Know the truth and move closer to accomplishing your dreams, and your purpose. Too often people decide to forfeit their dreams and desires because of the lies whispered in their ears at some point during their life’s journey. Many have held onto those lies throughout their mission in life. For some of us, we have been holding onto to lies for 40 plus years. Time to bring those things to a halt. We must stop abruptly in our tracks, and decide to live differently.

Let’s start by asking, “Where did I go off track?”

Maybe it was the lie of your first teacher. He/she told you that you would never amount to anything. Perhaps it was the lie of your next-door neighbor who said to you that you were too much trouble. Maybe it was the lie of your first girlfriend/boyfriend that during the breakup told you that you meant nothing to them. It could have been your first boss who was jealous of you taking his/her position and decided to abuse you emotionally to get you to think you were embarking on the wrong career. Whatever was spoken into your life that is holding you back was a lie. Let’s deal with it by deciding to…

1) Be Fierce! Dictionary defines fierce as “ferocious and forceful, like a lion. Fierce comes from the Latin ferus ‘wild animal.’ It means strong, proud, dangerous and ready to roar.” Other words to define fierce are powerful, strong, competitive, and yes…even ass-kicking.

I decided to slam the door of 2017 and open 2018 with a fierceness that gives me the power to be a bad-ass female. How will I do this? First, by taking risks, I have thought about taking for a couple of years. Already I have made contact with several individuals and gave my pitch. It’s not that I have never made contact with people, but I presented to significant executives, and celebrities just this morning. I feel empowered by the responses I have received. Secondly, I plan to put myself out in public more by taking a front roll seat and letting everyone find out more about me and what I have to offer. I am a publisher of an international print and digital publication called READY. I am also a book and business ambassador who equips and encourages others to be well and do great on their journey of being a publisher and an entrepreneur…and I’m darn great at it! Third, I will be so fierce that I will purposely highlight others who are doing great at what they do. I will continue to serve as a mentor to millennial females, and pour into them everything I know to help them with their craft.

2) Live Fearlessly! defines fearless as “being without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.”

It has taken me most of my 52 years to learn the value of self-discovery. Though I identify as an African-American, entrepreneur, speaker, woman, wife, and mother, the descriptors make no sense apart from genuinely knowing myself at the deepest levels of my being. Like many others, I have found myself at times vacillating between the joys of life’s victories and the pain of deep wounding. There have been occasions where I have felt as if I was suffocating emotionally, spiritually, and vocationally, longing for the freedom that was so often right in front of me. Our natural tendency is to avoid or resist the hard work of the more in-depth journey, but at specific points in our lives, we realize that to finish well we must go deeper. My journey has revealed that meaningful and fruitful self-discovery and transformation requires transparency, vulnerability, and authenticity. This is how I am now able to live fearlessly.

3) Be Focused! Google defines focus as “paying particular attention, to concentrate, zero in on, have it as a starting point.”

I’m laughing at the fact that I have this as one of my points in this article. However, to live freely, we must focus. This is a weakness of mine. So I will merely give us a list to try to incorporate.

  • Keep a list and do your best to tackle what’s on the list.
  • Take time each morning and pray. Rise early, breathe and pray for guidance.
  • Schedule time throughout the day for your social media. This is a big distraction.
  • Finish the book you were led to pick up.
  • As your mind wanders, do what you can to get back on track with what you were doing.
  • Make it fun.

4) Live Faithfully! Merriam-Webster defines faith as having “allegiance to duty or a person; loyalty. Belief and trust in and loyalty to God. Something that is believed especially with strong conviction.”

Faith is the ability to see beyond any present situation to what can be.

I will sum this up by saying, “Walk by faith and not by sight.” [2 Corinthians 5:7]

Live believing that all things will work out based on what you have been purposed to do. (Tweetable @GailDudley)

Let’s talk. How will you live freely?

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