Do you know the number one reason that stops people from getting what they want? It’s lack of Focus. People who focus on what they want, prosper. Those who don’t, struggle.
Seek ye first … (Matthew 6:33)
What is the lead domino principle?
How can you apply that to each day?
How does that apply to your family, church, business, ministry, or organization?
For five consecutive years, I met weekly in person with a small coaching group – godly men who held one another accountable, men who wanted to reach the world for Jesus. My coaching partners were Rev. Mark Jarvis, Rev. Matt Gregory, and Michael Stay. Each of us grew tremendously in this relationship. I am indebted forever to each of them and desire to bless all of them to the best of my ability.
Through this relationship, Michael Stay became the top business mentor in my life. I’ve said over and over that Michael is one of the best strategic planners in the world. His distinguished career and client references demonstrate that. Everyone I have introduced to Michael has said he is in a league of his own.
Michael has taught me many important principles and habits. While I could probably write a whole year of valuable daily reflections from those, I am thrilled that Michael will be starting his own in the next few weeks.
One of the favorite principles that Michael taught me is the “lead domino” principle, which deals with the power of focus and states that by identifying a few lead dominos and focusing your efforts on “knocking over” one of those, almost everything else you are hoping for will happen automatically. This is the power of focusing on the right things.
Imagine a contest (TV game) in which tens of thousands of dominos are set up (on end) on the floor of a basketball gym. Then twelve contestants are given separate opportunities to push over any five dominos within 30 seconds using the same domino set up each time. Who would be most likely to win? It would be the person who spent the majority of his time looking for a lead domino, one that when knocked over will start a huge chain reaction.
Spiritual journaling is the lead domino for my life. I first started keeping a spiritual journal in January 2002. For two years, I wrote in a “My Utmost for His Highest” journal before starting to journal on-line. Daily journaling ensures I pray, read my Bible, meditate on God’s Word, and share with others. It helps me be still to hear God’s whisper and then apply what God is teaching me. Detailed journaling reminds me what God has asked me to do and allows me to track what God is doing. As I journal and set down “stones” to remember what God has already done in my life, my faith grows progressively. I develop clarity of thought and clarity of purpose. “The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ.” (Jan 17 – “My Utmost for His Highest”)
Apart from the overall lead domino for my life, I can apply the lead domino principle in other ways. For example, at the start of each day (each week, each month, each year), I can ask, “What are 1-2 simple things I can do today that will eventually yield much fruit?”
Here’s another example: “What are 1-2 things I can do to bless my family?” Perhaps it’s having a 15-30 minute devotional time with my wife each morning, reading one chapter from the Bible and praying together for our upcoming day. Perhaps it’s hosting a weekly marriage LIFE group in our home. Perhaps, it’s including a scripture with every product that goes out of our home.
Heavenly Father, loving God, thank You for Your abundant mercy and grace that sustain me each and every day. Thank You for guiding and directing my steps. Bless those who read this message to understand and apply the lead domino principle to their own lives. Bless those who read this message to participate in some type of regular accountability relationship. Thank You Jesus. You are my all in all. Amen.
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Power of Focus
Blessings to develop the power of focus to yield an abundant eternal harvest!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
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Author, I Was Busy, Now I’m Not
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