2013 is almost over. Last Friday was our last working day for the year, so I finally found the time to recollect golden snippets of life lessons that made their mark this year. But before writing the list, I made a quick review of relevant year-end posts published since I started blogging:
- 2010 Accomplishments;
- Recollections for 2011;
- Thoughts Before 2011 Closes;
- Life Lessons Learned in 2011; and
- How We Spent the Last of 2012.
If you’ve read all these, you rock! 🙂 If not, you have the chance now to get to know me more. Reading through each, somehow I feel like the same person still. My style of writing makes me smile the most for no apparent reason. Anyway, let’s leave it at that! Cheers to another start of the year and to all those people who shared 2013 with me, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 😀 Now we go back…
3 Life Lessons that Made Mark in 2013
1. Speak up.
Speaking up is an elaborate exercise, a demonstration of one’s capability to conceptualize and present ideas and conclusions. It is not a matter of just elaborating rants and raves but defending points that should count.
Compared to the previous year, I have practiced and enhanced my communication skills this time, as communicating what seems to be technical and abstruse is required daily by my job. Every presentation with people from different divisions and even our internal IT team is like defending a thesis to an examining panel who are too critical of minute details. Every word, phrase and sentence coming out from my mouth should be consistent and logical.
To quote Louis Pasteur, “Luck favors the prepared mind.” So always being prepared is a great strategic move. Preparation before speaking up involves analyzing gathered data, processing data, reporting then arriving at recommendations and directions for business sponsors or management to follow or decide upon.
Sometimes anxiety fills me in before chairing a meeting, since I tend to think and anticipate a lot of questions on the issue and comments that are difficult to address and handle. Well, I have learned to maintain an outward calm and I don’t think anybody notices that I freak out deep inside. 😆
2. Dare to try whatever is tugging at your heart.
There are two sets of people: one consists of those who are willing to try whatever the risk, while the other consists of those who are afraid to dare try in any cost. Of course, there are people that fall in between—including myself. I guess I would not know things I’m really capable of doing or things I like and don’t like without trying them first.
2013 was another year of many firsts for me. Some of them include perming my hair, driving, racing, traveling with other bloggers (essentially, people I know little of), keeping a business online, getting IPL treatments, wearing contact lenses and learning photography. I dare try whatever that interests me which I think would be worth it.
We soar and stumble, and this cycle is inevitable in life. Daring to try is the first step but oftentimes is also the most difficult one. The secret is to stop putting barriers where there shouldn’t be any or see shadows where there aren’t. Setting sail is second. There are no guarantees; failure may occur because of having fuzzy, too many or unrealistic goals, or simply poor planning. But as the cliché goes, it’s okay to fail. Hugs and much support from loved ones are essential to survival. The third step is moving on. And the next? Keep going. Keep going. Keep going.
3. Set and reach godly goals.
I set goals every year but this time I learned that goals will be more achievable if they are godly. To further explain, let me pose this question: “Have you ever declared a goal and grew zeal for change only to sense your initial enthusiasm lose momentum and your resolutions slowly disintegrate?” I bet many people would say yes.
Modesty aside, I haven’t had that in a while since I began to establish “godly goals.” These are the goals that are aligned with God’s guidance through prayer. During my prayer time each morning, I pray over the goals I have for the day, the week and the month.
This “solemn practice” has produced several significant improvements. It helped me become more mindful of my commitments before God. Every time pray, I am reminded that nothing is impossible if we put our trust with God. I’m happy to have a direct relationship with Him to ask for confidence, strength and grace.
2013, by any measure, was a great year. These life lessons may seem basic and easy to say, but it takes solid experiences to really understand and grasp their meaning. My choices and decisions may not be the better ones to take, yet this does not mean that I’m not getting something else, just as valuable, in return. In life there are many divergences and roadblocks. Living is about getting up and learning how to get back on track. 2014年我一定會更努力的。 继续努力加油。 😉