Life Lessons

GROWTH BY ASSOCIATION

Joseph Business School 2022-2023 Graduation

Happy New Month! If you have been following me I’m back in the States. I’ve been to Chicago (IL), metro Atlanta (GA), Tuscaloosa (AL), and back to metro Atlanta (GA) among other travels. Yes, I’m currently in metro Atlanta. How long? I’m not sure so catch me here while you can.

All of this transition has made me change my word for 2023. Initially, it was “EXCELLENCE.” After surveying my actions over the last 3 months (the first quarter of the year), I made an executive decision to change it to “ACCELERATION.” 

I’m committed to accelerated growth.  Among other things, in the past 3 months, I’ve

🎓graduated from an entrepreneurship program,

✅ completed three master classes,

📚 read10 books,

✅ attended a 3-day in-person conference,

🖥 finished 3rd course in an online certification program, and

🙏studied/meditated/pray the Word of God for countless hours.

There is a change taking place internally in my spirit. I’m MORE

💫CONFIDENT.

💫 SENSITIVE TO THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE.

💫COMPASSIONATE & UNDERSTANDING.

💫DISCERNING.

I’m preparing for the tangible manifestation.

One woman of God said that you should

“Set a goal so BIG that you can’t achieve it,
until you grow into the person who can.”

Accelerated growth has a lot to do with association. Joyce Meyer said in a sermon titled “It’s Time To Get Serious” that ”So many people are hindered in their [walk with God] because they hang out with the wrong people.” “Walk with God” can be replaced with fitness, finances, career, personal/spiritual growth, and lifestyle.

Association is a choice, to a certain degree, as Mrs. Meyer explains in her video which I linked below. Choosing your associations wisely can skyrocket growth in any area of your life.

Do your associations (spouse, relatives, friends, colleagues, shows you watch, the material you read, etc) inspire you to be a better you?

Jerry Savelle stated in his sermon titled “Increase by Association” how his life changed when he started to follow faith giants, Kenneth Haggin, Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts, and others like them. He said he did not know them personally but he immersed himself in their teachings. They had the life he wanted for himself so he started to mimic them. 

It can go either way, you can mimic a fool and become a fool or you can mimic a successful person and become a success.

Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.  

Poverbs 13:20
The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1568

Growth By Association Biblical Examples

Abraham & Lot

Genesis 13:2 states Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. Then verse 5 reads “Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.

Joseph & Potipher

Genesis 39:2-5 The Lord was with Joseph…And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand…the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that [Egyptian] had in the house and in the field.

David & his mighty men

In 1 Samuel 22:2, the distress, in debt, and discontented gathered themselves unto David, a man after God’s own heart, and he became captain over them. 32 chapters later in 2 Samuel 23:8, they were reclassified as ”mighty men” whom David had because they were associated with a mighty man of God.

Simon Peter & his fishing partners

Luke 5:5-7 And when they had [let down their net], they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

Growth by Association In My Life

My husband is an athlete so his athletic lifestyle eventually rubbed off on me.

In 2019, I could not run the full span of the beach, Daniel had to hold my hand and run alongside me.

In 2022, I’m running the full span of the beach shore by myself. I’m

❌ NOT out of breath.

✅SLIMMER.

✅HEALTHIER.

Now, exercise is a part of my lifestyle which is Practice #8 of T.H.R.I.V.E.

Growth By Association

Who you associate with has everything to do with how your life will turn out. You can associate with a person through resources, books, videos, and material.

Surround yourself and/or follow people that BELIEVE & THINK BIG. And possess an insurmountable faith to believe what they think and say will come to pass.

Study anyone who’s great, and you’ll find that they apprenticed to a master, or several masters. Therefore, if you want to achieve greatness, renown, and superlative success, you must apprentice to a master.”

ROBERT ALLEN

Born To T.H.R.I.V.E. | It’s A Lifestyle

  1. Is F.E.A.R. holding you back from living your best life? Download 7 Practical Steps To Overcome F.E.A.R.
  2. Join me in “finding yourself”, and take a leap of faith to think, live and work differently.
  3. You’re invited to the AWAKENED REALM Facebook Group! My goal is for everyone I associate with is thriving, in abundance, and limitless. Taken from the character Kelli in Insecure.
  4. Print the iT.H.R.I.V.E. one-pager and keep it visible next to your bed or workspace for encouragement.
  5. International travel is a proven method to build confidence and conquer fear. Join the Dubai & Beyond or Ghana Crossover Trip.

Joyce Meyer Video: https://youtu.be/VC5uhpzmK_U


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