LISTEN: Use the Reinforcement Principle, Part 5 (Get Things Done! #49 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 14:23 says: “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”

Our quote for today is from Steve Jobs. He said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 5 of Step 8: “Use the Reinforcement Principle”.

We left off talking about the value of using a graph to record how well you reach your goals over time. Now, Edwin Bliss tells us what to do if we don’t reach the goals we set for ourselves.

A: In view of what happened during the week, I think that in this case, whether you use a graph or not, you should consider adjusting your goal downward. Of course, if your failure to meet your quota was a result of goofing off, then you should leave your goal at four, and get off your duff. But if you really worked hard on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and still were able to do only two or three pages on those days, then I’d be inclined to go back to the drawing board and establish three pages, or even two and a half, as the goal.

You want an objective that you have a good chance of reaching on a typical day, not one that represents a rare achievement. Otherwise you deprive yourself of the opportunity for reinforcement.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.