I knew you’d quit!
What?! Yes… you heard me correctly. I said, “I knew you’d quit!”
How did I know, you ask? If you are like most people I know, you are struggling with giving up too soon, and I want to take a few minutes to explain to you why we fall into this trap.
We all make New Year’s Resolutions or goals for our year, but how many of us actually follow through to the end with them? Are you still working toward yours, or has it mostly become a good intention?
Why am I Giving Up so Easily?
How did I know you would quit? Are you asking yourself why you give up so easily?
If you find yourself giving up too soon, you most likely fall into one of these traps.
- You were waiting for things to be perfect before you started.
- You don’t have a deep enough reason for WHY you want what you want.
- You don’t have a clear direction of where you are headed.
You were waiting for things to be perfect before you started.
Unfortunately, things will never be perfect, timing will never be right, and you’ll never be ready. You don’t need things to be perfect. You don’t need your ducks in a row. You just need a dream and a willingness to start as you are. You are enough through Christ!
If I waited for things to be perfect before I wrote my book or started my podcast, I’d still be waiting! Things were far from perfect when I began this journey. I had a broken ankle and couldn’t walk or drive and was in pain all the time! I didn’t have a dedicated spot for my writing and recording… I still don’t!
I use what I have, and my kitchen table is my office, my couch is my writing space, and a corner of my living room is my dedicated studio. Is it ideal? Maybe not, but I will use what I have and choose to do it imperfectly because I know my message is important. My dreams matter, and so do yours! Don’t wait for things to be perfect. You need to JUST START. Better yet, start now.
I knew you’d quit because you don’t have a deep enough reason WHY you want what you want.
The WHY behind your dream is what will fuel you to take the necessary action for you to make things happen. Your WHY is your driver, so you’ve got to dig deeper to find your true WHY. What is it that your goal or new year’s resolution will do for your life? If you hit it, what would you gain? Whom would it impact? Why does your goal matter? Take some time to determine this.
Your WHY will help you persevere. Think about the Gentile woman that begged Jesus to heal her daughter.
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”
But He answered her not a word.
And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour (Matthew 15:21-28 NKJV).
This woman was motivated by her desire to help her daughter. She was willing to push past Jesus ignoring her, she was willing to humble herself, she was even willing to throw herself at Jesus’s feet. As you can see, her persistence paid off and Jesus healed her daughter. Her WHY pushed her through the obstacles that stood between her and her goal.
Lessons from Home has an excellent post about Persistence in the Bible – A Mother’s Faith
I knew you’d quit because you don’t have a clear direction of where you’re headed.
Without a plan, you don’t know what direction you’re headed. You don’t need things to be perfect, but you do need some type of plan to get yourself started. Your plans may change, and you may have to try, fail, adjust, and try again – over and over – but with a plan, you’ll also have a reference for reflection. You can determine what’s working, what’s not working, what you need to add, or what you need to let go of. Clarity matters!
You set this big, burly goal for yourself without anything in between. You have this huge dream, and that’s okay, but if you’re only looking at the huge dream and not the everyday things that will take you there, then you’re not going to make it.
Now that you know some reasons for giving up too soon, what are you going to do about it? Which one of these obstacles tripped you up? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
I knew you’d quit because you were waiting for things to be perfect before you started, you don’t have a deep enough reason WHY you want what you want, and you don’t have a clear direction of where you’re headed.
Do you need help formulating a plan?
Formulating a plan is something I’m an expert in, and I’d love to hang out with you and help you do that! So you don’t risk quitting on yourself, it’s important to get a clear picture of where you are going.
If you want help creating that plan, which will ultimately be the driving force of momentum, register for my FREE workshop: The Red Hot Formula for Setting and Crushing Goals. This will help you to understand the three vital pillars to starting and crushing your goals based on your God-given calling.
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