Happy Holiday season to you. I trust that you’re having the best of the season. Wishing you good tidings and good cheer.
2018 has been a good year for me career-wise and for my personal life and I believe it has been the same for you too. This year has been the year where I was bold enough to come out of my shell and do a lot of things that I had intentions of doing but never got around to doing them. Things such as
- My personal website
- Writing an ebook
- Creating podcasts
- Starting a YouTube Channel
It hasn’t been all rosy though,the year also had its challenges with regards to productivity and giving out my best.
Living consciously and learning from my mistakes are a big part of what I do every year.
In recent years, I try to distill the key lessons I’ve learnt every year so that in moving forward I can focus on these tips and be practical about the lessons to improve my life.
Action over perfection
The right time never comes, the perfect opportunity never presents itself hence no need to keep waiting.
This is a lesson that has been deeply ingrained in me this year.
More often than not, I find myself looking for the perfect opportunity or time to do something. Waiting for money, technological equipment, time, social approval etc so I can start planning out my goals and objectives.
Giving excuses is a mental thing I do to make up for my lack of action. My favourite excuse of them all being financial constraint.
This situation became prevalent when I decided to write my first book how to start and build a side hustle. I figured, I will need the manuscripts, an editor a publisher,marketer, bookstores etc. Thinking about all these made me handicapped and left me doing nothing for weeks. Later, a thought came in my head as to why I could not draft the manuscript, list it on Amazon and publish it as an ebook.
Interestingly, when the book was published online, I got some good press for it.
I had the same challenge with launching my YouTube channel. I figured I didn’t have all these nice camera and technology that established youtubers have. That was also a self-impossed handicap, meanwhile I had a smartphone which I could record on and I have been doing so for my past videos.
It takes time
It has taken more time than necessary for me to realise that success takes time and the strive for achievement is an ongoing battle that never ends.
To be recognized and fairly compensated for quality work is a gradual process. In this age of instant success thanks to social media, I needed to constantly “catch” myself of not falling into the trap of thinking that success will happen to me without working for it.
Attention to detail
Paying attention and being attentive became a lost virtue on me. I don’t know when It started but I observed my diligence became worse as the days went by. Smartphone and the internet haven’t helped either. I’m surprised about the number of times my phone distracts me within a day, every day of the week.
I noticed my productive output is not at the capacity I want it to be so I have learnt to make drastic changes about my approach to productive endeavours.
These days, I’m very conscious of how I work and the time I alternate between my smartphone and deep work. Even if it means leaving my smartphone in another room so that I can work without getting distracted.
I’m grateful for everything I have and the opportunities that come to me, I’m grateful for you and for everything everyone does for me. Sometimes life gets tough and I do not recognize and count my blessings.
This leads me wishing I had something someone else had. In 2018 I consciously told myself to stop and smell the roses when need be. To create positive energy and vibes and to remind myself that I have opportunities others wished they had therefore I should be grateful for those things.
What are some of the life lessons 2018 has taught you? Kindly let me know
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