It’s already 24 days in to the new year and I refuse to say I’m a failure at my goals. If I look at reality I haven’t started it yet, which in some people’s eyes they say I’m already a failure. But guess what, I started this blog! So I’m not failing, even if I might be 24 days late, because day one or day twenty four I started and that’s all that matters.
Sometimes we set a notion in our minds that we have to do something at that moment or it will never get done. We may have a plan to work out, eat right, do our devotions, dedicate time to pray, etc. and the goal is set for it to be in a certain time frame. Then we forget a day or change it to weekly or maybe tomorrow it will get done and then it doesn’t happen. We get depressed and end up giving up on our goals. 73% of people give up on their goal before it was accomplished (STATS on NYGoals). CRAZY SAD! What’s the point of making a goal in the first place if we are set up to fail? We all will fail no matter what we do but what if we took a different approach? What if we started taking it a day at a time so our failure wasn’t so large and we could see us making it through to another day. What if we set ourselves up for success by forgetting yesterday and focusing on today? Imagine what we could accomplish!
In the bible Jesus talks about making things NEW; forgetting the past and working on the NOW as we have been forgiven 2 corinthians 5:17. We are a new creation in Christ. What we were in the past, even yesterday, can be made new with Jesus’ help. I encourage you to model what Christ has given us as an example. Treat yourself as a new beginning each day and focus on what can be accomplished that day instead of what you failed at the day before. It has been forgotten!
Maybe you are struggling this year and it’s only day 24. Be encouraged! No one is there to tally mark you on how late you are (and if they are then you probably don’t need them in your support group—article on friendship). Tomorrow is a new day! You are a new you. Be refreshed and focus on the goal at hand for that day. It’s just like when we rely on Christ’s plan for our life. If we truly knew the task at hand we would probably give up before we started because it would be a difficult road. Christ gives us a day at a time to make it through; building one day to the next. Why don’t we make a goal each day which builds us to tomorrow and one step closer to accomplishing our goals? Then maybe we can feel we’ve gotten it all together (and then God rocks our world–topic for another time ;)).
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17- “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Read more: Isaiah 65:17-25, Bible verses on new creation
“One of the greatest problems people have with failure is that they are too quick to judge isolated situations in their lives and label them as failures. Instead, they need to keep the bigger picture in mind.” Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell.