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You have wishes you want to happen. But what needs to happen to bring them into being?

In my experience, there are two important things to help you on the journey to your Promise Land to fulfill your dreams.

This year I entered my 40th year on this beautiful planet. The number “40” has special and spiritual significance.

It took Moses and the Jews forty years to navigate the journey to the Promised Land as told in the Bible.

Noah and his family were on the ark for forty days and forty nights.

Jesus spent forty days in the desert fasting and praying before beginning his ministry publicly.

These are just a few things that have come to mind as I approached this year. The Biblical analysis is not the point.

The point is that I’m looking at life from a new perspective now.

Life has been full of some incredible experiences. Some have been tremendous blessings and joys.

Some experiences have been intensely challenging and difficult.

What I’ve found this year that’s been revolutionary in my personal journey and growth is what I believe is the gateway to the Promised Land.

Which, by the way, is the land of hope and dreams. Or as Neville Goddard teaches, the “wish fulfilled.”

What Is The Gateway To Your Promise Land?

Gratitude and Joy. These are the two keys to use to navigate the journey into your Promise Land.

2021 was the year I felt like I was wandering in the desert (proverbially/metaphorically).

A desert is a difficult place with a lot of uncertainty at every corner.

Yet it’s in this place of uncertainty where miracles and opportunities can happen.

One key piece of wisdom I’ve gained this year is that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

That’s something I learned from Wayne Dyer several years ago. And the application of that here is very powerful.

Because the desert perspective can lead you to focus only on the challenges and difficulties. Which can take away hope and faith in change is a good thing. Or goodness being a part of your experience.

I have felt a lot of that feeling over the years.

And as you know, what you focus on is what grows.

So by changing the way you look at things, the things you look at aren’t the same.

How To Start Your Journey Into Your Wishes Fulfilled

Begin by shifting your perspective.

I’ve shifted how I look at my life.

The things, relationships, desires, and dreams I’ve had for the past four decades aren’t all still here as they were when I first came upon them.

Some of these have fallen away completely. Several desires and dreams have shifted and become something different.

And new relationships, opportunities, and dreams are being born and given new life.

Which brings a different energy to the forefront. Instead of seeing what hasn’t worked with regret and anxiety, I choose to see it all with gratitude and joy.


How To Use Gratitude In Your Daily Life

In shifting my perspective, I can see things more clearly. The same is true for you when you look at your life, your history, and your experiences.

What was difficult, painful, or challenging were actually blessings in disguise.

I’m grateful for the challenges and difficulties. They’ve helped me see myself more clearly, trust myself more fully, and Love myself more completely.

I’m grateful for the relationships that were difficult and painful. They taught me more about myself and life (and Love in many ways) than I would have learned another way.

Many of these challenges led to me writing Be Solid: How To Go Through Hell & Come Out Whole. Which completely changed my career path and the impact I have on the world.

I’m grateful for the teachers, mentors, coaches, friends, family, and others who have been a part of my journey up to now. I appreciate their belief and faith in me throughout all the ups and downs.

I’m grateful that what seemed like a desert was really God giving me a blank canvas to rewrite my story. Doing so has created a bigger, more expansive life than I’d originally envisioned.

One easy way to get into the habit of fostering Gratitude (and Joy) is through journaling, as shown here.

How Gratitude and Joy Are Connected

With this gratitude comes joy at what I have in my life now, and the blessings that await me.

I’m living in the Promise Land. Note the difference between the “Promised Land” and the Promise Land.

The Promise Land is the journey, not a destination or arrival point (which is what the wish fulfilled is portrayed as).

The Promised Land is focusing on arriving at a certain destination in life where everything works and is perfect.

The journey to your Promise Land is different. It’s embracing the process and the journey along the way.

It’s waking up with confidence, trust, and unwavering loyalty to the Divine Source of Love (aka God) and the excitement of what blessings are coming that I can’t see right now.

My prayer and desire for you today is to bring gratitude and joy with you into your day and your regular experience.

Choose to take a new step in the journey to your Promise Land using gratitude and joy to guide you.

Allow yourself to change the way you look at yourself, your life, your relationships, and your experiences.

As Neville teaches, the feeling is the secret.

So feel gratitude for where you are. Right. Now.

Gratitude is the gateway to blessings. It fosters and creates joy. Which is what the Promise Land is all about.

If you want to learn more about the journey into the Promise Land, see this talk I recently gave at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Tx:


*Feature Image by Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash


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