How You Can Become Backslide-Proof

I have found few things in life as discouraging as backsliding on an important goal.

Whether our objective is professional, financial, physical, or otherwise, a lack of perspective can tragically turn a minor lapse into outright collapse, making resumption of progress difficult.

The pattern is all too familiar.  For instance, we commit to running.  We start strong, but ultimately we miss a day, and then another, and then another.  We try to convince ourselves that we have a good reason for stopping, but in our hearts, we label the effort a failure, and cease trying altogether.

The Solution

One mistake does not equal failure. We must remember that achieving an important objective does not involve straight line progress. It is also not an all-or-nothing proposition.  It is an ongoing journey with challenges and zigzags along the way.

Direction of travel, not perfect execution, determines the destination.

What does this mean?  It means that we do not have to be perfect in order to achieve our goals. We may make the journey longer and more difficult with lapses,  but we should not abandon worthy objectives. After a lapse, we simply  recommit and keep going. It is what we  do most of the time that counts. If we regularly move in the proper direction, we will get there.

How does this work?  We make decisions each day.  With each decision, we move closer to or further away from our goal.  It’s that simple.  There is no reason to fear  ‘failure’.  God’s compassion grants us the ability to make daily course corrections.

Let’s move towards our goals in confidence, enjoying the challenges and growth along the way!


If you enjoyed this post, please read ‘The 4 Zones of Intention” and other posts of interest in our archives.


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4 thoughts on “How You Can Become Backslide-Proof

  1. This blog entry is one I need to read over and over, I tend to have an “all or nothing” attitude toward attaining certain goals, and an inevitable slip-up or failure at “staying the course” on my path toward that goal can often shake my confidence bringing me near a point of resignation. I know better, but that is my natural reaction when I forget it is not a “straight line process.” Thank you for this timely reminder. :). I love your blog.