I've constantly had to remind myself these past 11 weeks that God has a plan. He has a REALLY GOOD REASON I'm enduring this. He's molding and shaping me for something amazing, I just can't see it yet. This is temporary. This is not the end of my dreams and it's not all there is for me. I believe, I trust, I'm hopeful.
I remind myself of these on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day. Because let's be honest, it's not always easy to endure it. I get frustrated. I get angry. I feel sad. And if I'm not careful, I can easily slip into victim mode before I know what hit me.
The key to overcoming is the constant repetition of what will help you move toward your dreams and out of what keeps to stuck. Whether it's weight loss, financial struggles, overcoming an addiction, forgiveness, or any other thing you want to leave behind to improve in your life, you MUST keep trying over and over again. And when you mess up, forgive yourself and move forward.
When you find yourself in the middle of a really awful time where you feel like giving up, please don't. Please keep trying, even if you make slow progress. Always remember... slow progress is still progress! It's moving you in the direction of your dreams! It's bringing you closer to overcoming! And just because things aren't as you see them in your dream, it doesn't mean you aren't headed for that dream to come true!