I’m a little late getting this post out, seeing as it’s a few weeks into the New Year, but here it is! As I was looking back in 2019 there were several memorable lessons I felt we could all learn from and relate to.
Memorable Lesson #1: Maybe She’s Born With It, Or Maybe She Worked Her Butt Off
I’m a big fan of the Law of Attraction and Manifestation BUT, as I learned, you also need a key element to succeed…and that’s doing the work!
I tell everybody that my growth as a Pinterest Manager and online entrepreneur is due to two things: persistence and believing, without a doubt, that I am going to reach my goals (whether it takes me a few months or a few years). I keep pushing through, putting in the work, while maintaining that mindset.
Therefore the first of my memorable lessons from 2019 is that hard work and the right mindset will get you where you want to be.
Memorable Lesson #2: Surround Yourself With People Who Love and Support You
You can definitely fly solo, cut yourself off from the world and do you girl, HOWEVER, having the support of your family and peers can definitely only help.
I’ve found out people can either bring you up in terms of supporting your goals and lifestyle choices, or they can bring you down. As a result, you need to be selective about who you share information with.
People have a tendency to project there fears. For example, if you are unhappy in your job and want to start your own business, you might hear concerns such as “how are you going to collect pension” or “what if your business doesn’t work out?, rather than “that’s exciting, how can I help?”.
The lesson: if you know a certain person isn’t going to support you in the way you need DO NOT share your goals with them. On the other hand, surround yourself with the people who will lift you up and inspire you to succeed.
Memorable Lesson #3: Goals Don’t Get Accomplished Without a Plan. Period.
I’m laughing at myself right now because I completely failed at following through with many of my 2019 goals. Why? I had the idea but didn’t create a plan.
Remember the 101 Things in 1001 Days list I started? It still exists on this blog but not in my life. I’ve completely abandoned that project!
Looking back on my New Years’ post last year I made the intention of putting more energy in creating content for my YouTube channel. Did that happen? Nope.
I didn’t have a plan! Lesson learned.
Lesson: Reflecting on this I should have reverse engineered my goals and created an action plan.
Memorable Lesson #4: Practice Gratitude and Law of Attraction
My father thinks I’m crazy when I talk to him about the future of my biz. He’s very practical, takes a realistic approach to everything, and doesn’t take risks, EVER. So, when he asks me questions like “how long are you going to pursue this until you decide if it’s working?” I tend to respond with “until it works because it WILL work“.
I am dead set on succeeding and already see myself in that position. I’ve held this mindset throughout 2019 and attribute my continued growth to that.
In the self-improvement world, this mindset is often called the Law of Attraction or Manifestation.
Therefore the lesson I learned is: Changing your mindset to one of abundance and gratitude will uplift you and guide you forward.
Memorable Lesson #5: Leave Your Comfort Zone, Take More Risks
One of my most memorable lessons from 2019 was getting out of my comfort zone on multiple occasions.
I’m an introvert through and through. Poor social skills, quiet demeanor, and I hate small talk. Put me in a conversation with anybody and it’s the most awkward interaction.
However, if you run a service-based business as I do you can’t avoid the sales side of it.
Throughout 2019 I had to leave my comfort zone and learn how to pitch my business to complete strangers who could potentially become my clients!
I can now tell you it’s become a little easier over the year but I’m nowhere near perfect. Some calls are amazing but some are completely awkward and weird! It’s a learning process and one I’m still working on.
Lesson: Growth doesn’t happen inside your comfort zone.
Memorable Lesson #6: Stay Open to Opportunities but Be Able to Say No When Needed
I don’t know where the idea that you should say “yes” to everything came from. If we all acted that way we’d be chronically stressed and burnt out…
Oh, wait…that is us!
Something I learned in 2019, though started picking up much earlier, is to be open to opportunities but say “no” when needed.
It’s easy to set boundaries if you know what you value and which goals are a priority to you. When you practice the Law of Attraction and work hard opportunities will be there, trust me, but if they aren’t aligned with your vision you need to be comfortable turning it down.
Lesson: Opportunities will always be there if you are open to them, but setting boundaries is healthy.
Memorable Lesson #7: Listen to Your Gut but Tread Carefully
Our heart (gut) and brain are always at odds (or is that just me?). Your gut feeling, or intuition, is guided by feeling. On the other hand, your brain tends to take a more logical approach to problems.
Some of us prefer to listen to one over the other, letting our feelings or reasoning drive our decisions.
In 2019, I let my gut feelings guide my decisions since I believe my gut knows what’s going to bring me happiness. However, by the end of the year, my opinion has slightly changed.
Your gut feeling can be an amazing guide to happiness BUT it can also keep you in your comfort zone, and thus prevent growth. That’s why this is one of the more memorable lessons for me.
Lesson: Listen to your gut, but tread carefully. Sometimes growth is uncomfortable, and that’s okay.
Memorable Lesson #8: Be Authentic and Be Yourself
The last memorable lesson from the past year… be yourself in person and online.
I recently came to the realization that I wasn’t presenting my most authentic self on social media, specifically Instagram. In fact, I didn’t even know I was presenting myself in a curated way on Instagram until I started fooling around on TikTok.
Tik Tok’s allowed me to be myself, the uncensored, filter-free fun self who’s in it for a laugh rather than to fit in a specific mold.
I would love for this to translate on Instagram, despite the expectations of that platform for perfectly curated photographs!
Being able to be my most authentic self on TikTok has been freeing and illuminating.
Lesson: Presenting your most authentic true self in person and online is the most fulfilling thing you can do.
I’m happy I could share my lessons with you and would love something in return! I’m curious, what lessons have you learned in 2019? This can be lifestyle, business, school…anything! Share in the comments below.