As we gear up to pull the curtains on another 365 days, it, once again, is the perfect time to reflect on the outgoing year. This year, like every other one before it, did not come without lessons, experiences, and insights. For some of these lessons, I had prior theoretical knowledge. However, this year, I was blessed to find myself in situations where head knowledge of these principles was not sufficient. Having to apply these principles to real life scenarios helped me understand them even better.
With that said, of the many life lessons learnt during the course of this year, here are my top five;
The Fear Of Failure Is Only As Real/Effective As You Allow It.
In the past, I had given in to the fear of failure severally. This had resulted in countless ideas remaining stuck as ideas and failing to see the light of day. However, towards the tail end of 2016, I decided I had had enough and things had to change.
I came into 2017 with that resolve, and one of my very first acts of defiance was registering my blog on the 14th of January. Honestly, at that time, I still feared I would fail. But, this time, I wasn’t going to give in without putting up a fight. As the year progressed, I tested this resolve with other endeavors, and, contrary to my fears, the results were encouraging.
Progress Is, And Always Will Be, Associated With Action.
Wishing to experience progress is, unarguably, a noble intention to have. However, wishing to experience progress without being willing to take action in the right direction is an experiment in futility. This year, I really got to understand and appreciate the place of appropriate action in experiencing progress.
I started the year hoping to improve my writing, which meant I had to write more – appropriate action. Thanks to the blog, I had reason to write frequently, and, the more I wrote, the better I got at it. Action begot progress. In areas where I failed to invest appropriate and adequate action, I, as expected, didn’t experience progress. The desire to see progress should always segue into taking appropriate action and nothing else. Inaction will never beget progress.
Failing Forward Is An Option, It Just Isn’t The Best.
For everything, there is a “how” to go about it, a due process to follow. Right on the other hand, there is also the option of going it blindly, hoping to fail forward. One thing I learnt during the course of the year was to refuse the failing forward option.
Before now, with many endeavors, I had, for various reasons, ignored seeking to understand process before launching out. This had resulted in countless avoidable mistakes, unnecessary stress, and time and resources going to waste. Enjoyable processes were, also, turned into tough and grueling ones. Late into the year, I learnt to dedicate time to finding out “how” things operate before engaging in them. I discovered that, where applied, this significantly improved my chances at success.
Expectations Are Great, But Their Actuality Isn’t Guaranteed.
It’s great to have expectations. But, as I learnt this year, things will not always turn out as we expect them to, and that’s fine. It’s no reason to despair. If anything, we should draw motivation to do better from it.
I noticed this, particularly, with my creative endeavors. Most times, the projects I put much thought into and expected to fly were the ones that didn’t. On the contrary, the ones I engaged casually and didn’t expect much from were the ones that made an impact. So, yes, it’s good to have expectations. But, the bitter truth is, our expectations will not always become our realities and that should never stymie our drive.
Procrastination Will Always Beget Regret.
Have you ever looked back and wished you had started some things earlier than you did? This was me for the bulk of the year. Since I wasn’t giving in to the fear of failure anymore, I finally began work on projects I had previously shelved. Thankfully, with most of these projects, I had encouraging results. This led to me imagining how much progress I would have made had I started work on these projects earlier.
Procrastination will always cause you to regret. Really, there is no point putting things off when you really want to do them. I look at my blog’s progress, and I wish I had launched earlier, same thing with my YouTube channel. I can’t help but regret my inaction when I consider how much ground I would have covered had I not procrastinated. My new mantra is to, “just do it.” It doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, that it gets done is what matters the most.
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What lessons did you learn this year? Encourage someone by sharing in the comments section.