There is always a reason for lack of progress. Unfortunately, it’s normally by our own doing. This is why it is important to take a long honest look deep at our life and determine what is preventing success.
In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers said “To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision.” So the question is, what are we refusing to surrender?
The Big Useless New Year’s Goals Debate
We often over think things, we debate in our mind and try to reason instead of just simply surrendering. We know what we need to do. We just don’t do it. We are so busy considering ourselves, and what this decision is going to cost, that we procrastinate or refuse to completely commit. So we play like we are serious, but we aren’t serious and that is why we fail. Of course Oswald was referring to our commitment to the Lord, but this can be applied in any commitment.
When we aren’t where we want to be, there is a reason; and it normally is because we haven’t completely surrendered something required for progress. There is something we refuse to give up. For fitness, it may be food, a certain lifestyle, effort, money or time. For our spiritual walk, it may be time with God, relationships you shouldn’t have or a lifestyle or habit you need to quit.
Whether you are a Christian or not, these principles apply. Christians want success in spiritual growth and people who need to lose weight want fitness success. Success is success and all goals require a similar process. There is no successful athlete, mom, dad or business professional that didn’t have to give up something to get where they are today. There is no successful people who succeeded on accident. They gave their best. They gave their all.
What Is Your Road Block to Fitness Success?
What has been keeping you from your fitness goals? Is it the unwillingness to wake up early? Are you not wanting to give up your nightly glass of wine? Are you hell-bent on eating foods you shouldn’t be eating? Are you just lazy or are you allowing everything else to get in the way of your health.
Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you have the time to invest.You just have to make time. And, if a food or drink is keeping you from success, are you really going to let food or drink get in the way of your health and becoming all you want to be? Is pizza and beer really more important than a long healthy life that feels great? Is going home to crash on the couch and watch TV really better than going to the gym and investing in your body, which is aging and decaying every day whether you want to admit it or not?
This is why reasoning is silly. There should be no argument at all for living healthy. It is the right choice. You just have to decide if you are going to live a life that is based on doing what is right and best, or doing what feels good in the moment. Are you going to do what you want now or do what you need to know for what you want in the future.
Your health is an investment that pays off SO BIG. You are worth the sacrifice. Decide right now to fully surrender and be sold out for a new healthier you in 2017.
TO DO: Simply commit to giving your all (complete surrender to your goal) for 60 days. That’s all. Don’t worry about the year, don’t worry about anything past 60 days. Just fully commit for 60 days with no excuse and no compromises and watch what unfolds!
Happy New Year!! #LeanIn17
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Read “Let us Keep to the Point” by Oswald Chambers.