While preparing for our final issue of 2017, I was faced with a daunting challenge: With Deepak Chopra as our previous cover story, how was I going to make this one as special?

It seems appropriate that this issue of The Connect magazine is focused on the subject of faith, considering all the recent attention given to purposeful living. As the magazine enters its fourth year of publication, I cannot help but reflect on the wide variety of events and developments there have been along the way, including the opportunity to start Stay Connected! Knowledge Academies, which is our subsidiary and first student-driven magazine.

I recall saying to myself several years ago,”How cool would it be to start a kid’s magazine, challenging kids to think outside of the box while getting them excited about writing?” In 2015, I clearly remember coaxing a local investor into helping me find commercial real estate. I had this vision of having an actual Connect Center. The Magazine did a fantastic job inspiring individuals as we explored the nuances of successful living. However, my dream was to have a physical building used as a career development center. I have often asked myself, “How did you make it this far without a business loan or angel investors?” The answer is simple: “Trust the Process.”

I have learned: Concentrate on counting your blessings and you’ll have little time to worry about anything else. I believe we all want to live a successful life; whatever success means to us personally. Unfortunately, our words often don’t reflect that. If words have power, that means everything you say is shaping your life and the lives of others. You may not feel it or see it the minute you speak it, but those words are planting seeds. Each one of us are trying to figure out this thing called life. Sometimes we’ll need some a break, a chance, a Connect, or an opportunity. Sometimes, we just need someone to show us some compassion and kindness. If you’ve ever had someone help you in some special way, remember how it felt and keep that feeling in mind when the opportunity arises for you to help someone else.

“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” – Will Smith

As 2017 comes to a close, I challenge each of you to find at least one article from the previous issue of The Connect that inspired you most. Please share the article with a friend or loved one. After reading the article again, take a few minutes to write down your goals for 2018. Choose the goal that matters most to you and will have the most positive impact on your life. Once you choose that goal, make sure to write it down where you can see it daily so that it stays in the forefront of your mind. Finally, believe that your words have POWER. Speak them into existence.

The success of The Connect magazine is because individuals took a chance on the dream, vision, goal, purpose and passion I have for connecting others.

Best of luck pursuing your goals in 2018. Please keep the faith and, as always, “Trust the Process.”

Eric Jordan

This publisher’s note can be found in The Connect magazine’s Holiday 2017/2018 issue. To enjoy the full issue, including exclusive interviews with Hollywood power player Kiki Ayers and legendary branding guru Louis Upkins, expert tips for becoming your healthiest version in the New Year, as well as a peek at the 6,000-year-old goldmines resting inside of the Asian Art Museum, order here. Download the digital version here.