Let’s talk about something super practical and perfect for this time of year. It’s probably your least favorite subject regarding goal-setting.
Ahhhh, you knew I was going there, didn’t you?!
As we begin a new year, discuss our upcoming plans and set our goals, I think it is crucial to reflect on the years past and seek the root of our disappointment.
When you set your previous goal(s), your lack of success probably wasn’t that you never started the process; rather, that you were not faithful in your follow-through.
In sports, the follow-through of a kick or swing or stroke is what determines the power behind the action.
The power of your golf swing lies in your follow-through.
How far you hit a baseball is determined by your follow-through.
How well you follow-through with your swimming stroke determines how speedily you are going to get to the other side of the pool.
You see, the initial contact is of course necessary, but the lack of power, success and measurable growth is always made possible or impossible by the presence of a strong follow-through.
Friends, whatever your New Years resolutions are, be intentional about how you pursue them. Let 2016 be different than 2015. While your goals never need to consume you more than pursuing the One who gave you the initial ability in the first place, goal-setting is critical in learning discipline, time management, intentionality, determination and the power of following through and completing a task.
Will you mess up here and there? DUH. Prepare for that! If your goal doesn’t include a margin for error, the sting of your failure will prevent you from experiencing your future success.
But that’s the beauty of God’s grace, mercy and strength– it is new every single day. Not just at the beginning of 2016 but with every sunrise, a new slate awaits you.
Whatever your goals are, my prayer is that the deepest root of them is to make you more like your Jesus. He is the King of follow-through, the only faithful promise-keeper and the champion of trusting the process.
2016 is going to be our year!!!!! I can feel it. Let’s do it together
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” -Ecclesiastes 7:8
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” -Colossians 3:23