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I get in sort of a flux this time of year. I don’t know whether to fish, scout, shoot my bow, or stop it all until I get the yard and the house as momma would have it. But if I stop it all I really become an irritable guy. Maybe I could just call these trips therapy and get by with an occasional excursion.

 It is impossible to do it all. I love the possibilities of a big bass, but I also love the serenity and table-fare of panfish. I want to fish but I need to do some pre-season deer scouting. And I need to shoot my bow. But if I’m going to be able to hunt when the season opens I’ve got to get the yard in better shape, clean the carport, and whatever else is on my wife’s list.

I go through this every year. I wish after turkey season ended I could just start tearing into all of the things that I have neglected while I was in the woods. It’s an endless cycle that I seem to never be able to break. I can tell you about intentions, sincerity and willpower, but I can rarely tell you about accomplishments and changes. I know I’m not alone. We all have areas in our life that we struggle in. Those areas are filled with good and sincere intentions, but that’s as far as we get. We make all sorts of plans and promises but they never get from our heart and head, to our feet.

An unknown author put it this way. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” This simply means I cannot continue to do the same thing and expect different results. I’ve got to change. But in order for me to truly change my actions, I need help. I’ve not been able to do it alone over the years, so why do I think I can do it now? No, I need help. And here’s what I need.

I need support. That is, I need to be around others who understand my struggle. I need encouragement. That is, I need people to tell me that I’m not a failure – to believe in me. And lastly, I need accountability. I need someone to answer to. I need someone to ask me each week or each day if I am following my plan. I need them to check on me and even come down on me hard if needed. This is what I need for my problems. Isn’t it what you need too?

Gary Miller
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