Principle #4 – Activate your learning gene

This is a great time to reflect on your achievements and goals as another year comes to a close. What triumphs have you had? What things would you do differently if given the chance? What have you learned from your struggles?

Reflecting on your accomplishments makes you feel successful. Too often we look at the struggles we’ve had and not the successes. Do you know that celebrating your achievements lead to self-confidence? We put blinders on when we do well and take it for granted. Everyone deserves a pat on the back for accomplishing greatness!

Sometimes struggles are viewed as negative. But they are actually successes too! Think about the way you overcame the struggles and about the things you learned by going through your challenges. These are positive lessons, even though they may not feel like it at the time. Celebrate your struggles as your successes.

One of the goals that I had for the year was to shed a few pounds. I actually lost six. But I won’t mention that I gained five in the first four months of the year because I love pasta and had little body movement. As the year progressed, I stopped eating pasta and started playing catch with my grandson. He catches great but doesn’t throw very accurately. I chase the ball a lot! But, you know, I still lost one pound…um…successful!

I also wanted to help more people. I kind of fell into this one! I learned that I am able to write. I never considered writing before, but it’s becoming a passion of mine. Who knew? During the summer I helped create Cindy’s new website, I wrote most of the content. Wow…I was impressed with myself! Now I write blogs for the website. Some of them are really good and some of them not so much. But I feel that I am contributing by inspiring people to find happiness. Thank you so much for reading my blogs and providing feedback. I appreciate you so much!

I’ve had successes and almost successes. Learning about myself along the way and how to be more successful, is priceless.

“There is no failure as you learn from your experience, continue to work, and continue to press on for success.”

– Maya Angelou

Now that we have reflected on the past year, it is time to make goals for the new year. What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to go? What do you want to learn?

I don’t know about you but when I think about the new year, I think of the resolutions that so many people have of losing weight and exercising more, myself included.  I’m so over it! I also think about the failed attempts of these classic resolutions. Now I think about goals I actually want to achieve.

My goals are to take better care of myself mentally and physically. Like making sure I’m sleeping enough, making a conscious effort to go for more walks, slowing down and reading a good book, volunteering more and having more fun.

Goals can be simple or complex. The important thing to remember is that they need to be achievable. Setting goals that you can accomplish will set you up for success. Having goals for yourself will keep you focused to accomplish personal satisfaction and express your greatness in the world.

Experts tell us that it is important to set goals. Otherwise, what will you do in life…what’s the purpose? Goals give you something to strive for and help you feel accomplished when you reach them. I read an article in Psychology Today about the importance of goals that resonated with me. Check it out, 8 Reasons We Really Do Need to Make Resolutions.

What goals will you set this year to activate your learning gene? I would love to hear about your 2020 goals and resolutions and your successes and almost successes. Please reply in the comment section.

Freedom is possible!

Happy New Year!


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