It’s okay to miss deadlines (and other thoughts and links on goals).

Photo copyright; used with permission

Photo copyright; used with permission

Last week I posted about resolutions and setting attainable goals. It certainly is a persistent theme this week, isn’t it?

I had all sorts of plans for the blog this year. I was going to start off with a bang of consistent and relevant posts, but then a stomach bug took over our house. My mom was here for ten days — which was WONDERFUL … except that my office is also our guest room, so not a whole lot of writing got done.

As if 10 days without my office didn’t frustrate me enough … If you follow me on facebook, you probably saw notice that my site was down yesterday. Yup. After dropping the kids at school, my mom at the airport and then restocking our fiercely depleted food stock, I jumped online to catch up. My webhost suggested this wonderful tool that would “supercharge” my website with faster loading, fewer 404-errors and all sorts of wonderful things. Hmm. I cry “false advertising.” It crashed my site and then took me a lovely bit of effort to uninstall so that we could get back to normal. Once again: not much writing got done.

All this merely reinforces my argument about resolutions.

If you want to make a change, make it and don’t psych yourself up or out about a calendar.

The fact that it is now January 3rd and this is my first post for the new year does not make me a failure. Only a little behind. Being behind on a deadline does not diminish the value of those goals; it only requires a tweak here and there to accomplish them. Some unpleasant consequences may also come, but my point is that missed deadlines do not equal failure and do not justify quitting.

This is true for me and for you.

Perhaps you chose a gorgeous slice of chocolate-drizzled cheesecake over 20 minutes on the treadmill last night. That doesn’t mean you cannot resume your pursuit of better health today.

Maybe you didn’t make any resolutions or goals on New Year’s Eve. That doesn’t mean you can’t make one today … or tomorrow … or next month. The point is not the calendar, but the result. And results come one positive choice at a time.

I wrote more about this for Writer…Interrupted this week. You can read “How to Create a Habit in One Day” HERE.

If you’re still seeking tools, tips or motivation for your Bible reading in 2013, check out these two excellent posts from The Gospel Coalition (a website you might want to explore!):

  • How NOT to Read Your Bible in 2013 by Matt Smethurst : This article features five practical tips for success.
  • Reading the Bible in 2013 by Justin Taylor : Here you’ll find a ton of resources for different reading plans, tools, and companions to help you set and achieve your Bible-reading goals.

Your Turn: How to you keep yourself motivated, even in the face of missed goals or deadlines?

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