Monday, May 28, 2012

Motivation & Improvement

President Thomas S. Monson has said, "Generalities simply will not do. When we deal in generalities, we will never have a success; but as we deal in specifics, we will rarely have a failure."

This week we applied this principle inside the Riverton Zone. As a result we have seen each of our missionaries, without exception, have an increase in their teaching and success. We have nearly doubled the number of people we are teaching! We got down in the trenches with our district leaders and spoke about each individual they were teaching in their district. We spoke about the missionaries. We committed their leaders to act and do something to correct deficiencies. And, in the end, we saw results. The same was true in our own area. We set specific plans and goals to meet with members and nonmembers alike. We set goals of how many people to talk to each day. As we achieved that, our success followed.

There is nothing quite like "figuring it out". (That's a relative term, since I still have hundreds of other things to figure out) However, to see real increases and real successes brought an increased measure of joy to the week. We even could see the increased excitement from each missionary. Continuing to figure it out, apply what we have learned, and look for more areas to improve in is simply what life is all about. It is a pattern for missionary work and the rest of our lives. As we master the techniques of setting goals and then making plans to achieve them...our lives will simply be more fulfilling.

Elder Bolling

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