What I Learned in 2015
This year was a very big year for me. Scary and exciting, full of ups and downs, some successes and some failures. For years, I have dreamed of becoming a nutritionist and starting my own business; constantly researching and thinking, and in 2015 in finally started doing. I decided to “go big” as they say, and set a lot of audacious goals for myself. Some business goals, some health goals, some personal goals and some fun ones too. Along the way I learned a lot about myself, and three important lessons I will take into 2016.
1. Goal Setting Works
I have never really been one for goal setting. I mean, I know a lot of people do it, and I’ve certainly thought about things I want to do, but I’d never really set them with intention. So in 2015 I decided to do exactly that. I thought about them, wrote them down, thought about them some more, and then wrote them down again. It worked. It pushed me and gave me clear things to work on. I launched a business, travelled to Australia, ran a half marathon, and can now do a pull up. Those are just a few of the goals I was able to crush this year, and there were certainly some I missed, but I’ll keep working on those in 2016.2. I’m Stronger than I think
2. I’m Stronger than I think
I mean this both in a literal and figurative sense. I am physically stronger than I give myself credit for; I can lift more, run faster, and spin harder than I think I can. But I am also mentally and emotionally stronger than I thought I was. Launching a business is scary, and I was really nervous to do it. I questioned myself and was worried about what others would think. But I did it, and it’s working. What I realized is that it doesn’t actually matter what other people think, it’s out of my control. What does matter is how I can be true to myself and believe in my abilities. If there is something that you want to do, you can do it, and you should.
3. It’s Worth It
Lastly, I learned that wanting something is only half the battle, you have to work for it too. In the past 12 months I have worked longer and harder than I ever have. I’ve said no to parties, and trips, and and hanging out with friends because I’m working on something that needs my attention. It may sound harsh, but those things are not my priority right now. That does not mean that I don’t care about seeing friends and going out on a Friday night, it just means that I might have to give up the things I want to do, to to do some thing I need to do. I know that the people around me who love and support me will understand, and always be there for me. Success is not quick, and I know that I still have a long road ahead of the goals I am chasing, but I know that it will be worth it.