When you set your mind to something, you’re more likely to accomplish it, right?
If you don’t have a plan, then you’re probably just going along with the flow, letting whatever happens, happen.
It’s easy to do that, and then if something good happens, then well that’s great. If not, then it’s okay because you didn’t exactly have a plan that couldn’t work out or get messed up.
At the start of this year, I tried looking at my life from a different perspective. 2016 brought a lot of ups and downs, and I was ready for a fresh start. I’m trying to be more intentional, more goal-oriented, and routine. I hadn’t been working out on a regular basis, and my body could tell. I’ve had back problems for as long as I could remember, and going to the chiropractor hadn’t really been helping me much lately. When January hit I really started making sure going to work out and doing my back exercises wasn’t just an option that I thought I could do if I “had time.” I have plenty of time, it’s just making it a priority and following through with it.
And you know what? Once I started making that a priority, waking up and getting out of bed by 6:30 didn’t seem like such a drag. I started looking forward to it (most days, usually not so much on rainy days), but I know that afterwards, I’m so glad that I did. And those problems with my back? I’ve realized that they start to bother me only when I haven’t been active in a few days, so that gives me all the more motivation to get there and stay consistent.
It’d be easy to tell myself I should just stay in bed when I’m tired, to make excuses for why I don’t need to go. I made my mind up, though. Once I started to see and feel results, it’s given me all the more excitement to keep it up. It didn’t happen right away, and that’s when it’s easiest to give up. We live in a generation where we think everything should be instant. We don’t have patience for much. We’re used to overnight deliveries and instant messages and just aren’t accustomed to waiting for results, waiting for the right opportunity, the right significant other, the right time and place where you’re meant to be.
We have to reset our minds to think patience, think long-term. It might not seem worth the wait now, but we have to remind ourselves that it will be- that giving up now won’t make us any better. We’ll look back one day and see how much it paid off that we had trusted God’s timing, because He knows what He has planned for you and me.. He’s known since before we were born or even thought of. He knows what’s going to happen today, tomorrow, and throughout our entire life. We just have to wait for it to unfold.
Whether we think we know what’s going to happen and have something all planned out, it could turn out completely different. We can think we’re in the job we’re going to stay in forever, that we’re with the person we’re going to marry, that the body we have now isn’t ever going to be any better or less achy, but God could have a totally different plan for us. He created the heavens and the earth and everything in it, so if He could do that, wouldn’t it be so easy for Him to change a small seemingly insignificant part of our lives that completely changes what we thought we knew was certain?
We can be upset when something happens, something unexpected or unwanted, or we can be open and courageous, making the best of it and being excited about it. Being excited that we’ve been given the opportunity to take on whatever it is. It could bring you down or make you feel defeated.. OR, it could make you stronger; make you more able or qualified, more thankful. You get to pick how you handle it. You control what you think and how you think.
I’ve been learning to erase the negative thoughts. Erase the defeat, the negativity, and instead replace it with optimism and the will to persevere, even when it’s tough, even when the wait for something seems to be never-ending. It’s not easy and there’s times that I do struggle with it- that I get discouraged and disappointed. When I do that, is when those that hold me accountable to achieving my goals step in. They remind me to keep going, to not give up or get down. Who you surround yourself is who you’ll resemble, so make sure you’re spending time with those who will build you up and encourage you in your daily walk. That hold you accountable and help you reach your goals.
When we set our mind to erase the negativity, I’ve realized it becomes easier day by day to actually believe what I’m thinking. That it will work out. That the work will pay off. That the wait will be worth it. That the rejections can’t defeat me.
Only you can change the way you react to things. Don’t let it bring you down, but let it bring you higher. Let it give you the motivation and inspiration to continue on and shine brighter than you ever dreamed. Set your mind to it, and you will do it. There won’t be any stopping you.