It’s that time again. New Years’ Resolution Time. Did you set a resolution? Are you still persisting? Well, I don’t really believe in New Years’ resolutions but I do believe in change and so does God:

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 1:6

But, but, but I have to keep changing until the day of Christ Jesus. I think there is a bit of confusion about goals out there especially around the new year. I found this poem many years ago when I was an alpine ski racing coach and it inspired my athletes and I:

Who am I?

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed, you much merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great men and women and alas of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, thou I work with all the precision of a machine, plus the intelligence of a human being. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin, it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?


Next week we’ll continue with this idea of Goals & Change Part 2 and the answer to this poem.