Have you ever found yourself trying to beat a dead horse? By that I mean trying to keep a project going that is already dead. Someone created the following “Top 10 Strategies for Dealing with a Dead Horse”:
1. Buy a stronger whip.
2. Change riders.
3. Appoint a committee to study the horse.
4. Appoint a team to revive the horse.
5. Send out a memo declaring the horse isn’t really dead.
6. Hire an expensive consultant to find “the real problem.”
7. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed and efficiency.
8. Rewrite the standard definition of “live horse.”
9. Declare the horse to be better, faster, and cheaper when dead.
10. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
Maybe you’ve seen those strategies applied in your workplace, your church or even your home. But there’s only one thing to do with a dead horse. Bury it and find a new one.
Don’t waste time on a dead horse when you could be redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.