Lessons from 2017 | How to make the most of 2018
Thinking back on the last 365 days of my life has brought to the conclusion that although 2017 was a roller-coaster ride, it was indeed an incredible and overwhelming year for me.
in the past year, I worked extra hard I had a few breakdowns here and there, I learned and experienced both good and bad far more in the past 365 days than I’ve in my entire existence. Regardless, I achieved personal growth, I learned that adulting is not a joke, responsibilities indeed make you responsible, setting your priorities right and focusing on what is more important is the right path to greatness.
Every year has its ups & downs, which is absolutely inevitable, but I always believe that in every year, there are things to be grateful for and it’s important to remember & highlight them to yourself.
I am a firm believer of experience: especially the mistakes are the best teachers. All lessons I learned in 2017 are based on my personal experiences. They were an eye opener and I hope you learn a thing or two also.
Listen to your Intuition
That tiny voice that tells you what to do and what not to do, It tells you right from wrong, it tells if you are making a right or wrong decision? Yes that voice, listen to it, trust your gut! Your inner voice is wise – do not push it away because it will guide you. Also, do not ignore the presence of the holy spirit.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13
Define your happiness
I’ve come to a place where my happiness is only affected by MY personal achievements or adventures. Stop looking for happiness in people. If you let others control how happy you are, you’ll get hurt in the long run. By letting people decide how happy you are, you give away the most basic control of yourself to people that may or may not turn out to be good for you, or even responsible enough to be trusted with your happiness.
“Happiness begins with you. Not your relationships, your friends or your job. But with you.
Take out time to figure out what makes YOU happy. What we fail to realize is that happiness is different for everyone. The things that make you happy may not make someone else as fulfilled.
Serendipity: Let it find you
I don’t know about you but I believe so much in serendipity. In my life, serendipity also translates to the saying ‘Let go and Let God’.
Serendipity is the moments in life you never expect to happen but are glad that they did. Basically finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it. I love to refer to it as ‘a series of unplanned and fortunate events’.
Sometimes it comes down to God at work, sheer perfect timing, total coincidence or just plain luck. Whatever it is, I say always be open to serendipity. Be open to good things happening to you.
Nobody ever accomplished greatness simply by planning
I am a personal victim of over-planning but not taking action. This pretty much summarises my 2017. Don’t get me wrong, planning is good but how much planning is too much planning? I have learned that over planning is a great way to sabotage your efforts and without taking actions, all your plans are going to be futile. I’ve learned that to be successful, I should back up my plans with action to make actual progress. I spent my 2017 planning and the question for 2018 is, what is the next smallest step that I can take, right now?
Time management skill is a blessing
This was one of my lows in 2017. I felt like I had too much to do and not enough time, then I convinced myself with the fact that 24 hours is not enough. But the reality is that we have 24 hours and I don’t think it will ever extend to an additional 2 to 5 hours. Even if it does, it will still never be enough if you do not manage it properly.
I am still learning to manage my time properly. If you have advice, please share below. However, I learned to;
Make conscious choices, so I can spend more of my time doing things that are important and valuable to me.
I learned discipline. Social media is a time waster, series/television are distractions. My goal for 2018 is; if I am not on there making money or searching for inspiration, then I shouldn’t spend more than 20 minutes on social media during my breaks.
Alas, all work without play makes Tega a dull girl. Learn to create a balance!.
Time is a special resource that you cannot store or save for later use. Everyone has the exact same amount of time each day. Time not well used cannot be retrieved.
How to make the most of 2018
I believe you already have your 2018 goals set. Do not let anything stop you. Take 2018 one day at a time, find your purpose, do what you love, TAKE ACTION, make wise decisions, love, be a blessing, socialize, network, stay positive, be positive. Do not be lazy, do not procrastinate, complain less, be grateful, worry less, try something different, take that bold step, be patient, stay woke, develop yourself, believe more in yourself, be healthy, exercise, trust yourself, surround yourself with people that will make you thrive, control your narrative, focus on what makes you happy, stay happy, work smarter and not harder, PRAY.
Every moment counts and we must live consciously. Make a decision that you are going to finish 2018 strong. Stay focused, fight for your vision and decide that failure is not an option for you. Most importantly, strive to be a better version of yourself.
And there you have it! I know for a fact I still have a lot more to learn in 2018. And I am so looking forward to achieving greatness this year.
You’re a star! Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
I pray your expectations shall not be cut short this year.
2018, I am ready. Are you?