It’s hard to believe, but we are already more than halfway through 2019! For several months now, you have likely been feeling tempted to give up on the goals you set for this year. Resolutions have been long since forgotten, goals tossed out, or at least despair has been felt over how much harder it has been for you to stick to your goals than you originally thought it would be. But I want to encourage you today to not be so hasty.
Sure, we may be halfway through 2019 and that fact may be making you feel as if you have no time now to accomplish all that you wanted to this year. However, here’s the reality: How much better it is to take full advantage of the next five months of the year that you have at your disposal and accomplish what you can of your goals than to completely waste this second half of the year and not accomplish anything at all? We’re here to tell you that “you can do it!”
Here are six reasons why you shouldn’t ditch your goals:
Let go of perfectionism
We live in a fallen world, so unless we can let go of our perfectionist tendencies, we are going to go through life miserable and frustrated much of the time. If we can instead let go of our pursuit of “all or nothing” and take advantage of the time we still have left in this year, we will look back on 2019 as not being a waste at all. If, however, we hold rigidly to the “I need a new, full year in order to accomplish my goals” idea, we will always lament the fact that we wasted the time that was still available to us this year. Let go of perfection and embrace what is at your fingertips.
It requires humility to admit that we perhaps have not made the best use of the time God has given us in the first part of 2019. It takes humility to admit that we haven’t yet accomplished the goals we set out to accomplish. It takes humility to decide we aren’t going to give into our idols of comfort and procrastination and just wait for 2020 to roll around before we set out to accomplish something important to us.
Evaluate why it isn’t working
If you just throw in the towel instead of holding on to your goals and seeking to work on them this year, you’ll never truly discover why things haven’t been working for you thus far. You’ll never discover what is holding you back so that you can be free from those hindrances and be more fruitful and productive. Moreover, you’ll never experience that sweet taste of victory which comes when you accomplish something you have worked hard for and never given up on.
Once you have evaluated what isn’t working, you will then be able to creatively problem-solve. This practice will be helpful to you your whole life long, and not just in the area of accomplishing goals! Being good at problem-solving will come in handy whether you are in school, working, in ministry, or entering into marriage and motherhood. Growing in this area is another perk of refusing to throw in the towel on your 2019 goals.
Overcome obstacles and develop perseverance
We all love when a new year rolls around because there is something that feels so glamorous and exciting about a fresh, new start. Once the newness wears off, however, many of us quit because meeting goals requires perseverance, and perseverance just isn’t all that fun. Yet it is worth it, and it is something we will never regret growing in.
Face hidden things about yourself you’d otherwise be content to let lie
It’s far easier to just throw in the towel, quit working on your 2019 goals, and forget that you ever set out to accomplish them in the first place. However, doing so will keep you from discovering hidden issues in your heart and life which the Lord wants to weed out but which you would otherwise be content to let lie. It’s painful to be sanctified like this, but it’s worth it – and it will come from your refusing to give up on what we set out to do this year.
It may be the middle of the year, but it is not too late to work on your goals! Persevere, work hard, and never give up. You will be so glad you kept at it!