At some point in 2016, I decided to say “yes” to pretty much every “opportunity” which came my way. To use angel investing parlance, I abandoned due diligence process and simply invested. In the past, I sought to schedule my time judiciously.
My Bad Decisons
But I began making poor time investments. I was investing me without seriously considering the personal cost associated with the decision. It feels good to say “yes,” but the implications were dramatic.
I find myself having to be in too many places at once.
I have a scattered to-do list.
I have a network of people too big to manage. As my friend Regi told me, “You have way too many people in your life.” I have gone wide and not deep.
More Is Better Fallacy
This is the result of the decisions I made. How did I get here? What was the motivation? I believe it is simply this. I am an addict. I am addicted to activity. I am addicted to being needed.
I was living the lie that more is better. It is not. It is simply more. And the more “yeses,” the less on purpose I have become.
There is a Bible verse which keeps playing in my mind. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
God made me for a purpose. It exists in the middle of the dust cloud I created by saying “yes” too many times.
I need to spend the rest of this week asking God what good works he has planned for me to do this coming year. These good works are already there for me. Ready and waiting. And the results are already in, even before I start.
As an addict, I feel led to return to the 12 step program of AA. It works for alcohol, and I know it will also work for my activity addiction.
My Next Steps
- Admit I am powerless—that my life has become unmanageable.
- Believe God is greater. That only he can restore sanity.
- Make a decision to turn my will and life over to God’s care.
I believe in this writing I can check the box on #1. Now I need to move on to #2 then #3.
More isn’t better. It is just more.
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