Happy February 1st!!! But, if you’re like me, who did a review on your 2018 goals for January… you may not be too happy.
It’s December 31, 2017 11:30pm. I’m downstairs in my parents’ house. My younger brother is out with his high school friends and my parents are already fast asleep upstairs. I take advantage of the obvious alone time; I turn the TV on to “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve,” put it on mute, grab a blank sheet of bond paper from the printer behind me, and a black pen. At the top I write 2018 in “cute” bubble letters and begin to organize my life by category:
Faith , Family, fashion meets God, Personal Goals
I start to write out my goals under each category. Knowing that 2018 would be a life changing one for my family (especially my parents as they move back to their home country to start a business) I feel excited, inspired, and expectant. I think to myself, “Totally kicking 2018’s booty. Let’s go.”
Fast forward to February 1, I’m reviewing my goals just to keep myself in check. I read them one by one and I didn’t hit MOST of them. Daaanngggg it.
I mean, goodness I came from a firm that firmly believes in its agents to reach their goals. I know that consistency is key and reading them out loud every day helps a ton. Yet this year is turning out to be the same as every other year where goals from January 1 just deteriorate as the days go by. So what is it? And I’m not alone in this… right?
I’m currently reading this book called The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D. and I think it all comes down to this: belief. Belief in myself (yourself) through Jesus. Belief that I (you) can actually accomplish and achieve it from start to end with Him right beside you. This book is teaching me a lot, but “mastering” the first step of belief is step one (no, literally, the first chapter is titled, “Believe You Can Succeed and You Will). Here are some quotes that I’ve highlighted from this chapter that I’m actually really trying to meditate and apply in my life:
Disbelief is negative power.
Doubt, disbelief, the subconscious will to fail, the not really wanting to succeed, is responsible for most failures.
A person is a product of his own thoughts.
Let the master thought “I will succeed” dominate your thinking process.
Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are.
Never- yes, never- sell yourself short.
It’s all in our heads! It’s all between our two ears. And how we move forward is up to us, either we continue to settle for the life we stopped ourselves short in achieving anything or work towards what we want while enjoying the process of the grind.
I add in “through Christ” because without Him, we are nothing. Just as John 15:5 says,
… for apart from me you can do nothing.
And with the Creator of the Universe by your side, you are bound to succeed! So if you’re like me where January was not the greatest, it’s never too late to get up and start again. Your strength lies in the Lord, so lay then slay!
“…But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:9