LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 6 (Get Things Done! #57 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 13:4 says: “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”

Our quote for today is from Theodore Roosevelt. He said: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 7 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.” And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of the book — “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals.” It is available on our website for just $10.

In our last episode, we addressed some of the environmental issues that can either encourage or discourage procrastination. Today, we will look at the benefits that organization has to encourage getting things done.

Q: You also mentioned that having things organized will help reduce the temptation to procrastinate. Exactly what did you mean by that?

I mean that it important to avoid clutter in the workplace.

A neat, orderly workbench, with each tool hanging in its allotted space, is an invitation to get busy, whereas a jumbled aggregation of wrenches, pipes, hammers, clamps, wire, files, pliers, sandpaper, and half-finished projects stifles enthusiasm and encourages delay and diversion.

The same is true in an office. A tidy desk encourages concentration; a disheveled one is a psychological roadblock.

Q: But that’s not always true, is it? Some people accomplish a great deal despite very cluttered desks.

Let’s clarify what we mean by a cluttered desk. We don’t mean one that just has a lot of papers spread out. If a desk is covered with papers which concern the matter at hand, those are working papers, not clutter. Usually, you find that the effective person with a seemingly cluttered desk is merely spreading out working papers. Nothing wrong with that.

But unrelated papers are another matter. They vie with each other for attention, obstructing an orderly, concentrated attack on any one problem. To overcome procrastination, you must resist the tendency to devote time or thought to diversionary matters, and that’s hard to do when miscellaneous letters, reports, regulations, memos, an magazines are spread out all over the place, catching your eye every few minutes and beckoning you down the Primrose Path. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old saying goes: to avoid distraction, put those extraneous papers where you won’t see them.

Now, I must admit that there are some notable exceptions. Not everyone with an untidy desk is ineffective. Some gifted souls are able to rise above environmental chaos and focus on their priorities, but they are rare. For the procrastination-prone person (and that includes you, doesn’t it?), a cluttered environment leads to disorganized thinking, which in turn leads to putting things off.

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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.

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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 life.”

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 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.

LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 5 (Get Things Done! #56 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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.

Psalm 128:1-2 says: “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”

Our quote for today is from Martin Luther King, Jr. He said: “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 5 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.”

In our last episode, we continued our discussion of the 3D system — Do It, Delegate It, or Ditch It. Today, we address an issue regarding a common distraction — reading materials.

Q: You mentioned having a stack of things to read. Are periodicals and other reading material another exception to the 3D approach?

A: Definitely. You don’t want to “Do” the reading until you have a slack period, you usually can’t “Delegate” it, and you don’t want to “Ditch” it if it is something worth reading. So make a separate stack — away from your work area — of things you intend to read at leisure. But don’t let it become a collection of junk; anything that obviously is not worth reading should be discarded immediately.

And don’t overlook the possibility of heading off some of this reading material before it gets to your desk. Try to get your name taken off mailing lists for publications that don’t really help you. If possible, have most publications routed to a central point, such as a coffee table in the reception area of your office, instead of having them circulated to each individual in the organization. Do all you can to cut down on the amount of nonessential reading matter that flows across your desk.


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.

LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 4 (Get Things Done! #55 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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.

Proverbs 13:4 says: “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”

Our quote for today is from John Burroughs. He said: “I have discovered the secret of happiness – it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 4 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.”

Q: The Three D approach sounds logical, but how do you handle the exceptions? There are some things that can’t be Done, Delegated, or Ditched right now, and which probably shouldn’t go in the To Be Done Today folder either because they are very low priority and perhaps should be handled only if and when there’s a slack period. Should there be a special place for these items?

A: Yes. It is quite true that you should not downgrade your “To Be Done Today” category by including odds and ends that you know won’t be done today and it makes sense to set aside a separate tray or drawer for them. I call mine the Back Burner. (One executive that I know calls it the Procrastination Drawer. I don’t care for that designation myself, because putting something aside while higher priority items are taken care of isn’t the same thing as procrastination.) Another executive calls it his Friday Afternoon file. Whatever you call it, if you limit it to low-priority items, you will find it useful. Some people tell me they find at least half of the things they put in such a category seem to take care of themselves if left alone. But remember, you must set aside some time each week to go through the stack and eliminate the deadwood and handle the rest. Bunching up these low-priority tasks for Friday afternoon seems to work very well for many people.


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.

LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 3 (Get Things Done! #54 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Proverbs 21:25 says: “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.”

Our quote for today is from Lou Holtz. He said: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 3 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.” And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of the book — “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals.” It is available on our website for just $10.

Having the necessary tools and materials close at hand and ready for action minimizes procrastination. For most tasks, gathering the necessary tools and materials is the vital first step. Nothing happens until you have the resources close at hand.

Having everything organized. In a workshop, that may mean having a neat and orderly workbench with all tools in their allotted spaces and a clear space for the new project. In an office, a tidy desk, free of any extraneous materials, is generally an invitation to concentrate. Everyone has personal preferences regarding the layout of their workspace. For some, untidiness is reassuring and soothing. For others, a cluttered work environment leads to disorganized thinking.

For most people, handling paperwork is a major project. Try to adhere to a very simple system — for example, the 3D system: Do it, Delegate it or Ditch it. All paperwork should be handled the minimum number of times possible, and filed in:

1. An OUT box
2. A TO BE FILED box
3. A TO BE DONE TODAY box.
4. A TO READ box.

Keep in mind that distraction is almost synonymous with procrastination. Therefore, do everything you can to keep any seductive distractions out of your work area.

Try to keep your work area for that activity alone. Have a separate area for reading or socializing. Whenever you are in your work area, that is the only activity permitted. That way, whenever you move away from your work area, you’re reminding yourself that you are taking time away from your most productive activity.

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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 life.”

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 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.

LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 2 (Get Things Done! #53 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Proverbs 12:11 says: “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”

Our quote for today is from Thomas Edison. He said: “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 2 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment” from “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals” by Edwin C. Bliss.

In our last episode, we began talking about changing the environment in which we work so that it is conducive to accomplishment and the prevention of procrastination. Today, we continue that discussion.

Q: You also mentioned that having things organized will help reduce the temptation to procrastinate. Exactly what did you mean by that?

I mean that it is important to avoid clutter in the workplace.

A neat, orderly workbench, with each tool hanging in its allotted space, is an invitation to get busy, whereas a jumbled aggregation of wrenches, pipes, hammers, clamps, wire, files, pliers, sandpaper, and half-finished projects stifles enthusiasm and encourages delay and diversion.

The same is true in an office. A tidy desk encourages concentration; a disheveled one is a psychological roadblock.


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.

LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 1 (Get Things Done! #52 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Ecclesiastes 9:10 says: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Our quote for today is from Elbert Hubbard. He said: “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 1 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment” from “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals” by Edwin C. Bliss.

Q: To what extent does the physical environment affect procrastination?

In many cases, it plays a key role; in others it’s a minor factor. But it will always encourage or discourage action to some degree, so it must be considered.

Q: What environmental factors are most important in preventing procrastination?

Two of the most important considerations are (1) to have the necessary tools and materials at hand, and (2) to have them organized.

Q: Isn’t that first point a truism? Obviously, one cannot do anything without the necessary tools. Why even mention anything so elementary.

Because lack of the proper tools or materials is a very common reason for procrastination. As Sherlock Holmes remarked one time, “The first rule, Watson, is never to overlook the obvious.”


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.

LISTEN: Use the Reinforcement Principle, Part 7 (Get Things Done! #51 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Our quote for today is from Alexander Graham Bell. He said: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 7 of Step 8: “Use the Reinforcement Principle” from “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals” by Edwin C. Bliss.

In our last podcast, we left off talking about using rewards as reinforcements. Now, Edwin Bliss answers the question, When the reinforcement process fails, what is usually the reason?

It’s usually because of making the reward contingent on reaching a distant or overambitious goal, rather than an immediate and modest one.

For example, suppose you are procrastinating putting your garden in, which you figure is about a five-hour job. Don’t say to yourself, “If I finish the garden today I’ll reward myself tonight with a steak dinner.” Instead, say, “As soon as I get my work clothes on and haul that bag of peat moss to the garden, I’ll give permission to pause and eat that apple I’m in the mood for.”

That apple may be the only reinforcer you’ll need, because once you get started your momentum will probably carry you through—in which case you won’t have to worry about rewarding yourself for subsequent phases of your gardening project. In other words, the apple, used this way, can be a more powerful reinforcer than the steak dinner!


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.

LISTEN: Use the Reinforcement Principle, Part 6 (Get Things Done! #50 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Proverbs 16:3 says: “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Our quote for today is from Dwayne Johnson. He said: “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 6 of Step 8: “Use the Reinforcement Principle”.

We left off talking how we should use positive reinforcers to reward ourselves when we reach our goals. Now, Edwin Bliss answers the question about the other side of the coin. Can’t punishments be as useful as rewards in a self-administered program of behavior change?

A: As a general rule, no. There must be penalties, of course, in the sense of withholding the reward if the desired behavior doesn’t occur; but to inflict pain or discomfort on yourself deliberately as punishment for having failed to measure up is generally ineffective.

Q: But what about the analogy of using both the carrot and the stick to get the mule to move? Shouldn’t the same principle work with people? Can’t we motivate ourselves with both the carrot and the stick?

A: Most psychologists caution that this is unwise, especially in a self-administered program. Your punishment should be simply depriving yourself of the carrot. Forget about the stick.

Psychologists have a term for the stick. They call it “aversive conditioning,” and it is sometimes used in treatment of certain behavior disorders—but usually with someone else enforcing the punishment.


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.

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.

LISTEN: Use the Reinforcement Principle, Part 4 (Get Things Done! #48 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Proverbs 18:9 says: “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

Our quote for today is from Edward Everett Hale. He said: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 4 of Step 8: “Use the Reinforcement Principle”.

Edwin Bliss writes:

Q: Do you recommend keeping a written record of how well you’re doing?

A: Most of the research on behavior modification involves meticulous record-keeping in order to measure the success rate. If you are dealing with an easily measured behavior, such as how often you have done your quota of calisthenics, or how many pages you have written each day on your master’s thesis, then that’s the scientific way to go about it. But most people are turned off by the nuisance of recording their behavior, and the kinds of things we procrastinate on don’t always lend themselves to easy graphing. So experiment. If keeping a written record isn’t too much bother, you’ll probably find it helpful; on the other hand, if it turns out to be an unacceptable chore, just remember that it isn’t essential.

Your purpose is to shape your behavior, not to obtain data for scholarly research. You’ll know whether or not you’re making progress.

Q: Suppose a person does decide to keep a written record. What kind do you recommend?

A: A cumulative graph is generally the best bet.

Q: Why?

A: Let’s take that master’s thesis as an example. You’ve been procrastinating but finally resolve to get started on it, and you set a goal of writing four pages a day. You spend as much time on it each day as you can, but the number of pages you actually produce is:

Monday – 3
Tuesday – 2
Wednesday – 4
Thursday – 0
Friday – 2

You’ve written a total of eleven pages during the week, but as you look at the figures you’re disheartened. Only one day out of the five did you reach your goal. That’s failure. It’s discouraging. Your enthusiasm wanes and procrastination sets in again.

If you were to convert your figures to a bar graph, the effect is still discouraging, perhaps even more so. There’s a big gap between those bars and the dotted line that represents your daily goal. If you were to put the data on a line graph the result would be no better. Not only did you fall short of your goal four days out of five, but the overall trend is clearly downward. A gloomy thought.

But if you were to put those same figures on a cumulative graph—showing the total number of pages you have written—it would still be apparent that you didn’t do what you had hoped to do (represented by the dotted line), but you’ve accomplished quite a bit. You can see how much better off you are than when the week began, and you gave yourself a mental pat on the back. Not too generous a pat—after all, you didn’t make that line as steep as you had hoped and procrastination did rear its ugly head on Thursday—but you’re nevertheless looking at a picture of solid achievement, and you can see that you’re moving toward your goal. The other graphs are accurate, but psychologically they are downers. This one gives you a psychological boost.

Q: It seems almost as if you’re so desperate to make things look good that you’re willing to manipulate the data a little, instead of facing the cold, hard truth.

A: Not at all. There’s nothing untrue or deceptive about that cumulative graph. It’s simply a matter of viewing the truth in the best light. You’re just accentuating the positive.

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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 life.”

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 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.