Have you ever started a list but failed to finish it? Planned a day of errands but stayed in one store for just too long? If you're saying yes, you're not the only one. Many of us are challenged with what is often described as poor time/money management and procrastination. But this challenge can affect other areas of life just the same, and I believe that a core reason for this is a lack of trust.
Not trusting ourselves and more importantly not trusting the process!
So here are 3 ways to build trust:
1. Set realistic and tangible expectations.
For example, when planning your day, think about what truly needs to get done: What's required, what will yield the most results, and even what is most rewarding. Be honest about the time that it will take to complete and segment activities accordingly. This principle applies to all areas of your life: relationships, running errands, projects at work, personal goals, and even recreational activities. Don't set yourself up for failure, just be honest.
2. Follow through even when you feel unsure.
It can feel so difficult to follow through when something else seems so pressing; this misappropriation of time, can take you down rabbit trails you have no business being on. Stick to the list; don't allow for distractions, learn to trust yourself and the expectations you've set. Be careful to not allow old habits run the show; I've heard it said that the best way to break a bad habit is to starve it to death!
3. Receive the grace that God extends to you.
There will be times when you have to move out of your own way in order to let grace meet you. Despite your mishaps, poor management of resources: time, money, energy and the like, you have to keep going. Discouragement and guilt will always try to hold you back, but embrace the grace and keep it moving!