“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandino
I am sure that we all have those days where we trip and fall and feel discouraged. In fact, I am sure that everyone has days where they simply lack the motivation to keep pushing toward their goals.
I, too, have plenty of days when I feel discouraged, overwhelmed, or unmotivated to press on toward my goals. But motivation is an emotion, and emotions are up one day and down the next.
Let me give you an example of this. One day, I can wake up and I am ready to conquer the world, and the next day I wake up feeling terrible. This alone goes to show that our emotions cannot be trusted. We cannot base our decisions on emotions. This includes the emotion of motivation. If we relied only on motivation to help us finish everything, we would end up never finishing most things we start…and even if we did, things would turn out very differently than how we imagined.
Instead of staying motivated, we must simply make a COMMITMENT to do something and align our actions with that decision, regardless of how we feel. We must recognize that one of Satan’s greatest tactics is to discourage us and cause us to feel like a failure, because it is then that we will lack the COMMITMENT to keep running the race and pressing on toward the goal. We MUST make the decision, no matter how many times we fall or fail, to stay COMMITTED to reaching the goal that is ahead of us. We must stay COMMITTED to keep doing what we know to do, and the results will come if we don’t give up!
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” -Galatians 6:9