Most of us reading this article will spend the majority of our lives, setting and chasing goals. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look back over the years.
At 2 months old, a lot of us were scooting on our bellies with the goal of one-day crawling.
At 6 months old, a lot of us were crawling around, pulling up on everything in sight with the goal of one-day walking.
You become a toddler and you’re finally walking, but now your goal is to start school.
After finally reaching that goal of starting school, all of a sudden your goal is to finish school and it could not happen fast enough for you!
Now adult life begins, and in your early years of adult life you set many goals, short-term and long-term.
And then you look up and you are in your later years of adult life and your goal is to be young again.
What is this about Pastor Cooper? Well, I’m glad you asked. Either you are a goal getter or you are not.
When setting and achieving goals in life, there are a few things you should know.
- The road is not always easy. Do not let failures, or your current position determine your destination. When things do not go the way you planned for them to go, do not change the goal, but consider changing the plan.
- Your current position does not determine your destination. You may not be where you would like to be; however, this is no excuse to give up on your goal.
- Stop thinking that failure is final. Often you may experience failure when attempting to reach your goal(s) in life, but that is okay because failure is not fatal nor is it final. What we often consider as failure(s) could often be used as education. Live, learn, and live some more.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 “…The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”
Chance happen to them all? Yes, we all have a chance to finish and reach the goals we have set.
We should become more like The Little Engine That Could. What? Yes, “As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, “I—think—I—can, I—think—I—can.” It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”
To all who may have been struggling with continuing to chase your goals, I pray that this article inspired you to become a Goal Getter!
God bless you,
– Adrian is a life-long Waxahachie native. He is the pastor of Waxahachie Life Church and the owner of Future Generations Christian Child Care Center. He is passionate about the youth in our communities, and believes that investing in them is investing in the future. He and his wife, Marquita are raising 4 handsome boys.