Competitors understand that to achieve greatness, they must be laser-focused on their goals and avoid distractions at all costs.
One of the most crucial components of achieving success as an athlete is goal-setting. Competitors must have clear and concise goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. These goals are essential to providing direction and motivation in training and creating a roadmap to success.
Once competitors have set their goals, they must work tirelessly to achieve them. This means zeroing in on their training and nutrition and avoiding distractions that could derail their progress. Competitors must stay committed to their training program, pushing themselves to their limits in every workout.
However, the dedication required to succeed goes beyond just physical training. Mental toughness is also critical to achieving success in this high-performance sport.
Just as competitors avoid distractions that could hinder their physical performance, they must also steer clear of anything that could impede their spiritual growth. They understand that many things in life can consume their time and attention, but not all of them will help them draw closer to God.
For example, avoid something that isn’t drawing you closer to Jesus. This may include certain types of music, movies, or TV shows promoting values contrary to your faith.
Avoiding distractions is an essential aspect of living a life that is entirely centered on God. We demonstrate our faith in His sovereignty by focusing on the present moment and trusting in God’s provision. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encouraged believers to let go of their worries about the future and instead focus on living for Him in the present.
Jesus knew that worry and anxiety about the future can be a major source of distraction in our lives. Instead of being consumed by these worries, He urged His listeners to trust God and His provision. By doing so, we can let go of our anxieties and focus on living for Christ in the present moment. As we do, He has promised that He will “provide” for us.
1. Write down a time you were distracted and didn’t allocate enough time for God. How did you feel?
2. Commit Hebrews 12:2 to memory.