What if every decision you made was not based on how you feel now, but how you would feel later? I believe too many of us approach our life with a near sighted view. We only make decisions based on what we can see up close, because everything far away is a blur.
If we want to succeed in ANYthing in life, we MUST take a far sighted approach. We must look way off into the distance and see how the decisions we make NOW will affect us LATER.
If we keep our eyes looking ahead, succeeding is EASY!
It is EASY to get that run in
(KNOWING WE WILL FEEL AMAZING LATER).
It is EASY to not snack in night
(KNOWING WE’LL WAKE UP FEELING SO THIN).
It is EASY to not hit the snooze button
(KNOWING WE’LL AVOID FEELING REGRET).
It is EASY to not give up on our fitness program
(KNOWING IT WILL ALL PAY OFF AND WE’LL BE A TOTALLY NEW PERSON).
Beyond the Now
Whether you are working to lose weight, improve your marriage, grow in the Lord, raise your kids right, get that promotion at work, pay off debt (and the list goes on), you will NEVER reach your goal if you focus on the now.
Sacrifice is required NOW. Pain may even be required NOW. Denying yourself things you would like may be essential NOW. BUT, LATER? OH MY! Later, is going to be amazing. Later, is when you will be so proud you didn’t let the now get in the way.
Here is one of my favorite verses that reminds me of the reward of discipline. “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11
Today is the day you are going to get your eye back on the prize!