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Trying To Arrive

Zechariah Newman —  January 26, 2015 — 6 Comments

I struggle often wondering if I will miss God’s voice. Wondering if I will do enough. Wondering why and trying to figure out when.

With this mindset I tend to be very fearful. When I am advancing and working there is no fear, but when I stop and rest I really struggle. Doubt, depression, and reasoning fill my mind and I tend to feel like I am not doing enough or I am off the mark. My mind can be exhausted on “off” days from the mental circus.


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I know for sure that this reaction is not trusting God. That it is one of the ways at which I and maybe you try to do things on my or your own strength. I react to life as a man that is broken and in need of a Savior which is good, however, the problem is that it usually goes with a man that feels like he can arrive. That somehow the need for God will dissipate. That if I fix that one thing I will be on my way.

This type of living ends in a feeling of guilt, pain, and shame. When I approach life like this, I am always feeling guilty because I’m always a little short of where I “should” be. I feel like I don’t spend enough time with my family, on my business, health, friendships, church, rest and God. One thing is always not getting attention as I try an insane juggling act. Guilt that I am letting a ball drop and always guilt about what I am not doing. Rarely do I focus on victory.

When we walk through life in this manner, we self-reflect our inner dialogue onto others. Because we feel guilty about not doing enough and if our spouse says, “The kids miss you,” it is taken on as guilt of missing time with them and blaming your spouse for thinking that. All the while it is us that thinks these things. “See not doing enough and focused on money, we may think, but it comes out as an argument with our loving spouse.

There is a better way and it is simple yet difficult to do. Surrender. When you are surrendered to God, you are relying on Him to work it out. You are waiting on God’s timing and trusting He will let you know. You are trusting His purposes even when you don’t understand your current struggle.

I use to think that meant that I don’t do anything which drove me nuts. It is not that, however, surrender is acknowledging that your wants may be different than God’s plan. This does not mean we don’t want, but does mean that God’s plan is above our wants. We are to love God, love others, and do our work as unto the Lord.

When your life is surrendered, you are not rushing around defending yourself. You are others focused instead of wants focused. You are not trying to control and manipulate, but TRUSTING. Move forward this week with a surrendered heart and watch the worry and worn out mind dissipate. Be blessed on your journey.


How do you stay surrendered to God’s plan?


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One of the biggest attributes that is required to obtain any goal or dream is proper vision. If you can see where you are going it will create pull in your life, pulling you towards your dream instead of having to strain to take a step. A vision needs to be so compelling that you will push through and overcome roadblocks and setbacks. The ability to take a punch and keep on going will separate you from the pack.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Without vision there is death. Death of a dream and when vision is lost for your life, it can result in death of a body. It is important to unite with a vision. If you had vision and lost it, read this. The power of writing out your dream will keep your vision alive and cause it to thrive.

Proverbs 29:18 – Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keep the law, happy [is] he.

Writing out dreams was God’s idea! In Habakkuk 2:2-3 it says this, “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

Writing down your dream does these 4 things:

1. Makes it plain. We can make things more confusing than they need to be. Writing out the vision you hear from God will reduce your confusion and make choices easier. Make sure everything aligns with the picture and you will see your dream come about.

2. Speeds you up. Writing down your dream will pull you toward it. It is as if the writing helps your belief in what God has said. It is a way we agree and say, “Yes Lord.” Write out your dream and you will hit a whole new level of hustle and working your face off. Uniting with God by agreeing in writing will put rocket fuel in the chase.

3. Shows what is ahead. By writing down your dream you are agreeing and uniting with the dream giver. He gives us these dreams to give us extra motivation when things are rough. When the pain seems overwhelming and the rejection is all around us, it is the written dream that gets us back off the mat. Writing your dream will help you to carry on.

4. Gives patience. God is never late, but He isn’t early either. Man I wish He was early sometimes. When you look at your dream in writing, it will restore your faith both in God and in what He has said. What God promises, He delivers! Sometimes we have to wander through a desert and continue to trust God. At the correct appointed time He will be faithful to bring it about. Writing out your vision will give you patience when the road is long.

Write out what you feel God is speaking to you. Keep what you wrote in a place that you can look at it often. On this journey you will want a constant reminder through the highs and lows of what God said. You will be amazed at what following God’s example will do for your life. Your eyes will be opened as you trust Him and His timing. Be blessed on your journey.

Have you written out your vision?

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Busyness is something that entrepreneurs and dream chasers pride themselves on. We work hard and usually have very little space that isn’t filled throughout the day. All this talk of hustling and working our faces off can leave us highly confused and lure us into the myth that the key to our dream is to work even harder.


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I fell into this trap of 70 hour work weeks. My dream wasn’t getting any traction so my natural response was to work even harder and as a result some weeks crept up to 90 hours. I was pushing and straining, yet going nowhere fast. I was feeling like a failure. Balancing life was not happening. I was either putting my businesses on hold, parenting, husband, church, or my health. No matter what I did guilt was my feeling that never left.

When we push this hard we can’t live a life of meaning and purpose. We are missing the very beauty of life and the very things that will catapult us to the next level.

Margin. When we remove margin it has consequences. Putting margin back into our lives gives space to make the best decisions. I have cost myself more money than I will ever recoup by living a rushed life. If you are rushing around, you are costing more money than you probably even realize.

Space allows for the next two things which is where life and momentum are found.

Presence. When we rush through life, we lose what will mean the most to our families. We lose what will catapult relationships, business, health, and our spiritual lives. We lose our complete presence. Life that is rushed is never fully alive and is focused on what’s next.  If you are trying to fit every last second with something you have, one part of your mind will always be thinking about what’s next.

A loss of presence is loss of life and true connection.

Smarter. If you return margin and presence to your life, you have the ability to work smarter instead of just harder. When I backed up and looked at my life I started thinking about what I was trying to accomplish. I built activity around my goals, not goals around all my activity. Often we get caught in the work harder cycle and spend time doing tasks that can be delegated or left undone. We end up not having time to do the things that can’t be done by someone else. Before you start any task, ask yourself if this can be delegated or dropped. It is easy to chase pennies and leave dollars. My shift in working smarter doubled my profit, gave me time to be with my family, and gave me space to train and run marathons.

Margin and rest will give you time to work smarter.

Working hard is required, but is useless if it does not have presence and intelligence. Create some silence in your life. Music without silence between notes is just a bunch of noise. It is the silence that creates the beauty. The same is true for your life. To create a beautiful symphony in your life you must have rest between activities.  Moments of working your face off must also have moments of rest and ease.

Do you have margin in your life?

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I really struggled with depression yesterday. Nothing bad happened, however, I felt a heaviness overtaking me.

My wife and I were talking about our next goal and frankly I went into a tailspin funk because of how long the road was ahead. The miles before us in the desert road can feel like an eternity.


I have written on restoring joy and the desert road, but today I want to discuss the lens at which we are viewing those two things. As you and I head into 2015, it is essential to have joy on our journey to changing the world. God wants us to grow and mature while at the same time be joyful and happy today. Not at some distant time, but in the here and now. In the waiting we can be filled with joy.

Expectancy is the key to which we need to view our lives.

As we purposefully live in 2015 we must come from this place of expectancy. Expectancy is the state of thinking or hoping that something, especially something pleasant, will happen or be the case.

We need to set goals and plans then lay them at the feet of Jesus and move forward with expectant hope. With all of the studies done about how quickly people drop New Year’s resolutions, it is easy to lay down expectancy. Plan for success, not failure! Move forward as if you will succeed and you will be way more likely to get back up when you fall down.

Today I feel rejuvenated and excited because I am expecting good things to happen to me today. I am trusting God no matter what today. I am moving forward planting seeds and preparing for a harvest that surpasses my wildest expectations. I am preparing for success, not planning for failure and less than. I am writing this post in anticipation that it will be exactly what someone needs to hear.

Join me! Join me in believing that you will see your dream come to fruition. Believe that God has your back no matter what it may appear. Trust that today God is going to show up and be just what you need when you need it. Trust that even if life doesn’t appear the way you want or think it should be, that God has your best interest at heart. Trust that He has a plan that stretches to eternity and you are a part of that plan. You are a world changer and dream shaper. Today something good will happen through you. You will be blessed on your journey.

How do you maintain your expectant hope?

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Be realistic! I have heard this so many times. Mostly in my mind, but from others as well when I dare to tell them about my dreams. This phrase kills more dreams than we can imagine. Taking them to the grave, most people never dare to utter their dreams at the risk of being perceived as unrealistic. I heard once and believe it is true, that the graveyard has more ideas and inventions than we have in this world. People scared to look silly, scared to fail so they just settled for realistic; settled for something that is a shadow of what they were meant to be.

I want to shed light on this evil doer statement, “Be realistic.” At the root, it is just plain old fear. Fear of failure, fear of man, fear of going the wrong way, fear of the tough road ahead. FEAR! The killer of goals, dreams, and plans. Fear, the thing God warns us against over and over in the Bible. We may dress it up and put lipstick on it, but really it is nothing but fear.

We need to shed light on this fear. I talk about how to do that here. Another way to reduce our fear is to give hope by showing how others who have gone before us overcame their fear. Today, I wanted to highlight a few people who beat odds to achieve their dreams. You may have heard of these stories before, however, really take in how they must have felt before they knew they would achieve what their hearts longed for. Here are some people who beat the odds!

Abraham Lincoln. If I was to meet any person in U.S. history, this would be who I would choose to talk with. He was the sixteenth president of the United States. He only had one year of formal education. He lost more elections than he ever won. He was the first president outside of the original colonies and the first president from an unknown party. What an amazing man who outsiders would have never expected to make such a stamp on my country. President Lincoln was very unrealistic.

Helen Keller. At the age of two Keller became deaf and blind. At the age of seven she learned to write, read, and communicate. She learned Greek, Latin, French, and German and graduated cumlaude from Radcliffe College. Keller became an internationally renowned author and founded the Civil Liberties Union. Helen Keller was definitely unrealistic.

Albert Einstein. Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old. Throughout his elementary years, many teachers thought he was lazy and wouldn’t make anything of himself. He received good grades, but his head was always thinking of other things and complex questions that others couldn’t understand. This Nobel Prize winner, Einstein was definitely unrealistic.

You. Whatever limitations setbacks and failures you have had does not preclude you to something great. In fact, when we get focused on our shortcomings we are taking our eyes off God and putting them on ourselves. The Bible says that He is made strong in your weakness. So it is your very weakness that makes you qualified in Him. You are more than a conqueror through Christ.

Me. When I started writing, my wife who taught Special Education before we had kids, would have to spend twice as long correcting my work as it took me to write it. I never did great in school and dropped out of college to start my first restaurant. I have had a dream to write for Entrepreneur and recently found out I will now be a contributor to their site as well as Addicted2Success! There’s nothing realistic about that!

My friend Matt McWilliams says, “I am a world changer just like you!” So true. Together we can change this world if we say, “NO” to fear. Push through the limitations you have and cling to God. This world can be better and you and I can change it. Be blessed on your journey.

What fears have you pushed through?

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Effects of a Mask

Zechariah Newman —  December 22, 2014 — 1 Comment

My life is moving lately in ways I use to only imagine. There will be some big announcements coming. For years I hid from everyone afraid to admit my sin and failure. I was so concerned about what everyone thought that I refused to try anything. Life got stale slowly as I hid the bad and could not accept or feel the good.


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Masking and hiding our lives at the root is a lack of trusting God or man. In all actuality it is usually a lack of trust in both. Our relationship with man affects our relationship with God and vice versa. This leads to an inauthentic life and one that is a shell of what we are meant to live. If you are hiding and masking your life, it has these 4 ramifications. 

1. Physical. When I hid, my physical body was in the worst shape of my life. I gained weight, had high blood pressure and was told by a doctor that I needed to reduce my stress or I would be headed to an early grave. When you hide behind a mask, your stress is high because of your lack of trust. The need to control things out of your control overtakes and consumes your life. Physical apathy is a sign of a mask.

2. Scared. Hiding is exactly that; scared of everything. When trust is missing, fear can freeze you into inaction. It can cause you to settle in all areas. It is not a restful waiting, but rather a nervous uptightness settles in your life. Fear is invasive and all-consuming. It ends up being the focal point of life instead of something to push past. An overabundance of fear is a clear signal of a mask.

3. Relationships. Masking up a life causes an inability to have meaningful relationships. You can only feel love and show love to the level that you allow someone in. The thicker the mask, the less love and support you will be able to receive. The less you can receive, the less you have the ability to show. Relationships end up being more manipulation than authentic love and understanding. Masking up your life makes it impossible to reach a full-fledged overflowing relationship.

4. Spiritual. It is funny how foolish we can be, thinking we can hide things from God. Our spiritual life looks more like graveling for our sins we committed and promising to never do them again, rather than having a true relationship with God. When we come to God all masked up, we get so consumed that we don’t approach God with praise, but with a heart of a Pharisee. After all, we need to knock each other down to make ourselves look better. A masked life does not allow for a fruitful spiritual walk.

These are just four ways that wearing a mask affects us and makes it impossible to have our true needs met. Removal of masks is a life long activity. It takes risk, but it is worth it. Trust is the antidote and it is not easy, however, it is worth it to allow God and others into places of shame and unworthiness. You can do it one day and one step at a time. Be blessed on your journey.

Have you ever worn a mask? How did it affect you?


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In life we are bound to go through dry points that test our resolve and trust in God. In my life there has been times where I didn’t trust God. I questioned whether He was for me and didn’t know if He was even listening. God has been faithful to me even amidst my doubt, fear, and unbelief. Thank the Lord.

Total trust is difficult. We have dreams and ambitions in life and God’s timing is often a mystery. We experience tension between where we are and where we want to be and it feels just like the Israelites wandering in the desert waiting for the promise land. At times I have felt like God is punishing me through the desert. That if I just fix one thing He will then come through for me.

Though we do have consequences for actions, I don’t feel this is the purpose of the desert. I believe God is protecting and preparing us through the desert. If you are in a desert moment in life, I believe He is trying to teach you these 3 things.

1.We learn to move when God says move. God wants you to move when He says to move, not when it is comfortable. God’s training periods simply requires us to do what He tells us to do when He tells us to do it.

The Bible says that God is the comforter, but some of us have gotten that confused and are aiming for a comfortable life. That is not what following God looks like. There is more to life than existence and ease. Life being led by Christ is alive and uncommon. It is bold and courageous. It requires long suffering and it is the bringer of life, not merely a comfort bringer.

Exodus 13:21 “The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.”

2. We learn patience. The Israelites were in the desert for forty years. I have been in desert moments in life, however, never anything that long. God will use these times in our life of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and bring about change and growth in our lives. Though this is uncomfortable and very painful it is necessary. Man I hate to learn this lesson of patience!

If you are struggling to trust God in the desert that’s okay. Faith is exercised and strengthened when fear and doubt are the strongest. Patience, although highly frustrating, honestly is what keeps us engaged in the process over time.

3. We learn to rely on God’s provision. God will give you what you need when you need it. The problem is we often try to control the uncontrollable. The more you try to control something outside of your control, the more control you are giving it. Trust Him and He will mold and shape you into what He wants you to be.

When you learn to trust God and His provision, He will direct your path and He will lead you in ways that don’t make sense to you.

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

God is not subject to your time table. The Bible says that He is never late. Things will happen in your life when they are supposed to happen. It is not your job nor mine to figure out when, but it is our job to press through until the finish line. Believing and trusting God brings rest and life to areas of desert and disillusionment. I pray that God gives you revelation knowledge this week and that you trust Him and give Him more access into your heart. Be blessed on your journey even through the desert.

What does God teach you in the desert?

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Chasing a dream is like bringing home a newborn baby. The baby is cute and you love it, but it also cries and poops a lot. Life will never be the same the day you bring your child home from the hospital and life will never be the same the moment you seriously chase a dream in your heart. The amount of time, emotion, and physical energy that chasing a dream takes can, like most stressors, bring a couple together or tear them apart.


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For a long time I chased my dream my way. Unfortunately, this did nothing but lead to strife in my marriage. Chasing a dream by yourself is a great way to be miserable and there is a better way. It is necessary for you to get on the same page as your wife. These 5 things will allow a couple to unite together around a common dream.

1.Clear her plate. Your wife has so much going on! It is easy to focus on what responsibilities we have that we forget the major tasks and responsibilities of our partner. Let me speak this from experience; she is not going to give you her full attention when she has a full to-do list. Clear responsibilities from her life so she can give you her full attention to dream with you.

2. Pray together. This should happen in all areas, but praying for a common vision, for peace in the house, and wisdom as a couple is a must. The unity that happens when you begin to pray together is huge. Praying together is one of the things that brings two goals into one vision over time.

3. Don’t cut her off. Sometimes it is easy to cut off our wives or equally bad not fully listen and weigh what she says. If you want buy in from both people, both have to contribute and both have to yield. Open your ears and close your mouth. The give and take that happens in marriage builds a stronger united front.

4. Remove distractions. Schedule time to turn off phones, television, internet, and all other technology. Make sure the children are asleep or better yet get out of town. Life moves at a million miles an hour. To be focused on each other and plan a future you need 100% of each other’s attention.

5. 7-45-48. Communication involves 7% of the words we say, 45% tone of voice and 48% body language. Uniting together requires expert communication. You must be conscious about what you are fully communicating and not just the words you say. Saying, “I value your opinion” with a negative tone and body language is not going to communicate positivity. Be conscious of what you are fully communicating in order to fully dream together.

The only way to dream together is to communicate your heart and hear her’s. Cast a vision together and your marriage life will flourish. Dreaming together is not easy. It is worth it though. The chain of priority should be God, then your wife, and then you bring up the rear. This is something I need to remind myself daily and you should as well. Dream together and life will never be the same! Be blessed on your journey.
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An Organized Life

Zechariah Newman —  December 1, 2014 — 18 Comments

One of my biggest struggles is to stay organized. I have about ten yellow legal pads around the house with different things from to-do lists to blog ideas scribbled on them. My car is not much better. I have fishing poles laying across the seats in case I want to stop and fish and things for each of my restaurants in my trunk. My office desks have stacks of unfinished work. Embarrassing, yet true. There always becomes a point where I can’t take the strain on my brain anymore and begin to organize my mess for a while.

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The bottom line is that an unorganized life is hurting my dream and if you are unorganized it is making your dream chasing journey unnecessarily hard as well. Today let’s turn over a new leaf and clean up our lives so we can clean up our minds. If you are an organized person I would love your input at the end! These 5 things will help you to become and stay organized.

1. Start and end. To get organized we simply need to start. Perfection is not the goal, but merely to begin and head in that direction. After we have started we always need to end with organization. This takes discipline to stay a little late at the office or clean the car when you just want to sit down. I lie to myself that I will do it later. The reality is once we leave a location, our minds shift and it is much harder to do it later. I forget because it is not a habit in my life yet. Don’t procrastinate and do it now.

2. Write it down. My memory is pretty bad. In fact, I tell my staff that if you don’t write it down, you never told me. I have so many responsibilities and daily demands swirling around in my head. I am sure your life is the same way. I have begun to write everything down on yellow pads. I carry one in my car and have several throughout my house. When thoughts, ideas, to-do lists, and prayers come in my head, they go on a pad. This is necessary as your mind is what we are trying to clear the clutter from. Write them down instead of holding them in your mind and you will feel freedom.

3. One central place. This is the next transformation of a free mind that I am working on. Once a week I believe we need to gather the yellow pads and organize them on the computer. I have searched too many times for something I know I wrote down somewhere. Use this time to delete what you have done and add to your lists. Print off your lists and carry them with you as this will help your efficiency.

4. Commitment. Are you committed? Commit to a certain amount of time to stay organized no matter what. No matter how long it takes, follow these principles. Whether it’s 30 days or 3 months, stick to a time that you commit to so that you will have a chance to see the difference. You can always go back to a messy life if it is not worth it. Every new habit and routine starts with a commitment to do it.

5. Accountability. In all things we need accountability. This needs to be built into your daily life. Who is going to hold you accountable to your commitment? Find people who love you and are bold enough to call you out. Set times that you will check in. You cannot do this life alone! Build relationships. The time is worth it.

Let’s organize to free our minds and to be fully present. It will take time, energy and pain. however, it is worth it. The time spent will be multiplied down the road. When you fall down remember that failure is temporary if you get back up. Keep on trucking my friend. Be blessed on your journey.

How do you get and stay organized?

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Restoring Joy

Zechariah Newman —  November 24, 2014 — 8 Comments

My emotions are so fickle sometimes. I wake up and everything is terrible. I frankly wallow in moments way too long, giving in to the drama in my mind. Everything becomes wrong and inadequate with thoughts like, “When God are you going to come through? When is my business going to come to new levels? When will all of my kids be potty trained?!” 🙂 It is simple when there is a constant tension on our lives from where we are and where we want to be to get dissatisfied and lose our joy. The first thing we must do when we feel like this is recognize that we lost it! After that it is easy to regain with a few practical steps.


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When we are missing Joy, these 5 things will restore it to our lives.

1. List. To proactively shift our moods, we need to change our thoughts. Emotions will follow good thoughts. The other day I was really struggling with my mood and I did this simple exercise and my negative heart turned to one of gratitude and joy! Spend a simple five minutes to think about what you are grateful for, then write down everything you can think of. Look at your list and notice how blessed you are!

2. Prayer. A life focused on God will be one of joy. Pray to Him and ask Him to show you how you are blessed. Ask Him to open your eyes and He will be faithful. Then it is our job to look, keep vigilant with our eyes up, and our hearts ready. Talking and listening to God will realign our thoughts with His. Focus on the Creator and joy will return.

3. A close friend’s words. One of our jobs as believers is to prophesy into each others lives. If you don’t like that word, it is simply to call out the attributes that are godly into each other. We need each other to call out godly characteristics when we don’t see it ourselves. Rather than think of yourself, how can you encourage and speak into someone else this week? Your words may be the words someone needs to hear. You may encourage them to live a life more full or your encouragement may even save a life! Speak life!

4. Be present. One common thread happens when we are depressed and angry. We are either in the past or longing for the future. We need to live lives of focus and power and the only way to be that vibrant is to be present in the second. If you feel yourself getting anxious and worried, I assure you you are not living in the present. Realign with the here and now. You have a job to do today that only you can fulfill.

5. Go through the motions. We need to live a life of transparency, so I say this cautiously. Fake it until you make it. Go through the motions and your emotions will follow. Smiling, for example, can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, change your mood and boost your immunity. It can also be contagious. Be honest with your feelings, but you may need to go through the motions to feel more joyful.

When we are feeling negative, the bottom line is we need more gratefulness. That is one of the things I love about this time of year. Today and this week, let’s return joy and hope to the journey. Happy Thanksgiving and be blessed on your journey.

What are you thankful for?!
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