It started with a decision to pursue a goal you kind of let go a zillion times before.  But this time you knew you were going to carry it through for real. Maybe it was to lose the last five pounds, or finally get along with your sister-in-law, or get that degree you have been talking about for years, or go out there and conquer your fear of heights.  You felt so good about finally making the choice to take the bull by the horns and tell it who is the boss, once and for all.  You weren’t going to quit until you had it. You felt empowered, energized, excited. Yes, Sir, you are going to do this, that’s all there is to it.

My hats off to you.  That’s where it all starts.

And you did so well the first few weeks, days, or hours, depending on your goal. But if you are human, at some point, a challenge a little more challenging than you bargained for arose.  You tackled it, though.

Good for you!

Another one came, right on the heels of the first one.  But you are not quitting, no Sir, that’s all there is to it! And then another one came.  Or maybe this time, it’s a plateau.  No matter what you do, the number on the scale won’t budge.  Or your sister-in-law will not respond to any kind of kindness.  Or your mind refuses to yield to the terror inside of you.

What now?

Well, it is right in this “now”moment that you separate yourself from all the other people on the face of the earth that ever had a goal and did not make it till the end.  Like you, a zillion times before.

You just don’t quit.

You readjust your course if necessary, but you keep putting one foot in front of the other. You just keep moving.  Until you get there. It’s that simple.

It takes determination.  Strong courage. Perseverance. Stick-to-it-ness.

But you know what?  It’s all worth it.  Because this time, you are going for it all the way until the end.  And you can’t lose if you don’t quit.  It’s that simple.



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  1. Hi Barbara! For me, it also takes… God! When I try to take that bull by the horns all alone, I set myself up to be thrown. With Him, though, “all things are possible,” and when my strength fizzles, His is right there to draw on. Blessings!


  2. Ah! To finish the race well! That is a worthy goal…and God will enable us to do so when we come before Him with our challenges. He will give us the strength we need!

    Depending on Him, Joan


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