Success through struggle #grattitruths (22 personal truths that I am grateful for)
April 16, 2015 § 12 Comments
2014 brought me 22 life lessons:
- There is much power in grace, gratitude, decency, kindness and forgiveness. I’ve never seen such traits go out of fashion.
- No matter the circumstances, we always have a choice – whether that is to behave with integrity, remain empowered, exercise faith or to simply realise that we each remain the leader of our own journey.
- Focus on making small, continuous improvements (a more realistic approach and measured means of tracking progress).
- Nobody feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises, however, if you “say yes, and learn how to do it later” things tend to fall into place – enabling us to become receptive to new opportunities & experiences.
- Focus on being productive, rather than busy. If you notice the stark difference between colleagues who either take effective or indiscriminate action – so will others. I simply put the first things first & keep things simple. Dispensing with the need to have things be perfect helps, as does employing decisive and immediate action. The most important thing is to begin (early).
- The necessity of maintaining the right balance of all aspects of life (health, family, career etc). The slightest imbalance creates disparity.
- The importance of keeping the right company. I approach life with a mindset of generosity, positivity and wish to be remembered as the person who magnified the strengths of others. Seeking to rise by lifting others is not a large undertaking, when you consider how all encompassing such a concept is – and that the freedom of choosing how to positively impact someone’s life (be it with a random act of kindness or a sincere compliment) is empowering.
- Do not become accustomed to negative environments, people or circumstances (hence why number 1, 2, 14 & 17 are my daily mantras).
- A (condensed) reminder from Theodore Roosevelt re perspective: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.”
- Don’t listen to the opinion of others, unless they have they have the results you want.
- The importance of personal ideals or ‘standing for something’. My modus operandi is to refrain from engaging in any negativity (gossiping, rabble-rousing, judging etc), I choose to deal with the matter directly – addressing any issues with the person they concern only (not their friends/ associates), however, that doesn’t mean others will have the same heart/ approach. What do you stand for?
- Invest in those who invest in you.
- Hope is not a strategy. Action is.
- No difficult or negative situation is permanent (unless you allow it to be so). Additionally, no life experience is in vain. Learn the message behind a hard lesson, then heal and move on.
- The way in which we spend our time can yield further opportunities. For example, three of my pastimes have made all the difference: one kept me in shape, another re-ignited long lost creativity, kept me inspired and the third will increase prosperity.
- Celebrate every little victory.
- Each time you manage to see some humour in a difficult situation, you win.
- Keep in touch with people you love. They are your ‘tribe’ and are irreplaceable.
- Learn to trust the journey – even when you don’t understand it.
- People can easily forget others are human. Continue to embody all qualities stated in the very first point.
- Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.
- Once any of us conclude, “that’s just the way that I am,” we give up our ability to change. Who we ARE is not who we can BECOME (3 Ne 27: 27).