Does this sound familiar to you………..

You come up with some new idea, something you are really passionate and excited about. A goal you maybe have, or something new you want to try. You begin thinking about how this thing will enhance you as a person, and how fulfilling it will be for your life. You make a plan, do your research, and begin. Initially, your soul is on fire with this new endeavor. You put everything you have into it…..for a while. Soon enough, that fire dies down into a sizzle. You place less time and energy on this endeavor that once inspired you. Your slow decline in your time commitment to this endeavor makes you less and less motivated until………………poof. That burning flame has died out.

country road, forrest, foggy scene

What the heck happened?

I think this probably happens to all of us in some part of our lives. It may be trying to establish an exercise schedule, pursue a new hobby, or achieve a career goal. Any new goal we set takes a lot of energy and dedication. We all get “burnt out” (hence the above analogy). We’re only human; we don’t have an endless supply of energy and self-control. But, if we’re trying to do something that will truly enhance our lives wouldn’t it be worth our time and effort to pursue it? Shouldn’t we love our future selves more than our current selves?

Much easier said than done. Between the laundry, the dishes, the grocery shopping, the appointments, and having to go to work for 30-40 hours a week it is hard to fit in the time to pursue any new venture. Not just the time, as we could do great things with even an extra 20 minutes a day, but more-so the energy. After all of our other commitments of daily life we are now expecting ourselves to muster up the energy to add “one more thing” to the list. If you’re like me I’m sure you are wondering if it is all worth it. The late nights or early mornings, the time spent on this endeavor that could be spent with family or catching up on some much needed rest, and the risk you may be taking (whether financial or personal) to pursue this goal. Is it truly worth it? My answer: you never know until you try. I think it best to try and fail rather than not try at all and always wonder “what if.”

wooden fence in a country field

Rest assure, we are human. We will fail.

We will run out of steam. Our energy and motivation gets depleted. But this doesn’t mean we are giving up. Life is full of trial and error: of starting over and getting back on our feet. This is ok! I’ve heard it said before, and I’ll say it again – you only fail if you give up.

So, here I go again. Boldly stepping out into the inter-webs to share my little corner of it. Yes, I have some doubts of myself and some fears. But I pray for the right words to come. I hope to connect, to spread encouragement, and hopefully inspire a smile or two. No matter what you may be struggling with, it’s ok. We all struggle, we all fight ourselves (probably more than anybody else fights us). You can always give yourself a second chance.


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