It is only eight days into 2015 and already I need to reboot. I had four items on my “do better in January” agenda. My score after eight days is:
1st item: 8 out of 8 days better = A
2nd item: 2 out of 8 days better = F
3rd item: 7 out of 8 days better = B
4th item: 6 out of 8 days better = C
So, I have a choice to make about #2: throw in the towel and give up, or reboot and finish strong. Sound familiar?
This isn’t the first time I have stumbled at the starting line, and it won’t be the last. I do. You do. We all do. A good start is a good thing, but it doesn’t guarantee a good finish. It is character—especially perseverance and diligence—that determines how we finish.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage…. (Proverbs 21:5 NASB95)
There are two keys to this bit of wisdom from Proverbs. First, there must be a plan, and second, there must be diligent adherence to the plan. It takes both to “lead surely to advantage.” What I need is a bit more diligence to my plan. So I am going to reboot my diligence—today. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing in future posts.
What about you? Are you not feeling too good about how 2015 has started? Stumbled at the starting line a bit, or a lot? What are you going to do—persevere or give up? There are 20+ days left in January and more than 350 days in 2015. You have plenty of time to (1) develop a plan; (2) adhere to it diligently; and (3) finish “to advantage.” It’s up to you which choice you make. What’s at stake? 2015 is at stake. What’s on display? Your character.
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© Copyright 2015 by Dick Wells, The Hard lessons Company
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