Monday Motivation: Don’t Quit

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”Nelson Mandela

When my daughter turned 6 months old I decided it was time for me to make a greater commitment to exercising.  Between nursing, walking, and generally leading an active lifestyle I’ve lost quite a bit of pregnancy weight, but I have a very specific goal in mind that requires an extra push. I’ve been diligent in sticking to my new fitness regime, and my confidence grows with each passing day.  Encouragement and accountability goes a long way during this process, and I’m fortunate enough to have an incredibly supportive husband, and several friends who help me stay motivated.   However, Saturday was a day I felt alone on an island.

I was gearing up for my workout, but I was having the hardest time staying focused.   My hubby was supposed to be enjoying his alone time while my baby slept, but she had other ideas and the interruptions seemed endless.  I couldn’t concentrate and I felt mentally assaulted.  I’d done this particular routine before, but it took everything in me not to push the “stop” button and throw in the towel. I finished for the sake of saying I finished, but the sweat and shortness of breath didn’t make up for my lack of effort.  I felt defeated.  In an attempt to shake the negativity, I searched for pictures or quotes that would lift my spirits and keep me positive about the outcome of my next day of training (today).  This is what I found: 

It’s so simple, but the Lord knew what I needed to hear in that very moment.  Here I was beating myself up for a sup par performance, but I was missing the point.  There are bound to be days like this when you’re making steps toward achieving any number of goals.  Days when you hit a wall and think you’re only option is to hold a pity-party fueled by self-loathing and doubt.  Days when you think quitting is better than failing.  Ahh it’d be so much easier to give up wouldn’t it?  But would you really be getting what you want?  

Whether your objectives are related to health, finances, relationships, whatever, give yourself the opportunity to “try, try agin”!!  

Philippians 4:13 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].