The ONE THING for today

Lessons from a Bow Hunter

  • Philippians 3:13 (NKJV) …one thing I do…

A few years ago I invited Joel Hobbs, a longtime mentor and friend of mine, to come in and spend a few days with me and my staff.  At our weekly staff meeting he shared three principles of leadership (and life) that he learned from being a bow hunter.  I took to heart what he had to say that day and have discovered just how true he was.  images

As you’re gearing up for a new year and perhaps a new stage of life the principles taught that day will be of help to you as well.  Over the next few days I’d like to share them with you under the heading: “Lessons from a Bow Hunter”.

The first lesson Pastor Hobbs taught was this: If you are going to hunt deer then you must eliminate most of the places you “could” go too.   

The same is true with life.  The truly successful people are not the ones that are doing the most; the truly successful people are the ones that are doing the most about the most important.

It is important to understand that your daily “To Do” list is not the most important thing.  If you’re not careful, the daily chores and crisis screaming for your attention will frighten off the “deer” in your life.

The “deer” is your goal; your target.  The “deer” is what it is you truly want to achieve with your life.  And if you will take the time (please do this!) to sit down and carefully reflect on what it is you truly want to be and do with your life you will discover that most of the stuff clamoring for your time and energy is just “noise”–noise that is frightening away the “deer” in your life.

“Dear” friend (I can’t make up my mind if that was a pun or not), playing the “elimination game” is one of the most important things you can do with your life.

Whether it is eliminating most of the books you could read, television programs/movies you could watch, friends you could have, video games you could master, careers you could choose, hobbies you could pick up, or whatever…

At the end of the day, if you are going to hunt deer you must eliminate most of the things you could do and most of the places you could go and focus on the places the “deer” are.

And remember: Your “deer” is that which you want to be and want to do with your life–the rest of your life.

Happy hunting…

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