Ask any author, creative, or entrepreneur what household task they prefer doing before working on their business, finishing their book, or writing a marketing plan. They’ll have one. It could be doing the dishes. Folding clothes. Mowing the lawn. Paying bills and checking accounts. These things are not bad, but they will feel like false progress. In today’s proverb, there’s a huge benefit to not having any oxen- a clean stable! But not having oxen means no harvest. You may have to allow for some mess in order to make true progress on what matters to you.
1. What completed task(s) in your life makes you feel like you’ve done something but could be seen as false progress?
2. Where in your life do you desire to make real progress? Work? Family? A hobby?
Challenge: To achieve progress on something, you often have to let go of something else. The challenge will be that the thing you desire to make progress on- say exercising more or spending focused time on your business- may mean a “messier stable.” What things can you temporarily let go of to pursue progress on things that matter?