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Success Over the Long Term January 4, 2011

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I see them every year. They come into the gym full of good intentions and New Year’s resolutions. They look around the gym and see all the equipment they remember from a time past. I can almost hear their thoughts as they rummage through their memories. It goes like this, “Let’s see, when I worked out in high school for football, I used to bench 385. It hasn’t been that long ago has it? But, I don’t want to hurt myself, so I’ll just start with 225 and go from there.” Problem is, life has changed. Where once they were a star athlete on the high school scene, fast food and occupation has changed things. Bellies develop faster than we can fight them off. Scheduled and priorities change. Families and children influence our decisions more. That never even crossed our minds back then. What they should have done is started with the bar without weights and build into a workout routine slowly to avoid burnout because by March they are usually gone, never to be seen in the gym again.

It’s like that with many things, it takes time. Take daily prayer time for example. There are some real prayer warriors out there. They spend upwards of hours in prayer. Just coming into the practice, we cannot hold ourselves to the same standard or even to a standard we used to have. We might have good intentions, but just like the gym, if we start with too much and burn out that leads to nothing. What we are looking for is a long term life change. So, start small. Increase your current prayer time by 5 minutes. If you don’t have a developed prayer time already, start with 5 minutes a day. There is no rush. Anything you do is that much more than you were doing and burnout is a real factor to consider.

Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, start slow and build into it. You will find it much easier to maintain for the long term. Isn’t that what we really want, a change of life for the long term?

If you have questions about other spiritual matters, contact me by email at :: churchconcerns@yahoo.com

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