This is a continuation of the series on 4 key lessons I learned to help me grow into the person I am today…
The fourth lesson is I learn from everyone and everything.
Every second holds the opportunity to grow and become happier with who you are. If someone has experienced something similar to what I am going through at the time I listen intently and learn from their mistakes and their outcomes. That is why I continue to read or go to seminars, or talk to people openly about life.
I figure if I can at least learn one thing from each source it was worth my time and energy. I feel strongly that life will continue to present situations to you until you learn the lesson. Three years ago, I had taken on a LOT of responsibility. It felt like I was growing up over night, which was ok because I have always known that I needed to understand life at a faster rate so that I could help to serve others.
I had just bought my first house, bought a puppy while taking classes, working part time, writing my book and designing artwork. I really didn’t realize that it was a little too much until one night when I really felt the world on my shoulders. That night I realized it is not healthy to take on everything at once and that I needed to have boundaries and set limitations for myself. Instead of being quick to take on a new challenge, I started training myself to stop and think about it for at least a minute before diving in and taking on more.
I want to accomplish everything I can in life, as best I can. I want to conquer my goals and dreams. I plan to continue taking life head on and pushing my comfort zone out of the way because that is how we grow and accomplish more than we ever thought possible. I, since, have slowed down enough to enjoy it in the process as well. It is my hope that everyone can find their courage and strength to push through life to get what they want out of it.
Even some of the most unspeakable, difficult challenges I’ve had – even then, I force myself to stop and evaluate everything that was said or done to see what pieces I can learn and grow from. PS, this takes raw guts. I look at every word spoken when someone ripped me to shreds verbally. I look at every angle when someone says I hurt their feelings. How can I change, how can I grow, what could I have done differently.
I always come back to a core idea: I want to be the absolute best version of myself. Keep growing and learning. Then, pass that on to my kids – when I have them someday.
I ask how do you want to show up in the world? How do you want to be remembered?
If you are living a life you’re not proud of, it’s not too late. If you haven’t talked to someone in years and years because you’re holding a grudge – do you still want to hold it? And if not, what are you going to do about it TODAY. Not tomorrow, today.
Do you see the passion in all of this? You can be ANYONE or ANYTHING you want to be. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. I don’t care what background you’ve had, what you think of yourself today, what people have told you – erase all that and be the person you were born to be.