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“Having Failed Myself”
By Bob Perks

By some statistics many who made resolutions for the new year
have already failed at some if not all of them.

I’m here to remind you that’s okay.

Failure is an event not a person.

We put way too much emphasis on the first day of the new year

As for setting goals, we also place too much on the first day of
the month or Mondays.

I remember when I was in sales, we struggled with getting people
to commit to something as we got closer to the holidays each year.

“Well, let me think about it.  Call me after the holidays.”

Then there was vacation time.

“As soon as I get back from vacation.”

The truth is, most people spend more time planning their vacations
than they do planning their life.

We are all procrastinators in some way.

So, when is a good time to begin?

How about right now?

Whatever resolution you may have failed to keep can be started again
and again, at any time if it is for all the right reasons.

Whether it be a change in diet, attitude, exercise, finances,
relationships or simply to read more, play more, rest more,
there is no better time to begin than right now.

Obviously, you have chosen something that you believe in.  By failing
to follow through on that belief you may be revealing the real truth.

You don’t believe in yourself enough to make it happen.

Now is the time to begin.

Permit me to ask you this question.

If you had failed God in any way when should you ask for forgiveness
and change your ways?

Monday?  The first of the month? After vacation? After you do it wrong
a few more times just to get it out of your system?

No!  God would want you to do it now.

What you failed to accomplish in these first days of the new year may
not be an actual sin against God.  Still, He wants you to be happy, to
thrive, and to be all you can be.

So, if those changes, those resolutions you made would make you a better
you, isn’t that what God expects of you?

When you were born He made the best possible you.

He then expected you to live up to it and grow into the plans He had for
you from the very beginning.

Here’s the best part.  Everyday that you wake up He gives you another
chance to begin again.  He closes the door on yesterday and opens
the door to today.

You know what you have to do.  You know why you should.  You also know that
you can.

It’s not just another day, it’s another chance.

“I believe in you!”

by Bob Perks

Bob is an Inspirational Columnist for Beliefnet
and you can visit his site at

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