Most of us will undeniably encounter obstacles as we plan and set to achieve our goals.
More often than not, these obstacles are psychological (and spiritual) and cripple us in forms of procrastination and intimidation.
Lesson from my marathon
For instance, when I ran for my first 42km marathon last year, I was intimidated by the excruciating stretch that the extensive distance demanded of me.
That fear would also lead me to procrastinate in sticking to my regularly regime of training.
But while running, I realised that my goal of reaching the finishing line was static and was not the threat.
The actuality was that I or rather my negative thinking was the real threat coming between me and my goal of completing the marathon.
Overcoming the barrier
Similarly, the key to achieving our goals is primarily overcoming the psychological barrier between us and our goals.
As mentioned, our goals whether to lose weight; to earn that first million bucks; to snag that promotion; to get attached or to rid off of a bad habit, they are static and just waiting for us to reach them.
In other words, there is no reason why we cannot achieve our goals if we are willing to invest what is necessary and work hard towards reaching it.
Our goals may be static, but we are not. We have the ability or power to act and align ourselves to achieve our goals.
As a child of God, we need to know our birth right and His promises for a full life in Him. Our goals are only impossible to achieve unless we think and say it is.
Meet Takalah (means “never or cannot lose” in Malay). This is one person you got to know and respect. I had the privilege to meet him during the last excruciating 10km of the marathon.
Please do read his amazing story here>>>.
Last Sunday, I finally did my first FULL marathon. And I
barely completed it!
My participation in the Standard Chartered Marathon has somewhat evolved into a personal annual year-end pilgrimage.
And the 42km stretch this year was definitely taking my ‘sufferings’ to whole new level. Haha…
Reason for running
To be honest, I dislike running and was (and still am) never good at it. I only enjoy it because it has been an activity that draws me closer to God.
I guess I love the challenge it puts on my physical and mental limitations, and for Him to takeover.
And I also look forward to the guiding words and principles He dishes out while I run. Believe it or not, He speaks to me during my runs.
Normally, He shares with me lessons from the experiences of the passing year that would make a difference in the next approaching year.
Lessons from running
This year while running my marathon, I was reminded that “it is not how you start (the race) that matters, but it is how you end that really matters”.
Besides serving as an encouragement during my run, these words spoke into my current phase of my spiritual journey.
It re-focused my attention towards the end goal and not to dwell on the present circumstances.
Along the way all of us will meet with difficulties and disappointments, but we need to “keep on going” (being faithful) towards finishing the race gloriously for Him.
That is what really matters- to obey Him (His will and call) and trust Him (in His word) till the end. So let’s keep running with God.