1. Choose a destination, not a route. When you choose a route, you tend to choose the one that is easy or comfortable or that “feels right”. The problem with that is that you never know where you will end up. Choose the destination first, regardless of what the road looks like. That way, no matter how hard the road is to get there, you will end up where you want to be.
2. There are people that will be with you at the start of the year, but won’t be there at the end of the year. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some people are meant to be the building blocks of your life, some are meant to be scaffolding. Doesn’t make them good or bad. It’s just the nature of life.
3. Spend 30 minutes a day on one major task. It could be losing weight, learning a new language, reading through the entire Bible, or even writing a book. It doesn’t matter what it is, but make it significant. If you look back this last year, you can find 30 minutes you wasted every day. If you had invested all that time in one thing, you would have accomplished it by now.
4. The most valuable thing you have is your time, so be careful who you invest your time in. In every healthy relationship, both sides are investing in each other. If you’re the only one investing, it’s time to stop. Chances are, the other person won’t even notice.
5. Stop complaining on social media. When people read your posts, we don’t think less of the person or people you are complaining about, we think less of you.
6. In the old “telephone” game we played as children, you would say something and it would get passed along and by the time it went through 20 people, it was completely different from what you originally said. In real life, that line is only 2 people long. In the internet age, everyone has to think about “sound bites”.
7. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. It’s a waste of time and energy to try to convince yourself otherwise.
8. The one single thing you can do to change your life this year is get more sleep. I have read countless books and articles and posts this year about how to be more productive, how to lose weight, how to have more energy, etc., and every single one of them says something about getting enough sleep. It will give you more energy, give you more focus, make your mind sharper and you’ll have a better disposition.
Now, to see if I can actually learn from what I was taught. How about you? What did 2014 teach you?