In a battle plan, there are always tactical details, logistical layouts, planning and practice and planning and practice.

Then, there is execution.  Go time.  No turning back.  The perfect plan is about to come to fruition.

Until it doesn’t.

Colin Powell said, “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

What if the enemy is you??

Sometimes we get in our own way.  Here is an example:  I was thinking yesterday that I needed to write my to do list for today.  By this morning, it wasn’t done so I thought “I’ll just write a short one, only the top five important things”.  I went to get my pen and wondered where the cat was.  I thought I should get her a new fluffy bed.  Then it only got worse.

But first remember: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~ 2 Cor 10:5

Inner dialogue

It’s 11AM already?  I need a trail mix bar.  I need my water, too.  I have to pee.  I need to get my password so I can do my homework.  But I haven’t sprayed outside yet.  And I need to get the blog posted.  I hope I did the right share buttons.  What a weird dream last night.  I have to call the A/C people.  I need to read that article for the blog.  I haven’t vacuumed!  I still need to get tuna for the cats.  I really have to pee!  I wonder if I should email the FBI about that spam text from the Middle East.  I have too many emails, oh my gosh.  What is that stupid password?  I can’t think on a full bladder!  I need to charge my phone.  I can plug it in…by the vacuum.

I wish I was making this up.

The original plan?  Write my to do list.  The current plan?  Survive.

So, what to do?
plans astrayTactical alchemy

Alchemy is defined as:  “Any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.”

Let me translate:
“common substance…of little value” = worry
“substance of great value” = productivity and your sanity

Truth be told, there is no magic anything, however these 5 little steps have helped me when I’m about to lose it so I’m sharing in case they might help you:

  1. Stop.  Stop freaking out.  It doesn’t do you any good anyway.  “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” ~ Matthew 6:27
  2. Breathe.  Deeply.  And if on the exhale a cleansing scream comes out, so be it.
  3. Focus.  There are distractions and things to do EVERYWHERE if you look for them.  And the big enemy will put every shiny, moving one of them in front of you because that’s how he rolls.  You have to purposely think on and aim for your target goal, not his, and defeat those distractions.  “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” ~ Luke 10:19
  4. Pray.  Well, duh.  “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for…my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:29-30  And I personally like to add in binding the enemy…it just makes me feel better.
Some days, this is what it feels like...
Some days, this is what it feels like…

5.  Elephant it.  There’s a saying, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”
Even though some days it feels like we’re stirring food in the pan while driving kids to
some kind of practice while attending a Board meeting while weaving our underwater
basket…we are not.  And we can’t.  Do one thing at a time.  Then do the next.

I like to throw in small, easy things in between big things so I can cross those off my list, mental or written.  When you accomplish something, it releases endorphins and gives you super powers, and then you are even more productive.

And that’s magic.