As we draw near to the conclusion of February 2023, I’m a bit sad. This month is filled with the warm colors of pink and red, delectable chocolates, and—most importantly—a spotlight on love. February is short and sweet, and part of me doesn’t want to see it end…
Yet onward we must march. Time waits for no man, as they say.
And here’s what I have to say: time doesn’t wait for us, but we often wait too much with our time. That new year’s resolution/goal/project that you decided to take on—have you attacked that goal, consistently if it’s one that takes some time? That romantic relationship or friendship that you say needs some work—is it better? I’m not here to call you out or point fingers, but I do want to nudge you to take consistent action…
Because one sixth of the year is basically over. Finito. And at the end of March, guess what? It will be the end of the first quarter. As you navigate this year—which, as we discussed in a previous post, is supposed to be blessed like the Holy Trinity—it helps to realize checkpoints or milestones along the way. Like a video game, you want to reach the next level and not get stuck on level one or two. The “boss level” is the best, and you know what?
I believe there is a key to reaching the boss level (aka your goals) this year. As an added bonus, now is the best time tap into it.
Whether you are single or not; whether you live near family or not; I’m going to step out on the diving board and assume that someone did something kind toward you this past month. It could have been something as huge as a monetary blessing or something as small as taking the time to check on you, but someone probably did something. And if you are having trouble thinking of an example, I can guarantee this: someone on this earth was praying for or thinking about you.
Kindness is a display of love. The ever-popular Bible verse 1 Cor. 13:4 tells us this: “Love is patient. Love is kind.”
If you want to see consistency in your goals as you move forward, the key is love. Be a blessing to others, and blessings will come to you. Have you ever noticed that people who are generous with their time and resources seem happy? That’s because generosity is a display of love. That love returns to them, causing a beautiful circle of showing and receiving love. When we help others in love, we are simultaneously setting ourselves up for a blessing!
Those who are stingy, on the other hand, tend to be bitter. They aren’t our go-to examples of generosity or showing love, and they often remain stagnant in their bitterness. They wonder why more people don’t show them love or help them—yet the key is hanging on a hook attached to their heart’s door, ready to use.
Here is another way to apply the key: approach your goals with love too! For example, suppose one of your goals this year is to lose weight. Don’t talk about the subject the ordinary, depressing way. “Oh, I guess I have to go on a diet. Might as well eat like a weebill bird...”
Instead, love the challenge number one. And number two, set realistic checkpoints and expectations. Show yourself some love—don’t torture yourself by trying to eat microscopic portions of food. Why not say, “My self-discipline will soar to new heights this month because I’m going to make a healthy meal plan and stick to the plan like never before. And I am going to love the process because my food choices will still be fun!”
This, ladies, and gentlemen, is how you take the key of love and unlock the door to accomplishment. Not only in February, but all year long.
March onward, my friend. Prepare for the greatest success you can imagine…
And level up with love.