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Pastor Joel Osteen shares advice on how you can reach your full potential.
Pastor Joel Osteen shares advice on how you can reach your full potential. / Geri Lavrov / Getty Images

Feel as if you’ve reached the limit of what your life can be? There’s much more, urges Joel Osteen, the pastor of Houston megachurch Lakewood Church and author of Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. “I want to inspire people to go further,” he says. “I don’t think people need to be limited by what they think — ‘I don’t know the right people’ or ‘I don’t have the right education.’ God opens doors that we could not open on our own.” His advice:

Think positive. “Get rid of self-defeating thoughts,” such as ‘I can’t’ or ‘it’s impossible.’ Our thoughts and words are predicting our future.”

Keep the right perspective. “You can focus on how big your problem is or how big your opportunity is,” Osteen says. Tell yourself, ‘I may not have a great job, but I have my health — or a great family, or a great place to live.’ Somebody would love to trade places with you right now.”

Go big. “Have a big vision for your life,” he says. “Tell yourself, ‘My best days are in front of me.’ It should be playing in our mind all day, not that negative recording.”

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