LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 9 (Get Things Done! #60 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Matthew 5:16 says: “Let your light so shine

before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Our quote for today is from Saint Augustine. He said: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work

as though everything depended on you.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 9 of Step 9: “Establish An Action


Today, we will continue looking at some of the environmental factors that can either encourage or discourage


Q. Are there any other environmental factors that affect procrastination?

A. Yes. An important one is privacy. We’ve talked about various types of distractions, but there’s no

distraction quite so hard to deal with as other people. If the task you are procrastinating on is one that

requires solitary effort, such as writing, researching, planning, and most other creative activities, you aren’t

apt to get much done until you solve the people problem. The mere fact that you know frequent interruptions

might occur often precludes action, even though the interruptions themselves never materialize.

So try to give yourself some privacy, if you’re facing the kind of task that requires it. At home, this may

sometimes involve getting up a couple of hours earlier than the rest of the household, or staying up later, or

making a deal with your spouse or children that you are to be incommunicado for a certain period.

Victor Hugo, the great French novelist, developed a rather drastic method of guaranteeing himself privacy.

When he had periods of “writer’s block” and was tempted to go for a walk, invite friends in, or visit a cafe

instead of struggling with his manuscript, he fought the temptation by having his servant remove all of his

clothes from the room, with instructions not to bring them back until a certain time. Sitting naked in his room,

with nothing but pen, ink, and paper, there wasn’t much left to do but sit down and write.

You may not want to go quite that far, but sometimes it can help to enlist the aid of someone else to ensure

the kind of environment where all temptation is removed.

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is the “Get Things Done” podcast. The

simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish

something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do

something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished

speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up

this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of

productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of

God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with

you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.


Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have

followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We

have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought

not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.

Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy

promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake;

That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus

Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all

things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior,

here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans

3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin

is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them

which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and

body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,

and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake

which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting


Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the

power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today,

and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine

heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto

righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever

believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the

same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall

be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

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 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.