This week, I’ve had some doubts about the goals I posted.  That ugly voice inside, that sinister naysayer that tears you down and gets to you when you’re weak has been doing what it does best – talking, talking, talking.

Pastor Stephen Furtick calls it “the chatterbox.”  Seth Godin refers to it as “the lizard brain.”  Whatever you call it, the voice’s purpose is always the same: Throw you off your game, and distract you from the important and great things you set out to do.

One of the chatterbox’s most common tactics is to remind you of past failures.

“Why are you trying that again?  You failed miserably and embarrassed yourself last time.”
“What makes you think anyone cares?  No one listened last time you had something to say!”
“Why even try?  Everyone is set against you doing this – the deck is stacked against you, just like last time.”
“When are you going to learn, you’re not going to ever make progress in your finances?”
“You think just because it’s a New Year that you can change your life?  You’re stuck, just like you’ve always been.”
“You will never make progress in this area of your life. You fail every time!”

The most difficult thing about battling the lizard brain is that it’s not someone else’s voice speaking.  It’s your own.  It’d be much easier to fight if it were someone else talking, but it’s YOU, inside your own head.

Right about now, that voice may have been going off in your head, too.  Trying to distract you, trying to knock you off your goals by reminding you of your past failures.

Scripture deals with this challenge.  Paul himself, who wrote much of the New Testament, touches on this in Philippians 3, where he says the following:

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection.  But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Take away one of the chatterbox’s most powerful weapons by forgetting the past and pressing on.  (I’m preaching to myself here, lol!)  Doesn’t matter what happened in the past.  Previous attempts, previous failures, even previous successes – enjoy them, learn from them, then forget them and press on.

Take the power from the lizard brain and start looking forward and pressing on.  Leave the past where it lies, and keep on going.