What is the Most Valuable Lesson You Learned about Yourself this Year?
Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share. ~Steve Maraboli
“I’m so ready for this year to be over!” Sound familiar? Every year there are far too many people who utter these words – to me this is one of the saddest commentaries about the quality of the life one is living.
Case in point,”#2012regrets” is trending on Twitter as I write this.
We so often rank the quality of our years by the BIG accomplishments and life changing events and, for some, that includes world news and tabloid headlines that we have no control over whatsoever. In the process of what we view as moving on with life and putting the “bad stuff” behind us, we all too often leave behind many of the important accomplishments and lessons we’ve learned during the year … simply because they weren’t big enough for us to notice.
How would you answer this question …
What was the most valuable lesson you learned about yourself this year?
While you give that question some thought, I’ve asked a few virtual friends to share their most valuable life lessons, big and small, from 2012.
Anne Lyken-Garner – Get Confidence
I’ve been unwell since August this year, and one thing this experience has taught me is that I need to set aside time for myself. Health is important and everything else suffers if you don’t have it.
Rick Lelchuk – Inspiring Transitions
I realized this year that I’ve allowed my ambition to cloud my ability to be present. In other words, having set my sights on certain goals (mostly financial) I blocked out day-to-day enjoyment as I continued to strive to achieve my financial goals.
My thinking has been when I have $X in the bank then I can do what I want and enjoy my life. Bull, the time to enjoy my life is right now, regardless of the goals I have set for myself, regardless of my bank balance. It’s a matter of what’s important to me today, right now; what is the priority. The biggest challenge with this is remembering it’s about being in the moment, not all about having the reward.
Chris Farrell – Chris Farrell Membership
My favorite life lesson this year is: E + R = O
I learned this from Jack Canfield. It means that the EVENTS in our life – plus how we RESPOND to them – determine our OUTCOME. We often can NOT control events. But we DO have 100% control over how we RESPOND to them.
Chris Brogan – ChrisBrogan.com
I’ve learned that I have no enemies.
David Harman – Success Mindset for Home Business Entrepreneurs
I’ve learned that it’s OK to be afraid as long as it doesn’t stop me from taking action. Everyone is afraid when faced with something new or a change. I’ll only achieve success if I advance and conquer the unknown. In fact, if I’m not feeling fearful I have to question whether I am in fact progressing!
Nancy Newnan and Robert Shaw – Couchesthentics
This year we learned that we have what it takes to preserver to achieve goals that really matter.
Mid-year, my husband put the finishing touches on an exercise book he had been working on for well over 2 years, and needed a model to be photographed for each exercise to bring the book to completion. Even though we both work full time at other jobs, we made an agreement to set aside a half hour several nights each week until we had the photos done. While it wasn’t easy, because we were both tired from working all day, it paid off and on October 6th we uploaded the final book to Lulu.com.
Waiting for the first proof of the book was like a kid waiting for his first bicycle at Christmas. He checked the mail box every day. And when it finally arrived we both jumped up and down and hugged each other.
Steve Borgman – Personal Success Factors
One of the most important lessons I learned this year has to do with what Darren Hardy, editor of Success Magazine, calls the compound effect.
By taking seven habits I consider most important in my life, and tracking them daily on irunurun I’ve made consistent progress in the most important areas of my life. These result areas include spirituality, finances, relationships, health, and nutrition. It’s the small things done daily that can make the biggest difference.
Donna Merrill – Donna Merrill Tribe
When you run your own business, there are so many parts to do, that it’s far too easy to get frustrated, confused, behind on work, or just plain give up!
This year I learned how to focus on a task without my mind wandering to something else. It wasn’t easy, but I was so determined to do it. I used a self-hypnosis download to reinforce my mindset. Now I can go from one task to another, totally focused, unstoppable, and get more done.
Nathalie Villeneuve – The Art of Living Out Loud
The most valuable lesson I learned about myself this year is that in order for me to have the life and the business I absolutely love, I had to stop (really stop) and think about where I was (my awareness) and where I wanted to go (towards my bright future). I kept trying to find easy “fixes” and simple answers to more abundance and more success … they don’t exist. What I discovered is that I am strong and willing to embrace the more complex aspects of my life, and trust that I have what it takes to create a magnificent future for me and my family.
There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it. ~Judith McNaught
My most valuable life lesson this year …
This year I learned to trust my instincts. I am a researcher by nature, and whenever faced with a problem I do what comes naturally – I look for a corresponding scientific study to support my decision. YAWN! Of course, given the things I write about, research is important, but this year I learned that sometimes you really do have to just get quiet and trust that small voice in your head to come up with the best direction for you.
So that about you? What is the most valuable lesson you learned about yourself this year?
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