When man was put on this beautiful global ball, he was instructed to multiply. Deep down, each of us desires to flourish, reproduce, and multiply. And, each of us does it differently. Whether it is a mother that wants to have children and share her love with a family, or a man who has an idea for a business that could change humanities daily life and create honorable jobs for others—we are driven to make a contribution to this world with the life we have.
So, how do we “multiply”?
There is a great adage that says, “You cannot multiply what you will not manage, and you cannot manage what you will not measure”.
Recently, I re-read the great business book “E-myth revisited” by Michael E. Gerber. The premise of the book is: just because you’re a great cook—doesn’t automatically qualify you to run a restaurant. One is a talent—and the other a business. He goes on to say that each one of us has three basic business elements, although in very different portions.
The first business element in each of us is the “entrepreneur”. It is the dreamer, visionary and risk taker part of us. The next is the “manager” who develops systems, processes, and routines that puts legs to the vision. The last is the “Technician”, who performs the daily tasks that make the vision tangible. Some of us lean heavily towards one or the other. While we all have these three elements, we all need help from those who have the opposite leanings.
Let’s honor the “technician” for a minute—they never get enough credit. The process of multiplication begins with measuring, and that is a “technician” job. In January, I joined the gym. I weighed more than I wanted to, had gotten a little soft, and needed to sweat! So, I joined a class. One of the first things they did was establish a benchmark for me. They had me do one sit-up, one push-up, and one air squat. Then I was to add a rep to each exercise in round two—so I did two sit-ups, two push-ups, and two air squats. I was to continue adding a round, adding a rep each round to each exercise, then see how many reps I could get done in 15 minutes. At the end of 15 minutes I was spent. I had accomplished 10 rounds, and was in the middle of pushups on the eleventh round when time was up.
A month later, they had me do the very same exercise. This time I made it through 15 rounds. I improved to 65 sit-ups, 65 push-ups, and 65 air squats. I had not lost a bunch of weight. I didn’t have bulging muscles—yet. But, I unequivocally knew that I was making progress, and that the class was working, because I had measured it.
Measurements can change our lives. Calendars measure our time—budgets measure our money—diets measure our calories. If you want to make a change in your life today—measure something. For more on this subject go to http://www.newcovenantchurch.com/resources/media/sermons.html