It’s great to look back at the year and review all that has happened.
I started this blog and that took so much effort just to press the publish key. I’m not sure if I will continue with it but I have learnt so much. This year I have grown in confidence, direction and knowledge. I am more determined than ever to make next year awesome, forge my own path and take control of my life. I want it to be exciting, fulfilling and exceptional and I know that the only person that can make that happen is me.
This year has had its ups and its downs. Some really low lows but the highs were big enough to pick us all up and carry on.
Looking back at the list of things I planned to do in 2013 there are quite a few that I have done. Not as many as I’d have liked but the ones that were done were significant and having done even some of the smallest things is a great achievement!
Next year I want to travel, get a hold of my finances, meet new people and really take off with my business ideas. I still struggle with fear but I have learnt this year to go for things despite that fear, to just jump in and start. I will be re-reading all the books I read at the beginning of this year, next year for renewed inspiration and compare just how far I have come. Hopefully the story next year will be even greater and more fabulous.
This year I have learnt that plans are fantastic helpers – don’t let things happen to you, be in control – live life by design rather than by default. If you want to travel, increase financially, get on better in life? Plan for it! Why can’t it happen? No excuses, no fear, no worries, no regrets – the only thing stopping you is you. Make. Everything. Happen.
I woke up to go to work, got ready, headed out the door and was happily refreshed and on my way then halfway through my 1 hour drive I look at the time. 8:35.
I’m sure that’s wrong.
Hold on what?! No, this clock has to be wrong. Maybe it needs to be reset. 8:35
The clock is wrong isn’t it? I rummage one handed through my bag to check the time again against my phone…8:35…noooo! Noooo!!! 1hour early! I left 1 hour early!! I could have been sleeping! I should be sleeping!
Then I realised that I hadn’t reset my alarm. Grrrrr
Never mind…at least I brought a book to read – I’ll have some early morning personal development.
And to top it all off there was no traffic as usual so I even got to work and extra half hour earlier so now I have an hour and a half to kill.
Oh life. The funny things.
Go get breakfast?
Today I was called up by my lovely cousin with a problem. We met up yesterday and had dinner where we talked about relationships, our futures and how it was to be where we are now. She came to me with a problem this morning that was almost bringing her to tears and told me that she was trying to deal with an issue that had been brought up in an argument – apparently she had been told by some important people in her life that they thought she was self-centred and uncaring. Whenever they would come to her with an issue somehow the topic would swing around to what she was feeling of thinking and they would feel hurt.
When she explain this to me I immediately recognised the situation. Why? Because I had seen in it before. In myself.
Technically I hadn’t been told by anyone that I was self-centred but one day as I finished talking to a friend, I recognised that if I continued the way I was going – if I didn’t catch myself – I wouldn’t have any friends.
The whole problem: Listening!
The whole issue stemmed from a listening problem rather than a selfish problem. As with my cousin, my intention was not to come across as self -centred but because I did’t listen well it came across that way.
There had been one day (or a couple of days) I had been talking to my friends and I noticed (by myself) that I kept interrrupting them and and after one phone long conversation with a freind in after which I felt that I had been doing most of the talking, it coccured to e that I had a trait of self-centred ness that I hadn’t recognised before. It wasn’t that I had much more intereting things to say but I notticed that whenere she would say something I would jump in with ‘yea that happened to me too!” and subsequently divulge my on experiences. When I recognised this I realised that I wasn’t infact a good friend. I like to tell stories but I didn’t like to listen to other people. I thought I was listening but really I was always waiting for the moment to jump in with my reply or tell how I had been in that situation too. I t was then ( about a year ago now) that I started to look for ways to become a better listener. I am soo not their yet. This habit is a hard one to break and it takes a seriously conciouss effort to do so.
Things I’ve learnt:
1. Hearing is not the same as Listening
we can hear a sound but unless we pay attention to it and understand it we are not really listening.
2. Too much Empathy can be a bad thing
Empathy is great but when we over empathise to the point that we are always interjecting with our own stories we are not helping the person we are listening to.
3. Recognise that the other person wants to be understood and it is not all about you
4. Pay full attention to people and let them know that they are important
5. You feel better for having helped someone.