Lessons of 2012
(1) I can be as miserable as I want to be, but misery is not necessary. Though it may be a constant part of who I am.
(2) Re: point (1); putting myself through “the wringer” does not guarantee success. To me, success is a continuum. So many different factors and different mental states that have converged and at one moment in time, I’ve accepted that I “made it” to my goal — and then I seek out the next.
(3) Structure, structure, structure
(4) Absorb opinions. Sort and own what works — disgard what doesn’t.
(5) Let go of old plans. Sometimes what I want, I can no longer get. Nope. Not at all. It’s just not an option, so I’ve learned to mostly suck it up and work it out. Your present is everything and if you live in an imaginary world, you really are trying to fail.
(6) Keep it to yourself.
(7) Sleep on it.
(8) Work early; work often.
(9) Do not underestimate the benefit of small steps over many days: it all adds up.
(10) Don’t let the world get you down. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted it, if you know where you want to be, at least you’ve got the vision. Those who can stay the course (even when the course changes), can truly be successful.