It’s time to stop carrying the defeating patterns of the past. If you want to move into a new season you must get rid of those patterns that are hindering your progress.
You form the habit and then the habit forms you—good or bad.
You don’t have to wait 90 days before you see a good habit form. You can change your mind in 90 seconds and start making the right decisions and creating good habits.
In this season, you will need spiritual mentors like never before. You need wise counsel.
Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.
Proverbs 1:5 (KJV) A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
You must determine that you are willing to do whatever it takes to be productive. What does it take for you to get to where you want to be? It will take you listening to wise counsel and making learning a top priority.
Never complain about things you tolerate or won’t change. Change requires you to change. No need to complain if you’re not willing to change. Sometimes you have to change your associations. You may have to get rid of nouns (people, places, and things) so you can be a verb (action figure). I'm willing to eliminate some things so I can maximize on the things that will help me get to my destination.
Whether you like it or not change is always appropriate for the next level. People want the next level, the new season, but they hate to change. When it’s hot outside you wear short sleeves, when the season changes to cold/winter you must switch or change from how you operated in the summer. You don’t walk outside with shorts and short sleeves (unless you're from the north...ha) and then complain about how cold it is...you need to switch.
The key to switching is knowledge. You must know when it’s time to change. You must prepare, you must plan, and you must learn as much as possible so you can be ready. Ignorance will keep you in bondage. You shouldn’t want to stay ignorant.
You should be reading books that are relative to your purpose and the new season that God is calling you to. I don’t read pastoral books, I read apostolic books about church planting and church multiplication. Those books are relative to my assignment and the season I’m in.
You can be active but that does not mean you’re productive. But you can't be productive without being active. Do you have evidence of your hard work? You say you work hard but where is the evidence? What are you producing and are you progressing?
You must channel your actions toward your purpose and priorities.
You're not supposed to have wasted actions. Wasted action is an activity that is out-of-bounds. You must have boundaries, and those boundaries are your purpose (assignment). Anything else is out-of-bounds and doesn’t count. Don’t allow biased people (mother, dad, sister, brother, friend) to celebrate your out-of-bounds actions. It was not a good serve, it went out of bounds!
My wife likes volleyball. When someone serves the ball and the ball goes pass the line it is called out or it doesn't count. The person that served had great form and they did serve the ball but it doesn't matter because it went out of bounds. It was wasted activity. You may be serving in the Kingdom but is it wasted action? What I mean, is it your purpose? Is it what God called you to do? Example: Some people are pastoring when they should be running businesses or just evangelizing.
In this season you need to keep learning
Never think your learning season is unproductive. You're producing knowledge that will change your future. You want to spend more time learning and studying your craft, not things that are just extracurricular. I’m shocked at the people who know more about other things than what they are called to do. Most people should go to Trade Schools, not college. You should go to learning facilities, and classes, and use manuals that specifically target your area of expertise.
If you're going to get to your destination it will be on purpose. Be willing to do whatever it takes to change. Think like a producer. Productivity is not an accident. It’s planned out.
This is your season. This is the next level. Change your habits, get wise counsel, learn more, and don't spend time with wasted activity.