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:
- Don’t take your health for granted. Take care of yourself– because when your health is compromised, so is everything else.
- Live for today. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Make sure you share your time and emotions with those you love.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dance. Show your lighter, fun side. Stop and celebrate your successes.
- Give back. You have it within you to help others, to make a difference. Do it.
- You are stronger than you think. It is often not until our courage is tested that we find out just how strong we are.
- 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?
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 amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.