Most people have experienced falling short of a goal at some point in their lives. Many things happen in our lives that get in the way of accomplishing what we have set out to do. It is interesting to really dive into this when it happens. After spending some time re-evaluating and soul searching, many of us realize that we are the reason we fall short.
If you have ever been to a personal trainer, watched a self-help reality TV show, or listened to the “experts,” you may have heard them call these reasons for failure “excuses.” I am sure you know what I am talking about. We all find excuses to not meet the goals we set out to meet. In many cases, these excuses form because we are in a place of self-sabotage. Many of us do not even realize this, but we make excuses because we may feel that we do not deserve the prize at the end of the journey.
The Insurmountable Excuses
- I don’t have time.
- I don’t know how to accomplish this goal.
- It is to painful.
- My body just keeps quitting on me.
- The opportunity for success never presented itself.
- I don’t have the money to accomplish my goals.
- I don’t have a good support system.
- Obstacles keep getting in my way.
- This is how I was raised. I do not know any other way.
- Old habits die hard.
Getting Past The Excuses And Connecting With The Universe
It is interesting to me that self-help is one of the biggest industries in the world. Everybody wants to strive to be better and accomplish there goals. Looking at the sheer number of books available on self-improvement topics tells us that. However, with all of the help out there, why do we continue to choose to not help ourselves? More so than that, why do we choose to harm ourselves and hate ourselves?
I am a true believer when it comes to my faith. I believe in God and I am a follower of Jesus. I spend time in Scripture and I usually choose to surround myself with things that motivate and inspire me. However, there are things that come up that I question from time to time. Most people have heard theses phrases:
1. “Do onto others as you would have done onto you.”
2. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
These phrases are interesting to me because they imply that we love ourselves. Many people treat and talk to themselves in a far more hateful way than we would ever dream of talking to anybody else. Many people do not even like themselves, let alone love themselves. With this type of self-loathing that many of us struggle with, it is extremely difficult to get past the excuses to find our way to success.
Connecting With The Creator
The topic of loving yourself and choosing to live a life of success and accomplishment is something that I am extremely familiar with. In fact, I have spent some time in the place of self-loathing. Interestingly, I have discovered that this is a sure fire way to help you find your way directly into failure.
The first thing we need to change when we want to accomplish or even establish a goal for ourselves is our minds. Our minds are extremely powerful tools. However, tools can be used to build or to destroy. Many of us decide to use the powerful tool of our minds to destroy ourselves instead of building the temple within ourselves that Jesus intended for us.
Physical pain and physical stamina are two reasons many people quit before they reach their goal. However, most people would not have a problem picking up the front end of a car and moving it if a child or loved one was under the car. Thus, it is possible to tap into that place where we have enough faith to just do what we need to do. It seems that when we are outside of this desperation mode, we can really see clearly. Keeping that clarity seems to be difficult when we are outside of the place of desperation though.
Jesus suffered immensely to accomplish the goal of saving humanity. If Jesus, the Son of God, had to endure that kind of pain and hardship to accomplish His goal, we should expect to face some pain and hardship in the process of achieving our goals. The amazing thing about pain and hardship is that we learn and grow during these times, and more often than not, our faith grows, as well.
The next time you think the pain is to much and you cannot accomplish the goal you are determined to achieve, tap into Jesus and connect. When your mind and spirit meld with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, power flows and anything is possible!