You know what they say: "Clap when you land!"
And yes, that's why, when I saw these dogs clapping, I couldn't resist!
What a year, man! Can you feel it?
When I look back at 2022, I'm glad because I can say that I don't regret anything. I'm mostly filled with contentment, joy, and relief because all the stress that I had felt at the beginning of the year was for nothing.
This year turned out fine. I gave myself permission to break some barriers and look toward new horizons, which allowed me to do what I loved and make friends in the process. I even told a friend that 2022 has been the year that I hoped 2021 would be but wasn't, so I'm hoping that next year will be even better if not the same.
In this final newsletter before the new year, I'd like to share with you 5 key learnings from 2022 that I believe will help you prepare for the coming year:
- Mind your business as if you're getting paid to do it: it's the secret sauce to happiness! Never letting other people's lives occupy an important portion of your mind gives you more time to invest in becoming a better you.
- Don't let fear stop you: consider imposter syndrome as a form of fear. Once you overcome fear (meaning you're no longer overcome by it), you'll do it scared and succeed, and it's the best feeling ever.
- Give yourself permission to have good things: embracing the good really changes you. Say yes to whatever you thought you didn't deserve, and give yourself a break.
- Set goals for yourself or else other people will set them for you: the recipe for a life of regret is to live your life on someone else's terms (aka people-pleasing). Define what success means for you and work towards achieving it for YOU.
- Be content, but learn well so you can grow: and this requires discipline and teachability. Undisciplined people never learn; they repeat the same cycles over and over until they get disciplined enough to make progress. Unteachable people think they know it all and hoard information they think is too precious. But if you want to grow, you need to practice what you learn until it becomes knowledge, because information is just that—information. But you gain knowledge through experience. Don't be an encyclopedia of useless information!