Resolutions (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

Recently, I heard the comment that the goals we set for the New Year are called “resolutions” because we intend to break them. Lately I’ve been talking about the importance of setting goals. We’ve started a new year, and by now you’ve been knocked off the course of your goals a time or two and had a chance to throw your sucker in the dirt.

Now the real test starts, to see if you have what it takes to get back on the path and stay the course. Don’t let one mistake or one less-than-perfect performance trash and tarnish the big picture. Keep your confidence high.

It’s easy to have confidence if you’re someone like Brett Favre or Kobe Bryant. But the fact is, we don’t all have that kind of capability. What’s really important is how you view yourself. Your vision and the way you view yourself is exactly what you will become. You must have confidence and be able to visualize yourself at the end of your goal.

There is a Biblical principle that I use to reinforce my confidence. This principle is: You have to speak it for it to be. Stand up in front of a mirror and look at yourself. As crazy and as easy as it seems, say something like, “I’m a winner going somewhere to win.” Quote your goals to yourself.

What works for me personally is that my faith and confidence are not in me or in my rope. Ultimately, my rope is not my provider. God is my provider, and my faith and hope are in Him. What I say is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I’m not standing on what I can do; I’m standing on the promises of God, which state that I can do all things through Christ. If Christ is for me, then who can be against me?”

When you speak your goals in front of a mirror, something key happens. Not only are you looking at yourself, but you also hear yourself. The strongest words you’ll ever hear are the words you speak specifically about yourself.

Now you have framed yourself up for success. Let’s walk this out.

Until next time, God Bless, and I’ll see you down the line.