What 2014 Taught Me

What 2014 Taught Me

You get back what you radiate out
I really believe that if you have a positive outlook and live your life intentionally with care to those around you; if you share good things and surround yourself with good people, that positivity goes full circle and comes right back to you.

You don't always have to be thinking about "the next big goal"
Since achieving my long term goal of becoming full time self-employed, I've realised it's OK to simply enjoy what's happening right now; you don't always have to be pushing for something more.

You are more productive when you work less
Forcing yourself to work when you really need a break is counterproductive and, in many ways, destructive to creativity. I used to try to work all the hours I possibly could but now I've switched to a more fluid, flexible routine I've realise I'm much more productive and happier.

You can be too hard on yourself
It's not healthy to feel guilty and fret over every little thing. This is still a work in progress but I'm slowly realising it's OK to have some downtime and it's quite alright to spend a bit of money on things you don't really need.

You are not missing out if you say "no"
It's not always wise to "say yes" to everything that crosses your path; not every opportunity is a good opportunity so turning things down doesn't mean you're missing out - it leaves you with more enthusiasm for what's around the corner.

You can only give people the benefit of the doubt for so long
It's nice to let people off the hook when they have been a little bit cheeky. But it comes to a point where you have to face facts and stop making excuses for people who are taking advantage of your kindness. Cut them loose.

You should be proud of what you have achieved
I often don't stop to think about how much can be achieved in one year or give myself enough praise for the things I have accomplished. I'm always looking ahead at what's next instead of congratulating myself on my triumphs.