5 Reasons Why We Don’t Succeed
1. Fear of Failure
We are afraid to fail and our past becomes the filter through which we see our future. In other words, our past failures impact our future success. We are afraid to fail again.
Failure is a stepping stool for success. We shouldn’t be afraid to fail. On the contrary, we should learn to do things even though we are afraid.
“We don’t get any more courage than what we already have. We must learn to do things afraid.”
2. Don’t believe it’s Possible
We don’t truly believe in the possibility.
- We want to start a non-profit organization but the offerings are not sufficient.
- We want to start a new campus but we don’t have enough leaders.
The question isn’t lack of provision, the question is, “Do we trust God? Do we believe God will do what He said He will?”
3. No Effort
We don’t put in the work required. Success is hard work. Nothing great is made in a day. Sacrifice is the foundation of any successful initiative. We pay a price for success.Jesus said in John 12:24 that “If a seed dies, it will produce fruit”.
4. We Give Up
We give up when it gets tough.
A couple of years ago my wife decided to go back to school. It was tough for my wife to manage the schedule of a full time job and school, plus being a wife and daughter. One evening, feeling drained, she said to me, “This is so hard; it just can’t be God.”
I answered her, “Sometimes the opposition is a sign that it is God.”
Accomplishing God’s purpose is not easy; it is hard. Sometimes it is hard because
- God removes resources we require so that we look to Him alone.
- Our flesh desires to give in.
- Our enemy challenges and opposes anything and everything that honors God.
Regardless of the reason, understand that it is going to be tough. For that reason, you must determine your “why”:
- Why did I undertake this challenge?
- Why did I feel this task was important?
The whys get us through all of the “hows”
- How am I going to do this?
- How am I going to pay for this?
Our hows are overcome by the whys.
5. No Resolve
We make resolutions without resolve.
Resolutions are based on our ability to complete them. The truth is our willpower has very little power. We need super natural power.
Paul says in Colossians 1:29, “I labor with all of the power God has given me”
Zechariah says in chapter 4:6, “It’s not by might, nor by power but my spirit”.
This tells me that if I’m going to accomplish anything, my own strength will never be sufficient. I need to lean on God’s power.
How? Every morning I need to seek, pray and depend on God.
Try This Instead:
1. Smart Goals
Smart goals are
- Specific – meaning they are not ambiguous. It’s not enough to say I want to study the Bible. A smart goal says I want to study the book of Philippians starting February 1st. It’s more specific.
- Measurable – meaning you can quantify or measure progress. If your goal is to grow church attendance by 25%, you can just take attendance to see if you’re making progress towards you goal.
- Attainable – you have to create goals that are reachable or doable by you. I cannot sing so if one of my goals would be to lead worship, that would not be attainable. My goals are based on my personality, talents and gifts.
- Relevant – the goal is worth achieving if it matters. If the goal does not have an impact on your organization, church or on you personally than why are you working on it?
- Time Bound – A smart goal must have a designated end date. If not you’ll have goals that never get accomplished because they lack the pressure that a due date adds.
2. Discover Your Why
I heard Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church say “the hardest part of accomplishing anything isn’t starting or ending, it’s the middle.” It’s the part of the project where everything goes wrong, you’re frustrated, the team is frustrated and you’re wondering why you started it, anyway. ‘Why’ is exactly the right question. Understanding your why is the motivation that will push you through any of the challenges you may face.
For each goal in your plan identify your why!!!
3. Designate the Next Step
You don’t need the entire plan. You just need to figure out the next step in your plan, and do it. Make the next step actionable and achievable. Once you accomplish your next step, you can figure out your following next step.
4. Review your goals Daily & Weekly:
Glance at your goals every day so that they stay at the forefront of your mind, but review them weekly so that you can make adjustments or ensure that you are on your way to accomplish them.
5. Find an Accountability Partner
This is someone who can check in on you every so often to see how you are doing with your goals. This person can also help you when you’re stuck or unsure of your next steps.
What happens if we overcame these objectives or press on in spite of them?
What if we gained momentum toward our goals?
2015 could be your best year ever!
- Yes, our hardest,
- Yes, the one where fear speaks the loudest,
- Yes, the one where I work tireless constantly facing obstacles,
So, plan big and pray hard.