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  • Writer's pictureDavid Tunnicliffe

Don't Change your Route...

I went for a run early in the morning. It was hard to get out of bed, hard to motivate myself to get ready for running, and I just didn't want to go. I got out the door and set out to do 6-7 miles and got to a point halfway through and thought, "If I take this road, I'll do about a 4.5 mile run. I can live with that."

Very quickly, I felt God challenging me saying, "Don't change your route based on your feelings, change your feelings based on your route!" So I kept going. I didn't take the short cut, and when I got home, I felt much better about doing the full distance instead of cutting it short.

I got thinking about this and how this can apply to the rest of my life, my family, my job, my faith, and realized that there are some areas in my life that I've been adjusting my course because of my feelings; typically fear; fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of success, fear of not adding value, and the list can go on. This was a moment, and a phrase that I can hold on to so I won't settle anymore, I won't be content, until I've set out to complete the race before me.

I hope this will challenge you as well. Don't let your feelings adjust your path! Your feelings are valid, but most of the time they're not the facts. You might feel tired, but you can run the extra mile. You might feel afraid to cold call that client, but you need to do it to show you value the relationship. You might not feel like you have anything to add to the conversation, but your voice matters. Write down your goals. Write down the vision. Write down, to the best of your ability, the path that you'll take to accomplish your goals. Now, send that to 2-3 people who want to see you succeed, and have them check in with you throughout the journey.

It's not easy, and there are days where I miss the mark, however, I won't let that define me. Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow will have its own challenges, but I will wake up, and will keep my eyes focused on what God has set before me.

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