Glean Wisdom From the Field of 2016 – Part 2

As days, weeks, months, and years go by, reflecting on your experiences is a great way to grow; everything you go through holds seeds of wisdom, and to benefit from those seeds, you must slow down long enough to have time to think. It’s not as easy as it sounds. The world is moving faster and faster, and you may feel that to keep up with it, you can’t afford to slow down.

Like work and rest, action and reflection are both vital to your success. And you must strive to keep the right balance between both.

The two questions I shared in my previous post and the one I’m about to share, are designed to get you to slow down and reflect on the year that is ending.

In this post, I focus on one main question.

What Important Lessons Have You Learned (or Relearned)?

At one point in 2016, I overcommitted, to the point that I had too much on my plate and was unable to give proper attention to all my activities. Ultimately, I had to cut back on my commitments.

The lesson: I must make sure that, when I plan, I leave enough margin in my life so that I can seize new opportunities when they come.

A second lesson: Say, “no”! All activities and opportunities aren’t equal. And some, though good, aren’t the best for me.

A third lesson: Delegate, delegate, delegate! I can’t do everything. In fact, there are only a few things that I can do well, and that’s what I should focus on. The rest, I should delegate (or eliminate) as soon as possible.

Of course, I knew these lessons already. But the school of life has a way of making you learn life lessons over and over again.

I’m sure that during this year you’ve learned (or relearned) important life lessons. Identify the lessons you’ve learned from:

  • mistakes you’ve made
  • difficult situations you faced
  • successes you’ve achieved

In the upcoming posts, we’ll turn our eyes toward 2017. I believe that the “lesson learned” question is a good way to begin thinking about the new year. When you examine the lessons you’ve learned in 2016, do you see an area of your life that will require special attention in 2017? I’ll let you ponder on this one.

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Action Step

In the next few days, take few minutes to reflect on the important lessons you’ve learned this year. When you look at 2016:

  • what mistakes have you made? and what have you learned from them?
  • what difficult situations have you faced? and what have you learned from them?
  • what successes have you achieved? and what have you learned from them?