How to Persevere Until You Fulfill Your Purpose

On your journey to discovering your purpose, you will be tempted to give up. Here’s how to persevere until you fulfill your purpose.

Today is the final day of the series on discovering your purpose. We’ll be diving into letters E and D in the SPIRIT-LED acrostic.

E is for Evaluate and Adjust, and D is for Don’t Give Up.

Let’s start with E – Evaluate and Adjust. So after completing the assignments in Parts 1 through 4, you now have written goals that have been scheduled in your planner. This next step comes after you have Lived Your Goals in Faith for 3 months—one quarter.

At that point, you want to evaluate how things are going and make adjustments as needed.

Here’s what I do. I take a sheet of paper (and I created a nice worksheet for this in the worksheet package which you can get at spiritledgoals.com).

Divide the sheet in half and on the left side, write down your goals for the quarter. Then on the right side, write your results for each goal. Did you achieve the goal? If not, what held you back? Is it still a viable goal? Does anything need to be changed?

Make any necessary adjustments and carry any unfinished goals over to the next quarter. Repeat this process at the end of each quarter to help you stay accountable. It also keeps you focused and on track.

Listen below for the entire episode on The Goodbye Boss, Hello Kids Podcast

How To Persevere

Now let’s move to the final letter, D – Don’t Give Up.

Listen, Mamas. You will be tempted at some point to give up on your goals. Usually, it’s a few months into your goal and before you start seeing some success.

It’s so important that you remember that success takes time. We are in it for the long haul—however long it takes.

If it’s a weight loss goal, give yourself time and grace. You didn’t put on the extra pounds overnight, so don’t expect for it to come off overnight.

Your ultimate goal is to get healthier, so just focus on that…one step at a time.

If you’re trying to work from home maybe blogging or selling on Etsy and you’re not earning money yet, don’t give up yet. Give it at least 18 months before giving up or pivoting to something else. Stop switching every 3 or 4 months to something new—some bright shiny new thing that looks more promising.

Stick to your goals—remember you’ve prayed about them and asked for God’s direction. So if you believe He’s leading you, don’t give up.

I want to share something with you. It’s a poem I learned way back in 1st grade and I still remember it to this day. Bless my sweet teacher for teaching this to us. It has blessed me many times over the years.

It’s called “Keep Going” by Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must—but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit—
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

—Edgar A. Guest

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