281 – Enjoy Voyages

Enjoying your trip as you travel starts with the foundational skill everyone must first learn to earn victory: being present. When you have complete focus on your current place and time—task, obstacle, and mission—things are most likely to go the best they possibly can. Not only will your current task achieve its best, other tasks your mind might wander off to will more likely see their best if you keep your mind from wandering off to them too early.

While you focus your energies in one place, secondary thoughts in your mind start solving problems not in the room, without your knowing. When your mind is most focused on your present predicament, you are most likely to realize the solution to another predicament out of the blue. God’s answer to tomorrow’s problems is to focus on today’s. Most of today’s problems are leftovers from yesterday because we were too busy thinking about either the day before that or the day after tomorrow.

Don’t burn bridges because people need friends and society needs infrastructure. But, once you reach the shores of your new home world, burn your ships. Stay focused where you are. Make a burnt sacrifice to eliminate whatever gives you a distracting sense of so-called “hope” of being able to bail on your goals for some “Plan B”. Don’t commit arson and don’t destroy anything important, but let go of any hopes for returning to your world across the sea before you complete your mission. God doesn’t write “Plan B” because He doesn’t fail.

“Contingency plans” are for the unforeseeable, saving strategic details until closer to a target when vision is better. Some things can’t be seen from far off. But, once you actually make your plans, either those plans should be final or you have too much left unlearned. So, focus on where you are, planning based only on what you know with certainty, always ready so make a huge shift when new circumstances dictate.

The vast majority of what we need is right around us. Take good steps “right here” and your entire journey will be its best. “Now” prepares us for “next”. A job well done won’t need redoing.