As 2018 comes to a close, I reflect on what has happened this year, and what I have learned.

To be honest, it’s been a less than brilliant year for our family – with health issues, major surgery, and several losses. All of which impacts your business life whether you want it to or not.

10 Lessons learned:

  1. Don’t take your health for granted. Take care of yourself– because when your health is compromised, so is everything else.
  2. Live for today.  None of us knows what tomorrow will bring.  Make sure you share your time and emotions with those you love.
  3. It’s OK to change your mind.  Sometimes we make decisions based on a current situation without thinking through the long-term implications.  Don’t get locked into a decision that no longer works for you.
  4. Change is inevitable.  People are in your life for different reasons.  Sometimes long-term, sometimes for a season.  Respect their decisions to move on and wish them well.
  5. Believe in what you are doing. It can be very easy to get side-tracked and feel threatened by what your competitors are doing, but that can pull you away from what makes you and your business special.
  6. Do your homework.  Make sure you have checked the viability of an activity and read the small print, as to ignore this can be costly.
  7. Dance.  Show your lighter, fun side. Stop and celebrate your successes.
  8. Give back.  You have it within you to help others, to make a difference. Do it.
  9. You are stronger than you think.   It is often not until our courage is tested that we find out just how strong we are.
  10. Take charge.  When something bad happens in your life, you have the power to make changes so you don’t get pulled down into the victim vortex.

As I look at my list, I realize that most of the lessons refer to mindset and allowing ourselves to look at situations through a different lens, a lens that allows us to accept our mistakes, our foibles and to grow from the experiences.

What did you learn? What was your biggest lesson this year?

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.