Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Action Plans

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Mishna Avot 6:4

SUCH IS THE WAY [OF LIFE CONDUCIVE TO THE STUDY] OF THE TORAH: A MORSEL OF BREAD WITH SALT THOU SHALT EAT, AND WATER BY MEASURE THOU SHALT DRINK, AND UPON THE GROUND THOU SHALT SLEEP, AND A LIFE OF PRIVATION THOU SHALT LIVE, AND IN THE TORAH SHALT THOU LABOUR. IF THOU DOEST THUS, HAPPY SHALT THOU BE, AND IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THEE: HAPPY SHALT THOU BE IN THIS WORLD, AND IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THEE IN THE WORLD TO COME.

For every goal we have in life there must be a plan to achieving it. Without a plan all of our great aspirations fall short of execution. Every plan has to take into account what sacrifices are going to have be made. We have to decide how our current behavior will have to be altered in order to make time for concentration on the goal.

It was once said, the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior while still expecting a different outcome. If we want to accomplish something different in our lives we have to change our “action plans”.