The new year is here, and I am so excited.
You know how important I think creating a clear vision for your life is.
So I wanted to record this solo round at the start of this year to share my top tips for creating an incredible year.
And you guessed it, it starts with creating a clear vision.
I broke down the 8 areas of life that I believe are the most important ones to have a vision for.
This doesn’t mean that these are all of the things you should focus on, but it does mean that these are the ones I’ve found to make the biggest impact in my life.
I stick to these key areas each year and they haven’t failed me yet.
My invitation to you as you listen to this episode is to write down the ones that really stick out to you.
What areas can you push yourself in this year? What areas are you already excelling in? What areas are things you’ve never focused on?
I want to hear about your vision for your year! Let me know @lewishowes on social media once you write it down.
Let’s make this year the best it can be by creating a strategy. Learn how in Episode 584.
Lewis Howes: This is episode number 584. How to Win in Business and Life.
Welcome to The School of Greatness. My name is Lewis Howes, former pro-athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur and each week we bring you an inspiring person or message to help you discover how to unlock your inner greatness. Thanks for spending some time with me today. Now, let the class begin.
Welcome, everyone, to a special episode of The School of Greatness Podcast. It’s another solo round and I want to cover the 8 Keys to Winning in Business and Life in 2018. And, as an athlete, the athlete mind-set is competitive and it wants to win. There are a lot of lessons I learned while playing sports for many, many years, in college, professionally and then playing with the U.S.A. National Handball Team, to also, over the last decade, building a business, multiple businesses, many different projects, launching new or best-selling books, top podcasts, courses, events, all those things.
There’s a lot of lessons I learned from both sports and business over the last decade, as well, since I’ve transitioned into that phase of my life. And I want to break them down into these eight keys, so that if you follow these keys, for this year, and beyond, but really the year of 2018, which is the Year of Greatness, then this is going to set you up for winning in what you want in your business and life, and really succeeding and achieving.
But before I dive in I want to give a shout out to the review and the Fan of the Week! Again, we get so many new listeners here on The School of Greatness Podcast every single week and if this is your first time here, then welcome! We get over two million plus downloads, every single month, from people all over the world, who think just like you. You are a conscious achiever.
What does that mean? You are someone who wants to achieve more and you are intentional about your achievement and making an impact in the process. You’re very mindful and conscious about why you want to grow, why you want to reach your goals. And, it doesn’t matter how old you are. We have people who are sixteen and seventy, from all walks of life, and all over the world, who are doing many different things, but you are into growth. You’re into being a conscious achiever. So, welcome!
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Again, this is: How To Win In Business And Life. Now, I want to get to these 8 Keys, but I want you to know something first. I want you to know how valuable and meaningful your life is, and how much you matter. Over the last year I met so many people from The Summit of Greatness event, to our book tour, to different speaking gigs I did throughout the year, and so many people came to me with different challenges.
They asked for advice on life, on relationships, on business. They asked for advice on different challenges they were going through, from inner demons and personal challenges and mental challenges. And, listen, I don’t have all the answers. I’ve had my own experiences that I’ve been through, I’ve been blessed to be able to connect with some of the wisest individuals that, I think, who are experts in a lot of different topics. So, I get their information, I consume it and I share what I’m learning.
But I don’t have all the answers, that’s a fact. And, the thing I learned is that, people are doubting themselves too much. There’s a lot of doubt in the world right now, and I want you to know that you are here for a reason, even if you don’t know what that reason is, yet. Even if you don’t know why, where you’re headed, what’s happening next, why something happened to you in the past.
I remember thinking, my entire childhood, why did certain things happen? Why did my parents go through divorce? Why was my brother in prison for a certain amount of years? Why was I sexually abused by a man that I didn’t know? I asked myself these questions. Why was I bullied? Why was I made fun of? Why couldn’t I read and write like the other kids in my class? Why?
I was constantly asking myself these questions, and I was doubting myself all the time. And I want you to know that you don’t need to doubt yourself any more. If you are breathing, if you are here, if you are listening to this right now, you don’t need to doubt yourself any more. Because you are here for a reason, and you are meant to do something to make an impact in the world.
This doesn’t mean you need to save the world, but you can make an impact on the people around you and that can ripple into a positive stream of inspiration throughout the world and throughout your communities, which can make a massive impact on the world. So, I want you to know that, because I think there’s still people I talk to, going into 2018, who are confused, who are doubting themselves, and you need to know that you matter. You matter so much. You are here for a reason. Even if you’re not sure what it is, yet, understand that you matter.
So, I want to talk about these 8 Keys of How To Win In Business And Life. The first one, again, I have a very athletic background and mindset, right? And this first one from me, the more and more I talk about business and entrepreneurship and writing books and podcasting and courses and all this other stuff that I’ve been talking about online for a while, the more and more I go back to: What is really key to winning in business and life? The main key goes back to health.
And I think it shocks a lot of people when I say this. “Well, the key to winning in business is, making money and sales and marketing.” No, it’s not, it’s your health. And when I think about some of the richest people in the world who are unhealthy and die at 60 because they didn’t take care of their health, then how is that making an impact? How is that winning in business and life, if you don’t set your health up to be successful for as long as it could be.
Now, you might get hit by a car, or something might happen in an accident, you know, there’s certain things that may be out of our control, but what we can control is our physical and emotional wellbeing and health, by doing something every day that is uncomfortable for our physical health and emotional health. To build that muscle up so that you can continue to live a long time in happiness, without pain from both.
Now, what does that mean, to do something every single day that’s uncomfortable for your physical and emotional health. Well, physically, you can simply move your body. Now, my girlfriend @docjenfit on Instagram, she always talks about movement, just moving your body. You don’t have to do these heavy intensive lifts or hit workouts or some crazy gym workouts, you can just simply move your body.
But, I say you’ve got to move your body in an uncomfortable way, to sweat, to stretch, to bend to explore new positions, you got to do something that is uncomfortable, that makes you start breathing a little harder, that makes you sweat. That is the key, you got to do something uncomfortable, and the more uncomfortable you are able to take your physical health, now, I believe it’s going to support you in the long run.
Now, obviously, you don’t want to try to kill yourself every single day, but I think pushing the boundaries sometimes, is good. So, physical training. It’s got to be five days a week, guys. It’s got to be a committed thing, five days a week. Not just, “Oh, it’s a New Year’s resolution, let’s get started for one week,” and then you’re back to your old ways. You’ve got to set yourself up to win with this. I’ll talk about how to set yourself up to win with this more in the next keys, but this is it.
Emotional health. What does that mean? How can you optimise your emotional health? You know, the things that you’ve been afraid of, the people who have hurt you in the past, or the things that you’re holding on to, judgement, or toxic energy in your mindset. Or holding on to a grudge, or you haven’t forgiven people, or you’re just uncomfortable around certain conversations with family, or whatever it may be.
You’ve got to start leaning into that, so your emotional wellbeing is strong. So that you’re not just constantly living in fear around your emotions. So, take on those challenges. Whatever the things you’re afraid of, those conversations you need to have, have them now, so you can overcome that challenge and become stronger in that muscle you are building with your emotional wellbeing and health as well.
So, the number one key, guys, is health. You got to set yourself up to win. You got to do whatever it takes. Spend the money on your health. At some point in your life, you’re going to need to spend money on your health. Think about this. When you get older and you’re really sick, and you’re in the hospital for years because you haven’t taken care of your health, you’re going to be spending a lot of money then.
Or, you can spend the money now, to focus on a trainer, or the right foods, or working out, whatever it may be, to test, to help yourself optimise your health, so you don’t have to be in that position later. Okay, so invest in yourself and your health. It’s number one. The key to winning in business and life: Invest in health.
Number two: Relationships. Now, so many people are focussed on being the king or queen of diamonds, instead of the king or queen of hearts. They want to make a lot of money, they want to use relationships to get things, as opposed to using things and giving value to relationships. Don’t use people to get things, use things instead, right? And don’t just use people to make a lot of money, instead, when you connect to the heart of everyone, that’s when truly you make an impact and you make a difference in people’s lives.
When you connect to the heart of everyone, it may take a lot more energy and time from you. That’s why a lot of people aren’t committed and willing to do that. But it will make you the richest person in the world when you do. I’m not saying that all these people, when you connect to them and to their hearts that they’re going to invest in you and buy from you and give you lots of money. That’s not the intention, but you’re going to have a rich life, you are going to have rich relationships, and the key to a successful life is relationships and having richness in those relationships that are meaningful in your life.
And, oftentimes, when you connect to people’s hearts, they will do anything for you. They’ll bend over backwards, they’ll fly over the world for you, they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure you succeed. And when you help others achieve their goals, they’re going to help you in return. It’s going to help you in every area of your business and your life.
So, focus on those relationships in your life. Think about those relationships that you haven’t cultivated, that you’ve been disconnected to because maybe something happened, or you feel you were hurt in some way, or maybe the relationships in your life right now, you’re just not putting energy into opening up your heart. And, not to get too vulnerable or anything here, but the more vulnerable I have become, I have seen my life and my business transform.
I thought being open and sharing myself more, the things I’m afraid of, or insecure about, I thought it would hurt my business and hurt my relationships, until I did it. And I watched my life transform in front of my eyes. It’s been an unbelievable, beautiful thing to witness. And it’s why I wrote the book, The Mask of Masculinity. For those that have it, who have read it, thank you, again, for getting it. For those who haven’t read it, yet, I highly recommend checking it out. You can go to lewishowes.com/mask to check it out there, or the Audible version, if you want to listen to it.
This is all about my experience over the last four years of really opening up and building deeper relationships through vulnerability, and what’s available for us on the other side when we show people our hearts, when we connect to other people’s hearts, as opposed to a surface level. It’s going to transform your life. And if you’re feeling like this is something you’re interested in, again, just check it out, lewishowes.com/mask.
Key number two to winning in business and life, is relationships, absolutely, hands down. You cannot do anything great, without having other great people around you. So, relationships is key.
Number three. It’s a big one: Finances, guys, finances. If you haven’t optimised this… I’ll tell you this: Although I just talked about connecting to people’s hearts, and not being the king or queen of diamonds, just focussed on money, money, money, it’s still a huge thing to pay attention to, and it’s crucial to get your finances in order and it helps bring peace of mind.
Now, I’m going to share some examples. I know a lot of people who are broke. And I remember being broke eight, nine, ten years ago, on my sister’s couch for a year and a half, and it was not a peaceful situation. Every week, every month I was trying to think about, “How am I going to provide for myself? How am I going to make some money to get off my sister’s couch? Pay for food? Pay for gas?” It was not a fun feeling. And there’s not a sense of peace or joy in your gut, when you’re constantly scratching, just trying to get by, week by week.
So, relationships are key, but finances, if you don’t have these in order, it’s going to be stressful and on the other side of things, there are a lot of miserable millionaires and billionaires out there who have all the money in the world, who haven’t mastered the art of fulfilment. And there are people who have very little money, and they have ultimate fulfilment. So, I think definitely both ends need to figure out the other side.
There’s people who have lots of money and who are fulfilled as well, and who aren’t stressed. But I know what money can do, because I’ve been broke and stressed, and I’ve had money and been stressed. So, there’s still an art to fulfilment on both sides of the coin, right? The poor coin, the rich coin or just the having enough coin. There is an art to fulfilment, and to joy, to happiness, to inner peace.
But, I’ll tell you this. Having money even though it has it’s own other stresses where people try to use me for money, where people are constantly asking for money, it’s got those different stresses, it’s nice to know that I can buy whatever I want at any time, I can pay my rent, I can buy food, I can travel round the world when I want to take a trip. I can do these things that they don’t stress me out, because I have the money.
I can pay for something if I need to go to the hospital or I went and had to have a root canal for the first time about a month ago, and that was a couple of thousand dollars, just a last minute thing that wasn’t covered under insurance. I didn’t have to deal with it, I could just put it on the card and I had the money in the bank, right?
So, certain things that your finances will bring you peace of mind. And I feel like if you don’t have the peace of mind of your finances, in order, I’m not saying you need to be making millions of dollars, but if you don’t have your finances in order, you’re not going to win in business and life, long term.
Now, we’re all on different paths here, and in different age ranges, so I get it, you may not be in order with your finances right now, and that’s why it’s key to talk about this. I remember growing up and it wasn’t okay to talk about money or finances. It was a hush-hush, bad thing, like a taboo thing to talk about, right? You got to start talking about it more.
Find information online, there’s free information, you can start learning about managing finances, there’s free podcasts out there, articles, videos. Talk to your friends who do have money and ask them questions. Find fiduciaries to ask more about investments and just managing your income and your finances.
I didn’t learn any of this stuff in school, these are the things I’ve had to learn afterwards. I also wrote about how to earn more through The Millionaire Morning, and this a new book, over five thousand of you have already got it, and there’s hundreds every day who are signing up. We just released this last month, themillionairemorning.com. It breaks down how to optimise your morning routine to earning more money that day.
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So, number three is finances. You got to get them in order. It’s a key to winning in business and life.
Number four: Clarity for your vision. Peace of mind comes with clarity. When we don’t have clarity for something, we feel stressed, we feel overwhelmed, we feel scared so we feel like we’re not sure why. We feel like, “What am I doing in my life? Where am I going? Why am I going this direction?” We start to question more and that brings an unsettling feeling.
So, you’ve got to create clarity for your life, your vision and this doesn’t need to be your vision for the rest of your life. I like to get clarity on, “What’s this year like? What do I want this year? What’s it going to be building for, for the future years?”
You know, every season in sports, I’m going to go back to my sports background, every season in football, for example, we would walk into the locker room, day one. Walk in, all sit down, the coaches, the team is there, we’re all sitting there and there would be a chalkboard in the background and the coach would say, “What is our goal for this season?” You know, the season’s usually three months. “What is our goal for these next three months?” As a team, where do we want to be? What do we want to create? And why do we want to create that specific thing?
Then all the team mates would shout out, “We want to go to the play-offs! We want to go to the Championship! We want to win this many games! We want to score this many points!” whatever it is. And, we’d have these goals up there until we’d finally get down to one clear vision: Win the league, or go to the play-offs, or win the championship, whatever it may be for that season. We’d circle it, it would be up on the top of the chalkboard, bold letters.
“This is our vision.” We were clear. We knew why we wanted to achieve that. What it would do for us. How it would help us grow into better athletes, better human beings. What it would do for us. We would get clear on that. But here’s where a lot of people fall short of achieving their visions. I hear a lot of people setting goals already for the year, and they set goals throughout the year, but most people forget the next, most important steps, and that is with every vision, you must couple it with a strategy and a schedule.
A strategy and a schedule to support your vision. Now, here’s what I learned from sports, is every day after that, once we had the vision, we created a strategy on the whiteboard, or on the chalkboard, at the top. We would write down the strategy of what we needed to do each week, leading up into the playoffs and what we were going to be focussing on, in order to achieve that, based on what our team capabilities were, the strength of schedule, all these different factors that came into play. We created a strategy, right?
But here’s what a lot of people miss out on: They don’t build a schedule and this is something, again, I learned from sports, is that when I would show up the next day for practice, there was a piece of paper in every single locker, hanging just on a piece of tape, this piece of paper. And it broke down every ten to fifteen minutes, the schedule for that practice. From stretching to warm-up to special teams, to coaches talk, to water breaks. Everything was scheduled that was going to support the strategy we had for that week, to achieve the vision we had for that season.
So, if you haven’t created a clear vision for your year, or the season, the first quarter of this year, then you’re missing the boat. And if you haven’t created a strategy for your vision, then you’re screwed. And if you haven’t created a schedule for your strategy, then it’s going to be hard to execute on the strategy of your vision.
Now, something I’ve been testing over the last week that I really am enjoying; I’ve never used a planner before, I always used Google Docs and things like that, and I still use Google Docs and Google Calendar for a lot of my scheduling. But I just started this thing about a week ago. It is the world’s first personalised productivity system, based on your brain type. There’s a million journals out there from gratitude journals, to planner journals, things like that, and I’ve tried a lot of them and just stopped them after the first day, because it seemed overwhelming, and kind of very generic.
And, my friends started a new journal, that they spent two years creating the test for, to figure out how to personalise this, based on your brain type. So, if you go to projectevo.org, that’s project E.V.O. dot org, you can take a test that’s going to tell you what type of brain type you have and how to create a strategy and a vision to execute. They’re going to tell you your archetype of your brain. And, based on that, there’s a different planner for your specific brain type.
I’m using one that’s called the Explorer Type that is exactly the way I think and execute my vision and goals and so the planner is designed specifically for me to be able to achieve the greatest results. Check them out, again, projectevo.org, or find a system that works for you. If you already have a system that allows you to strategise and schedule every single day, every single week, every single month, how you’re going to execute your time, to achieve the vision, which, hopefully, is a clear vision, then use that.
But, number four is clarity for your vision. It is a key to winning in business and life. With no vision, you are wandering around aimlessly wondering why you’re here and what you’re supposed to be doing. Wasting your talent and your potential on possibly making an impact on the world. Get clear on your vision. Create a strategy and then schedule it out every single day. It’s that simple, use the athlete mentality to achieve in business and life.
Number five: This is a big one! There’s a book out there called, Mindset. I recommend checking it out, but number five is: Having a Growth Mindset. Happiness, something I’ve learned, that happiness comes from growth. Think about it. If you aren’t learning or growing, then you’re staying the same, or you’re getting worse and you’re slowly dying.
And there’s no joy that comes from stagnation and feeling stuck and feeling insecure and like you’re dull and haven’t grown in a while. So, you’ve got to constantly figure out ways to grow. It can be simple. You can read books, you can listen to podcasts, take workshops you can learn, there’s classes online, there’s tutorials, there’s all sorts of things you can do to learn.
You can take dance classes or music classes. You can take singing lessons, you can do acting classes, you can do whatever, but to reach your vision it will require the mind of a child and wanting to be curious and learning and growing, and also, if you want to increase your income, the saying goes, “Learners are earners.”
So, again, this growth mindset is not just some personal development, positive thinking concept here, this is actually if you want to win at your goals, at your vision, at your relationships. Think about this: Have you ever been in a relationship where your partner, you felt like, they stopped growing. They kind of like just didn’t care, they didn’t care to get a better job, they didn’t care to work on their health, they didn’t care to work on their relationships. You always had to fund them and pay for everything.
Does that inspire you, to be around that partner? Does that turn you on? Does that create desire? Does that get you excited about your life? Or the partner that’s constantly eager to learn and curious and lives with a beginner’s mind and just says, “I want to learn.” Even if they know so much, they’re already wise and smart, and they’re like, “But I can learn something from everyone and every situation,” and everything’s a lesson and it’s all about how can we improve together and grow? Man, that’s a turn-on! That excites you!
That excites you if you’re in that same mindset. If you have a fixed mindset and you don’t want to grow, then that terrifies you, because then that person’s growing away from you, right? But this is a key to winning in business and life. The growth mindset. So, focus on that. Key number five.
Key number six! I hope you guys are taking down notes here, and we love your feedback over on Instagram, @lewishowes. Let me know at the end of this, which one you find is the most important and powerful for you as well.
Number six: Building your team. Now, this is all about finding accountability partners, finding coaches, hiring coaches, finding the communities, the tribes that will support you, and invigorate life inside of you. What are those communities that you’re part of that inspire you to be bigger than yourself?
Are you a part of fitness communities, or do you have a hobby that you’re in a community with? Do you go to, you know, are you a sneaker person that’s in the sneaker community? Are you into comics, are you into some communities, the entrepreneur community? What are those communities you’re part of, that are just bigger than you, that you can build excitement and experience with?
You’ve got to learn to build a team around you this year, 2018. If you want to achieve great things, if you want to grow in your business and life, you can’t do anything great on your own. So, building that team. Whether you have a company, it’s building the right team, if you’re working somewhere, or a freelancer, what’s that team of friends and family that you’re going to build, to everyone growing around you as well?
Accountability. You know, guys, at the beginning of the year so many people set these New Year’s resolutions. The reason they don’t continue is because they don’t have good accountability. You know, when someone is there, showing up every single day, with you, to go to the gym, you’re a thousand times more likely to be consistent with it. If it’s just you on your own, you’ll be consistent for a week or two and then you give up, right?
It’s too much work, something else happens, life happens, something gets in the way. You’ve got to have accountability to stay consistent. I’m such a big fan of having coaching, as well, on top of accountability. So, finding someone to be accountable with, and then paying coaches. I have coaches in my health. I have coaches in my business, in my life and my relationships. I have coaches on every aspect of my life, and that’s why I continue to see results.
I have a Mastermind. If you go to greatnessmastermind.com, this is a community, it’s accountability and it’s coaching all in one. I created the thing that I know supports people because when you have a community of other like-minded people, growing and making a difference, you become more inspired to do the same. Again, you become the average of the people you spend the most time with.
If you have the coaching, if you have the accountability, the monthly accountability, this is why I create the greatestmastermind.com for the high level earners and impact makers in the world, to coach them, to keep them accountable and to create and facilitate the community of inspiration. That’s what it is, and I’m looking for those for myself as well. And you should be as well. So, build your team, find accountability coaching, and your tribe this year.
Number seven: Sometimes as an entrepreneur I’ve done this and I’ve seen this with so many others, is that we can be so consumed with results, and working and being productive, that we forget the fruit of life, which is play and adventure. And that’s the key number seven to winning in business and life. Play and adventure.
When’s the last time you acted like a child. Not in the sense of like, an immature sense, but you had this playful, childlike smile and ran around and jumped around and ran in the rain and just did silly things and goofed off and played sports and took hikes and went on adventures and just played.
That’s what I think is missing for a lot of people. We’ve got to play more. You know, travel, dance, play music, make art, play sports. We get so caught up in work, that sometimes we forget to live. Remember to live and experience life without having anything to be productive with as well. Play. It brings life alive. That’s key number seven.
And, key number eight, the final key to winning in business and life, for 2018. Four and a half years ago I heard the concept, “win-win”, and it blew my mind. Now, I probably heard this concept of win-win in my life many times before, but it didn’t actually resonate with me until about four and a half years ago, I was so focussed on winning myself at everything.
But in order for me to win, I thought that everyone else had to be second or everyone else had to lose. And it was such an unfulfilling way to live. It got me big results, and I talk about this in the book, The Mask of Masculinity, as an athlete and in business, it got me big results. But I wasn’t fulfilled inside and I was constantly looking for bigger results to fulfil that hole that I was missing in my heart.
So, when I learned about the concept of win-win, where I can still achieve all my goals, I can still win, and make sure that everyone else wins around me, it blew my mind. And I started incorporating that into everything in my life. I didn’t want to do something unless it supported other people in the process, that they want as well. Everything was a win-win experience.
Now, I want to take it to another level this year. “Win-win-win”. This is key number eight, Win-win-win. As a company, I think of how can my company win, how can we be profitable, how can we achieve what we want, how can we do those things with our company? How can our customers win? Right?
How can all my customers, or all the clients that we have, or all the people that buy books or programs or come to events, or buy anything, how can they win? With every product and experience that we create, making sure it’s the best we put out there, so that they win.
And the third win is, how can the community win? How can we do things and be mindful of things so that my team, my company, it wins; the people who buy from us, they win; and then, the world wins. The community who doesn’t buy something, but the community who’s active. Maybe you’re listening to us right now and you’ve never bought a book and you’ve never bought an online program or you’re not a part of Inner Circle, you’re not a part of the Mastermind or haven’t bought a course, or haven’t come to The Summit of Greatness yet.
I hope you all become part of that at some point. But maybe you’ve just been listening for years and it’s added a lot of value to you. My vision is: How do we make a bigger impact in the community? How do we reach more people, and continue to leave people better than how we found them? You know, I’ve never, I haven’t been the best at this. There’s some relationships in my past where I didn’t leave people better than what I found them. I’ve said things, I got angry or resentful, unforgiving, and I had to learn the hard way in a lot of those relationships. And, in business and my health and relationships, sports, all this stuff, I’ve made lots of mistakes. I’m definitely not perfect and I don’t have all the answers.
But I try to have this growth mindset and say, “We’re going to do our best. We’re going to continue to evolve, evaluate, be mindful, reassess and give our best.” And that’s all we can really ask for. But, win-win-win, how can you apply that concept of win-win-win to your life, to your business, to your relationships, to your health? Win, win, win. That is key number eight.
And this is Episode 584, How To Win In Business And Life, again, my 8 Keys to 2018. It is going to be an amazing year, and I want to remind you, that your life matters. That you matter. Because you are an incredible gift to this world, and without you the world would never be the same. We need you to cultivate your gifts, we need you to apply these 8 Keys, so that you can impact more people in your life, and find that fulfilment that you’ve been seeking.
You matter so much, and I’m so excited to see what dreams come to fruition for you in your life this year. It is the year of abundance! It is the year of greatness! I have declared it, it’s going to happen because you get to manifest whatever you want in your life. You’re going to get it to happen. You’re going to make it happen.
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