3 years ago, I wrote a blog article about 10 Lessons I learned in Lockdown. It’s been quite a 3 years since. Since then my newborn and 2-year-old have grown up, my 25-year-old daughter had her first child. Making me a grandfather, my business has grown and my wife and I bought our forever home.
Over those three years some lessons were reinforced, others relearned, and some new insights came about. I don’t have life figured out, but there are certain truths that can help us achieve happiness, success, and inner peace. Here are ten points that embody these truths and offer valuable insights to help us navigate our journey:
You Can Only Control Yourself: It’s easy to get caught up in trying to control other people or circumstances, but the truth is that we can only control ourselves. By focusing on our own behavior and reactions, we can cultivate a sense of inner peace and avoid unnecessary stress.
There is No Wealth Without Health: Money and material possessions can certainly bring comfort and security, but without good health, they lose their value. It’s important to prioritize our physical and mental well-being to truly enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Elegant Simplicity is Key: In a world that often seems chaotic and overwhelming, simplicity is a valuable asset. By simplifying our lives, we can reduce stress, improve our focus, and find greater clarity and purpose. This drawing by Carl Richards is a perfect example of what Financial Planning can do for a person’s life.
Appreciate What You Have: It’s easy to get caught up in wanting more, but taking time to appreciate what we already have can bring a sense of contentment and gratitude. By focusing on the positives in our lives, we can cultivate a more positive outlook and attract more good things into our lives.
Discipline >>> Motivation: While motivation can certainly help us get started on a task, it’s discipline that will carry us through to the finish line. By cultivating discipline, we can develop a sense of personal responsibility and achieve our goals even when motivation wanes.
Enjoy Doing the Hard Things: It’s easy to avoid difficult tasks and stick to what’s comfortable, but challenging ourselves can bring a sense of accomplishment and growth. By embracing the hard things, we can develop resilience and become more confident in our abilities.
There are No Failures, Just Learning Opportunities: It’s natural to experience setbacks and failures in life, but it’s important to see them as opportunities for growth and learning. By reframing our failures as learning experiences, we can develop a growth mindset and become more resilient in the face of challenges.
Understand What You are Optimizing for in Life: To truly achieve happiness and success, we need to have a clear understanding of what we’re working towards. By identifying our values and priorities, we can make more intentional choices and focus our efforts on what truly matters to us.
Habits are the Key to Happiness: Our daily habits and routines can have a significant impact on our overall happiness and well-being. By cultivating positive habits, such as exercise, meditation, and gratitude, we can create a sense of structure and stability in our lives and improve our overall sense of happiness.
Focus is Essential: In a world full of distractions, it’s important to cultivate the ability to focus our attention on what truly matters. By minimizing distractions and staying present at the moment, we can improve our productivity, reduce stress, and find greater fulfillment in our lives.
These ten points offer valuable insights for anyone looking to live a happier, more fulfilling life. By focusing on what we can control, prioritizing our health and well-being, embracing simplicity, and cultivating positive habits and discipline, we can create a life that truly reflects our values and priorities.
I hope you find this valuable and Keep Building