What is holding you back?

What is holding you back?



It’s the beginning of a new year and to an extent all the frenzy and celebration has faded away. However, in the midst of all the reflections and introspection, it might also help to ask: “what’s holding me back?”

As I asked myself this question over and over, the answer was a major wake up call. Some reasons we give for not going all out to achieve our goals could be validating from being caught up in a downturn economic situation,to having to meet so many deadlines or maybe even having unforeseen happenings interrupt outlined goals .

Some others reasons could be not so validating like believing in your weakness or giving in to self-limiting doubts to dwelling on your mistakes, thinking that your challenges are unique, feeling that the world owes you, to resisting change or maybe fear of uncertainty of what the future holds or just being downright lazy, all these reasons, no matter how validating they might appear or not, exist because we’ve given room for reasons in the first place.

No external factor could ever be bigger than what I call“the enemy within”. It might not surprise you to know that youare your biggest opposition, clearly displayed in the choice made to limit yourself by external circumstancesand limit your optionsto going only as far as youallow yourself.

Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t achieve all the goals you set to achieve last year. Your best deal is forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. And don’t take pride in scoring yourself a hundred percent, your best deal as well is forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.

Could it be that you didn’t give your all in seeing your goals through because it wasn’t even God-centered in the first place? What inspires your goals? – Self aspiration or God’s inspiration?

Okay, maybe you start out by making plans that are in line with what God would have you do, but you still didn’t get it all done, would ‘the enemy within’ still surface here? Well, yes because it takes more than writing down spirit inspired goals and visions to realize an agenda.

Amazing things happen when we get ourselves out of the way and make total commitment to what we desire to achieve, no matter what.

In this new year,  let God be the influence of your desires and as you find strength and zest  to make deliberate approach to actualisingyour goals, make a commitment to stay true to your goals, making no room for excuses and giving in all that is required to see it through to the end.

Have a great year!

Written By

Jumoke Afolarin

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