The result of our unwillingness or lack of willpower to stick to our objectives is a sense of low self-esteem. It also prompts in our minds the underlying idea that the obstacles to accomplish our goals are more significant than the power within us and even God’s ability to enable us to do that which we so desire to achieve.
As I reflect on my failures regarding New Year’s resolutions, I can assign various reasons for not sticking to my goals. Lack of discipline, the busyness of life, and the fact that many times I try to accomplish things on my strength instead of reaching out to God for direction, wisdom and endurance.
But I believe there are yet other reasons for our lack of commitment to our goals. Not only does success take dedication, effort and self-denial, it also takes much patience and endurance. And when it comes to that, it’s funny that I can be remarkably forgiving with other people’s failures, but have very little tolerance with my own. Likewise, when it comes to the outcome of my efforts, I want to see results pronto, so I find myself growing increasingly impatient with the process.
I don’t think I am alone – of the 64% of Americans who quit their resolutions after six months; I am sure a significant number of them give up their goals altogether because they refuse to press on through the hardships with the patience that brings forth long-lasting results.
But truth be told, most of us “quitters” are fully committed to the goals that others set for us: our bosses’ business plans, our children’s schedules, or our church activities. We stick to those goals and tasks and patiently wait for the outcome. But when it comes to those goals that will give us a better sense of direction in life, it seems to be easier to condemn ourselves, become impatient and quit.
Perhaps that is the key to committing to our goals for 2020: realizing that more than a tradition that surpasses time and culture, God put certain objectives in our hearts for a reason. And committing to them as you would to a business plan may just be the key to unlock treasures that are richer and better than the results themselves.
Patricia Holbrook is a columnist, author, blogger and international speaker. Visit her website www.soaringwithHim.com. For speaking engagements and comments, email pholbrook@soaringwithHim.com