The only thing about getting frustrated or upset is that it doesn’t change anything. And it usually doesn’t motivate us either. Maybe there are some goals you set that you haven’t made any progress on. I know I have a few of those. But just because it is November doesn’t mean we have to give up. Just because 2015 is almost over doesn’t mean we have to quit on our goals. November is the just as good as a time to start pursuing your goals as January.
The well-known saying “better late than never” is so true. If we spend our time looking back at the things we haven’t accomplished, it will prevent us from moving forward. The cool thing about God is that the gifts and callings He puts on our lives are irrevocable. Just because we haven’t started yet doesn’t mean God is going to change them. The thing you heard God calling you to do in January will be the same thing as He is calling you to now.
So the challenge is to not look back at what hasn’t happened but focus on the present and what we can do to pursue our goals. I set a goal to lose weight in 2015. At this point, I haven’t really made any progress. Sure it is frustrating and I’m not happy about it, but instead of focusing on that, I decided to start pursuing that goal. Last week, I started an 18 week workout program with one of my good friends. We are holding each other accountable and even though I’m only a week in, I am already seeing progress. I’m not allowing myself to think about the fact that I spent 10 months not making progress in this goal and I am just starting to pursue it.
Maybe you have goals that you have just been sitting on. Rather than getting frustrated or upset, I challenge you to take a step. The joy and excitement from taking one step towards your goals can outshine the feeling from months of doing nothing. The best way to stop feeling sorry for yourself is to do something about it.
November is the new January. Set some goals (or revisit old goals) and start taking steps towards them. Then in January your New Year’s resolution can be to keep on keeping on because you are already full stride in accomplishing your goals.