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  • Writer's pictureKizzy Staten Gray

8 Keys to Life

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

  1. Attitude

  2. Health

  3. Authenticity

  4. Purpose

  5. Gratitude

  6. Forgiveness

  7. Good Relationships

  8. Faith

Are you looking to level up your life? Hoping to reach new levels of success? Use these 8 keys to unlock your dream life!

1. Attitude: I know it’s cliché but true...attitude really does determine altitude. How far and how high you rise in life is determined by your personal attitude. Regardless to how intense the circumstances you face in life are, what matters most is how you respond. The same boiling water softens the potato but hardens the egg. What are you made of? How are you wired? When hit with the same circumstances as the next man, how will your attitude impact your response? It’s your attitude that truly makes the difference.

2. Health: Is your truest wealth!!! You only get one body so take care of it. It’s your temple. Nourish it with the best. Don’t feed it garbage. Refuse to neglect it. Energize it. Discipline it. Whip it in shape. Protect your peace. Cherish. Resist poison and pollutants >>>(To include but not limited to: toxic people, habits and harmful topical/ingested things.) Treat yourself with love and respect and watch how life will respond to you!

3. Authenticity: Being genuine is life-giving! Authenticity breeds FREEDOM. You blossom, bloom, grow and flourish when you show up as your authentic self. How you show up matters. Be you! The one and only. Who cares what they think. No one can do it better. Your uniqueness is your GIFT to this world. Why be anything less than who you really are? Look at the image in the mirror. God made you an original. Don’t die a copy!

4. Purpose: Ever wondered why you exist? What you were created for? Everyone has their own distinct purpose for existing on this earth. Each person is born for the time that they are needed the most. You have been designed for something significant. You are a supposed to be a change agent. Your life matters and makes a difference in your own sphere of influence. Your community, city, town, state, nation and beyond needs what you were born to deliver to humanity. Get quiet. Seek that out. Ask God. He will reveal it. If you already know it, then what are you waiting for? Get busy serving your purpose to others. It’s where your passion, resources, abundance and wealth lies.

5. Gratitude: Is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness. What are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for? Make it known. Don’t hold back your emotions when gratitude is warranted. Give credit where credit is due. It is said that an attitude of gratitude brings about abundance. What you focus on increases. Focus on the good. Focus on the all the things that are working well in your life. What is good? What is lovely? What is praiseworthy? These are the things to think about and act upon according to Philippians 4:8.

6. Forgiveness: I recently listed to a podcast about forgiveness that blessed my entire life. Forgiveness is intentional. It’s a decision to let go of resentment and anger. Not absolving the offender of their actions but freeing you from the pain and bitterness. It allows you to stop clinging to past hurts and injustices perpetrated by others. This is helpful for your mental and physical well being. Otherwise the contrast negatively impacts your health in a myriad of ways. You’ve probably heard it said that un-forgiveness is like you drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. We must forgive to set ourselves free!

7. Good Relationships: Relationships can make or break you! Good relationships aid you in your ability to soar in life. It affords you a healthy support system. It offers a checks and balance system. We form relationships by the way we view ourselves. If you have low self esteem then you are likely to maintain friendships with those who also lack confidence or who have an unhealthy view of themselves. Make no mistake about it…You are the company you keep. If you ever spend time people watching you’ll realize that people hang with like minded people that have similar interests, hobbies, habits, mentalities, behaviors its. For example you may see these groups of people together in a public place: motorcyclist, obese people, hikers, mothers, deaf community, tatted people, musicians, goth culture, lgbtq+, fitness enthusiasts and so on. Why because birds of a feather flock together. If you have 4 broke friends then you’re the fifth! They’re either influencing you or you’re influencing them. Don’t think for a moment that you can spend time with toxic people and not be negatively impacted. Negativity breeds negativity and the converse is also true. Be mindful to maintain good positive relationships where ever you go and in all circumstances. Evaluate your relationships and make appropriate changes.

8. Faith: Last but not least, yet the most important of all is FAITH. It is a firm foundation to build on. It is a major key to success! It is an anchor that keeps you steady when you face any and all adversity. Faith is a value that gives you courage and boldness. It erases doubt. It brings clarity to your life’s purpose and gives you a resolve to accomplish the impossible. Faith can be defined as an unwavering trust in God. Who is the creator & author of your life. Trust that your story is being written with great expectations ahead! Faith in God is the ultimate source of joy, peace, love, fulfillment, purpose, identity and hope. I encourage you to grow in FAITH. A Successful life is a byproduct of FAITH.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." — Martin Luther King, Jr

Implementing the keys aforementioned will up-level and fast track the trajectory of your life. Begin to apply the principles that you've read and a life of success is inevitable.

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