What I Learned in 2016 (Part 1)

Last year was not what I expected. I had high hopes and dreams for the year and none of that seemed to come to fruition. I think a lot of that falls on my shoulders for not making things happen. However, I still learned some important lessons worth sharing.

  1. Things can always get worse, but they can always get better too. It's obvious to others when we expect the worse. It changes our demeanor and attitude, even in our approach to smaller things.
  2. Often when the world seems to punch us relentlessly, the most accessible medicines are optimism and positivity. I think Rocky Balboa said it best: "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to you knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!"
  3. Health is something a lot of people take for granted. I'd argue that seeing someone abuse their health and take it for granted is on par with a rich kid misusing their trust fund. Our health is gifted to us and it is up to us to leverage it for our own benefit. Neglecting it or abusing it will result in long-term pain and issues. Making small daily investments in my health (running 1, 2 ,3 4, 5 or however many miles and doing 100 pushups) will compound over time and pay enormous dividends if I continue to invest.
  4. Hope is often the only thing that helps people put one foot in front of the other. When life seems bleak or depression covers you, finding hope in anything can be the anchor that keeps us safe.
  5. Money is worthless when it controls you. It possesses infinitely more value when you redefine your relationship with it. Instead of allowing greed and discontent to rule, you can find freedom in managing your own finances. It's up to us to determine how that story will play out.

Thanks for reading and check back tomorrow for part 2!