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Mindset to Finish // Part 5

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:15-16

Unfinished tasks and goals will almost always end in missed opportunities.

About two years ago, I went into a car dealership to inquire about trading in my car. I test drove a gorgeous Malibu that had every bell and whistle I wanted. Unfortunately, my current car was ‘underwater’. The costs that would come from trading that car in would have placed me in a financial noose.

I was given advice: open an account with the credit union, keep the account active and in good standing, and pay my bills on time as much as possible. After a year, I would be in better financial shape to trade in my car..

A year later, I spoke back to the dealer and he asked if I had followed the steps. I told him no. He stated ‘Imagine if you had started a year ago and finished the plan, you could be driving the car that you want.’

Not only did I not have the mindset to finish, I did not even have enough faith to get the process started.

No more excuses

We can redeem our time with excuses or we can redeem our time by finishing the goals before us. I redeemed my time with excuses.

I cringed at the advice because one year seemed to be too long of a process to get a new car. In the two years from that conversation I did not finish the process laid before me. I held back my own progress. I kept my financial situation in bondage. I stayed in my underwater car. All because when I received the good advice, I did not grasp the mindset to finish the process.

Today I encourage each of you, and myself, to keep the Mindset to Finish. Let us be wise with our time (there’s that time-management again) and faithful to fulfilling our purpose.

Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your day

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Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Success over Fear

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. ~ Psalm 34:4

Have you ever heard the phrase “afraid of success”?

It was years before I recognized how deep this fear was rooted in my own beliefs. I was afraid of what would happen if things should be successful. I thought, if I were to tell my story, I would lose family and friends. And if I were to live out my dreams, I would lose some relationships. My fear was that any success would lead to loneliness.

David’s success was meant life or death

King David was the youngest of a large family. In his youth, he was called out of his comfortable place (his intended career) and anointed to be king. While he returned to work, when the time came for him to step onto the road to kingship, he had to trust God, face fear, and be determined to have success.

Sure enough, when he fought against Goliath, he used the strength and knowledge of every life experience that God allowed him to have. He faced the battle and overcame fear.

Forward without fear

No, David did not return to his father’s house. His life and relationships did change. He learned to seek God throughout the course of his life.

Let us keep the mind to seek God today. Give Him the cares of our hearts and allow Him to deliver us from all of our fears.

Don’t wake up worrying about the ‘what ifs’. Seek God with your every fear or concern. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of coffee

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What is ‘Controlling’ You

Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me ~ Psalm 119:133

Controls.

We use that word a lot at my job. Controls are the steps that we have in place to keep us from going off track. Having controls in place keeps deadlines from being missed and it keeps the integrity of our work intact.

In my line of work, I can easily go through four to five audits every year. The one thing that each auditor will do, is search for the controls to verify that they are working. The controls are in place to keep our work from failing.

Controls at work,  and in our personal lives,  keep us from being distracted away from fulfilling purpose. Controls will combat the ‘what if’ and the ‘just in case’.

Here are three controls that we can use daily.

1. Stay alert to immediately recognize a distraction. (It’s never a coincidence that someone will call , text or inbox me when I am writing). Be prepared so that the distraction does not have any power.  I don’t feel guilty anymore that I don’t respond to calls while I’m writing.  

2. Fight to stick to your schedule.You put a schedule in place, so execute it.  If you say you are going to exercise at 5am. Get up and do it. If you designated a time for praying, do it. Be accountable to what you put in place.  This is maturity.

3. Keep records. Start keeping a journal of your accomplishments. Imagine starting off your day by looking at all you accomplished the day before. That is motivation!

Don’t lose the controls. Recharge your day and enjoy your tea!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, blogger, author, sipper of tea

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A Great Ending

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.~ Ecclesiastes 7:8

When I lived in NY, I attended Love Fellowship Temple, pastored by Bishop Hezekiah Walker. One of the ministries that I served on was the church choir. During one rehearsal, (there were many) I recall him having us go through the end of a song over and over. We were dragging at the end of the song, just to get it finished. He taught us how to put just as much energy into the end of a song because the end is just as important as the beginning and the middle.

Remember all of the lessons learned, the people met and the people released, the dreams pursued, and the businesses started.  Remember every experience where God has kept us. To sum it up, We came out of 2016 better.

Yesterday, I recorded a video on FaceBook Live, titled “What if?” It was a reflection of 2016 and of life questions.

Today, I am going to move with intention. I don’t want to rush through the day, just to get to the evening celebration. I want to intentionally enjoy this day that God has blessed me to see. The beginning was good, but truly, the end of 2016 is better!

Check out the video here!

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Happy New Year Eve! Enjoy your cup of coffee and power up your day!

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Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of coffee

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