can’t squeeze one more minute out of the day.”
Is that really true?
Often I hear how impressive it
is when someone who seems to be a productivity superpower stands out.
She appears to get more done than the average person and seems to do
that on a regular basis. We all have the same time available, right?
But some people actually check off double the items on the list at the
end of the day. Time holds tyranny over the common man. So what’s the
secret to breaking the tyrannical hold?
Study super-producers and you’ll
notice a few standards. Most have more to do with attitude than
behavior. Both are possible for anyone based on their ability. Before
getting all hyped to change your whole life if you don’t happen to be a
super-producer, realize that sometimes this high productivity is a
special gifting beyond the norm.
Read Matthew 25. One servant was
given ten talents, according to his abilities. Another received five,
according to his. The last man received simply one talent. Too bad he
chose to hide it. Yes, we can all improve our abilities to perform at a
higher level, but as some are talented in music, others are gifted with
superachiever DNA. We are responsible for only what is within our
So what if you’re not a
specially gifted superachiever? Stick with me. You always have the
ability to take a fresh look at the giftings God wove into your DNA.
You can choose to express those gifts like the servant with ten talents
or the servant given five, but remember that both servants doubled
their portions, unlike the wicked servant who buried his one.
To multiply those talents, the
overachiever servants invested everything they received to profit more
for the master. Neither held a little back “just in case.” Both doubled
their productive output. Breaking that down between behavior and
attitude, we find Matthew 25 helpful in modeling how super-producers
think and act:
Take the opportunity seriously
Accept the challenge
Respect for the authority
Realize your responsibility to your Lord
Use the knowledge you have
Desire to do well
Focus on what you’re given without worry over another’s portion
Recognize what’s in your hands
Make the decision
Don’t talk about doing it; do it
Work with others (the servants who prospered traded and invested with
Visible, not secretive
Do you notice that attitude has
more to do with accomplishment than behavior? The wicked servant
allowed his fear to overpower his common sense and acted in secret to
hide what he’d been given. It takes much less work to set an attitude
of accomplishment than one of avoidance. Once the attitude is set, our
actions follow regardless of the direction. An interesting by-product
of an achiever’s attitude is confidence.
Consider one possibility. How
would it feel to stand before God and explain why you didn’t accomplish
His mission? Can you imagine how the third servant felt? The
stammering, the heightened fear, and the sense of humiliation had to be
heavier than the original fear of losing the money.
Imagine that scene and see
yourself at the judgment throne. Hear the words “Well done, good and
faithful servant.” Though actions are imperative for achievement,
mental state is the prime reason for success. But it’s the wicked
servant’s failure that spurs some onward. Do you want to be that guy on
Can you become a superachiever?
Absolutely! Consider what you’ve been given and work with the knowledge
you have. Your attitude makes all the difference in creating
super-productive behavior because the Lord will give to you according
to your abilities. The only question is How will you respond?
A Writer’s Best Friend
Super fast, super colorful, and
super foods! When you’re on a deadline, working, taking care of home
and children, something’s gotta give so you can be super productive!
Enter a super-healthy sukiyaki. This time-saving meal is full of super
foods (those that pack a nutrition punch and a low-cal, low-fat,
satisfying choice). Best thing about this dish is how versatile the
ingredients are. You can serve it several nights a week and it will
taste different each time. Faster than the crock-pot, more powerful
than a casserole, and able to leap into stomachs from a single pot! Oh,
yes, sukiyaki is the Superman of speedy dinners.
cups of water
1 bouillon cube
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp. coriander
¼ cup sukiyaki sauce (from Asian grocer)
1 lb. thinly sliced bite-sized beef, pork, chicken, or seafood
1 Nappa or Chinese cabbage
½ lb. mini carrots
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
½ bunch of celery, chopped
1 sliced red pepper
1 lb. bite-sized broccoli pieces
1 can of water chestnuts
1 lb. thick sliced mushrooms, Shitake or your favorite
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 egg for each person
sukiyaki sauce isn’t
available, you can mix your own:
¼ cup soy sauce
2 Tbs. vinegar
3 tsp. sugar
1/8 cup Mirin (or sweet white cooking wine)
3 Tbs. sweet chili sauce
Use a large electric skillet or
Japanese hot pot. (Hot pots can be found online or at an Asian grocer.)
Bring water, bouillon cube, and sukiyaki sauce to boil. Add spices.
Begin with the harder, longer cooking ingredients and drop gently into
the boiling water. Continue to drop in handfuls of all ingredients.
Stir gently with slotted spoon. Crack an egg into one corner of the
cooking sukiyaki. Continue into each of the corners. Gently poach the
eggs. The first batch is served after 10–12 minutes. Use slotted spoon
to pull out soft-poached eggs, meat, and vegetables. Then drop in
additional handfuls of remaining ingredients into the pot. Family eats
while more cooks.
Our family likes to eat sukiyaki
with the broth, but traditionally in Thailand (where we first
experienced sukiyaki), the broth is offered as a treat after the meal.
If you plan to continue cooking, add more water and bring to a boil
before adding more ingredients.