Applying the Lessons Learned
When I look back on 2009, I realize that it was an extremely challenging year and many things I wanted to accomplish just didn’t get done for one reason or another. I’m still very proud of what I did accomplish in my business and my personal life and I’m sincerely confident about the prospects for the next year. It never pays to dwell on the bad times when so much of what happened this past year served to teach us valuable lessons; lessons that could never be taught or experienced in a classroom environment, even at the finest business college in the world. The challenge today is discovering fresh ways of effectively applying the lessons we learned this year while assuring ourselves of a better year ahead. We can only learn from our mistakes after we admit that a mistake actually occurred. We all must realize that without experiencing mistakes in our lives, we would never learn or grow. So, when you look at it from that point of view, our personal blunders can actually turn out to be positive events. Think about how each of us expands our horizons. We don’t just gobble down every fact we can about a subject and instantly become experts. We practice and develop an understanding of the topic; then when we then make our mistakes we simply adjust our methods to develop positive solutions. It makes no difference what the topic is; when we first learned to walk, all of us probably fell down more than we stood on our own two feet. When we first started learning Algebra equations, we no doubt got more wrong that right. So, when you look at it that way, the mistakes you’ve made along the way have actually helped you become the success you and your business are today. That’s not to say that you should strive to make errors in life, but when you do, you should be prepared to quickly examine them carefully and learn that by changing the way you accomplish any particular task will probably lead you to certain success. While I’m on the topic of success, one thing that we all need to be very mindful of is the fear of success. So many people today just won’t allow themselves to succeed and when failure does occur (and it will) they interpret that as a sign of weakness and create an internal obstacle that keeps them from experiencing accomplishment. Always remember that it’s the difficult times that create the opportunities in our lives. The more mistakes you make, the more opportunities for you to learn and the more you learn, the more proficient and confident you’ll be in your given vocation. Mistakes will occur now and then, but you must never allow them to hold you back from attaining your personal goals. Maintain an optimistic approach to life and keep pushing your situation forward; this is how noble ideas are shaped. If you become withdrawn and lose confidence because you made an error, you place an internal roadblock between you and any opportunity that might make itself available. On the other hand, with the proper attitude, your mistakes can become the very source of all future achievements in your life. I’m sure that we all made a lot of mistakes this year and I’m also certain that we’ll all be making a few more next year. The most important thing to remember is to become deeply aware of your personal situation from day-to-day and adjust quickly to insure that the damaging results produced as a result of your mistakes are simply not allowed to take hold. Just plan to quickly apply the lessons learned from your mistakes and you can be sure that considerable success won’t be too far behind.