What really matters is the why

January 05, 2018

A FEW years back our church was involved in running a fitness group known as Get Fit.

On the first Saturday in January, we had a record 52 participants.

The second week dropped to half that, and by the end of the month, I reckon you can probably guess – the downward spiral continued.

By February 1, everyone’s enthusiasm had diminished about the good idea of getting fit.

Why is it we can begin a year with great intentions, yet they so quickly fall by the wayside?

Life coach Michael Hyatt reckons: “If we lose our why, we lose our way”.

Seemingly, we find it easy to start the year with a ton of good ideas, but unless we find a lasting purpose behind them, they fizzle out.

It’s not that we plan on quitting; it’s just that stuff happens, life throws up unexpected twists and turns.

We never sat down and planned to miss the fitness class, it’s just that we got a head cold, or were called into work.

Understandably, we missed a week.

We reason that’s okay however, for we will return next week ‘bigger and better’. Alas, we are out of town the following week, so one week turns into two, then somehow three.

It’s not long before it starts to feel like a huge job to ever get back to it.

It’s worthwhile articulating the why behind our goals for the coming year.

Get clarity on the reason why it is important to make that change this year.

It’s quite simple, just add ‘so that’ to the second half of the sentence, to every goal. This can help establish and maintain drive behind the good ideas.

Because let’s face it, every good idea gets challenged.

Defining the why won’t necessarily guarantee a 100 per cent success rate but it adds another motivational layer to keep them alive, at least to February 1. As I think back on all my obvious failings of previous years, it’s easy to feel discouraged.

I never seem to achieve all the good I had in mind.

Thankfully I’ve found God to be a heavenly Father who stands ready to dust me off and cheer me on towards the next step.

Psalm 103 states: “The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust”.

All the best for 2018.

Jonathon Schroder,

New Life Baptist Church

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