The Stop Doing List

In John Maxwell’s leadership email this morning, I was reminded this morning of some great leadership quotes along with this one from Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great:

“Most of us lead busy, but undisciplined lives. We have ever expanding “to do” lists, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, and doing more. And it rarely works. Those who build the good-to-great companies, however, made as much use of “stop doing” lists as the “to do” lists. They displayed a remarkable amount of discipline to unplug all sorts of extraneous junk… they displayed remarkable courage to channel their resources into only one or a few arenas.”
~ Jim Collins, Good to Great

I heard Jim Collins speak at a WillowCreek Conference a couple of years ago and I remember that this concept of creating a “Stop Doing List” impacted my life and ministry. I think it is time to do another one.

Knowing what to stop doing is as important as knowing what to start doing.

This is what comes to mind for my own Stop Doing List today:

• Stop eating your emotions. Feel your emotions, eat your food.
• Stop waisting time worrying. Just do it.
• Stop making excuses and exercise.
• Stop focusing on all the things you can’t do.
• Stop comparing yourself to other people.

“We compare our behind the scenes to other peoples highlight reel” – Stephen Furtick

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – including a few things to stop doing as well.

What is holding you back today?
What is at the top of your Stop Doing List?



4 thoughts on “The Stop Doing List

  1. Angela McMichael says:

    This was very timely, as I’m sitting here very SLOWLY whittling away at my very expansive To Do list, thinking about how much of this pile would be avoided (as a pile, anyway) if I paid better heed to a STOP Doing list. I love you

  2. pastormason says:

    Great leadership thoughts! I find my ability to “focus” is enhanced through the “neglect” of other less important items. Love that quote, “We compare our behind the scenes to other peoples highlight reel.” – Stephen Furtick

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