The Time is Now: No More Delaying Your Resolutions
New Year, New Me. We’ve heard it all before, haven’t we? The phrase we use to jumpstart the next 365 days in hopes of motivation, in hopes of bringing our goals to life and slay the upcoming year like no other. And while change and motivation always seem to be linked with the new year, they slowly disappear as the weeks come and go. It seems motivation is present only in moments where everything is new and fresh; a new year, hour, week, etc.
Take going to the gym or studying. I know I’ll procrastinate in order to avoid studying. If it’s 7:34pm., I’ll push starting homework to 8pm. If I forget to go to the gym on Monday, I will actually convince myself that it’s better if I give myself the remainder of this week to rest (even though I’ve done nothing since) and should wait until next Monday to start. Only then will I be motivated enough to follow through with exercising. Procrastination truly sneaks in and changes our mindset to believe that the task won’t truly work unless we start at a standard or even time, such as at the beginning of the week, of a new year, etc.
Did you know that you can actually start your goals, anytime? That’s right. Your New Year’s Resolutions can begin ANYTIME during the year. Technically, the whole year is a new year so you don’t have to wait until January 1st, and if you by any chance miss the first of the month, there’s absolutely and positively nothing wrong with starting on, that’s right, the second day of the month.
This applies to any goal we’ve set. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a new routine, cleaning the house, or even studying. There’s no significant correlation behind starting to write at 7:51pm. verses starting at 8pm. If we are in the correct mindset, we’ll see the present time as a gift, and take whatever opportunities we’ve been blessed with, no matter what time it is.
The Bible mentions this in Ecclesiastes 11, comparing what we say with what we actually do. And even though the metaphor may not directly apply to your present goals, the message behind it has everything to do with them.
“Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
It’s easy for us to say we’re going to begin doing something and take no action whatsoever towards completing it. To only watch and bear witness to others achieving their goals, and saying we’ll do the same but continue to do absolutely nothing. This is where we need to actually change, begin our goals as soon as we can, because there’s no guarantee to how life will be in the future. Tomorrow is never promised so it’s better to take action in the time you’ve been given instead of waiting for the right moment.
The right moment is now, not tomorrow, not 30 minutes from now, but now. Life, as cliche as it sounds, truly is a gift—that’s why we call it the present. God’s blessed us with another day, why not take advantage of it? How will we make the most of every second? How will we learn to see the beauty in how delicate and fragile our lives are? To take advantage of that and rejoice in every sunrise, and have a heart of thanksgiving with every sunset.
This is the secret to success, take power in the present and do it. For if we wait, who knows when we’ll start.
I pray you to learn to find the beauty in the present and take advantage of every second given. To stop waiting and start achieving your goals NOW rather than LATER. I also pray that you will look to your Bibles as a map when life’s trials and tribulations come about. They don’t call it the living Word of God without reason.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Lydia Wondimu is a young girl from Ethiopia who has a heart for others.Dedicating her life to Christ at an early age, Lydia has set out from her home in Seattle across the globe to spread the Gospel, making sure each person she meets leaves with a smile knowing they are loved by their Heavenly Father. When she's not busy making coffee for her customers; you'll most probably find her eating everything in sight, or laughing with somebody, whether they're a friend or a stranger-turned-friend.