How do you gauge effectiveness of moving each thing forward ... i.e. was that a good kick of the rock or not?
How do you decide which rocks to kick?
How big should your rocks be?
What if they bounce off the road?
There's lots of questions ... and, lots of answers. One could get paralyzed by the sheer number of questions and not start anything. Or, if you have somewhat of an entrepreneurial "bent" then you would probably kick as many rocks down the road as possible until you find a really good "kicker rock" and then kick that one until you find a better one to kick.
Personally, how do I decide which rocks to kick and how often? Good question.
I try to keep this order of priority for my "rocks" (which is very hard) ... if one of these things is impacted by the rocks I'm kicking, then I make adjustments.
- Faith - if I'm not diligent in my "UP" relationship with Christ, then all of the other "rocks" don't even matter. What does this mean for me? Well, if I'm not diligent in being "conversational" with God throughout the day (especially, first thing in the morning) then my day is routinely "average" at best and I don't feel like I'm living up to my full potential. This helps me view things that I encounter throughout the day through a lense that is bigger than myself.
- Family - after Faith, this has to be my next most important priority. This is one that I struggle with because it's really easy to "stay an extra hour, just to get some things done" instead of going home at night. If I neglect my wife and my kids routinely, the consequences may not show up immediately ... they may take years to manifest and by then you might have done some major damage.
- Occupation/Career/Business - if you do the first 2 well, then this one always seems to work out just fine. I think that God blesses the discipline to pay attention to the first 2 on this list. This one gets tricky for me sometimes because I can reason myself into working more to "take care of my family" by making more money, etc. It's an easy pit to fall into ... make sure you have a good balance ... pay attention to your wife and kids, they will be your "thermometer" on whether or not #3 is climbing ahead of #2 or #1.
That's it for now ... how do you decide which rocks to kick? How frequently and aggressively to kick them? How do you gauge how effective your kicks are?