By the end of the month, roughly 80% of all New Year’s resolutions will have failed. In fact, only 8% of people will achieve their New Year’s resolutions in 2018. Why is that? Why will 92% of resolutions fail?
I believe it has to with perfection.
Wait, you’re saying that failure to meet goals has to do with perfection?
Yep, sure am. The day after your perfect streak is over is the most important day in the journey to meet your goals. It isn’t the start, it isn’t even the finish – it’s the day after you failed and that perfect streak comes to an end. What will happen after you miss one day of your P90x program? What’s going to happen when your diet is ruined by a big fat piece of chocolate cake? How about the morning when one of the kids clogs the toilet, the toaster is jammed with a pop tart, and all three kids miss the bus? Morning Bible study isn’t happening that day!
There is an overwhelming temptation the day after failure to give in, but don’t do it! Don’t allow perfectionism to get you off track and derail your goals. The goal isn’t to be perfect, the goal is to finish. The day after your perfect run of Bible reading and study time is over, get back at it. The day after you ate something you shouldn’t have on your fast, get back up and finish well. None of us are perfect, and none of us ever will be. The apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Get back up and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you.
What you do after the day your perfect streak ends is critical. When it stops being perfect, will you stop too? I encourage you as the apostle Paul says to “press on” get back up, don’t quit. You can do this!
- Pastor Eddie
For further reading on perfectionism and finishing, I recommend Jon Acuff’s book, Finish.