voice, Record What He Says, and Respond in Prayer and Practice (Volume 1): David Bowman, Casey Lester: 9780999087602: Books](

Our assistant, Casey, and I wrote this simple devotional guide. We have eleven more forthcoming in this series. We want to encourage people to spend focused time alone with God hearing what he says about prayer, praise, thanksgiving, joy, hope, and more. This has been a fun process. Of course, Casey makes everything fun!

Before the end of the month, I have at least one more book to add to the Amazon sales pages. Notice that these are self-published books. They are not going to sell millions of copies and make us household names. They will, however, help us serve others through what God has taught us. What do you know that someone else would benefit from? How can you make that wisdom more broadly available?

Casey and I are working on an online course which teaches how to read more books, retain the important insights, and recall them for later use. Each time I speak on this subject with individuals or before groups, I am asked how the listeners can find what I have told them in one place. Until now, that has not been available. Soon it will be.

If you are keeping score, that is three major projects completed or nearing completion in the first half of the year. I cannot tell you how many years I have finished December with nothing but regrets at not completing a single one of these kinds of projects although I began the year with big goals and ambitious plans.

What changed and radically improved my production? I know my personal mission in life and I have a vision of where God is taking me. The LifePlan Snapshot from Life Younique provides me with the right amount of vision in the right amount of time. It gives me ways to state where God is taking me and to measure my progress.

Around the edges of my personal Horizon Storyline, I have my LifeCall (mission) statement, my LifeCore (core values), LifeSteps (strategy), and LifeScore (measures). These guide my quarterly and weekly planning and reviews. They tell me what I must do, why I do it, how I will do it, and when I know I am succeeding.

Inside the Horizon Storyline, are my Beyond the Horizon three-year goal, my Background Horizon one-year goal, my Midground Horizon 90-day goal, and my Foreground Horizon weekly goals. These lenses help me see life more clearly. The Foreground lens helps me see what is up close and what requires attention day by day and week by week making it possible for me to accomplish my 90-day Midground Horizon goal.

The Midground Horizon goal leads me toward fulfilling my Background Horizon one-year goals, and this goal sets the direction toward fulfilling my Beyond-the-Horizon goal.

The genius of this process is the keystone habit of weekly evaluation. Life Younique provides a tool that is a reminder of what I said was most important regarding how I honor God and serve others, and a checkup to see how I am progressing. I evaluate my week and make adjustments for the week to come. A similar process is included for quarterly planning and evaluation.

Do you want to live more productively and effectively? The Life Younique process can lead you toward greater clarity about who you are, how God wired you, and what he has uniquely shaped you to accomplish.

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