DISCLAIMER: This is not about making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s rummaging through the aftermath, reviewing collateral damage and retrieving the wounded. Proceed:
1. Self-sabotage is real. Grab that creature’s neck and pin it to the concrete.
2. Focus on habits. Day to day. Moment to moment. Write 500 words every day. Some days you’ll fail but other days you’ll write more. Works better than New Year’s Resolutions, that’s for sure.
3. You’ll never stop feeling like a fraud. Everyone feels like a fraud. “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.” ~ Maya Angelou
4. Your perspective is subjective. Always.
5. Once you create something, let it go. It’s not yours anymore, and neither is the praise or criticism that comes with it.
6. Look out for mentors in your industry. They’re everywhere, especially in books.
7. Read everything and anything. Your mind is a rabid animal.
8. Whatever you repeatedly do, you are. Who are you?
9. Money is a tool. Don’t load it with emotional pish-posh. Play the game because you’re either selling or being sold to.
10. There’s nothing a long walk can’t solve. Fresh air. Alone. Moving meditation.
11. Nothing is personal. Everyone is just looking out for themselves.
12. Everything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work. Want twice the revenue? Do twice the work.
What did you learn from 2017? Do any of these lessons strike a nerve?