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I try to workout regularly. In fact, I haven’t missed a workout in 4 months. Don’t get too excited. My training times are pretty tame. But I’d like to address something that is truly a “game-changer” for me. I would guess that in the past four months there were many days where working out wasn’t even on my radar.  In fact, the thought of running, lifting, or jumping was the last thing on my mind. I didn’t have time. I was too tired. I was getting bored. My body was sore. Those excuses along with a hundred more seemed to flood my mind.

So why did I press on? Here are some strategies that work for me:

1. Start with a small goal: Commit to doing a shorter or less intense workout to make it more manageable.

2. Find motivation: Remind yourself of the benefits of exercise, set goals, or listen to energizing music.

3. Change your mindset: Focus on how you’ll feel after the workout, rather than dwelling on the effort it takes.

4. Try a different activity: Switch up your routine with a new exercise or engage in an activity you enjoy to make it more appealing.

5. Seek accountability: Exercise with a friend, join a class, or use a fitness app that tracks your progress to stay motivated.

Now apply these principles to other matters in your life. You have delighted in reading the Bible, but your just a little burned out. You job just isn’t as exciting as it used to be. Your marriage has become stale. Set some new goals for your reading. Remind yourself of the huge benefits to finishing well. Try some new ways to communicate with your spouse. Ask a trusted friend to keep you accountable in various areas of your life.

Philippians 4:6–7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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