17 Before 2017

I recently shared in my newsletter my desired to share more about what I do in hopes of encouraging each of you to pursue your vision…your purpose.

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Today I want to give you a sneak peek. This is my 17 Before 2017 list. I actually started on my tasks last month. The point is to create a list of tasks you’d like to accomplish before the year expires. 

Your Game Changer

...getting from where you are to your destiny...

Goals are your personalized treasure map. You identify your destination and sitting to determine your course of action is the sweet spot.

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This time of year I spend several days reviewing the current year. I look at numbers and projects. I look at successes and areas I need to improve. And it seems like, the older I get the more I value this annual practice.

How are you ensuring a better tomorrow for yourself, family, career, and/or business?

Investing time in creating goals for yourself is invaluable.

What actions does realizing your dreams require?

Knowing the answer is truly the game changer. It will take you from spinning your wheels to gaining traction. And it is vital to setting your course between where you are and your destiny

Your vision is waiting. 😉

Are you a planner? Do you set regular goals for yourself? I’d love to read about it in the comments. 

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My Ultimate Takeaway

Day 31 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

It is Day 31!!!

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My Ultimate Takeaway…

I am empowered to control my thoughts. Therefore, my feelings cannot keep me captive, which means I always have the ability to make a God-honoring decision.

That is it, for now.

What’s Next

I did not write a full post for a full month. I am still writing other entries to 31 complete entries. For now, if you missed any of the entries view the entire month HERE.


What was your favorite post or takeaway? 

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Don’t Stop

Day 25 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

There is something about big goals. They excite you. You feel pumped. You feel like your time has finally arrived.

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They excite you.

You feel pumped.

You feel like your time has finally arrived.

But in the midst of it all you will struggle.

Comfort Zones Are Misleading

Can I please, pretty please, have a moment of silence?

I am officially blogging again.

…And the crowd goes…YAY!!!

Don’t give me that look. 

It is hard sitting, staring at a blinking cursor. Your desk covered in ideas but none will render enough clarity to warrant a blog post.


Now that I got that out of the way… :o) I want you to consider comfort zones.

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What is your initial reaction? 

Book Review: The Miracle Morning

by Hal Elrod

I planned to write a book review today. The review is for a book I have found so helpful that I carry it in my pocket, purse, iPad…

The Miracle Morning Challenge with Dana Pittman

Well, that may be a little misleading since most of my books are in electronic form. But where this book differs is I have it highlighted, bookmarked and noted extensively.

Are You a Woman Ready to Change?

...reader question...

I can think of three questions I get often, especially after a workshop or retreat. They are:

  1. What is a spiritual midwife?
  2. How do I get started writing a book?
  3. What type of clients do I coach?

Dana Pittman | Women Ready for Change | Christian Life Coach

I answered #1 in an old post. I have plans to update it but the response is still accurate. You can find it here.

I plan to answer #2 in a future post. So stick around for my response. I can guarantee you won’t miss it if you’re subscribed to The Influencers Newsletter.

I know… I know… Get to the answer already. 

Let Go and Let God

...it is the unknown that stops me...

I sat in the church on a hard wooden pew leaning as close to the rail as I could get, as if it would help me hear her better. She preached about Paul and his thorn.

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I know a lot about them. Physical thorns, mental thorns…imposed thorns, self-imposed thorns. But as I tried to focus I couldn’t shake knowing Paul prayed three times for God to remove his thorn and each request was denied

Presumptuous Sins

Day 23 of 31 Days of Blogging 2015

I am co-facilitating a small group. Our focus in on prayer. And during the introductory session we all agreed to:

1. Read the bible daily.

2. Memorize scripture.

3. Pray daily.

Day 24: Presumptuous Sins | DanaPittman.com

I am doing these thing and spending a considerable amount of time preparing and praying for the women in the group. While praying for them and writing God is doing a number on me.

I am not certain whether I should share…or not. Thus, this post is probably a little more personal than the past posts. Because as He does this number on me I am very aware of change lingering on the horizon.

So today’s post…ugh…


I walked into the house after spending my entire day at church, which is rare for me.

Our church has three Sunday services and I’m an early riser. I’m in and out. So much so that many people stopped and asked me “what are you still doing here?”.

Anyway, I get in and after determining to do “nothing” for the rest of the day… 😉 I turned on TV as I scanned my mind for a quick book to read. The TV was on merely for a little background noise to compete with the football game—we’re Dallas Cowboys fans residing in Houston—and my kiddos, puppy included.

I settled in and decided to knit instead and as my mind clear from that brief task I heard Oprah interviewing a guest, I did not get her name, but she said this quote, “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor”.

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I grab my phone and typed the quote into Google. It is attributed to Rumi.

I like words. I like when words are perfectly placed to communicate a thought, which usually seems so complicated to describe because it is so real and thick and sometimes yummy. …yes, yummy.

A thought that once expressed perfectly it makes immediate sense and it feels good. You know immediately “that’s it!”.

This was one of those times.

I missed the rest of the interview because my thoughts were running. Because although this quote was wonderful its truth, to me, was reminiscent of a few verses.

[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” cite=”Romans 8:28″]And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. [/pullquote1]

(Read in context.)

[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” cite=”Romans 8:31b”]If God is for us, who can be against us?[/pullquote1]

(Read in context.)

As I flipped through my bible I got excited. The “that’s it!” feeling was working overtime and my exhausted body could not contain my aha moment…with God I am unstoppable.

I mean, I knew this. Right?!

But how often do we forget we are victorious? Victors…loved…cherished… God created a special plan just for us. Yet we get pulled, yet again, into the undertow of life?

We go from knee-deep…to waist-high…to being fully submerged in…stuff. But all of that does not negate this truth for those who love God.

Do you love God?

Then you too my beloved are unstoppable when we are about our Father’s work.

Now I feel like Erica Campbell, “I love God, what you don’t love God, what’s wrong with you?”

Okay…so maybe that song isn’t the best expression of what I’m talking about. 🙂 But it does put a steady rock in my shoulders and a smile on my face.

You said you loved God. If so, you know that thing? Yeah…that.

Stop waiting.

Okay…I’m off to take a nap as I snap to beat in my head and the song in my heart. 😉