At this time of year everyone is thinking about starting new things, setting new goals, and going on new adventures. It’s a great time of year and one that I really enjoy but it can be a bit unrealistic.
Dreaming is really good, looking into the future and planning great new things means we can glimpse into the potential future and then start doing some things today that will bring them about tomorrow. But if our dreams aren’t grounded in reality then they probably won’t come about (of course, with God all things are possible).
Perhaps the biggest obstacle with achieving goals is time. There is never enough of it, never enough hours in a day, days in a week. months in a year…. and yet we always start to plan more additions to fill our time up and have even less.
There really is only one cure.
Give things up.
For some people this is all too easy, they never really seem to get anywhere with any plan as they give up too easily, for others it’s impossible to give up even the most unprofitable activities. It’s certainly a gift to know when to push through problems and when to give up and is a skill that the most talented investors have.
But would you ever give up something that is fruitful? Something that is actually good for you?
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you.No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
The crazy thing is that Jesus didn’t say everything that doesn’t bear fruit he prunes but everything that DOES bear fruit he prunes. Sometimes it is good to give up things that are good, ministry that brings about results, business that employ people and make profits and even relationships that help both people grow.
(Okay, I know that there is a difference between prunes and cuts off, one is the complete ending and the other is refining but can involve cutting off the whole branch)
Do you remember when IBM were a computer company? For a while they were the biggest computer manufacture in the world and it made up the majority of their business. But then they sold their personal computer division to a Chinese company and refocused their efforts on components, software and business solutions. The result was they made more profit than before.
My personal experience
I’ve decided to shut down one of my sites for a few reasons. Although it had a unique position and provided real value it would take a lot of time and effort to keep it running full time and to grow the site. Instead I’ve chosen to reintegrate the site into another one that is related. It might not have as unique a position as it did before but it means that I only have to promote one site rather than two and spend more time on content rather than promotion. This does mean that I have more time for other activities because of this though.
So whilst you prepare your list of resolutions goals, and dreams for next year think about the things you should give up. Not just the unprofitable but also the profitable.
What are you stopping next year?