Refresh. Reignite. Reset.
At the start of the year, most are extremely motivated and pumped about all that the new year will bring. You feel refreshed and eager to start anew. You set goals and aspirations and you vow to stay the course throughout the year. The middle of year comes and your momentum has slowed down. You have come to a complete stop. At the moment, you are not really sure of how you got there but you know you don’t like the current destination. You don’t feel as motivated and you question whether you were too optimistic or if you are capable of fulfilling those goals at all. What is there to do now? How did I get here? What is hindering me from reaching my goals? How do I move past this uncertain time? You Reignite!
to begin or cause to burn again
to give new life or energy to something
to re-occur suddenly
In order to reignite something, you must remember and recall your why!
Why did I set those goals?
What do I obtain upon completing those goals?
What has God instructed me to do during this season?
What else is attached to my personal goals?
Once you determine your why, you must set your eyes on that thing everyday. Musing it over your mind keeps it fresh and alive. It was a reason and purpose that you set out to do those things, so keep your fire lit by keeping the thing before you.
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”
Proverbs 4:25 NLT
This is not the time where you beat yourself up about how or why you got off course. Use this time to recognize and acknowledge what occurred and pivot in the paint. It is never too late to get back on track, you just have to get back up again.
Upon refreshing and reigniting your goals, you now have to reset. Reset includes you establishing a system in which you will now implement to continue upon a journey of success. This takes into account the unwanted behaviors previously exhibited and the new behaviors necessary to reach your goals. Ultimately, it boils down to discipline.
Discipline provides a roadmap when all motivation or desire is gone. Discipline toward your goals is conquered via commitment. If you are not committed to yourself and the path God has for you, you will always find yourself back at square one. If you are struggling with discipline or commitment, ask yourself these questions:
Am I distracted by my current circumstances and only focusing on what I see?
Have I stepped outside of faith and only relying on my own strength?
Are there things that I need to set aside in order to stay focused during this season?
Did I seek God’s instruction for what I should be doing right now?
Do I need to fast?
Am I reading the word of God?
Am I practicing a healthy lifestyle? (Diet, exercise, extracurricular activities, etc.
“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3:6 NLT
These questions will provide an assessment of where you are right now and what actions you need to take to go in the right direction. Remember you always have a helper and comforter that is on the journey with you. God wants to walk with you on this journey, just invite him along the ride. He also brings people and community in your life to encourage you and walk with you on your journey toward success. Let’s take this journey together. You got this! It’s time to RESET!
- Chiara J.