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Day 12: Promises #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 12: Promises #SteeleThankful Challenge

Promises.

For the last 3 years I have lived my life according to fulfilling 3 promises.  It’s funny how the number 3 keeps appearing in my life.

I made three promises to my father before he passed away.

  1. Finish Grad School with Honors
  2. Begin Doc Studies Program at Duke University
  3. Publish the first book in my children’s book series

This photo is the RECEIPT for the promises fulfilled.

I used those promises as my motivation.  I am a firm believer of keeping my promises, no matter how long it takes me to get there.  I am where I am today because of those promises.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the promises made on February 13, 2013.  Those promises are the reason I am still standing, and still grinding.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 17 – “Promises” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

Day 17 – “Promises” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

-Promises aren’t meant to be broken

-Don’t make promises you can’t keep

-2 Corinthians 1:20, Yes and Amen

Have you ever heard, “I promise I won’t break your heart.” Or, “I promise I got your back, don’t worry.”
Well, I’m not here to focus on the negative, because Lord knows I’ve experienced broken promises. I mean I’ve broken some promises too. At the end of the day all you have is your word, so I encourage us all to do better.

What promises have you made to yourself in the last 5 years? Even better, what promises have you made since January 2015. I promised myself I was going to get out of credit card debt and lose 30 pounds. Chile, can I receive partial credit? I did the Green Smoothie Challenge in October, dropped 12 pounds and that’s it. I promise I’ll do better in 2016. 😏

Promises are similar to goals. They require action and it’s okay to altar them, and be realistic. Yes, I said realistic. I’ve told you about my three promises back in 2013? Actually it was February 13, 2013 to be exact. I promised to graduate with a master’s degree, begin a children’s book series, and start a documentary studies program. Done. Done. And Done. I had to consult the above scripture, Yes and Amen!

So, what’s next? What promises do I have going forward? I promise to travel more, love more, and write more.
I had to think what will it take for me to keep my word to myself and not break these promises? I have to do more, want more, and grind. I promised to live the life that I wanted two years ago. I put in the work! Even though the person that I shared these promises with is no longer with us, I still felt accountable to not going back on my word.

Try it today. Not only are we in the month of thanksgiving it’s also a great time to re-evaluate your promises to yourself. Examples: I promised to buy a house for my kids, I promised myself I would go back to school, I promised I would work towards being a business owner, a better wife, husband, or person. Write them down and tape them to the wall, so you will have a reminder and put a date on it! It works. Trust me! I’m #SteeleThankful because of it.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?