The other day I met with Barry, a former co-worker of mine. He wanted to pick my brain on some computer technical issues. He is building a training website for his sales team, and wanted some advice on how to get the project started.
“The first thing you must do,” I said, “is write down the goal for the site. Don’t assume everyone knows what it is. Decide on a very specific goal, then write it down. What do you want this site to be?”
I watched Barry scribble this in his notebook. He then looked up at me waiting for more. That’s when I stopped and smiled.
“Do you know what the problem is with most internal training websites? They have too much stuff on it. People get confused and they don’t know where to find anything. They can’t determine what’s important.”
That’s when I explained guiding principles. “Choose four or five guiding principles or rules for the site. Every video, every training guide, every document must follow one of your guiding principles.”
Barry looked at me with a confused look on his face. “How do I know what my guiding principles are?”
I smiled. “That, my friend, is the important question. That’s for you to decide.”
I knew Barry wanted an easy answer, but it wasn’t that simple.
Later that night while I was driving home from work, I thought about our conversation and how it related to faith in my life.
Am I sometimes too busy reacting to everything in life instead of being proactive in my approach to each day? Do I have too much stuff in my life? Can I always determine what’s important?
What is my ultimate goal?
What are my guiding principles?
What are yours?
The only way to truly grow closer to God is to live intentionally. Take out your notebook and jot down your goal and guiding principles.
This month theROCK is focused on Being Ready.