Seven pearls of wisdom in 2021
It is a time old tradition that we tend to reflect on the past and look forward to the future with enthusiasm, optimism and a great attitude and now more than ever, we need a boost as we navigate through these troubled times. So sit back, crack open a cold can of optimism and pour yourself a glass half full as I share a few of my thoughts and feelings on the past, present and the future.
Whatever happened to you in 2020 you have two ways of looking at it
If some good things happened you should view this with humility and appreciation and if some bad things happened, you should view them as experiences and lessons to learn from. Everything happens for a reason and you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Every experience that has happened to you has made you who you are today and now is all there ever is. Today is the first day of the rest of your life
Everything happens for a reason
Let it be and only aim to focus on those “things” that you can directly influence. You can’t control everything, so let go of what you can’t control and try not to worry about it; it’s meant to be, so enjoy the ride!
Forced thinking is unsustainable
This is particularly relevant if your progress involves change. Change cannot happen without passion, desire and commitment. If you want to change your culture, your people, your mindset and the way you feel, then you need to do this with authenticity. Be true to yourself, your values and what you truly believe in your heart. Just forcing things that you think are the right things to do, say or be will only get you so far.
Most people are out for themselves
Every day I see many examples of selfishness and people who are just intent on taking. I live a life based on giving and gaining. What you put out will return and even though there are many people who do not share that sentiment, I won’t change and I will keep giving; it’s much easier. Try not to be a taker; just let go, give to others and you will be amazed at what opportunities will come to you
Don’t kill yourself with work
Sure, spend a great deal of time on your work, as an entrepreneur, it’s what you enjoy, but don’t do that at the expense of living your life. Have fun, take time out, enjoy people, be fulfilled and learn new things. You’ll be more relaxed and also surprised at how much you will actually achieve.
You have to add value…..always!
The world is flush with mentors, advisors, coaches, trainers, consultants, experts, ologists, opinionators and so on. The differentiator is what value they add to your existing situation. Before you engage with someone, know what you both want to feel as a result of working with them. In addition to being authentic, I have found that simplicity, seeing beyond the perceived need, getting back to basics and a having a commitment to execution/action are some of the things that seem to work for me.
Execution is the name of the game
Talk is cheap and there’s way too much of it. Be one of the 20% of people that actually do what they say. Be real and hold yourself to account. Hold other people to account based on what they say. I am amazed at how much inaction there still is in the world, with the plentiful tools and resources we have, there is no excuse for non-performance…..JFDI
So with some hindsight and another year under my belt, am I going to “make the change”? To be honest, no, not really; I am just going to fine-tune and tweak a few things and keep doing more of what I love to do and have been doing. I am happy with my direction, speed and destination and am fully appreciative of what is around me. I trust you will do the same.