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Here’s an excerpt from my latest book, a practical, principled plan for your church to get one step healthier.

That’s why, for the next 100 Days, we’re not going to attempt to overhaul the entire room, we’re just going to paint the wardrobe. And the first step in painting the wardrobe is simple.

Move the can.

Make the next step toward health as simple and doable as possible.

What’s Your Paint Can?

Like moving the paint can, here are some characteristics to look for when considering what to tackle in the next 100 Days:

1. You can do it right away

The painter didn’t need anyone else’s help or permission to move the paint can. He just needed the ability to see that it could be done, then do it.

In the church you lead, what fits those criteria? What simple action(s) can you do, that you do not need permission for? Start there.

2. It will ease your burden, not add to it

Sure, the paint can is heavier than the paint brush, and moving it will be harder than carrying a brush. Once. After that, everything else will get easier.

What tasks can be done in your church that will take a minimal amount of extra effort right now, but will clear a path for several tasks to be done more easily in the future?

What tasks can be done in your church that will take a minimal amount of extra effort right now, but will clear a path for several tasks to be done more easily in the future?

3. It will get you to your next step more quickly

After the paint can has been moved, the current task of painting the wardrobe will be a lot easier.

Are there any simple steps you can take to reduce waste and help you get more done with your limited time and resources? Make them a priority.

4. It will be a small first step toward thinking differently

This may be the most important—and difficult—aspect of moving the paint can.

It’s difficult, because it requires the painter to think differently. But it’s important because, once you start thinking differently about some initial, simple tasks, you start realizing you can apply the same innovative principles to other harder tasks.

What if you moved the paint can—and no one got mad? No emergency committee meetings were called to correct you. The roof didn’t fall in. In fact, everything started working just a little smoother. After making a small change once, you’ll want to do it again.

Soon, you’ll be looking around for other paint cans you can move, other ways to change the long-existing dynamic of systems that have been in place because no one thought to change them for the better.

(Click here to order 100 Days To A Healthier Church)

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March 03, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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