We have 4 days left in 2016! This year has had some amazing high points for us like scoring our first international best-selling book and some very low points like losing my dad within 3 months of finding out he had cancer. We’ve all gained some and lost some this year, and while most people are dying for 2016 to be over, I always try to find the lesson in everything so it can help make me a better person. Here are the most important lessons I’ve learned from 2016 that can help you too.
Lesson 1: PLAN FOR SUCCESS
This year was my first year as a full-time entrepreneur, which was something I had never experienced before. I dreamed of this moment for a long time, but my reality is, I didn’t quite plan for it the way I should have and how we now teach you to plan for it. When I quit my job in late 2015, I made 5 figures in less than a month. And honestly, that spoiled me into thinking this was going to be a breeze! When in reality, 2016 started off extremely rocky for me. I didn’t properly plan for my success. Things were moving so fast and so slow at the same time. There was no one telling me what to do. I realized how attached I was to the “system” of having a boss. And I felt lost when I didn’t have someone making the decisions for me. Entrepreneurship is a way of life, not just something you do and you need to plan for EVERYTHING and discipline yourself and be willing to be uncomfortable now so you can be comfortable later.
Lesson 2: THE ANSWER WILL ALWAYS BE NO IF YOU DON’T ASK
Every single accomplishment that happened for us this year was because we stepped out on faith and did something that scared us. So many times, I thought, “that’s not going to happen”, before I even asked! And sometimes, you don’t need to ask, you just do. Who would have thought we would connect with such A-MAZING guests on our podcast show, pull off a 2-day conference with some of the most sought after speakers, write not 1 but 3 books and make the best sellers list, get featured in Huffington Post and Upscale Magazine to name a few, be offered a TV-show, and be mentored by 7-figure powerhouse players that literally took Damian and I into their world to help us bring our business to the 7-figure mark (and beyond)? All because we asked, created and put ourselves in a position to receive.
Lesson 3: YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE
I’m a control freak. I know this about me. And I’m not proud of it. I live in a world of perfection, which has both helped and hurt me. I like things to be “a certain way of excellence”, and I can even admit that when things are fabulous, I wanted the credit for it. But that has crippled me and hindered me from reaching even higher success. I started the year trying to do everything alone because I thought I had to be a superwoman. The ultimate mom, wife, and businesswoman wrapped into one Bombshell package. But I quickly realized that was a remedy for failure. I’m great at a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean I should do all those things at once. For me to be a successful mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and businesswoman, I can’t do it alone. In my case, my help came from daycare, house-cleaning, getting a mentor and coach… (I actually have 3 coaches), an accountability group and a solid assistant. It has transformed me in more ways than you can imagine. I had to invest in myself if I wanted to be greater than who I already am and you should to. Create your squad, and get help.
Lesson 4: DON’T FORGET TO LIVE LIFE
I would have never imagined that this would be the year I would lose one of my parents. I see it happen all the time, but never thought this year was my turn. We’ve all lost a lot of people this year, whether family, friends, or people we’ve watched or listened to growing up. This just proves that nothing is promised to us. Not even the next minute of you reading this. Sometimes, we spend so much time being consumed with our own self-righteousness that we forget to live. We forget to enjoy life. Don’t forget to live life. Don’t let the beautiful things pass you by. Don’t let a stupid argument with a friend or family member, a decision, or a mistake you made in the past hold your future hostage. Embrace life. Follow Your Passion. Choose To Be Happy.
So, what’s one important lesson you’ve learned in 2016? We would love to hear from you. Continue the conversation and share it with us in our private Facebook Group!