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What is standing between you and the life you want?

I want to see you have your best year yet! So I put together a list of six useful tips I believe will help YOU live the life God created you to live.

1. Pray

Ask God for guidance. Waiting on God’s guidance and timing are just as important as knowing what your God-designed purpose is. Pray for patience as you wait to see your vision become a reality, and trust that God is preparing you in the meantime.

I believe you’re called to do something specific and to make a lasting impact. I want to see you reach greater heights, but the key to walking in your full potential is to spend time in God’s presence.

When you come into His presence, you will see life through His perspective. His glory comes on you, and He changes you from the inside out.

Goals without God are like boats without sails… You can go further faster with God by your side!

2. Set Goals

One of the most important steps you need to take is to write out your goals for this year. You can’t get to your goals without first knowing what they are. But when you write your goals down, don’t let the world get in your ear.

Colossians 3:2 tells you to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (NIV).

Your goals should reflect your faith. Resist the urge to downsize your dreams to fit the world’s expectations. While the world is saying, “This is impossible,” the Bible tells us, “With God all things are possible.” Rely on God’s strength, and you will see miracle after miracle take place in your life.

I encourage you to put your goals somewhere you will see them every day. It’s easier to be accountable for your dreams when you see them daily.

3. Make Amends

Are you withholding forgiveness from someone who has hurt you? The enemy has so many tactics, and anger is one of his favorite tools. Too often, we listen to his lies and let him distract us. We turn our eyes to him instead of to Jesus. When we do that, we hand over our freedom.

Anger is a prison, but forgiveness is your key to the prison door.

Matthew 6:12 tells us God will “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Without forgiveness, you can’t be free to live and love the way Christ wants you to. You cannot truly come into God’s presence and be successful in your faith journey with anger in your heart.

4. Resist the Urge to “Be Liked”

Every dreamer and visionary encounters roadblocks, and that includes naysayers, doubters, and those who are envious of your courage and vision.

I always had big dreams, but, for years, I fell victim to people pleasing. I lived my life relying on the approval of others to feel loved and accepted. I want to encourage you to cast down every thought that doesn’t match up with God’s Word.

Resistance doesn’t always mean you are doing something wrong. Sometimes big ideas scare people. If you know you have a God-designed dream, His Word is the word that matters.

Don’t quit. Don’t give up on what God has told you to do. Don’t back down. Stay in agreement with what heaven says about you and your situation.

5. Count Your blessings

Every night before you go to bed, name five things that you are grateful for. You can write them down or say them out loud, whatever works best for you. Ending the day with positive thoughts will stop the cycle of negative thoughts.

Adopting an attitude of gratitude is a building block of success.

It’s urgent that you understand that your thoughts are extremely powerful tools.

God created positive thoughts to help you love others, to laugh, to motivate you to work toward your goals, push through circumstances, and chase after your dreams.

Joyce Meyer once said, “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”

Getting closer to your goals is impossible with a negative mind-set. Your ability to overcome mistakes depends on your willingness to think positive and be grateful for what you have! No matter what you’ve been through, it’s never too late to pick yourself up and try again.

Are you ready to get HAPPY? God has an incredible plan for your life, but it starts with discovering your joy in His presence. Embark on a journey toward a happier you today by preordering my new devotional, The Happy Life: Notes from God HERE!

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