In my previous post, I asked you to share the lessons you learned in 2012. Many of you participated, and the insights were wonderful. Thanks! Now, I’d like to share what I’ve learned.
To be honest, 2012 was a transitional year for me. Outwardly, I didn’t achieve much, but I gained many insights on the inside that I believe can shape my life for years to come.
While there are others, here are two essential lessons I learned in 2012:
1. Clarify your WHY.
A few months ago, I read Start With Why by Simon Sinek. The book discusses the importance of having a clear cause (which the author calls WHY). I have always had a cause in my mind, but reading the book sharpened it and renewed my commitment to it.
Previously, my one-liner was, “Helping people live life to the fullest.” In recent months, however, I shortened it to just three words: “Helping people grow.” I chose to use the word “grow” because it encompasses my values. This short but meaningful statement makes my cause sharper.
Of course, the real challenge is not to make the statement, but to live by it. I hope that this blog can become a medium for that.
2. Set clear deadlines.
This is basic, I know, but I had a project in 2012 that I couldn’t complete because I didn’t set a clear deadline for it.
As I wrote in my post about expanding personal capacity, you need to take on new challenges to expand your capacity. In 2012 I took on the challenge of writing an e-book. I finished the first draft in the first few months of the year, but then I got sidetracked by other projects. Last month, I went back to the e-book project and tried to finish it before New Year. I couldn’t make it.
Had I set a clear deadline, I probably would have finished it by now.
Those are my two lessons from 2012. Now that we have learned all these lessons, let’s make this year our best year ever!
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