How to Be Successful Without Losing Your Faith

Find out how to harness your faith to reach new heights.

There is often a misconception that being successful in a secular world means abandoning your spiritual side. DeVon Franklin, author of The Hollywood Commandments says the opposite is actually true. He believes you need your faith to help you thrive and succeed. Franklin explains that people often pray and wait around for their dreams to be realized. Instead, he recommends devoting an equal amount of time to praying and preparing in order to reach your goals. He also believes that setbacks hold us back way too often, and we should instead look at our failures as a setup for future success. Learn more about Franklin's 30-Day plan below and keep these tips on hand with this printable guide.


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This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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