I’m learning that this life away from a 9 to 5 takes a great deal of discipline. I’m also learning that my plans don’t always pan out the way I envisioned they would BUT, the most important thing I’ve learned so far is that when it comes to being successful, the only way to get there is to put one foot in front of the other and take it a day at a time.
When I think about some of the things that impede progress, it all boils down to these five things…at least that’s what I’ve learned so far.
Taking the Good with the Bad – It’s totally easier said than done, but accepting the mistakes along with the victories is a huge sign of maturity when it comes to the road of success. There is so much that can be learned from our mistakes regardless of how big or how small they are. The key is to look for the lesson in every situation and figure out how to apply it to your life in a way that will positively impact your future decisions.
You’re Distracted – Distractions are all around us. Being at home, there are far more distractions than I realized when I was working. When I’m home, I’m continuously fighting a battle of “what to do next”. I attempt to be as strategic as possible when it comes to my work time, but when I sit down to focus, there’s always something nagging me. Should I mop the floors or finish editing a post? Take the clothes to the cleaners or work on my fashion column. Set out my clothes for tomorrow or rearrange the furniture? There’s always a choice to make but I know that anytime there’s something difficult we want to achieve connects of a deeper level within us, we do whatever it takes to make it possible and in the end, it’s the things that are genuinely important to us that remain.
Expectations – Constantly seeking needless expectations has a way of sapping our joy and thankfulness. Learning to appreciating what is, regardless of how empty or full the glass is, is imperative in order to live a satisfied life. Being positive is a choice just as much as choosing what to wear is and being positive is a direct correlation to how you think about yourself and things around you. Nothing ever works out exactly the way we expect it to which means we need to appreciate reality rather than trying to fight it. And even if things don’t quite work out, it’s all worth it if it helps you to learn something new.
Less Thinking, More Acting – I’m a thinker. I’ve never been one to take risks. I laugh at myself because I have all my brilliant ideas when I’m in the shower…with no where to write them down. I’m sure many of us are like that though, we have brilliant ideas in the shower and may even remember them when we exit the shower, but how often do we put our metaphorical money where our mouth is? Avoiding challenges only makes them grow bigger.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned?