I was having a conversation with a male friend who bravely admitted that he wasn’t where he wanted to be in life. He said that when he was younger he always thought he would be much further along than where he actually is now. I told him I felt the same way about my life although I have completely different plans than he does. I mean how did we make it to this age and not get where we want to be in life?
Now my friend is a little older than I am and he has some pretty lofty goals like me, but we both recognize that time is getting away from us. How can you manage to work on your personal goals with only 24 hours in a day? How can you accomplish your goals when they seem impossible in the first place? What about those times when you just want to give up because you don’t see any progress? It’s very hard to look around & see that all of your friends are checking off their goals, whether it be starting their own business, beginning a family or buying new houses. What are they doing differently than me? How can I get myself on track to be where I’ve always wanted to go?
The more I thought about it, the more I had to bring into my recollection the Word of God:
“….The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.” Ecc. 9:11
In other words, it’s not about the speed of the race but how you finish. There is an appointed end to all fortune & misfortune alike so no one should be worried because they feel “behind” or “off track” in life. I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now. And while I may wish I was further along in life there is so much life left to live & it will only be as good as I make it right now.
The first quarter is over & 2013 is well underway! Is your year going the way that you planned? Have you accomplished everything you set out to do so far? I’ll be honest, I haven’t done all that I would like to do yet in 2013. But luckily it’s only April and I have the rest of the year to still get things in order.
As I think about the goals I haven’t accomplished yet, I’m trying to figure out what went wrong these first three months of the year. I mean, everything happens the way it’s supposed to but there is always room to do better. People are usually very excited at the beginning of a project or really motivated towards the end of a project but tend to lose steam somewhere in the middle. I’m trying to stay motivated myself but it’s tough when life throws curve balls. Here are some tips to help you accomplish your goals for the remainder of the year:
- Guard your thoughts – Don’t let the negativity creep in
- Check your environment – Get rid of all the haters and the distractions
- Focus on positivity – Try and find the good in everything
- Ask for help – Find a good support system and lean back!
- Take good advice – If you ask for it, use it. If you don’t ask for it, use it.
- Remember what you’ve accomplished so far – Don’t be afraid to review your progress
- Celebrate your past – Reward yourself
- Encourage someone else – You never know what other people are going through or how you can help someone else
So stay encouraged & conquer the rest of your year!