My Biggest Lessons of 2016
Holy crap, what a ride! This year has been the most challenging, frustrating, rewarding, upsetting, exciting, adventurous, heartbreaking year I have ever experienced in all of my 36 years. I can truly say it was all worth it, though. I don’t recognize January, 2016 me. Not in the slightest. The me that’s charging into 2017 is the most bad assiest, courageous, grateful version of me I could ever have hoped to be. And I just keep getting better every day!
Please excuse me tooting my own horn, but it must be done. That, in and of itself, is incredible to me. That I’ve developed the ability to recognize and pat myself on the back when I’m kicking ass at life absolutely blows me away. But I do it with so much humility and gratitude in my heart. I do it with the understanding that I’m no better than anyone but the person I was yesterday. I also look for as many other kick ass people to pat on the back as possible because I’ve finally given up comparing myself to everyone else and no longer feel threatened by other’s successes. I love to celebrate people winning at life!
What else have I learned this year? Hmmm…that fear makes for a fantastic compass. No joke, fear has become an excellent guide for the direction I need to go. Doing things that scare the bejeezus out of me has been the greatest source of growth for me this year. Getting comfortable being uncomfortable. Taking risks. I can honestly say I would not be who I am or where I am if it hadn’t been for all this terrifying stuff I faced this year.
I’ve also figured out who I am and exactly what I want, and taken massive action towards getting it, without apology or feeling like I have to explain myself. It’s exciting, the power that comes with the realization that this is MY life and I don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to give me permission to pursue my wildest dreams.
I’ve learned self-discipline…to a level I didn’t think I was capable of. That self-discipline has been greatly rewarded this year. I lost a bunch of weight. I started building a business that is already incredibly successful and is growing like crazy. I got my house in order and kept it that way. I discovered that there is no limit to what I can do when I decide to do something. And because of this newly developed self-discipline, I’ve found such a deep sense of satisfaction and pride in all the hard work I put in every day.
I’ve learned how to let go of worrying about what other people think of me and what I’m doing. That was a pretty big one. I can’t tell you how many things I missed out on because I was afraid of what people would think. Ugh. But I conquered it! As long as I can say, at the end of the day, that I did my best and stayed true to myself, that’s enough for me. What other people think is none of my business.
I’ve learned how to be ok with making mistakes and failing and being imperfect. I’ve learned how to give without expecting anything in return. I’ve learned how to speak my mind, whether it’s well received or not. I’ve learned how to be a person of my word and to follow through on the things I say will do. I’ve learned how to live in the moment, to the fullest of my abilities. I could go on and on and on. It has been a HUGE year for me.
As I’m looking ahead to 2017 I am filled with so much hope, joy, excitement, and fear. There are so many enormous, scary, thrilling adventures on the horizon. I will have to adapt and grow massively in order to face them head on. I’m ok with that. In fact, I’m ready for it. I’m bringing my A game and I can’t wait to see what the Universe has in store for me!