Yes, you read that right. I am about to explain how being unwilling is going to propel you towards your goals.
In my last post, I talked about how it's not enough to want something; that you have to want it more.
Well we're going to apply the same principle here.
It is not enough to be willing to accomplish your goals - whether they are related to your career, relationships, personal growth, faith or specific gifts and/or talents you have. You have to be unwilling to allow anything to prevent you from getting where you want to be.
When a runner signs up for a marathon, they don't go into it willing to finish. Of course they are willing to finish it or they wouldn't have signed up, spent months training for it and then showed up to the event prepared. They show up unwilling to allow anything to prevent them from finishing. They have invested time, money and energy before the event has even happened. There is no way they aren't going to finish, no matter how long it may take them to cross the finish line.
I am not a runner (unless of course someone is chasing me...with a weapon...) but I know enough runners to know that the whole actually running the marathon part isn't a breeze just because they've spent time training. It helps, I'm sure of that, but it doesn't make it easy.
It's a fact that the mind will cave before the body does. So if your mind is willing to keep going, your body will be unwilling to give up.
You and I need to be living this way. Pursuing our dreams this way. Loving people this way. You and I need to be showing up to life with this mentality; being unwilling to allow anything to prevent us from getting to our finish line, whatever that may be.
Maybe your finish line is your big wedding day. The (figurative) walk to the alter isn't isolated from problems. Be unwilling to allow anything to drive a wedge into your relationship.
Maybe your finish line is that big promotion. You're going to have put in the time and effort, above and beyond everyone else, to get where you want to be. Be unwilling to allow anyone to outwork you.
Maybe your finish line is making a personal change. You don't know difficulty until you're battling with yourself to become who you want to be. Be unwilling to let anything stop you.
I don't know the race you're running, but I know I'm running a race of my own and what I've learned is that being willing to finish the race isn't what's getting me to the finish line.
Being unwilling to accept any result other than reaching my finish line(s) is what's getting me there.
What race are you running right now? Are you willing to finish...or unwilling to accept anything other than a strong finish?
You owe yourself that answer.