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Reflections – 25/01/20 – 1.4

Don’t see failures as a backward step. Never forget the bad experiences in your life. There is so much learning you can derive from them – you need to dig deep and reflect on that experience. Setbacks are temporary. You are already on the path of learning and discovery.

FAILURE

“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall… I don’t like to lose at anything… yet I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.” – Serena Williams, Grand Slam tennis player

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Reflections – 18/01/20 – 1.3

We approach change in the wrong way. In companies, we employ change management specialists in the hope that they wave their magic wand and bring about overnight changes. In our personal lives, we hope that a pep talk from someone will trigger a difference in our thinking. Instead, we need to focus on our behaviours.

CHANGE

“We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviour almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” – Gretchen Rubin

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Reflections – 11/01/20 – 1.2

You lost your job, and you didn’t get that promotion you wanted, you got a bad performance review, you lost a loved one, you had an accident and became injured, you are struggling with your mental health. Whatever you are going through at the moment, you will bounce back but do it in your own time and on your terms.

HEALING

“When life knocks you down, sometimes you need to take your time to get back up. Don’t allow anyone to rush your process.’ – @Inspirewithyas

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29 things I have learnt so far in life

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Life is a journey as one of my former managers said. In this festive season, I thought it would be best to highlight some lessons I have learnt and the wisdom passed on by others in both my professional and private life. I see the following as wake up calls, harsh experiences, reality checks and even motivational thoughts. So in no particular order, here they are:

  1. Things get worse before they get better
  2. Bad news tends to come together at the same time
  3. Opportunities can jump at you when you least expect them to
  4. Your gut instinct is always almost right
  5. You may not ever get what you ask for
  6. You may have to settle for your second choice: you probably won’t get your first choice
  7. Bear in mind that you may have to take small, baby steps to make significant advances
  8. Don’t look for quick fixes: be prepared to be excruciatingly patient
  9. Stay the course before making a final decision
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask advice from others
  11. If something isn’t working out, don’t be scared and shy of admitting defeat: bail before you get washed out
  12. Don’t be afraid of experimenting, taking risks
  13. Don’t always look to be in your comfort zone: accept that you need to push yourself to get better at doing what you do
  14. Accept that some things will never be perfect
  15. Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo
  16. Punch above your weight
  17. See tedious, uninspiring tasks as challenges as you never know where they might lead you
  18. When it comes to jobs and companies, it invariably comes down to cultural fit so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage to secure an offer
  19. Try avoiding people who have a detrimental impact on your life
  20. All things being equal, the simplest explanation usually tend to be the right one
  21. A degree doesn’t make you intelligent, but it gives you an edge
  22. Not everybody is capable of maintaining a professional approach to work
  23. It is easy to be a micromanager but far harder to be an inspirational, likeable manager
  24. You don’t need to sweat to prove a point and nor does it make you more authoritative
  25. Don’t take things seriously and more importantly, don’t take yourself seriously
  26. Accept that you won’t always get things right the first time
  27. It may take people a while to understand what you are all about
  28. Extract happiness from the smallest things in life
  29. There will inevitably come a time in life when you will run into the wrong people who will have a detrimental impact on your life

Most importantly, though, ‘be certain to learn life’s lessons and move on’.