I am a master at making excuses. If I don’t want to get something done or I’m just not in the mood, I can easily persuade myself into thinking it’s just not that important. My mother has called me a procrastinator, most of my life. (She’s right. I’m writing this the night before it needs to go up-so me!) Plus, there’s a part of me that convinces myself I’m not capable of achieving all the goals I’ve set out to conquer. There’s this voice that tells me I’m not good enough; what a crock of shh! Not to mention, I’m in one of the most difficult industries to have success in. One moment I’m booking left and right, the next crickets in the distance. So it makes sense that I’d have doubts. Most of us do; I’d even go as far as to say all of us do.
When you try to pave your own path it takes work. You’ll want to give up. I want to give up all of the time! I can’t see the finish line. I keep running and running and running with no means to an end. Isn’t that life though? It doesn’t end until it ends.
I have recently made it a priority to be consistent no matter how hard that is to achieve. When I don’t want to write, I’ll write; When I don’t want to run, I’ll run. Every day is a precious gift given to us, it’s important we make the very best of it. Everyone’s goals are different. That’s a beautiful thing. We are all given unique strengths and gifts.
No more excuses. Here is a list that will, hopefully, inspire you to push forward.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
What gets your fired up, brings you joy and is something you are naturally good at? Make a list; incorporate these things into your life. If you’re bold enough to do what you love for a living, take that leap of faith.
You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.
STOP LYING TO YOURSELF
You are capable! With all the resources at our fingertips, learn. Read articles, books, listen to podcasts, etc. If you need to push yourself physically, get an accountability partner who can encourage you.
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
I have used a daily planner for years. I find it helpful to have a list to check off. I also find it helpful to know the bigger picture and set small goals that will lead me to my finish line. So, although I cannot see the end I know I’m working towards something.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
There are lots of things that can distract you from getting things done. The internet! Geez. I spend so much time browsing the web. It sucks me in, every time. I tend to be distracted when I’m in a relationship, when someone calls/texts me or when I’m in a frenetic environment. Make time; protect it like the precious thing that it is.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
MANAGE YOUR TIME
This is a good one. Be realistic about the goals you set. Some things take more time then others. Learn to prioritize! Things can get flip-flopped during the process, because they must, in order for things to run smoothly.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
JUST DO IT
I can’t elaborate any more then that. Just do it!
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.
Balance is essential for all areas in life. Yes, expand your horizons, but take care of yourself. Take a nap if you feel burnt out, pray or meditate, take a day off from the gym or watch a funny movie (one of my favorite things to do!)
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.
I struggle every day to walk in faith, to continue to do what God has called me to do. It takes work. He isn’t going to hand me everything. I’m glad He doesn’t. Through these struggles I am learning and growing. There is beauty in the hardships.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.