Continuing with this week of reminiscing of the year gone by I learned a few things that I want to pass along for 2013.
Practice Patience and Consistency
Its so easy to get caught up in the thought train of instant gratification and impatience with the efforts you put in. Patience is hard. Consistency is hard. Both take practice to be able to realize that everything takes time and what you’re doing now may not bear the fruit you want tomorrow or in a month but giving it time to ripen is where you can reap the rewards and feel good about what you were able to accomplish.
This is something I know I have to work on again in 2013 and probably 2014 and 2015… sensing a pattern coming?
You Can’t Do It All
I find it very hard to ask for help, I want to be very self sufficient and motivated and as SOG has been growing I’ve had to ask for help. First from my DT Coor, which she took over with flying colors and does a better job than I would I think. Then this fall my hubs stepped into a consistent roll fulfilling orders and taking over the Wholesale end of things… that was so hard! It was a transition with a few bumps in the road but he was right, it ended up being for the best and its already letting me focus on other projects that have been getting put off just for lack of time. That one was being told I needed the help rather than asking for it… which almost made it harder to accept.
But I’m less stressed and less tired… less 😉
I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like asking for help is admitting failure. That’s how it is each time I do it, and I know I should probably do it more often but I don’t. Its one vicious cycle… and a lesson I’m sure to relearn more than once this year.
Take Care of Everyone… Including Yourself
This is something I’ve definitely learned but the lesson will continually need to be relearned. Eat a proper diet, take breaks (there’s such a thing? I wonder sometimes), exercise, do things for fun, snuggle your kids… if you have to schedule it in to make it happen, DO IT. I didn’t take a real vaca all year… maybe all last year too, I can’t remember which is concerning… and the few days I took off due to being sick, then with the holiday were SO refreshing that it reminds me to do it more often. Not just when you are ready to explode and pull out your hair.
I’ve learned the lesson but I’m definitely not a great student of it yet, I hope I can improve my grade this year.
I just have this feeling that 2013 is going to be a turning point year for me and my family. The year to put every thing on a better track and turn a corner. The year we can prosper and see the season change and bring in the harvest. I’m not sure why it feels like that but it does.
We’ll see what happens.
What did you learn in 2012?