Time is precious, and it’s the one thing you won’t ever get back. Don’t let anyone waste your time and don’t wait for the ‘perfect time’ to take a chance on something or you’ll always be waiting.
When I look back at the past year and think of all the ways that things couldn’t have gone my way, I realize it wasn’t because of sheer luck or because I was just having a good year that so many wonderful things DID go my way. It’s because in 2013 I made some promises to myself and I kept them and I couldn’t be more happier and yes I’ll admit I’m even proud of myself.
Give yourself credit where credit is due. Too many of us shy away from giving ourselves a pat on the back when we accomplish a goal or learn a lesson. We’re all human and it’s part of growing as a person. Being happy for yourself may seem like a corny concept at first but honestly just get over it. If you can be happy for someone else when they accomplish something, you can be happy and proud of yourself too.
Be patient with yourself. Don’t throw in the towel too soon. Frustration is a good thing, it means you are challenging your boundaries and setting new ones. It took me 3 months of failing, tweaking, and restarting my detox to finally stick to something that worked for me and now the changes have virtually become permanent. They don’t say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” for nothing. You’ll have a few nuts and bolts missing in the beginning when you’re first building your dream, and you’ll get frustrated at why the puzzle pieces aren’t all fitting together like you wanted to. Take a break, take a detour, go on a ‘shopping trip’, get some ideas, and find the nuts and bolts you need and start back up. You’ll have the foundation, then the framework, and in no time you’ll see the finished house.
So those are just 4 lessons for 2014 that I carry with me from 2013, I could write on and on about some more I learned, and maybe I will in the future but these are just some basics. It’s easier to be passive and let things happen as they will; I know I was guilty of that in years past and always thought things were as they were and that I couldn’t really change the way my year would shape out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.