7 Important Lessons Learned Last Year, And How They Can Help You Too

Last year wasn’t so great at times.

But what I learned made it worth it.

I learned a few lessons, good and not so good. I thought I would share them with you so you can take my experiences and make your year ahead a great one.

1. Don’t Write Goals

Write big ones. Write them and put them where you can see them. Change them review them but more importantly follow them through. If you can’t see your goals you won’t be inspired, you will only have a vague idea of what you want. Make them colorful, worthy and exactly what you want to happen going forward, this will motivate you to take action and getting results.


 2. Procrastination works

It helps you to fail badly, feel awfully guilty about yourself and doesn’t help much with reaching your goals and dreams. For the most part of the year you could say I procrastinated badly, this didn’t work out. Instead I’ve learned it’s all about discipline – give yourself a command and follow it through. No matter what!


 3. On Launching Ideas

It’s great if you have ideas and you want to follow them through, but there is a process. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself before you even start launching an idea especially if you are trying to make a living doing so.

  1. Have you researched the market?
  2. Do they want what you have to offer?
  3. How do you know?
  4. Has anyone else done this?
  5. Are there books on the subject? (Hint: it’s a good idea if there are)


4. Disappoint people who count on you.

Do you have readers, customers, friends, family that rely on you? You are here for them, they need you. For my readers, I feel like you barely heard from me and while I have a lot to give it doesn’t matter I didn’t give 100%. You needed to hear from me, but didn’t as much as you could have. In essence I let you down.

I’ve learned the idea is to give 100%. You too.


5. Don’t be optimistic

Be realistic. Who are you? Where are you? What is your life like right now? What needs to change immediately? Where do you want to go? What does the light look like at the end of the tunnel?

I kept my optimism levels high – but wasn’t realistic, don’t get me wrong it is good to be optimistic but you also have to be realistic. There is a difference.


6. Experiences matter

Life is all about experiences. It means to create the experiences you want to have, then savor them by being present and in the moment. When you look back later on in life you will always remember your experiences over the latest gadget or fashion accessory.

Create the experiences you want. Make your experiences count.


7. There is still time

Every day is a new opportunity to improve and change things if you don’t like the way they are. Don’t look back at yesterday, last week or last year and say you failed because while you are here and reading this right now, means there is hope and an opportunity right now to create the life you want, change the things you don’t like and become a better person.


I made some bad choices, terrible mistakes  – I didn’t have the right foundation but will I quit? No. Instead, I will use what I learned to make better choices.

I also did amazing things and changed peoples lives. I am grateful for those moments too.

What lessons have you learned from last year that will allow you to make this year a great one? Do you have a game plan?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


I’m Diana Reid, a Beach lover, Philosopher & Entrepreneur.  I am all about helping you find purpose, authenticity & happiness, sanity which is why I created The Personal Freedom Project. Subscribe to my Happy Triggers Guide, designed to help you find purpose, create a plan and manifest your desires, even if you don’t know where to start!


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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