When you come across any obstacles or difficulties toward a goal, it’s important to remember why you started in the first place. (Even Sidney Crosby might need a reminder sometimes when things get crazy.) Not everything in life is going to be easy all of the time, but remember the reason why you are doing it. You might be stressed out preparing for an exam, but remember the reason you’re writing it for – because you’re working towards a degree to get that job you want. Getting up early in the morning to exercise can be hard, but you’re doing it because it makes you feel good about yourself and gets your day off to a great start. Maybe you’re getting tired in the long grind of the hockey season, maybe you’re working at a job that you feel good about but come up across a lot of criticism, or maybe you’re going through a rough patch in a relationship. Before you quit something that you feel God has given you the drive and skills to do, remember why you started.
In the Bible, Paul sent Timothy, a naturally shy and intimidated person, to pastor a large and intimidating church. Timothy came under a lot of criticism and wanted to quit, but Paul told Timothy in his letters (1 and 2 Timothy) that God called him to the work that he was doing and that he could overcome any obstacle with the spirit of power to stand strong, love to forgive and love his critics, and self-discipline to finish what he had started. Instead of letting the flame die out, try to fan that flame to reawaken that drive and desire that you started with.
Don’t get lost in the pursuit of a goal. Relationships are hard, being a parent is hard, being an employee is hard, reaching a goal is hard. But there’s a reason why you do it. Remember why you started.
Game Plan: When you’re finding yourself up against an obstacle or frustrated with where you are, remember the reasons why you started. If it’s something that is important to you, don’t give up, keep pushing through, and try to rekindle that love that you had when you started.
And yes, the photo is of a young Sidney Crosby.