We’ve all heard people say “don’t ever give up on your dreams”, but I think people just think that applies to big things like dreaming about your career or a lifelong goal. I think this should apply to anything you desire that is good for you.
Sadly, people often settle for less than best. They talk themselves out of even wanting those things anymore simply because they think they aren’t attainable. That’s bull hockey! Whether it’s buying a house or losing weight, you wouldn’t believe the things you can do as long as you never give up.
If you have wanted to do something you haven’t done yet or achieve something you haven’t yet achieved, I recommend you asking the million dollar question, “do you still want it?” Don’t get me wrong, sometimes God’s timing is different than our timing – and whatever it is you want, it has to line up with His will for your life. Another words, it has to be good for you and His plan for you or you’ll be fighting a losing battle from the start. I mea, if you are 16 and you want a Corvette, God might fight you on that one! haha! But, if it’s something that is in line with His will, then don’t stop striving for it.
If you still want to lose weight, have a better marriage, grow closer to the Lord, go back to school or start your own business – whatever it is, keep working for it! Whether you are taking baby steps for huge strides, don’t give up. And, as soon as you think you are losing motivation or find yourself losing momentum, ask yourself the question again. Maybe you should even put it on your mirror, above your office desk, on the refrigerator and even on the dash of your car.
Maybe you should take it a step further. You don’t just ask if you still want it, but you write “how bad do you want it?” Do you want to lose weight bad enough to order grilled chicken and asparagus instead of pasta and bread? Do you want to buy a house bad enough to live on a tighter budget, which means no more shopping sprees or dinners out? Do you want that degree bad enough that you are willing to stay home and study instead of go out with your friends? Just how bad do you want it?
Every great things requires a certain level of sacrifice and those sacrifices are hard – BUT, that is why people who do great things are respected so much. It takes a lot of discipline. If you weigh out the sacrifice with the reward though, there’s no comparison. It’s worth it all and it will be worth it to you too.
So, remember the reward. Remember what you are working for. Remember how bad you want it. And remember it is worth the sacrifice.
“I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” Philippians 3:13