Updated: Jan 16
(from The Seductive Slayers of Success, Rosalinda Rivera)
You may have heard the saying, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” Meaning, if you haven’t made it all the way, you haven’t made it. If the score is 17–16, it’s close, yes, but almost winning is absolutely losing. So it is with an idea never taken past a good plan and good intentions.
If we’re making better choices, pursuing only what is deserving of our time and resources, then most of what we’ ve committed to is worth completing.
But that doesn’t make carrying out our ideas any easier, does it? The biggest obstacle may be motivation—how to keep going when we hit a dry spell and our efforts don’t seem to push us toward the goal. Yeah, sorry. It’s the D word. Discipline. It’s not my favorite word either. If discipline promised you a good time, the D word would be dessert.
"Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose."
You cannot become a finisher unless you decide to. I know that sounds overly simplistic, but you have to start with determination and then hold yourself accountable. Don’t let yourself off the hook when you get bored or if things get a little harder than you thought they would be.
One thing I can promise you, any endeavor is going to get harder than you thought it would be—but the reward for resolve will also be greater. Accept that up front. God builds our character through adversity. It takes character to see things through and it builds character when we do. Win-win.
As people of integrity, we don’t make commitments casually and when we do make a promise, we keep it. We don’t quit and we don’t give less than our best effort.
Can you identify areas in which you don’t give it your all? Have you adopted the “minimum requirement” approach? Follow-through isn’t just about not quitting. Success comes in doing our best, God’s way, through to the end.
I love how The Message Bible puts it: “Endings are better than beginnings. Sticking to it is better than standing out” (Ecclesiastes 7:8 msg).
You were born in this time to accomplish your purpose. You were made to see it through.
“Follow Through.”The Seductive Slayers of Success: Harness Your Strengths to Take Control of Your Destiny, by Rosalinda Rivera, Whitaker House, 2019.