Eyes on the Prize

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.                                                                    Lewis Carroll

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.                                          Philippians 3:14

I have talked before about how important it is for us to realize what direction we are heading. “What am I striving for?” For some, the question is “What am I running from?” I have had many occasions to discuss this with clients, because sometimes, those questions are confusing. Sometimes, people cannot tell the difference.

I have always believed that forging toward a goal is much more energizing that running away from an unpleasant experience. I use the analogy of running from a dog who is chasing you. You are pretty motivated (by fear), to stay ahead of the dog. After a while, we lose energy as our bodies get depleted of the brain chemicals adrenaline and norepinephrine that are triggered by our fear. They are not good long-term solutions because they are meant for immediate crisis situations.

Motivation toward a wanted goal, however, can be sustained for a long time – as long as we can keep our eye on the prize, and get a little encouragement from our support system. Hence one of my mantra’s, “It’s better to go toward the good than try to avoid the bad”.

So, keep your eye on your wanted goal, even if it feels distant. Make sure that you are heading in a direction that is desired, rather than trying to escape something.

And yes, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.

Prayer: Lord, help us to keep our eyes upon you as we seek direction, Amen

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