How can we wrap up 2019 without sharing the wonderful life lessons this year brought along?
Here we go, hope you enjoy reading them, as much as I did, writing:
- Your parents don’t post an IG story on your birthday. Most likely, they aren’t even there on Instagram. Yet no one loves you as they do. Don’t equate social media validation with love.
- Your parents love you, even if their words say otherwise. Tell them, you do them, too.
- If you can enjoy a family lunch without bringing in the phone, you are one of the richest people on the planet.
- Don’t think your problems are too hard. Everyone else’s problems are hard as well. Learn to dance with them versus via them.
- If you sit and eat (without phone), and chew well, your quantity of food reduces to less than half.
- There are going to be times when you’re going to lose faith in some relationships that matter the most to you. In such times, just remember: “your heart is a place for God to reside in. How can God’s home hold dirt against someone whom you love so much?” When you start operating from this consciousness, you automatically start having empathy for that loved one versus expecting them to have sympathy for you.
- Walk up to random people you see daily (in the gym, in your workspace, in the park) and give them a word of appreciation. You don’t know how what problem they might be going through.
- Listen to the stories people tell, even if you aren’t interested. You giving away your five or fifteen minutes may reduce their burden they’ve been carrying for perhaps fifteen years.
- Badmouthing never helps. No matter how truthful it is.
- You always know the answer in your heart. Be clear and polite enough to say a no when you don’t mean otherwise.
- When you push yourself, you get results you thought were out of reach. In the start of the year, I forced myself to think I don’t have time for 10K steps a day and guess what didn’t achieve that target on most days. In December 2019 when I started getting serious about taking in at least 10K steps, it somehow started happening automatically. Daily!
- It’s okay to fail. At least you weren’t focused on checking in what others were doing wrong.
- “Speak your truth, even when your voice shakes,” says Robin Sharma. 200% true.
- If your intentions are pure, you can melt stones to water. Intentions are the real power.
- You are always meditating. Even when you’re thinking “nothing good happens with me, I’m no good, why am I being treated like this, etc.,” those are also the times you are reiterating a pattern to yourself. What gets repeated, gets reprogrammed.
- Content creation is the king. I never felt this way ever before than 2019, and when you are strategic in creating contextual content and distributing it, your brand grows 100X over some time you won’t even realise. (PS: Even if you are in a job with no intentions of getting famous, having a brand presence for yourself is like the swoosh of Nike – the brand itself gets everything else done.)
- Working on yourself, and being the “lit” lighthouse, lights up 100s of people. People are already carrying a storehouse of a dull lull with them. If your presence lights people up even for the three-second stride on the corridor, you are creating miracles beyond trillions!
Those were some of mine, easy yet the ones that will make 2020 better.
Love & respect
Arjun G. Sharma