Two Simple Words for Success

Simple Tool to Evaluate 5 Areas of Your Life
And the TWO words that will help you make a breakthrough in each

For the New Year, everyone makes goals and tries to find their purpose. They look back on positive things that happened and (hopefully) have overcome the negative while allowing it to make you stronger.

Many still think they have not found their purpose. Many think they don’t have one to find. Many think that because of a setback, they must have been mistaken about their purpose.

I want to encourage you that no matter if you failed or succeeded compared by worldly standards, you learned something spiritually. You just have to figure out what it is.

Here is a tool to help you evaluate the 5 most important areas of your life. At the end, I will explain the ONE thing you can do in each area to make it an even better year than last. The One thing applies to all 5 areas. It is short and simple and only TWO words.

Rate yourself in growth in these 5 areas for the year 2017.

Spiritual 1 2 3 4 5
Social 1 2 3 4 5
Emotional 1 2 3 4 5
Physical 1 2 3 4 5
Vocational 1 2 3 4 5

Spiritual:
I give myself a 4.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
Focus on God’s Word before Social Media in the morning.
Pray more deeply and more often.

Social:
I give myself a 2.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
I want/need that one best friend who I can share my deepest thoughts so she can help me grow, but I tend to hold so much inside.
I need to initiate coffee and dinner and concerts and get-togethers instead of waiting to be asked.

Emotional:
I give myself a 4.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
I need to continue to fiercely forgive and show it.
I need to share my hopes/dreams/failures with my husband more.

Physical:
I give myself a 1.
Two areas I need to work on to grow.
I need to make time to workout and exercise.
I need to stick to healthy routine of drinking water and taking supplements.

Vocational:
I give myself a 2.
# areas I need to work on to grow.
I give myself a 2 because I lost 7 months of the year because of a bad decision. I am better for it, but it stings. Make better decisions for my business.
Get help in areas I am weak. (I’m looking for a tech assistant.)
Take risks.
Share great value to help others find their purpose.

As promised, here are the two words that will make your and my 2018 better than last year:
SAY YES!
Say YES to every opportunity that God places before you.
Say YES to forgiveness.
Say YES to a friend in need.
Say YES to someone who offers you help.
Say YES. Say YES. Say YES.

Obviously, be wise and avoid immoral, unethical and sleazy conduct. BUT, say YES to those things God is holding out to you.

Think about it: How many opportunities did you let pass last year vs. how many you took hold of?

Evaluate why. Fear? Say Yes! Financial? Just say YES! Unknown? Say YES! Risk? Say YES!

Benjamin Franklin looked like a fool for years but he is in every history book. J.K. Rowling was rejected 12 times for Harry Potter, but now her books have sold over $400 million, not to mention the movies; the last one earning over $475 million.

If Ben had of given up, someone else would have harnessed electricity. If J.K. would have thrown the manuscript in the trash, raising her daughter by herself would have been a huge struggle.

Ben said YES thousands of times! J.K. kept saying YES even when publishers told her NO.

Robin Williams said NO to life. Jack Nicholson said NO to the role of Godfather in “The Godfather”. My father-in-law said NO to a friend wanting to start Churches Chicken.

Ephesians 1:11, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity to the purpose of his will…” This plan for our lives only works if we say YES!

January is TOOOO Far Away. Start Today!

What do you follow? What do you steep yourself in…knowingly or unknowingly?

Do you follow a band and their music and soak up their lyrics?
Do you follow a series on Netflix and allow it to soak up your time?
Do you follow people on Social Media who promise business success and soak up dreams of future fame?
Do you follow celebrities in People Magazine and soak up drama?
Do you follow your kids extra curricular activities and allow them to replace important family events like graduations, birthdays, Christmas parties or family reunions?
Do you follow politics and soak up worldly problems?

The world bombards us with so many things that ARE NOT BAD, but we just don’t know how to use them in moderation. We allow so many things to come between us and God. Worldly things take over.

However, we must listen to ONE thing. We must not allow all the other junk to drown this very important sound out. John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I know them and they know me.”

Do you listen to the one that ‘yells’ the loudest or the One that has the best? Who do you spend the most time with? The world suffocates the best God has for us and crushes us with useless information, busyness and hopes.

Journey with me this week and make some changes. Let’s don’t wait until January 1st. Lets start now!

Challenge: Put Jesus in every part of your life. Listen to Christian music and delete some junk. Watch good movies with Christian lessons. Follow people on Social Media who speak Truth, are real and can guide you to Jesus. Follow celebrities that give the glory to God. Limit political controversies. Moderate sports. And, choose NOT to allow your child’s extra curricular activities to take over Sundays or take away holidays with family (esp Christmas.)

Benefits are great for listening and following his voice in vs. 28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

This is a lifestyle change. I urge you to follow the Shepherd’s voice. It is quiet and constant. The benefits outweigh any growing pains you may have.

Following Jesus’ voice helps you become free from pain of unforgiveness, the heartache of bitterness and the shame of your past. You can heal and repair and find grace.

Asking for help is one of the hardest things most Christians do. It hurts our pride. We feel like others think we are weak. We have to address weakness and acknowledge sin.

As a Life Coach, I can help you create a well written plan to put more Jesus in your all areas of your life by exploring your priorities, choosing the best and keeping you accountable in the execution.

I can help you discover your gifts and talents and help you glorify God by using them to bless others.

The choice is yours. Will you listen to the voice of Jesus or the loud chatter of the world? Will you admit that you need a mentor or continue to go it alone?

Goto my website, www.steepedinpurpose.com, and select LET’S CHAT to send me an email. Let’s discuss your struggles and work to tackle them.

Erin E. McEndree
Steeped In Purpose

Life Purpose Coaching for Women
Inspirational Speaker
Author, Blogger