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4. Overcome fear and insecurity
What are you afraid of? Insecurity and fear keep more people from achieving greatness than anything else in my experience, and in most cases, it has very little basis in fact. The great religions of the world tell us that human beings are special and significant. From Christianity’s perspective, you are a child of God, created in His image. What could possibly keep you from reaching your potential? Every day, take a first step into an area that you’ve been afraid of, and every day you’ll be placing a new brick in the foundation of a better life. The old Southern preacher was right: “God didn’t make no junk!” You are special, you are unique, and there’s nothing that you and God can’t accomplish together.

5. Find personal cheerleaders
Surround yourself with friends who believe in you, and eliminate negative people from your life. I cannot stress this enough. Spend less time with people who drain your energy and resources, and more time with people who love and support your dreams and goals.

6. Appreciate the mystery of life
Life isn’t about finding all the right answers, it’s about asking the right questions. So often we waste time and money on simplistic self-help answers. But the fact is, life just isn’t simple. It’s a complex process, but at the same time, it’s a wonderful process of discovery. Let go of the need to have all the answers, and allow a little mystery to happen in your life!

Changing your life is a process, but these simple keys will allow you to enjoy the journey and experience real change in your life this new year!  

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Phil Cooke, Ph.D, is a filmmaker, media consultant, and founder of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, California. His latest book is “Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking." Find out more at philcooke.com.