Key Takeaways From 2017 – And What It Means For 2018

2017 was … significant. Every year is, but this was a year where I took decades of confusion and searching and actually took action in relation to all of the things that I had simply spent time on just thinking about previously. I’d always wanted to help artists and misfits, the dreamers and disruptors, the ones who were born to unleash a new prism to the view of the masses. But for the longest time, I just didn’t know how.

That changed in 2017. I came at it like a bat out of hell, unshakeable certainty informing my (almost) every move. It was exhilarating, terrifying, exhausting, challenging, invigorating, infuriating and ecstatic all at the same time. I did a lot of things wrong, but they were exactly right for what I needed to learn. I was humbled time and time again by what I didn’t know, what I didn’t know I didn’t know and what I didn’t want to know that I already knew.

2017 was all the things.

These are the key takeaways that might help anyone who is ready to create a life that they’ve only dreamed and thought of and pondered over the years.

  1. There are infinite possibilities to create what you want. Stop exposing yourself to informational sources that are set on convincing you are not enough or that you are limited. What this means for 2018: I am committing to being in conversations, consuming content and immersing myself in environments & communities where problems and failures are simply a means for learning, solutions are sought-out and the trap of binary thinking is absent.
  2. It isn’t easy, but it is simple. As Jim Rohn said: success leaves clues. Find someone who has done what you want to do. Follow the steps. Make it your own. The part that isn’t easy is actually being created between your own two ears; your thoughts are all that stand between where you are and what you might think is out of reach. What this means for 2018: I am committed to cultivating my thoughts and curating my energetic and psychic space to receive and generate thoughts that are fully in support of my own life vision.
  3. The vision must be tended to. It changes. Journal. Meditate. Practice visualization. Recognize when pieces of the vision fall into place and celebrate. Some of the most miraculous things this year have happened when I put down the busy work and tuned in to my heart’s desire. What this means for 2018: Meditation & mindfulness are just as important as admin and marketing, if not more so.
  4. The pursuit of excellence should be rigorous. Take a class. Join a mastermind. Take another class. Watch YouTube videos. Read books and biographies of your idols and predecessors. Study them. Make it your own. Put things into practice and never, not once, show up to your purpose and your calling thinking that you’ll take it easy that day. Every moment counts. What this means for 2018: I am committed to showing up in a state of excellence in all areas of my life. If I am unable to be excellent and need to go be shitty for a bit, I will do so intentionally and then let it go. This is not to say that mistakes are not tolerated. They are a part of growth and essential to excellence in every arena.
  5. The time to take action is now. When you take action; paying for a class, signing up for a retreat, hiring a coach, starting a savings account to start your new venture, leaving a toxic relationship or job, stepping up to opportunity – whatever it is – the universe notices. The universe supports. Sometimes it supports by tearing everything around you down and it can be terrifying, but it is supporting you. What this means for 2018: The stories in my mind around in-action no longer have power over me. My goals are clear, the vision lives on a cellular level and the actions that I take toward them are intentional and planned. As Jocko Willink says, there is freedom in discipline.
  6. You must be the keeper of your vision. Protect it, nourish it, believe in it. The reason you’re a visionary is because you literally see things in a completely different way than other people. You’re excited and passionate and you want to share it with other people, but if someone responds to your ideas in a lackluster manner (at best), or tells you you’re too much or too crazy, go back to your journal immediately and reinforce the vision. They are not bad people for not understanding, you are simply on an exciting and sometimes lonely road. What this means for 2018: Deferring to one of The Four Agreements here: I’m not taking anything personally, I’m just personally pouring everything in to what I know is in my heart. My path is definitely not everyone else’s.
  7. The mistakes are essential to growth. My enthusiasm supported me in starting a coaching practice despite the fact I was scared. It also drove me head first into some mistakes: committing to advertising deals that were downright stupid and unresearched and financially detrimental; not taking a deep breath before hitting “send” on an email that I wrote while still untangling a trauma I had this year; a lot more, I’m sure. The important part is to own them. I actually had to own one to my own coach this morning! I was hoping I could get a commitment in just under the radar. I was wrong. Being an awesome coach, she texted me on New Year’s Eve and asked about it. What this means for 2018: The pursuit of excellence will involve mistakes. I’m not going to be sloppy in my actions, but I will also practice compassion to myself, continue to do the work to learn the lessons and do everything I can to stay in integrity.

Thank you for being on this journey with me. I would love to hear your takeaways from the last year. Leave them in the comments or find me on Facebook and let me know there.

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