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4 Things that will make 2014 A Great Year For You! – Words to Live by

Dr. Lonnie G. McCowan, pastor of Miracle Center of Ventura

By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

When you think of the New Year, what comes to mind? Perhaps a fresh start or the high hopes of a New Year and a clean slate…a New Year’s resolutions. January 1st is just another day on the calendar – we gave it meaning, and thankfully we can give that same drive, motivation and excitement to ANY day on the calendar or every day! If 2014 is going to be your best year – NOW is the time to make important decisions and commit to your success!

Think for a second … this is your life; you can’t wait for one day a year to give your best to yourself, you deserve your best each and every day – all year long.   Find a church that will teach you the bible with simplicity and get in it and grow. Stop hanging out with negative people they are pulling you down. Here are four things you can do every day to give yourself the gift of a better life.

1. Release fear out of your life! When you make the decision to release fear, indecision and procrastination out of your life, you will experience earth shattering results. Say it out loud?  FEAR GET OUT OF MY LIFE! Scream it at the top of your lungs and say it every day to release the enemy of fear of your life forever. If your past is holding you back, then reach down and take off the shackles that are holding you back to your past. Do it! Take those shackles off your ankles and off of your mind right now and release your negative past that is holding you back from success. If you think it’s silly to shout out words of victory or to  physically do something outside of your comfort zone to release something in your life that is holding you back, then you don’t want it bad enough! That’s right. I said it. You don’t want to be free bad enough if you can release yourself from the enemy of fear, doubt, procrastination or even your past than you don’t want it bad enough, when you want it as much as you want to take your next breath then you will be free! .

2. Know the TRUTH for yourself. (John 8:32) “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”  “If you don’t know the truth you will not be free” I am receiving only the truth about myself and you should too. The truth for me comes from the “Word of God” the bible. I am what the bible says I am. I have what the bible says I have. I can do what the bible says I can do.  People try to tell you their side of the truth about you through their opinions, but it’s important to focus on the truth that you know about yourself and not what someone else thinks. Remember, the center of the word truth is “U”. You must believe in yourself and associate with other champions that know the real truth about you.

3. You must consistently be Building your life. I am consistently building my life by building my belief structure. One way I build my beliefs are with something I call the “my rollover” principle. Here is how I do it every morning when roll out of bed; I roll right into the present. My past is gone. My present is now. I get up and in to the present with great expectation. What I could of or should of done the day before is over. I don’t think about it again …What I cannot change I don’t waste time thinking about it.

Instead of reaching for the remote control when I get up I read my Why Card (My why card is a card that has my “why” I need to get up and win every day.) for the first few minutes of my day, I say my “why” out loud right when I get out of bed. When I do this it is a way to predict the rest of my day.

4. Work hard on your habits they guarantee your success without a doubt your habits will predict your level of success in life! I have seen it thousands of times in my life and the lives of people I help. If your habits consist of hanging out with naysayers, drinking at the local bar every night and watching garbage television, then how can you expect to achieve your goals in life? 97% of people are dead or dead broke by the age of 65. Why? Their habits took complete control of their lives. What about the other 3%? We are the champions that realized that our daily habits will determine if we achieve our goals and dreams.

Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at or by visiting

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