Faith, Fitness and Procrastination

Examine some of the reasons you procrastinate then follow these solutions to help you overcome procrastination during the Christmas season and always

“How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you? Joshua 18:3

If ever there was a season to procrastinate on your workouts or healthy eating plan, it would be at Christmas time. There’s just so much to do on top of our already hectic lives.

Unfortunately, this is also the season when you need to rely on your health and fitness program even more.
Procrastination is a serious barrier that stops us from reaching our goals.

The New Testament Bible is replete with procrastinators. In the parable of the Great Feast in Luke 14: 15-24, many people turned down the invitation to the banquet (God’s blessings) because the timing was inconvenient.
Unfortunately, they all deferred action and missed out on a wonderful opportunity because of their procrastination. Don’t let that be your fate also.

During this Christmas season I encourage you to first, seek God regarding how to prioritize your schedule (Matt. 6: 33). Then, submit all of our fears/worries/concerns to God as you focus on your goal of excellent health.

Examine some of these reasons then follow these solutions to help you overcome procrastination during the Christmas Season and always:

Feeling overwhelmed can lead us to procrastinate.

Solution– decide in advance how much time you will devote to shopping, exercising and spending time with family and friends and then be sure to work your plan. Be sure to factor in some fun into your plan. Adding fun into your routine is a must to help lower your stress levels.

Feeling lazy from poor lifestyle choices can lead to procrastination.

Solution– It’s a catch 22- the more you move and eat healthy foods the more energy you’ll and have the less you’ll procrastinate. What healthy choices can you make today to kick those feelings of laziness?

Feeling unmotivated can lead us to procrastinate.

Solution– The end of the year is a great time to reflect back on the past 11 months. If you’re not inspired by your fitness goals then chances are you will not strive to accomplish them. What will really motivate you in 2011? Running a marathon, taking up a new sport, mountain climbing? Get busy planning how you’re going to make it happen!

Feeling undisciplined can also lead us to procrastinate.

Solution– So what do you do when you just don’t feeling like working out? First, understand that self-discipline is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. So regardless of how you’re feeling right now, ask yourself what small thing you can do to help strengthen your discipline muscle. There really is no easy answer. You’ve got to put in the time but remember, It’s a process and change will take place little by little once you stay the course.

Today’s Confession;

Father, I seek your kingdom above all else. I put you before my agendas, my time-lines and my priorities. I walk in power, victory and a sound mind. I do everything on time and in order. All my steps are ordered by you. I will accomplish everything I set out to do in the name of Jesus.

© Cathy Morenzie 2010


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