28 Dec Ten Lessons I Learnt in 2018
Every year teaches me important lessons. However, 2018 has been an exceptionally interesting year – I have been through situations I never thought I’d go through. I’m a strong believer that ‘everything happens for a reason’, so I don’t regret anything that happened, I just simply reflect, learn and work towards becoming a better person.
Here are 10 lessons 2018 taught me – followed by a few of my experiences. I hope you find this post insightful.
- Persevere – In June 2018, my work contract at EY ended even though I was expecting them to keep me on. Nonetheless, I started looking and after 3 months of rejections, I eventually secured my first permanent role after university in a higher career level than before. Never ever give up, I know it’s easier said than done but my experiences have taught me that better doors will always open for you when the time is right. What seems like a negative situation God will eventually show you that it’s for the best.
- Regular self-reflection is key – In October 2018, I had a social media break. I deleted all the social media apps on my phone because I realised (with the input of others) that I was becoming too invested in social media. It started to affect my relationships, my concentration and how I even viewed myself. During this period I was able to review my 2018 goals and get myself back on track. Self-reflection is key! Don’t leave it too late. Make it a regular activity.
- Always be a good person, don’t allow bad characters to change who you are – This is probably one of the most important lessons I learnt this year. In life, one is bound to meet different characters, some good some bad. Please note that how you react to a bad person reflects badly on YOU, and YOU will ultimately face the consequences not them. So always remember to be a good person and treat others how you’d like to be treated because you reap what you sow.
- Be careful what you say – Words are permanent and once said they cannot be taken back. There have been numerous situations this year where I have said things out of anger and immediately regretted it. Unfortunately regret can’t undo the damage that has been done and neither can an apology – so I’m currently learning to ALWAYS pause and think before I speak.
- Be fearless – One of my goals for 2018 was to develop my network however, I found myself hiding behind phone calls and emails because I was so anxious about meeting new people face to face. This year I came out of my comfort zone and reached out to people I admired asking them if we could meet face to face. I’ve had about 7 meet ups this year and hopefully this number will double in 2019. Be fearless and go for it- the worst response you can get is no.
- Do what’s best for you – Life happens and sometimes you have to make difficult, life-changing decisions. In these moments, it’s important to take a step back, pray, reflect, speak to trusted people and make your decision. At the end of the day, you will have to live with the consequences no one else, so do you and be true to yourself.
- Just do it – Since 2016, I’ve wanted to do further study to build on my degree but there was always an excuse – some of which included, money, time, course choice etc. In July 2018, I finally registered for my professional qualification after 2 years of stalling -there will never be a convenient time. Just do it!
- Keep good people around you – This year my friends and I started a weekly prayer group to keep each other on track and I’ve started to see the benefits already. This is probably one of the best decisions I have made this year. Having honest, supportive and understanding friends and family around you makes a massive difference. If you feel like you have no one to talk to, reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
- God knows best – Sometimes life situations may not make sense, but God always comes through in His own timing and when He does, you will be so thankful! When I find myself in a predicament, I remind myself that God always knows what He is doing and He has a great plan for my life and yours. Trust Him.
- My relationship with God is the most important relationship I will ever have – When everything around fails, God remains consistent and this is why it’s so important to have a close relationship with Him. I definitely realised that this year. As you can tell I am in love with my faith because it underpins everything I do/say.
Take some time and reflect on what 2018 taught you.
How will you become a better person? How will you make an impact? What mistakes did you make and what have you learnt from them? How will you ensure you don’t make the same mistakes again? Leave a comment below.
Let’s make 2019 a great year!
Happy New Year in advance, I wish you a prosperous 2019!