Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.08

#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve Perky

As I shared in January, my "one word" focus for 2019 is Intentional. Here we are closing out week eight, so how is it going? There have been some wins and some frustrating misses. One key component of being intentional for me is identifying what aspect of a stated goal needs to be the focus of my being intentional. Two examples of this are my goal to be a more consistent writer and my goal to complete a cumulative 19,000 real push-ups in 2019. I began a push-up challenge last year. Having been an athlete in high school, I was surprised to learn that I did not know what a real push-up was until last year. This is embarrassing to admit, but I had been doing them wrong and could not actually complete one full, real push-up. 

So, am I on pace to reach 19,000 push-ups this year? I need to average 52.06 push-ups every day in order to reach 19,000. The previous two weeks I averaged 50 push-ups each day. This week, I finally broke through the 52 push-up mark by averaging 55 push-ups each day. So I will need to up my game to make up for the previous weeks where I was averaging in the 40's. 

I don't want want this to come across as bragging. What I am learning through the process is that while I would like to do 19,000 push-ups this year, it is not my real goal. My real goal is to do something that will help improve my health. I have lost some weight in the process, and I do feel better. So, I am chipping away at this goal one day at a time by doing 5 sets of push-ups each day. Somehow, doing eleven push-ups five times per day seams much more achievable.  

But getting down to the daily grind, my true goal is to form a habit of doing push-ups. I want it to get to be so much a part of my daily routine that I do it without really thinking about it. As my experience tells me, we revert to the level of our habits...especially on stressful days.

As for writing, well, you may have noticed there was not a weekly focus for 2019.w.07. A lot of unexpected life happened last week, and my writing unintentionally got bumped off my calendar. I am working to make writing a daily habit as well.

Habit Forming Tools 

Being in digital ministry, I have tried to keep my calendar and goals in digital tools. Through self-evaluation in 2018, I realized that too often my goals would get lost in the bits and bytes of these digital tools. Out of sight, out of mind.

So in the second half of 2018 I began incorporating a hybrid goal setting and calendaring system using the Full Focus Planner and my normal digital calendar. The Full Focus Planner is formatted to help create both achievement goals and habit goals and stay focused on accomplishing them. Good habits make reaching achievement goals more realistic.

So this week at the high recommendation of Terry Storch, Digerati Pastor of Life.Church, my wife and I began a book study together. While I am listening to it on Audible and she is reading the physical book, we both are really enjoying it. It has sparked some great conversations in helping us refine our routines. The book is "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear. I highly recommend checking out his website for more information on the book:

It has been refreshing how James Clear explains the science behind habits and that making small changes lead to big results. While we are still only a few chapters into the book, I highly recommend it and look forward to reading the rest of it.

Note: I do not get any commission on the above recommendations. I am recommending them because I feel they would be beneficial tools for anyone.

Steve Perky

The Weekly Focus is a summary of what I am reading, listening to, discovering, and learning this week. These include some of my thoughts and ideas around life, ministry, technology, culture, leadership, strategy, and communications. I pray these thoughts will help us all be better people, spouses, leaders, and learners as we live intentionally in our converged digital/physical daily lives.

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