Man, we’re a few days into the New Year and I already have confessions and honest lessons—this is my FIRST day back to work since I was knocked down with the flu for over a week. It’s amazing how these incidents can bring on insecurity and drain my confidence. Because in the last week I wasn’t doing anything, not even participating in social media. I was out for the count, the house was a mess, I was a mess, and I felt like a failure, already on day 5 of the New Year! ‘“Oh, this negative self-talk is pathetic,” I say to myself because, negative thoughts are bullshit. I (we) must stop the unhelpful self talk and own when circumstances take a shape of their own.
So now that I am healthier, I want to share confessions from myself and my friends on our biggest and most honest lessons from the past year. Clearing the slate and ready to rock and roll in the new year. Are you ready to do the same? Can you admit and be straightforward in terms of the most significant and honest lessons you’ve learned,whether they are good, bad, or ugly? It’s the most authentic way to start fresh, so I encourage you to try.
Confessions: The Biggest & Most Honest Lessons From Last Year
My primary lesson is to take responsibility for my failures–my projects that flopped. As I reflect, I might have had the tendency to put the blame elsewhere, but really I noticed that I gave up on trying to perfect the project or system, etc. I failed to execute thoroughly. Now it’s time to pick that project back up and implement it through to success.
My second lesson is accepting that people will say harmful things to your face whether they know they are or not. It’s up to me to remember who that person is and not to take their words to heart.
My third huge lesson is to forget about motivation. Motivation is NOT what I need. Rather it’s discipline and habits. I must focus on consistency because that then creates continued motivation and inspiration. Motivation comes and goes, but when you are consistent when choosing to eat healthier, exercise daily, be kind, whatever it may be, it will bring about motivation. But without the daily practice, you can create inconsistency when it comes to feeling good every day. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s something to strive for.
Below I asked my FB friends what their biggest and most honest lessons were last year. Check them out and feel free to share yours as well!
MaryAnn Staufenberger-Joyce You can only control your decisions for your life and future, no one else’s.
Joann DiFabio Klinkner Money isn’t everything and doesn’t buy true happiness.
Melissa Wexler Being a stay at home mom is the hardest thing I have ever done. Most rewarding as well, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Nancy Altschul Rago The best money manager to hire is the one you see in the mirror.
Priscilla Harris Patience and The Greater Love and Appreciation of ALL.
Jessica Humphreys White People die when you least expect it, so don’t be too busy living life to not take time to live the life that you WANT!
Rita P. Cheng As much as I want to do everything and feel accomplished… I can’t get there unless I’m healthy.
Genny Meador Life will never ever work out the way you expect it too.
Edie Weinstein Trust that all is well despite appearances. Delays are not denials. Knowing that I have the resources and wherewithal to create a life that is satisfying and gratifying. Allowing others (men in particular) to take care of me, instead of needing to be the caregiver.
Tom Christian “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold” – Yeats
Jenny Green Powers Sometimes it’s just best to let go. Some friendships cannot be resuscitated. Be grateful for the memories and move on.
Jennifer Bronsnick Open all your bills and really pay attention to the statements 🙂
Susan R. Meyer Sometimes, what you think you really, really want to do simply isn’t meant for you. Letting go leaves room for the right thing to emerge.
Mary Mustakas People really do love…care….
Stephanie Petersen Be quiet and the answers will come.
Sharon Tope-Grassi Accept yesterday. Love today. Be ready for whatever tomorrow brings.
Connie Rojas Franzen Being kind is better than being right … follow your gut, you’ll thank yourself later.
Lisa Christian Life is way too short..live it to it’s fullest!!! God Bless all!!
Jennifer Saucier I’m stronger than I ever humanly thought possible!
O’Ryan Bronson That I can’t do it all on my own and that asking for help isn’t weakness but strength.
Now head on over to this article, “Top Proven Goal Setting Strategies to Implement in the New Year” to help you stay disciplined, motivated and on track to feeling successful and accomplished this year.