Remember January 1, 2014?
Seems like such a long time ago, right? How about all of those New Year’s resolutions floating around in the air (including yours)? Let’s get personal. What was your number one resolution?
Start that workout routine?
Manage your time better?
Save more money?
How’s that going for you?
The truth is, about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% achieve those goals. Pretty depressing, huh? In fact, some people (about 38% of Americans) have resolved to not make resolutions at all (University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology).
Let’s pause for a moment of silence for all of the resolutions that have given their lives for our fleeting motivations…
Statistics like these are very telling within our society concerning the evanescence of our motivation. Just recently I was engaged in a short conversation with two coworkers, and the subject of exercise came up. I was asked if I was going to workout that day; my response was one of mixed emotions, because I knew I needed to workout, but I just wasn’t motivated at the time. Excuses flooded my soul, and all of the things that I needed to do after work presented themselves to my mind one by one. Eventually, I did recover from the assault on my mind and found the grit to part the doors of the gym for another successful workout.
Within that same conversation, one of my coworkers expressed concern for the usual after-work crowd that makes it difficult to occupy the desired cardio equipment. This raised some very interesting thoughts, which spawned this very post. Many of us who faithfully attend the gym are very familiar with the mid-year trail off. When January 1 of each year rolls around, you can expect to see a massive influx of people hitting the gym, as if brand new sexy bodies were being given away in the cardio section.
Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.
In many cases, by the time June hits, the numbers have dwindled so; treadmills are virtually screaming for some action. The psychology of motivation is such a mystery, experts are still trying to figure it out; what causes it, and why is it so fleeting? I think we all can agree that we’ve been there at some point in our own lives.
Fast-forward to your “now.” Here it is, fourth quarter 2014, and less than four months left in this year; I sincerely ask you…
Are you on track to accomplish your goals for this year?
I know-I know…you’ve had some set-backs, failures, obstacles and opposition. So have I. You would not believe the year that I’ve had…but I’m grateful for it all. Through all of your trials this year alone, kudos to you for still being here, and not just surviving, but thriving. I know it’s been hard…please know that I can relate, but think of me as your coach today. This is the last time out in the fourth quarter…get back in the game, you can win!
In the game of football, if a defender interferes with the receiver’s ability to connect with a pass, the referees generally calls a Pass Interference penalty against the defense. The result of this penalty, in many cases, is a 10-yard advance for the offense. God is about to advance you as you approach the final push of 2014. We can’t forget that we are in a battle, and our enemy is real. He has wreaked so much havock in your life by interfering with the clean reception of all that God has prepared for you, but God has blown the whistle and thrown the flag…Blessing Interference penalty on the enemy. Your Father is about to stop the assault on your life, so that you can make up precious ground. According to Joel 2:25, God is able to restore the years that have been damaged and the time that has been lost for whatever reason; our only requirement is to stay connected to Him, and in turn to our purpose.
I encourage you to reconnect to God; reconnect to your plan; and reconnect to your passion. Remember the reason why you committed to that change in the first place. If your goal was to lose weight for health reasons, then reconnect with those reasons. Is it that you want to feel better, look better, and live longer? Reconnect with that. If your goal was to be the king/queen of organization, think about that pumped feeling you got every time you thought about accomplishing your goal. Connect to those feelings, then just do it. See yourself there over and over again in your mind. Meditate on it, write a plan, live it out in your imagination.
See it to BE it.
Even though motivation is a mystery, it is not an impossibility. You can do this. It’s fourth and goal, and we’re down to the “2-minute warning.” You’re too close to let it slip through your fingers.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
You’re almost there!!! PUSH!!!
Editor: Jaime Evans
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