*I originally wrote this post for my other blog, TheSavvyWAHM.com, nearly 3 and a half years ago and it’s as relevant today, as it was then.*
I have desired over and over again to reach certain goals. I’ve prayed and cried and cried some more. I’ve felt sorry for myself. I’ve rationalized, philosophized my failure to live a more disciplined life. I kept trying to figure out what the underlying reason could be. I know intellectually what I need to do. I’ve read the books….
Write it down.
Put the goals where you can see them.
Choose the high payoff actions first. Prioritize.
Ask for the support you need. Don’t be Superwoman.
None of it has been enough. When we get bored or tired of the discipline and consistency necessary to reach our goals, don’t we simply just default to what we’ve always done? It sure feels that way.
Why do I continually, habitually do the things that take me in the opposite direction of my goals?
While reading one of my favorite blogs, I found the word that I had been trying to come up with that describes why I’m constantly checking emails, reading books or blogs, checking my Facebook and Twitter accounts, procrastinating. Escapism. I’m attempting to escape the realities of the work that is required to reach goals, realize dreams. When you’re really feeling the pressure of all that comes with being a wife, a mother, a business woman, a volunteer and any other hats you wear, instead of looking through your refrigerator or your emails trying to find a way to escape, remind yourself:
Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NLT)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
I am making a day by day conscious decision to not allow myself to escape when I feel the pressures of my responsibilities. I will keep my eyes on the joy awaiting me. I will disregard the discomfort I feel. I will think of my Savior and I will not grow weary and give up. What about you?
It’s your turn: Are you feeling the pressure in your business or in your personal life? In what ways have you attempted to escape?
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