So at the beginning of the year, I made a list of things that I just absolutely would not allow in 2014.  I reflected on some of the most challenging moments of 2013, and decided that 2014 would be the year to conquer those things.  When I finished my list, I realized that someone else may benefit from it so I’m sharing my list with everyone today. As you strive to accomplish your goals this year, I hope this list encourages you to be bold and courageous.

The name of the list is:  14 Things That Will Lead Me to Victory in 2014!

  1. What others think about you is none of your business:  Why bog yourself down with the little things (others thoughts of you) when God has big things in store for you.  Let them talk while you pursue!

  2. What they think you can or cannot do, does NOT matter: What others think about your capabilities does not determine your future because God says you can do ALL things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Be sure to remind yourself of what God says about you each day.

  3. Nothing and no one is worth fearing: Is the size of your destiny worth the size of your fear? Probably not. Be fearless this year in everything that you do.

  4. Everything you need to succeed is already inside of you: God said He knows the plans that He has for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). He knew where you would be today, and He equipped you in advance with the things you that you would need in order to accomplish your goals & dreams.

  5. BE YOU!: It’s impossible to please everyone.  Everyone won’t like you so don’t waste time trying to make everyone happy with you & with what you do.

  6. AMATEURS are BLESSED: Every expert was once an amateur.  Stop waiting for more experience before you “feel” qualified.  The experience will come with the doing. Start where you are. One day you will wake up, and the amateurs will be asking you for help. (Ex: Noah built the Ark as an amateur. Start building your Ark!)

  7. Small beginnings are still the beginning of something great: The size of your audience is not an indication of the power of your gift. The size of your business today is not an indication of its size next year or even next month. God gives us clear instruction that says “do not despise the day of small beginnings” (Zechariah 4:10).  You may start small today but continue to be consistent.  God will bring the right people at the right time.  In time, God will bring others who want to invest in you and add to your vision. Keep using what you have.

  8. Impossible does NOT exist: learn to dream without limits and learn to believe without boundaries.  God’s power is infinite. (I Corinthians 2:9)

  9. Failure + Failure =Success: Never be afraid to fail. Each time you fail, you get better. You also get closer to your dream.  You can’t have success if you don’t first have failure.

  10. You don’t need other people’s approval: God approved you the day He spoke your name into existence and gave you life.  On that day, He gave your life purpose. The fact that you are alive, is God’s stamp of approval.  Stop looking to others for validation and do what’s in your heart (1 Chronicles 17:2).

  11. No one can Stop You But You:The ONLY thing that will prevent you from accomplishing your goals is YOU! Make a list of the things that could stop you from achieving your goals. Post those on the mirror. Look in the mirror each day and say “Not me. Not this time. 2014 is my year!”

  12. You do not need permission to BE GREAT: no explanation needed.

  13. There are more people for you, than there are against you: focus on who supports you. Focus on who believes in you. Focus on who encourages you.  Utilize the friendships and relationships that you have to propel you forward. You do NOT need a NEW team.

  14. If you can dream it, you can achieve it: If God put it inside, He intended for it to come out. Don’t be intimidated by the size of your dream.  Let your faith work for you! (2 Corinthians 1:20).

I hope my list blesses you as much as it is blessing me! (Ecclesiastes 4:9).


ETE =)

  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2014

    Came across this randomly. I don’t know you, but that was an awesome word. Thank you!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 16, 2014

      Thank you so much! God bless you my friend!

  • Challenyee
    January 16, 2014

    Hoo-yah! You’re a great person to be around!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 16, 2014

      Love the sound effect! haha! Thanks so much Challen! You are too! God helps us to make awesome connections no matter where we are! I love it!

  • Clarita Kristine
    January 16, 2014

    I love the list and I can relate to each one…. You are a vessel that is helping push me toward my destiny! Thank you for allowing God to minister through you! Love u!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 16, 2014

      Sis! This blesses me so much! Thank you for always be a constant source of encouragement. I greatly appreciate it. 2014 is our year! I love you too! =)

  • Roselyn
    January 16, 2014

    What a nice way to share with us on how you are growing in your spiritual life and applying them in your personal life. Your work and love for others will be rewarded accordingly as his word says in Hebrews 6: 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized”. You are a blessing to many.May you attain favor from God to get you where you aspire and need to be!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 16, 2014

      Awww, thanks so much Roz! I appreciate your words of encouragement! That means so much to me!

  • Jay
    September 16, 2016

    I visit your blog from time to time to catch up. I am just now reading this list and just wanted to comment that this list is an amazing blessing. Thank you for writing this.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      September 16, 2016

      Thanks so much for this! I really appreciate it when people take time to leave a message and feedback.

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