If you've been following me for a while, you'll know I'm a massive fan of reflection and looking back on how we've got to where we are.
Not only is it massively cathartic and shows us how far we've come, but it also helps us learn, grow and move forward. It's something we spend so little time on (it was an alien concept to me until this year), but it's so, so valuable.
Looking back on 2020, these are my lessons. My things I know for sure:
I know that the darkest moments can teach us the lightest things. During my breakdown, I came to know myself, what makes me tick, what motivates me, what I want from life, what I don’t want from life, what I’m prepared to put up with and what are my non-negotiables, what lights me up and who, what drags me down and drains my energy, what makes me productive and what makes me excited.
I know that sometimes the things we think we want are actually the exact opposite of what we actually want when we eventually get them. The old ‘ladder leaning against the wrong wall’ analogy.
I know that time spent by yourself, on yourself is invaluable
I know that slowing down and creating 'white space' and balance enables you to think, plan and create, rather than just jumping from one thing to another.
I know that investing in a coach is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself. You get a level of possibility and accountability that is difficult to achieve on your own.
I know that setting goals is the best way to achieve that dream life you so badly want and that breaking them down into manageable chunks is the key to keep moving towards them.
I know that seeing yourself as your own personal project is a way of prioritising and making time for the most important thing in your life – YOU. Putting yourself first creates the best version of you, which then in turn makes you show up in the best possible way for your loved ones. It is not selfish.
I know that getting up early is one of the biggest keys to success. Making that extra time for yourself in the morning is proven to generate more creativity, more productivity, more longevity and generally just MORE. Even just one extra hour a day can make all the difference.
I know that minimising distractions such as social media, phone notifications and any other ‘time-sucking’ apps on your phone that aren’t productive is an absolute game-changer.
I know that a positive and productive mindset isn’t that hard to achieve and that you absolutely can change the way you think.
I know that literally anything is possible if you believe in yourself and cultivate the right mindset. I’ve not only witnessed it with myself but also my husband and my clients. Anyone can create / manifest the life they dream of if they put their mind to it.
I know that we are all capable of greatness.
I know that there's room in this world for everyone to be successful and that we can all make room in our lives to support each other and lift each other up.
I know that done is better than perfect and sometimes we just have to put ourselves out there by taking 'quick and dirty' action.
I believe that confidence is a result, not a requirement and it comes from taking brave, messy, imperfect action.
What are your lessons from 2021? How can you use them to skyrocket your life in 2022? If you're looking for someone to get you hurtling towards your dream life quicker, keep you accountable and give you a gentle 'push (ok ass-kick), then book in a free discovery call with me to see if we vibe!
Career Change & Business Coach and Side Hustle Queen
Hi, I'm Lauren. I burnt out, hit rock bottom and used the experience to manifest my dream life. I now help passionate and ambitious women change career, start side hustles and grow businesses. I'm living proof that you can - and deserve to - have it all.
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