As 2015 is well on it’s way, I wonder how many resolutions have ended simply because the person felt that they failed. Let me ask you this, “Who told you you failed?” Was it your head? Perhaps a friend or family member? Or was it yourself?
It doesn’t matter how many times you decided to start a fitness program, start again. It doesn’t matter how many times you have said, “Today is the day I am going to eat clean,” only to make it past breakfast before you cheated. It doesn’t matter how many times you started the “couch 2 5K” program, start again. I want to encourage you to “never give up.” As the quote says, “Real failure is when you stop trying.” I want to encourage you to “never throw in the towel–use it to wipe the sweat off your brow.” I want to encourage you to start with one pound at a time, and never give up. I want to encourage you to keep moving forward–no turning back.
“Who told you you failed?” This question reminds me about the story of Adam and Eve when they were hiding from God because they were naked. “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” ~Genesis 3:11~ You only failed if you stopped trying.
“Was it your head?” Our minds can be full of negative thoughts. “Each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day! That’s one thought per second in every waking hour! Amazingly, 95 percent are the same thoughts repeated every day. On average, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative.” (“Don’t Believe Everything You Think.”) You have to learn how to control them. “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” ~Colossians 3:2 Thinking about heaven and eternity can only fill your mind with positive thoughts.
“Perhaps a family member or friend?” Sometimes they don’t mean any harm, however, their non-supportive comments tend to hit a nerve. Instead of encouraging you to keep going, they pick on you. They constantly remind you that you NEVER keep a resolution so why even make one. Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, they didn’t keep their resolution? I can’t help but share this:
“Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.” ~Joel O’Steen~
“Or maybe it was yourself?” Many times we are our worst enemies. Do not beat yourself up if you have fallen off and feel like you have failed. It doesn’t matter if it is February or July, don’t wait until next year to start over. Once again, I want to encourage you to never stop trying!
The following, of course, is only a few of the many who have failed before they were successful. Never stop trying in anything you are attempting to achieve. You CAN do it! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13~
Theodor Seuss Giesel: Today nearly every child has read The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham, yet 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
Charles Schultz: Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip has had enduring fame, yet this cartoonist had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Even after high school, Schultz didn’t have it easy, applying and being rejected for a position working with Walt Disney.
Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”