Stretching Your Mind
By Rick Warren
— July 20, 2009
In the book Putting the One Minute Manager to Work, one of the key concepts is this: Don’t Just Do Something—Sit There!
Too often, many of our problems arise from acting before thinking. We confuse activity with productivity. We think, “I’m so busy, I must be accomplishing something!” In reality, we may just be spinning our wheels. Like sitting in a rocking chair, you can expend a lot of energy and create a lot of motion, but you still aren’t going anywhere.
Progress and productivity always require thought! The Bible says:
“A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it!” (Proverbs 13:16 LB).
“A good man thinks before he speaks” (Proverbs 15:28 LB).
“The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8 LB).
“A wise man is cautious and avoids danger; a fool plunges ahead with great confidence” (Proverbs 14:16 LB).
Unfortunately many parts of your work seem to conspire to keep you from thinking! Pressures, deadlines, appointments, and interruptions fill your day so you have no time to think. You stay so busy swatting mosquitoes that you have no time to drain the swamp.
Nothing is as important to your job as thinking, yet nothing is harder to take time to do. The solution is to schedule “think” time. Make a daily appointment with yourself to simply think about your work. Think about what you do, how you do it, and the results you are getting: “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts” (Proverbs 24:3 LB).
Your mind is like a muscle. It develops with use. The more you develop it, the more productive you will be. Your brain is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. Think about it!