We must stay the course to achieve goals

| January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. — Romans 8:37




Chaplain (Capt.) Cynthia M. Turner
29th Engineer Battalion
3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

There are many things in life that are consistent, like the rising and setting of the sun and the changing of seasons.

On the other hand, many things in life are always changing, such as time, weather and circumstances in life.

Usually, around this time of the year, people want to do something about the constant changes in their life. Plans are made to do something different to better oneself.

The challenge to change may start with one taking a retrospective look at his life in order to discover what needs improvement. People who take a retrospective look are usually those who make resolutions and plan for the New Year in hopes of bettering self … or at least staying on the track of good progress.

Making New Year’s resolutions is often tricky, because once broken, people give up their quests.

I want to challenge us to do something different this year. Instead of making resolutions, I suggest you make goals that may sound the same but are different. A goal is the result of an achievement toward which an effort is directed, whereas a resolve has the undertone of determination toward an end state, causing one to feel defeated when one cannot conquer the set resolves.

Regardless, if you set goals, I suggest several ways to stay the course once your momentum begins to wane. Once you’ve chosen goals that are reasonable and achievable, and have developed an action plan, then it’s time to begin. Start with faith and believing you have the power to overcome your resolve. Then, continuously follow these steps, even during times of despair:

First, continue to press on. Take hold of the goal, regardless if you retreat back to what you stated you would give up. There is no need to wipe out or surrender to defeat — just get back into the race.

Next, forget what is behind you and forget the thought of, “I can’t do this” or “I tried this last year and did not make it.” Continue to strain toward what’s ahead. That is a new life, a new attitude, a new direction and a change for the good. Lastly, get a friend involved to share the struggle and success of the journey and to help you be aware of distractions.

Many New Year’s resolutions begin to wane after a few months and once the busyness of life settles back in. It’s a struggle, but I encourage you to stay the course to achieve your goals. It will be closer than you think, and then you will be more than a conqueror.

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