In this blog post I share with you "The 3 Most Important Lessons I learned in 2018". I hope I can provide you with a positive outlook on life - not just with your house cleaning business, but in your personal life, as well. At the very least, I hope these lessons will get you thinking in a more positive and productive manner. Enjoy!
I want to start off by expressing my sincere gratitude to you for taking your time to read this blog post. I am really thankful for all the support. Having started the Cleanerpreneur project in 2018 lead me on a journey that I had never been on - having an online business/project. 2018 was a great year for me filled with many new experiences and many lessons, as well.
If you're a follower of mine, then you know how much I believe in the philosophy that one should strive to improve - not just our business, but our personal life - on a daily basis; that includes taking each setback and obstacle, breaking it down, analyzing it, and learning from it. Having said that, these are the 3 most important lessons I learned in 2018:
#1) Take action
I came to the realization in 2018 that we can read, watch videos, and learn as much as possible about a topic, but at the end of the day if you really want to do something, if you really want to implement an action in your life, change a habit, or remove a behavior, you have to take action. I even produced a podcast episode about this - Episode #38: "Keep on Going". You see, sometimes we get so bogged down with learning about how to do something that we forget to actually do the thing we started researching.
Let me give you an example. Back in 2012, I started getting interested in meditation. I started reading books about meditation and getting excited about all the potential health benefits. I tried to get my hands on any book I found interesting having to do with meditation; I watched instructional videos on YouTube, and even heard "meditative" playlists on Spotify. But, it wasn't until 2016 that I actually started meditating. All I can say is that ever since I started meditating I have actually experienced all those benefits I read about! My thinking is clearer, I conduct myself in a more calm and tranquil manner, and living in L.A., even traffic seems like a tolerable part of life. Anyway, can you imagine how life would have been had I invested my time actually doing, actually meditating since 2012?
Lesson learned. Now, whenever there is something that interests me, I do my best to implement it in my life, analyze the results, and, if it's something I decide I want to continue doing, then I do; if not, then I'll discard it. The important thing to take from this lesson is to do! Take action!
#2) Create a positive environment
Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." In 2018 I decided to distance myself from people who always have a negative vibe. You know who I mean, those who blame every single external thing, person, or idea for their own shortcomings. These included friends, acquaintances, and even family members.
I know this might be a sensitive one for many of you, but let me explain what I mean and my reasoning for having done so. You see, I believe that, except for a small number of health-related, unavoidable circumstances, we are all responsible for the results in our lives. If we don't have enough money at the end of the month, it's not the government's fault; if we don't have relatives who show affection or love towards us, it's not their fault; if we don't have a successful business, it's not our competitor's fault. For every result, every circumstance, every situation, we need to take full responsibility. Now, after having analyzed whom I was spending time with, I realized that many times whenever I wanted to celebrate a milestone or share my plans for a project, there was always "Debbie Downer" and "Negative Nancy" nearby telling me how negativity was just down the road for me.
Well, lesson learned.
Now, please don't think that when I say I distanced myself, I completely ignore those people now. I have simply created an environment that's conducive to my desired outcomes and goals. And, it works the other way around, as well. I now consciously decide to invest more time with those who also have a life mission or business goals - and, I do my best to motivate them to reach their full potential. It's not a take-take scenario. The important thing to take from this lesson is to be aware and conscious of whom we are allowing to influence our life - business or personal.
Finally, but not least. Gratitude.
Now, let me explain what I mean. I remember having read Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins at 17 years old. And, that was the book that lead me down a path of personal development. Many of the self-improvement books I read mention something, one way or another, about gratitude. But, it wasn't until 2018 that I truly learned how beneficial practicing gratitude can be.
You see, in 2018 I started a gratitude journal. Nothing complicated or overly-sophisticated. I simply bought a notebook (I think I got my first one at Walmart) and decided to write 3 things I was grateful for every night. This. Is. Life changing. Why? Well, I don't know the science behind it, but when you start a gratitude journal, you start being more attentive to every detail of the day - you want to have items to write down in the evening - so, you tend to appreciate the little things, that before, you would take for granted. It gets you to view the world differently - in a more positive light.
Before I started this, I would constantly be wondering why I couldn't reach my goals, or why it was taking so much time to achieve a level of success. Now, I appreciate every single step of the way - even the setbacks and obstacles! Lesson learned!
Be grateful for every single day. Every morning you wake up, say thanks for another opportunity to be the absolute best you can be!
Well, those are "The 3 Most Important Lessons I Learned in 2018". What are some of your lessons learned in 2018? Leave a comment below and let me know! I'd love to read some of your lessons!
I know we're almost at the end of January, but I wish you an amazing year! Dream big and take action!
Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.
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