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Do The Next Thing

When I was in high school, I attended a one-day seminar held by Elizabeth Elliot. I really don’t remember a lot from her talk except for the really, really, and I mean REALLY huge and delicious muffins that they had for us and that my aunt stashed in her purse and a poem that Mrs. Elliot shared.

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thing

If you’re anything like me, your to-do list can be a little overwhelming most days. I wake up feeling hurried and rushed and confused on where to start before my day even begins. I have to remind myself constantly throughout the day to just take a breath and do the next thing, which by the way, happens to be the title of the poem that Elisabeth Elliot shared with us that day, and that I want to share with you.

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thing

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, just remember, you don’t have to get everything done at once, you just have to do the next thing and breath. Your to do list may not all get completed today (and let's be honest, it likely won't), but just getting that next thing crossed off even it is just brushing your teeth or loading the dishwasher is a step towards progress and a step in the right direction.

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thing

Do The Next Thing

From an old English parsonage,
Down by the sea,
There came in the twilight,
A message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me,
Teaching from Heaven.
And on through the hours
The quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration-
DO THE NEXT THING

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
Let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity,
Guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows,
Child of the King, 
Trust them with Jesus,
DO THE NEXT THING

Do it immediately;
Do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence,

Tracing His Hand,
Who placed it before thee with
Earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence,
Safe 'neath His wing,
Leave all resultings,
DO THE NEXT THING

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
(Working or suffering)
Be thy demeanor,
In His dear presence,
The rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance
Be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness,
Praise and sing,
Then, as He beckons thee,
DO THE NEXT THING

-Author unknown

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thng

Lessons from The Voice Pt. 4: When Confidence Isn't a Good Thing

We are onto the battle rounds of The Voice. This part of the competition is where we see the judges juggle their internal struggle of choosing between their contestants, and when the contestants internal character really starts showing through.

Image via:   Tyler Golden/NBC

Image via: Tyler Golden/NBC

One of the things I've always noticed in every season I've watched of the Voice and which has held true this season, is that confidence is a must when it comes to performing and competing, but it can also be a stumbling block. Contestants who are given a song they've sung a thousand times or who have had experience performing or some amount of success rely on those thingst to carry them through the battle round. Those contestants who don't have as much experience performing or are not as familiar with a song often admit to being somewhat intimidated by their opponent.

Image via:   Trae Patton/NBC

Image via: Trae Patton/NBC

The interesting thing, though, is almost every single time, the contestant with the least experience or knowledge of a song comes out ahead, mainly because their opponent was over confident and didn't feel they had to work as hard.

I love seeing an underdog, take that intimidation and turn it into motivation. It's such a lesson for us in life, and especially in business.

Just because we may have more experience, be a better artist or entrepreneur, does not mean that we are automatically going to come out ahead of everyone else. We have to keep hustling as if we weren't as good and keep looking to how we can be better.

And as the judges point out time and time again, it isn't always about who's the best, it's about who shows them they will work the hardest, and who brings the most passion to their work.

Image via:   Tyler Golden/NBC

Image via: Tyler Golden/NBC

So, be confident, but don't let your confidence put you in a rut or make you lazy. Don't let it take away your heart. Get out there. Stay humble. Hustle hard. And wear your heart on your sleeve,

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