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Do you have “that” garage? The one where you can tell the difference on where the wife and husband organizes things. Whether or not you are the organized one, we all have this problem. Recently I was cleaning out the garage and I asked my husband what he needed and to get rid of, but like most men he wouldn’t let me throw away any tools. As I looked around I could tell that most of them haven’t been used in years. I began to think how common this is in our own life, we have all these tools available to us but yet they are all scattered around and not being used. If we are going to do everything that God has called us to then we have to have the right tools in place. I love the way my husband puts it (which justified him keeping all his tools)- without the right tools even simple projects are impossible. Here are 5 things I believe we should have in our “toolbox” to be successful: 

Good books. The most important thing that we can do is read! Maybe you aren’t a reader, try to do audio books. In today’s world there are several options for books that it is nearly impossible to not listen or read a good book. These are the books that are a must read for me every year:

  • Tales of 3 Kings
  • Imagine Big
  • 4:8 Principle

Good thoughts. This probably sounds silly but one thing I can guarantee that most people don’t put into their schedule is time to think. We can’t hear what God is telling us if we are too busy filling our minds with the noise of our daily life. Good thoughts come from being quiet and stopping to think intentionally. 

Good listening. It’s one thing to hear something and another to completely listen. We must listen without trying to get a response and listen with an intent to ask questions for greater understanding. Take time to not just hear people but listen to them too. 

Good habits. Create habits that are for you and not for other people. Too often our calendar is filled with things to please other people but I want to ask you, what are you doing for you? Start with one good daily habit. Ask yourself, what is the one area I want to see growth in? Start there, and put a habit in place to get to that goal! 

Having good friends. Surround yourself with people who will keep you accountable (with the above habits) and encourage you along the way. The people you surround yourself with will determine where you end up down the road. Good friends should challenge the way you live your life. 

I hope and pray that as we go into this new year we are more intentional about the tools we have in our toolbox to be more successful and live the life God has designed for you! Cheering you on! XO