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Climb Up & See the View! 5 Tips on How to Reach the Top

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”

– Donald Trump

The other day, I looked out the window of my church and admired the view. Our church is on the 3rd floor of a building which overlooks the ocean. Had I been peering out of the window on the 1st floor, my view would have been a parking lot.

Some of us live on the 1st floor but want a 3rd floor view. We know that there’s something better the higher we go, but we aren’t willing to climb the stairs to get there. Or, we’re too afraid. So, we spend our lives looking at the parking lot. And, some of us have begun to believe that the parking lot is all we’ll ever see. I’m here to remind you that there’s a new view.

But, there’s also a catch! You can’t see the ocean from the bottom floor. You have to climb those stairs! In order to see something different, you must be willing to do something different. Whatever challenges face you on those stairs, you have the power to obliterate each and every one of them!

1. Know your floor.

Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to get to the “top”  that we forget to define what the top really is. It’s different for all of us. You don’t want to rush this part. Really take time to define what your ideal life looks like. Then, you will have a better idea of how to achieve it.

2. Celebrate your way to the top! 

There are people who have the view you want. Celebrate them! All too often we see someone living the life we dream of and we secretly (and sometimes publicly) criticize and belittle them.

“Haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves;
because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be” 
– Yaira N.

Don’t hate. Celebrate! (I know that is so 2002, but it’s true!) These are people you need to know. Find and follow their websites, blogs, autobiographies, and Twitter accounts and BE A SPONGE!

3. Climb!

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

– Colin Powell

Why climb the stairs when you can take the elevator, right? Wrong! Everybody wants the microwave version of success, but it’s on the staircase that you will learn what you need to know to maintain your success.  It’s on the staircase that you will find out who you really are and who God is. Do the work.

4. Silence “the voice”.

On your climb up, “the voice” will chime in. It will tell you that you can’t do it, you don’t know enough, and you aren’t good enough. Silence the voice by going harder. Don’t stop climbing. 

5. Get to know your biggest fan.

This should probably be #1. Your biggest fan is God. He created you, the stairs, and the view! He wants you to live an amazing life — the life He created for you. And, in order for you to know what life that is, you must ask the one who created it. If you ask, He’ll answer. And, He’ll save you the time you would have wasted climbing the wrong stairs.

Are you ready to change your view? God created a view just for you, but you have to be willing to walk with Him to see it. Take His hand and conquer your first step of faith today!

With Love,

{What challenges await you on those stairs? Share your concerns/worries/fears with us so that we can pray for and encourage you to take a step of faith today and everyday!}

5 thoughts on “Climb Up & See the View! 5 Tips on How to Reach the Top

  1. This is SO inspirational! I really love what you have to say! This is so true and I needed to hear this right now! Thank You!


  2. Brandi, you are such a gifted writer!! Are you going to write a book? You should seriously look into it. I love how you always connect the simple life things into bigger life lessons. Thank you!


  3. Pingback: 9 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Christian Wife, Mom & Blogger | Woman, Live!

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