5 Empowering Steps Toward Fulfilling Your Purpose

 

“Why am I here?” 

At some time or the other, we have all asked that question.

Purpose brings significance, value and stability to our lives. Without purpose, we simply drift through life.

Believe it or not!

No one is like you.  You are unique, one of a kind.  No one has your potential, experience, talents and abilities.  You were born to fulfill a specific purpose.  Your purpose is the calling on your life.

Discovering your God-given purpose will empower you and fill you with excitement.  There is nothing like walking in your purpose.  It will literally set you free.

Here we go!  Empowering steps toward fulfilling your purpose:

1. Go to the Source

You have a creator who knows your purpose.  Go to God in prayer and ask Him to help you discover your purpose.  Your purpose has always been a part of you.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)

As you seek God, make a list of the things that you do naturally…your gifts.  When you have a natural interest in something, your productivity increases.  Note the things that you do for fun and the things that you are passionate about.  Some things might be big and some small, but they are all important.  Knowing what you do best is fundamental to fulfilling your purpose.

Once you have made your list, reflect on how you can use your talents and abilities to serve others.

2.  It is okay to ask for help 

Do research to obtain information on how you can best leverage your talents and abilities to fulfill your purpose.  The internet is filled with information of all sorts.  In addition, do not be afraid to ask for help from people who you trust and who are thriving in an area that you are trying to break into.  Further, talk with people who you believe are walking in alignment with their purpose.

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3.  Step out in faith

Now that you are more aware of your purpose, step out in faith.  Action is required.  “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2 v 17 (KJV) You are equipped with everything that you need to fulfill your purpose.  Walk with that understanding and assurance as you consciously work towards your goals each day.  Remember that God multiplies what we surrender to Him.

Have courage and tenacity!

Fulfilling your God-given purpose will cost you something… time, money, friends and the list goes on.  Of course, the positives of walking in your purpose far outweigh the negatives.  It’s all worth it.  Be strong!  Keep focus and stay on the path!  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverb 3:5-6 (KJV) 

4.  Shut the door

Shut the door on the doubters and the naysayers who will tell you that this has never been done.  Yes, shut the door on all those who will convince you that God did not say so and it will not work out.  Sometimes people don’t understand the vision that God has given you.  Consequently, many dreams are crushed in casual conversations.  Keep your purpose close to your heart until it is time for it to be revealed.

Next, JUST DO IT… step by step, brick by brick! Evaluate your progress all the way!

5.  Celebrate your victories

Celebrating your victories is just as important as evaluating your progress.  As you take steps toward fulfilling your purpose, celebrate your victories whether they are big or small.  Celebrating creates momentum and usually translates to more successes as you press towards your goal.

Important:  Keep, obtain or create a tangible picture of your purpose.  Visualizing your purpose will help you achieve results more quickly.

Word of caution: Place no confidence in the flesh… even in your long list of credentials.  Keep grounded.  Only God can open doors for you that no man can shut.  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)

Don’t put limits on God!  No limits! No boundaries! See increase all around you… everywhere!

Okay!  Time to roll!  Just do it!

I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

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GIVEAWAY – Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

Victorious By Design, LLC is pleased to announce the giveaway of copies of the highly anticipated Circle of Love novel, Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along by Ann Marie Bryan.

 

 

GIVEAWAY – TWO (2) AUTOGRAPHED COPIES!

Giveaway Dates: Friday, August 17, 2012 – Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Countries available: USA ONLY

TO ENTER:

Do the following in the comments box below:

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GIVEAWAY ENDS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012, 7:00 PM.

A winner will be chosen from those entries and announced on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:30 pm.

Happy Reading!

 

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

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You Are Invited


Come on over!  Join the Celebration!

 

You are cordially invited to ANN MARIE BRYAN’S  Book Release Celebration and Book Signing for Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along!

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

Hilton Garden Inn, 1330 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301

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Giving away 2 copies!

Come Celebrate with us!

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

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It is okay to ask for help

We all need help at times in our lives.  It’s okay to ask for help.

I need you and you need me.  We are all blessed with unique gifts, talents and abilities. It is that way for a reason so that we will reach out and help each other.  This giving and receiving create great relationships.

It takes great courage to ask for help.

For one reason or another, many of us do not like to ask for help.  Requesting support can often make us feel very vulnerable. We may have been taught that it is a sign of weakness to ask for help or we may think that we are self-sufficient.

Sometimes, we stand in the way of receiving the help that we need.  Certain beliefs or ways of thinking that we carry makes it hard for us to ask for help.

Perhaps, we are afraid to hear no. 

Back in the day, a lot of fear would descend upon me when I required help.  The biggest fear – What if this individual say “no” to my request?

Who wants to hear “no” when they are in a spot and needs help? 

Of course, some people have said no to my requests.  That’s okay too.  I had to learn to get pass those “crazy” feelings and emotions.  Indeed, that too shall pass.

Keep focus.

I am just a positive person because I believe that no one would genuinely refuse to help, if it is in his/her power to do so.  After all, we have all been helped at one time or another in our lives.  Still, be of the mindset that whenever you make a request, it is okay for that individual to say no … even without giving an explanation.  It is a request and a request can be accepted or declined.  Don’t take it personally, this person may have a lot going on and cannot help at this time.

There is hope.

I have learned that there are people who genuinely want to help you.  No strings attached.  They simply want to help you get ahead.

So, position yourself to ask for help… not just any help, specific help, good help, to take you to your next level of unprecedented opportunities and success.

Here is how to ask for help.

1.  Decide what you need help with

2.  Select a person to approach – someone you believe has the knowledge or ability to help you with this task

3.  Contact this person – make an appointment where necessary

4.  Be prepared to share what you need help with.  Record your thoughts about the matter for clarity and brevity.

5.  Be clear on the results that you desire to achieve

6.  Listen and ask relevant questions

7.  Thank this person for their support

8.  Assess the advice and determine whether or not you need to proceed with it or you need a second opinion.

Final thoughts

If you ask and you receive “no” for the answer, try again with another person.

I have discovered a beautiful thing about asking for help, it is truly liberating.  So, congratulate yourself on having the courage to ask for help.  Let us not only ask for help but be willing helpers.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

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Write a book? Nope! Not on my list of things to do!


UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG

A Circle of Love Novel by Ann Marie Bryan


Truthfully, writing a book was nowhere on my list of things to do. While I enjoy editing, reading and writing, I never thought of publishing a book. At various times in my life, I kept a personal journal, just to record my thoughts at any given moment. I have even written inspirational ‘poems’ to family members, relatives and friends for birthdays and special occasions.  Writing a book … never crossed my mind.

So, how did I start writing a book?

Great question! Glad you asked.

After I got married, several of my friends and relatives (some living miles away) wanted to know how I met my husband. They knew that I had been single for some time. So, I had to share my love story, over and over again. Of course, no one wanted to hear the short version of the story.

Six months later, I was stretched out on the sofa at home on a Sunday afternoon, still recounting my love story. After hanging up from my call, it hit me …Write a book!

A long deafening pause ensued!

A book! A book!

Every reason not to write this book came to mind. Yes, every reason. But, I knew that I had a story to tell. I also knew that if God called me to write this book, He would equip me and surround me with wonderful Godly helpers.

So, like any well-thinking Christian woman, I took the matter to the Lord and felt the peace to proceed with this mission.

That was the easy part!

I had an enjoyable experience writing Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along.  I discovered, how much I like writing and I learned many interesting things about myself (LOL) and about the writing process.  Sometimes, God takes us out of our comfort zone to stretch us and show us that we can accomplish far more than we think.  He blesses us to reach and empower others.

Have you ever felt the call to do a major task that was not on your list of things to do?  What steps did you take to accomplish this task?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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What Are People Saying About This Circle Of Love Novel?


UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG

A Circle of Love Novel by Ann Marie Bryan

“Must be nice! Showers of continued blessings and joy to you! Just can’t wait to start reading your novel.” Henritta, August 6, 2012.

“We have had many moments on the topic of love……..haven’t we? So, I know that this book is going to be a thrilling read! Will be getting my copy sooner than you think!” Olga, August 3, 2012.

“Congratulations my dear lady, all that starts well with the fear of God proceeds and ends well! This is an amazing outlook of who you are; your creativity and production are highly honored. I long to read the book. Keep the good work going. God bless you.” Nancy, July 22, 2012.

“I am waiting….for the rest of this love story!!” J. White, July 13, 2012.

“Congratulation! The book cover design is beautiful. I cannot wait to read the novel. Speed it up!!! Love you.” Beverlyn, July 13, 2012.

“It is great to wait on the Lord. I am waiting for that blessed moment. All the best as the Lord continue to guide your path.” Paulette, July 12, 2012.

“Ann Marie, it is always good to hear about something good that has happened, thanks to you this time around, I have the opportunity to both witness and enjoy this joyous event as it unfolded.” Cherree, July 12, 2012.

“I am so proud of you! I am so excited and happy for you. Can’t wait!!” Paula, July 12, 2012

“I am so proud of you Ann and how the Lord has worked, is working in your life. Your book will truly be a source of encouragement to young Christian women…showing how God gives us His best in His time…we just have to wait and while waiting; serve Him. Lots of blessings and love Ann.” Janet, May 26, 2012 

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Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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A Lady in Waiting: A Bit about Marriage (Part II)

Back in the day, after a heated discussion about relationships, a friend asked if I expected the heavens to open and drop my husband-to-be on my door step.  She insisted that I was not trying hard enough to find a mate.  She thought that my cool demeanor, choice dates and trusts in the Lord were basically amounting to faith without works.  She was convinced that I should be visiting more social clubs and events to gain more opportunities to meet Mr. Right.

She was mistaken.

I was busy living my life to the fullest, walking in full alignment with God’s purpose for my life.

Let’s talk a bit about marriage

Marriage has far reaching implications for your life.  It is a covenant relationship not to be entered lightly.  I consulted the Lord in prayer and fasting and sought godly counsel, before I gave a resounding “yes” to my marriage proposal.  Actually, celestial songs played in my head and butterflies danced in my heart… the greatest thrill of my life as I choked out a jubilant, “Yes, I will.”

So, here are a few things to consider before you commit:

1.  Reviewed God’s word on marriage and your role in a marital relationship

God desires that the relationship between a husband and wife be a reflection of God and the church.  Ephesians 5:20-33 is a great place to start.  Marriage is not for the faint hearted or the selfish. The relationship between a husband and wife must be a reflection of God and the church. Jesus Christ gave His life for the church so marriage requires dying to self to bring forth oneness.  This oneness is deep and beautiful.  You can only achieve this oneness with the working of the Holy Spirit in your life.   Understand that if God calls you to holy matrimony, He will equip you with the requisite skills.

2. Pray and fast

Marriage is a life changing decision and so it warrants spending time in prayer and fasting to get clear directions from the Lord.  Pray for wisdom.  It is extremely important that you have peace about your relationship.  Ask God to teach you His definition of love and how to love.

As much as we use the phrase “fall in love.”  All things considered, love is a decision with an emotional component.  Love is not the adrenalin rush, the butterflies in the stomach, the fluttering heart and the senseless giggles.  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)  It is your pledge to prefer or put someone ahead of you and to operate in the best interest of that person.

3.  Seek Godly counsel

Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have great examples of Godly women, beginning with my mother.  I have also benefitted from having six older sisters and many other Godly women and men in my life.  The scripture encourages older women to teach the younger women (Titus 2:4).  Further “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12:12).

Sometimes, you can get “caught up in love” and cannot see the reality of your situation.  “Keep thy heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV) In preparation to be a Godly wife, surround yourselves with Godly men and women.  Ask them questions and learn from them.  Godly big sisters and brothers help you keep things in perspective.

4.  Assess your potential mate

You are a beautiful garden, not everyone can have you.

Be sure to spend enough time assessing your potential mate.  Make sure that you and your potential mate are on the same path.

I decided a long time ago that I would only enter a committed God centered relationship. I was rather pleased to hear my husband articulate the same thing, when we were dating.  In fact, he was adamant about it.  “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (2 Cor.  6:14-15)

Now that I am married, I am so glad that I waited on the Lord. Wait, I say on the Lord.

God know what is best for us.   He loves us and means us only good.  “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”. (Ps 84: 11)  Whether you are single or married, He is still God.

I would love to hear your thoughts?  Please write your comments in the box below.

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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