It is time for your Tuesday morning encouragement! I hope you have been enjoying these posts! My prayer is that they would give you encouragement for today and hope for tomorrow…hope that we can grow, together, and keep moving forward.
It’s been two weeks now since I’ve seen “Creed,” but I want to share another powerful quote from Rocky Balboa as he is training Apollo Creed’s son. Here is what he says:
“One step. One punch. One round at a time.”
It sounds simple, doesn’t it? At first glance it just makes sense. But if we take the time to think about it, no matter how much it makes sense, the way we normally do life isn’t to do things one at a time. Now, I know not everyone has the same personality, but I struggle to stay focused on one thing. I like to multitask, even though it may not be the most productive way to get tasks accomplished.
Actually, the more that I multitask, the more I realize I get more done when I focus on tasks one step, one punch, one round at a time. When we come to our day and we see everything that needs to get accomplished: all of the minutia of work, all of the house chores that need to happen, paying the bills, getting gas, taking the car in for an oil change, picking up dog food, grocery shopping, getting flowers for your wife or daughters, taking your kid to a movie or ball game, doing homework, taking care of ourselves spiritually and physically, working out our mind and spirit. All of these things add up, seemingly exponentially.
The key is to focus. Focus on one thing at a time. Give that one thing your full attention and don’t worry about the next round. Don’t worry about the next task. Don’t worry about what might be in the future, later today. Instead, focus on one step at a time. Complete one task at a time, recognize when the task is completed, and then move on to the next task.
That is really the heart of what Rocky was getting at. The fight is long. Our days are long. The fight can be painful, and Creed was missing punches and taking punches. The round was getting long. But the advice Rocky gives him is to keep going. Take it one step at a time. If you don’t take one step, you’ll never be able to get in position to throw a punch. If you can’t throw a punch, you can’t win a round. If you can’t win the round, you’ll lose the match.
So take it one step at a time. Do one thing at a time. Sometimes we need to step back from the big picture, realize that the only thing we can do is move forward one step at a time. Don’t let the big picture overwhelm, but instead do one thing at a time.
Start your day off in the Word and a cup of coffee, then hit up some breakfast, get ready for work or school or wherever you need to go for that day, and do things one at a time. It will bring greater focus to our days, and I think it will help us become more effective.