Whenever we start something new, we usually go into it with lots of enthusiasm and anticipation. We want to see something happen; whether it is a necessary change we need to make or an endeavor, we start to create something new. New things or new ways are exciting at first because of the desired results we are looking forward to being produced in our lives. Yet starting is never enough. It’s keeping going after the newness has faded, and we are continuing the work. We need to follow through to completion to see the results.
Whether the goal is to lose weight and keep it off, go back to school to further or finish a degree program, to start a business, master a skill, get over an addictive or unhelpful behavior it is going to take not just beginning well, but staying the course to completion. Any significant change or new endeavor created will require working through stages of progression. That’s why proper planning is a part of ensuring success.
The challenge is to pace ourselves. Whenever we start an endeavor, we need to see the end and calculate what it will take to get there. We need to establish a sustainable pace. A realistic look at where we are and what it will take to get where we want to go should help us to create several smaller goals that keep us on pace and track our progress. It’s like running a race. There needs to be a course set. That is the plan, yet when we chart a course, we can set markers that help us maintain our course and measure our progress. A sustainable pace is one that we can maintain for the long haul. That is why smaller goals that are attainable help us set our pace. Otherwise, we can lose patience. We can give up because it’s taking too long, or the work becomes wearisome.
Reaching those smaller goals begins to create momentum. When you see the success of goals achieved, it produces an excitement to continue to the next. You can celebrate the progress made on the way to the next marker. All these smaller goals help us get to the ultimate goal we started out to achieve. That is how we pace ourselves.
We all want results. We need to stay the course and continue to do good. We will reap those benefits if we don’t quit. We can finish the course; we just need to pace ourselves.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me pace myself. I want to run the race you set for me. I want to finish my course and see the fruit of my labors glorify You! I trust in you and believe Your Spirit lives in me to give me the strength to keep going when I am tempted to give up. Thank you for loving me and for giving me the honor of reaping a harvest that glorifies Your name!