Giving up is easy. The allure of ending the constant pursuit of your goals is never more powerful than when you’re close to achieving them. Like a first time marathon runner, you may have hit the wall. You’re at mile fourteen or fifteen and you’ve runner farther and longer than you ever have before. The task of going another step seems impossible, let alone making it several more miles.
You have a choice to make. You can stop running. You can throw away the months of training and sacrifice. You can accept failure. OR you can use the incredible power of mind and spirit over physicality and keep going. You can push past the discomfort. You can trust in the preparations you’ve made to run this race and bring your mind into subjection to your will. You can finish strong.
Don’t let your doubts and insecurities override the part of you that decided to start the race in the first place. The part of you that believes in your strength. The part of you that chose to pursue something that other people may have told you was impossible. That maybe even you believed was impossible.
“I’m not trying to get my way
in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way,
your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
I’m not giving up.”
Psalm 17: 4-5 (The Message Bible)
Push through the wall. Don’t give up.
What do you do when thoughts of giving up on your goals rear their ugly heads? How do you keep yourself motivated and encouraged?