Empowered Reflections: Navigating Goals, Overcoming Doubt, and Finding Strength Beyond
As we approach the year's end, reflections set in, and we assess the goals we set—did we achieve them, or do we feel overwhelmed by the dissatisfaction of falling short? Often, we set goals with motivation for future achievements but overlook the challenging process to reach them. This journey is filled with unexpected highs and lows that we must endure.
I recall feeling the weight of a goal I aspired to achieve, lacking the strength to face it. Then, I stumbled upon a video that urged, "Do it afraid; Do it unsure; Do it angry; Do it sad; Just do it!" This became a motivating pillar for me to accomplish that task. However, how many times have we abandoned our goals due to a missing spark that keeps us motivated? In the absence of that inner fire, progress can seem impossible. Proverbs 16:3 reminds us to commit our plans to the Lord, and they will succeed.
When our hearts waver, our minds kick in, relying on intentional habits and mindsets to forge ahead. Discipline, akin to a good friend to motivation, can be challenging to maintain. It's the plan that fosters our motivation, demanding consistency and dedication. Proverbs 12:1 emphasizes, "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid."
Believing in ourselves is crucial; when self-doubt surfaces, everything becomes harder. Confidence in our abilities propels progress. Philippians 4:13 asserts, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'
Avoiding the comparison trap is vital. Constantly measuring ourselves against others undermines our unique journey. Galatians 6:4 advises, "Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else."
Limitations, whether in resources or tough situations, can halt motivation. Recognizing and addressing these challenges is crucial. Philippians 4:19 reassures us, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
Even in tough times, strength is found. For all of us, Luke 1:37 declares, 'For with God, nothing shall be impossible.' Believing in this idea helps us wake up each day with the belief that we can do amazing things with strength from beyond ourselves.
Let's start today with fresh faith, knowing that we can do incredible things, guided by a strength beyond what we can see.
I am a commodity trader and an international sponsorship manager at Ampersand World, Geneva Switzerland. I am a writer and over the years I have developed a passion for leadership after playing a key role in both youth and young adults ministries at crossroads church.