Thursday, December 19, 2013

Things I've Learned

Things I've learned or re-learned this year:
  • If you need help and it's clear you are (as we used to say) 'for real', you will get all the help you need and then some.
  • There's no 'quick and easy way' to achieve presence in social media. You have to show up every day and interact or you get nowhere. Sometimes, as with blogging, you have to keep on going, even when positive comments, or any comments are not forthcoming.
  • To make real friends out of online friends is both simple and dangerous - you only have to reach beyond the context in which you know them - fellow chatter, blogger, etc. - touch on a more personal area and allow them to touch back.
  • If you really want to accomplish something, you'll find the time. If not, you'll find an excuse. (This is one thing I learn over and over and over again.)
  • You'll do something very right sometimes, and when you do, celebrate it the way you would if a friend had made the accomplishment. Believing in yourself starts with the acknowledgment that you are capable of very good things. 
  • If you're on a winning streak, don't get cocky - everything comes and goes. Enjoy it while you can and when things go pear-shaped again, just remember it won't last forever.
  • Set goals for yourself outside of work: family goals, personal growth goals. Stretch yourself or you'll find yourself floating. 
  • If you float for a while, forgive yourself; maybe you needed it. As soon as you can, though, get back to setting goals for yourself.
  • Try not to confuse being critical of an action with being critical of a person. Even smart and kind people make mistakes. Give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they'll do the same for you.

I'd love for you to share your own lessons in the comments.

See you next year.

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