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Task Masters ~ 5 Steps to Accomplish This Week’s Goals

Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.~ Proverbs 16:3

Happy Monday!

Take a moment and pretend it is Friday afternoon. Imagine that the work week is over and you are ready for the weekend. You feel awesome because everything that you accomplished everything that you wanted to do. Nothing was too hard for you. God gave you the strength and endurance to jump every hurdle and ignore every distraction. You feel empowered, you learned, and you grew in grace.

That sounds like a great Friday so let’s go ahead and jump into this week.

Five Steps to setting and fulfilling our goals for this week

1. Write out Friday’s Victory list today. This list will include everything you believe that you will accomplish this week. Keep the goals reasonable but don’t be afraid to have to push for them.

2. Write out your schedule for the week. Include your work, church, and family time. Highlight those times and activities. Fill in empty spaces to schedule your time to work on specific tasks.

3. Track your Successes. Check off each success. Check off each task that you fulfill. You are winning ‘victories’

4. Talk about it. Find an accountability group or coach. Who are you going to be accountable to? Who will celebrate with you? Who will give you a pick me up if you get discouraged?

5. Start right now. Don’t wait. Download this free goal setting list and start writing

Goal Accomplishment and Task Checklist

Of course, I recommend this while you are enjoying a cup of your favorite coffee. Power up your day. I am believing God for us to have successful week!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Decreasing the Value of God

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.~ Psalm 46:1

People tell me often, ‘Ayoka, you have so much on your plate. How do you manage to get it all done?’ I shake my head and tell people, my schedule isn’t that bad. I am getting it all done.

Here is the truth – I struggle daily with an unrealistic habit, I work very hard to make things look easy and effortless. If I work on a project for 2 days, I will give the appearance that it only took me 2 hours.  I want to, as much as possible, appear to be close to perfect. This makes me valuable, at work, home and at church.

Not only has this thought been unrealistic, it has been prideful. What would actually be wrong with saying, ‘I need help’ or ‘this task is difficult’?

God has given us great assignments but He never meant for us to bear the burdens alone. When we don’t seek His help we actually decrease His value in our life. There is no shame in going to God and casting cares on Him. That is exactly what he wants us to do!

There was a story about a man who was stuck in a flood. Three times someone came to rescue him, and three times he refused the help. When the man died, He asked God, Why didn’t he help? God’s reply was that he sent a lifeboat, a raft and a helicopter. The man never saw the value in the help God sent.

This week, I encourage you not to be overloaded with tasks. Reflect on the Psalm and remember these three points:

  1. Admit that help is needed
  2. Accept assistance when it comes
  3. Allow God to be who he is : Refuge, Strength and Help

Don’t decrease God’s value! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Keep Faith Alive!

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. ~ James 2:26

I have joined another 5-day challenge. This one is for organizing live events. So far, the information that I am getting is great. The challenge is organized, and designed to make me get ideas out of my head, onto paper and executed with action.

Throughout the day, other members of the group posted their challenges and I was impressed by the creativity.  I began to write out my part of the challenge, and it started to become real. My thoughts turned unto written words. In a few days, those words will be the course of action.

We control the fate of our faith

If you have desires to do more, such as open a business, write a book, travel the world, you are already demonstrating faith. The challenge is to go further than the desire.If we don’t put faith into action, then we are in the same boat as the one who has no desires at all. If we don’t make moves, we will become nothing more than sounding boards with a few good ideas.

  • If we have ‘dead faith’ are we better off than those who have no dreams?
  • Would our lives be worse if we don’t take action after God shows us a glimpse of who we can become?

We are accountable to our words

When I was a child, my mother would often say, “One day, I am going back to school and get a degree.” Eight years ago, I told her that I was holding her accountable. A few calls later, she was enrolled in college. Within a couple of years, we attended her graduation at Jacob Javitz center. Her action resuscitated her faith!

When we work toward our goals, we keep faith alive. Stay focused, continue to work and continue to go forward. .

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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Beat the Traffic

And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” ~ Isaiah 57:14

There is an episode of Jerry Seinfeld that I find particularly funny. The group is rushing to get Elaine’s friend to the airport with record speed. They have all hope to make it, until they hit the “Van Wyck!”

For years, I lived three blocks from the Van Wyck Expressway. I crack up because I know this comedy is true. The traffic on the Van Wyck,  at any time of the day, can make you feel like you are at a standstill.
Because I lived next to the Van Wyck Expressway, I learned every shortcut. I know which side streets will take you all the up to where the traffic eases up. I know where there are the fewest traffic lights and stop signs.

The traffic was never going to change. My strategy had to change.

Getting past the traffic

The week can feel just like a trip on the Van Wyck. When you first get going, it looks good, everything is moving and there is hope that it will keep going at the same speed. Before you get far (the next exit) everything in front slows down and seems to keep you from my destination. There are slow drivers, bumps in the road, and you have to spend time moving around people that are in the way.

The trip may feel like ‘forever’ but it isn’t. Keep driving. Even at 25 mph, eventually the traffic will let up.. Unless you turn around, the backups are not enough to keep you from arriving to your destination.

We sometimes get stuck because of our surroundings. But I believe that this week, we can beat the traffic. Keep these questions in mind…

Will you sit in the same traffic this week?
Do you have a strategy to use to get out of traffic?
Will you allow people, who may be at a standstill, keep you from reaching your goals?
Are you giving yourself a realistic amount of time to get to the destination?

Some food for thought as you enjoy this President’s Day. Enjoy your coffee this morning and Power up Your Day

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Great Hair Day

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. ~ Matthew  10: 30-31

When I got to work this morning,  I had a strange thought come over me, ‘I don’t matter here’. This wasn’t necessarily a negative thought,  but more of corporate thinking. My job duties would be fulfilled every day,  whether I am here, or not. If I get sick,  laid off or even resign,  the work here would not stop because of me.

Of course I would love to believe that my talents and skills are so great, that if I were not here that it would send the entire operation into a downward spiral until I come back and save the day!

Before I went too deep into it,  God quickly stepped in and reminded me,  that I matter to Him.

You are valuable

We are valuable in His sight, we matter.  Or feelings matter. Our thoughts matter.  Our actions matter. Our hearts matter.

Do you realize that you are so valuable, that even the hair on your head is not random?  God has numbered each one of them.  He knows if even one were to be lost!

He cares for us. And if He pays attention to the small things,  surely,  He is keeping track of bigger issues.

Don’t wake up worrying today. Everything you need is in His hands and in His sight. This is going to be a great week!

Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister,  Author,  Blogger,  Lover of coffee

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Starting With Nothing

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. ~ Zechariah 4:10

Going forward when you are starting with nothing

For just a few moments today, I got into my feelings. My phone rang with an all too familiar 800 number, followed by an 866 number. Yes, my overdue bills were chasing  me down.

In all honesty, a bit of hopelessness came over me.  But you know, I am not one to quickly give up. I have seen others pull themselves out of deeper holes than this.

Get a True Evaluation

When we feel like we are starting from nothing, we already feel defeated. Remove the emotions and get a true evaluation. We all have something, sometimes it is simply an idea. In my case, I needed to get a true evaluation of what I am working with. When I took a closer look, I found there was still money from my check that I had not touched yet. (You know this made me perk up)

Start from where you are

Who says that success is only defined when things happen suddenly or all at once? Sometimes that successful bank account, idea or credit score will come about only after weeks or months of consistent work. One step at a time will get you to the same destination as one giant leap. However, that giant leap will almost certainly rob us of priceless life lessons that we were destined to learn.

Look at the ant. Ants are small, yet in comparison, they are one of the strongest creatures on earth. It is okay to start small. It is okay to take small and directional steps toward your goal.

As for me, I am switching my mindset to have no more unanswered calls. Time for me to negotiate and pay these things off. I am looking forward to giving testimonies of payoffs!

Stay encouraged through everything! Enjoy your tea and recharge your day.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Sipper of tea

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A Mindset to Finish / Part 2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us ~ Hebrews 12:1

Over the course of my life, I have developed this thought, ‘if someone else can do it, then it isn’t impossible’. This train of thought has helped me to develop many skills. I will study, train and practice something and not become satisfied until it feels like second nature. I will watch how a ‘pro’ does a certain thing and know that if they learned how to do it, then so can I.

Keeping the Mindset to Finish

Most Mondays have a strong start. We know what we want to finish during the week. We know the goals and the commitments that need to be met. The challenge is to develop and keep this mindset throughout the week. Today, I encourage you to begin today with a mindset to finishing.

Identify your ‘Witnesses’

As in the scripture above, many people in the Bible were identified as being witnesses or examples of people who successfully overcame obstacles. We can use this same mindset to identify others who are successfully performing in the areas that we are trying to perfect.

  • Identify what you need help with in order to complete your goals this week. Is it getting started Is it developing structure? Or do you need help with just a certain area?.
  • Who’s example will you follow? Have you identified someone who has successfully completed the same goal(s) that you are looking to complete this week?
  • Identify when you will need help this week. Some need the push to get started, others need encouragement in the middle. Still others, need that push right at the finish line.

Still on consecration this week, so no coffee for me yet. I have survived the massive ‘detox headaches’ so I believe I can make it all the way through! I have a mindset to finish.

Enjoy Your Coffee and Power up your day!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, author, blogger, lover of coffee

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