10 LIFE LESSONS WE CAN LIVE BY – A TOURIST IN THE CARIBBEAN

10 LIFE LESSONS WE CAN LIVE BY

Give myself ‘Me Time’

At some time in our lives, we are all guilty of not spending enough ‘me time’ with ourselves.  To do so requires a certain amount of discipline in order to make ‘me time’ one of our biggest priorities.  ‘Me Time’ could be any time of day be it early in the day or late afternoon but always remember that taking time out for yourself keep you from burning out which in turn helps you to be a better person to yourself and to others.

Life is too short to waste. Make every bit of it count!


Be Honest with Yourself

Being honest with oneself is not something most of us practice, sometimes mainly because of the fear of hurting others.  It is time we stop hiding behind public opinion and own up to reality.  Start by being honest with yourself which will make life much easier and less complicated and beautiful for you and others. Become fearless and own up to your capabilities letting others know your true feeling without trying to hurt anyone. Being honest to yourself takes courage and once you’ve done that, you’ll find the courage, to be honest with others.

‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty’!

Winston Churchill

Laugh more

The key to this lesson is to surround yourself with people that have a great sense of humor and people who would make you laugh despite what you are going through.  Let’s be honest, humor eases one’s grief and has the ability to make you forget about problems. Today, there are a lot of gizmos out there to help you find a good laugh; social media, humorous films and of course hilarious people.  So, this year find the time, the place and the people to have yourself a good laugh.

‘If you can laugh in the face of adversity, you are bullet-proof’

Ricky Gervais


Work hard, play harder

Sure, you have heard the ole saying ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.  And yes, it is true!  While we all wish to achieve financial freedom which we believe will bring us happiness, hard work alone does not guarantee us success in life.  There is nothing wrong with working hard but there must be specific goals you are working toward because after all, you should always take the time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Isn’t it true you work hard to earn money, so you could spend it?  There’s only one life to live so make the best of it.  

‘Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, but those who work hard and play hard’ 

Colin Powell

Invest in your Education

  One cannot think of a reason why you would not want to invest in education when it is an essential foundation for prosperity and opportunity.  Continually investing in education should be a great part of your life cycle.  The most meaningful and powerful investment one can make in themselves is improving their education.  Gaining knowledge through education is an impetus for creating and enjoying the best of what life has to offer.  Investing in education is just not the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do in 2020.

‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’


Control your Expenses

Controlling your expenses simply means taking control of your financial obligations.  It really doesn’t mean saving more, as one tends to believe, but more or less being able to control your credit and debt outlook.  With a little time and effort controlling your expenses can be a part of your new lifestyle. Begin by separating the ‘need’ from the ‘want’ and consolidating your debt, and sometimes make do with what you have.  Always try to put direct debit into your investment account as soon as you get paid.  

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more that is poor’

Seneca


Stop and smell the roses

Take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of life.  Slow down and appreciate things simply means to enjoy every moment of life with a deeper sense of gratitude and to appreciate just how precious life is.  Sometimes it’s normal to take a break from the fast lane and go into cruise control.  Going into cruise mode might just remind you to enjoy every minute regardless of what challenges you may be facing. 

‘The Beauty of Life is in each Precious Moment’


Learn a new Language

It opens up a whole new world when you can put in the effort into learning to speak another language.  It makes you feel stronger, smarter and more independent when in the company of others.  Being in a world where people are traveling more frequently, speaking a second language is more of a necessity than a luxury.  There are plenty of programs available for your convenience. Learning a second language can also improve your communication skills and give you more opportunities in the job market.  

‘Formal education would make you a living, self-education would make you a fortune’

Jim Rohn


Finish what you’ve started

I’m sure you’ve got a lot of company on this one! We all have millions of ideas running through our thoughts.  But how many of them do materialize or how many become productive?  We’ve all done it, start something and leave it unfinished.  Always remember that novelty of anything is exciting, thrilling and appealing but we never cater to the pitfalls and challenges we may face.  Sooner or later procrastination steps in and before you know it, we are not sure of the next step, so we quit trying and shelf our once enthusiastic project. In 2020 make that special effort to finish what you’ve started by practicing the Law of Inertia, which simply states ‘a body in motion stays in motion’ and be like NIKE and ‘Just Do it.’

‘A River cuts through a rock not because of its Power; but because of its persistence’


Never Quit

  A lesson we could all learn from Tanzanian Olympic marathon runner, John Stephen Akhwari, who never gave up on his Olympic dream of crossing the finish line despite his endless injuries. Akhwari crossed the finish line hours after the sun went down and when asked by the media, why he carried on, his response was ‘my country did not send me here to start the race; they sent me 5000 miles to finish the race’.  His courage, dedication, and determination not to quit is a lesson we all can emulate.

‘Quitters Never Win; Winners Never Quit’


I hope ALL who are reading this will enjoy the 12 chapters of life that 2020 brings you each month.  Hope you appreciate your life a little more than you did in 2019 and spend more time with yourself rather than just letting things happen in your life.  This year love yourself more each day; set bigger goals; be a blessing to yourself and others and stay focus on Happiness and Progress in 2020.

‘YOU ALONE HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT’!


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