As I think back on 2014, I can truly say that this was a year of adversity.
That being said, 2014 was also a year of great progress and victory in my life, as well as a year filled with lessons that have empowered me to live a greater life.
At the end of every year, I always set aside time for reflection and analysis. This has been one of the greatest contributors to my success and I encourage you to do the same.
Here are a few life lessons I learned in 2014.
Lessons I Learned In 2014
1. You cannot achieve anything in life without an aim.
While this is something I have always known, I did not really become aware of this lesson until this year. A lot of goals I was just sitting on and not making progress.
This year, I decided I was going to take action and see dreams manifested in 2014. As a result, I have walked into opportunities I never imagined possible for my life.
Every step of faith has secured my future. Every act of obedience has awakened me to new opportunities. Having a clear aim and daring to take a step towards it creates a very fulfilling life.
2. Fearlessness is your only option in life.
For so long, I allowed fear to have a death grip on my life. I was frustrated because I was allowing fear to control me.
This year taught me one of the very valuable life lessons that an incredible future will never manifest as long as you live your life imprisoned by fear. When you nourish your faith, fear will become a non-factor in your life. Fear will vanish when you no longer give it a voice. When I silenced it, I stepped into my future.
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3. Every relationship is not a lifetime relationship.
Growth is not always an easy process. In fact, the pains that come with growth often cause many to forfeit greatness. This year, I had to make some very important decisions about the relationships in my life.
I disconnected from relationships that drained me and left me feeling defeated. I connected with new relationships that challenged me and empowered me to cultivate my capacity for greatness.
You must know when relationships have run their course and you have to be willing to sever the chord. When relationships lose their ability to expand and elevate us, expiration is right around the corner. Pain is extended when you refuse to part ways with relationships that have expired in your life.
Related: 5 Signs Of An Unhealthy Relationship
4. Anything is possible.
2014 was an incredible year for me. I have achieved more in the last 12 months than in the last three years.
I have been privileged to speak on platforms that I never dreamed of. I have been divinely connected with individuals that I never thought I would be able to meet.
I made a decision that 2014 would be different for me. While 2014 also brought some disappointments, crisis and even the loss of a dear friend, I have used every adversity to my advantage and have learned many life lessons. I am certain that nothing is impossible when you see your life through the eyes of faith.
Let yourself learn every year. 2015 may be the year of growth for you!
Jamelle Sanders is the CEO of Jamelle Sanders International and is committed to empowering entrepreneurs and leaders to live up to their true potential and to profit wildly in their businesses. Jamelle is a life coach, author, leading empowerment specialist and highly respected thought leader. Jamelle has successfully empowered leaders and entrepreneurs around the world to succeed in business and in life.
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