Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned This Year

  1. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Maybe as a nurse and a generally a healthy person, I have taken my health for granted. This year has shown me that if I don’t take care of myself, no one else will. Using S in GIFTS, you’re the source of everything that happens in your life. If you don’t like something that is happening, you can do something to change it.
  2. Environment is everything. If I am not doing what I love or not living where I love, it robs me of energy to do the things that I really want to do. I love living in California and find I am much more productive doing what I love in this environment.  I find inspiration watching the ocean!
  3. People will not remember you for what you give them but how you treat them. As I think fondly of the people that I have lost this year, I remember how they treated others. It was who they are in the world that made them so special and how they treated others.
  4. Be present in the moment. Many times over this year, I’ve caught myself thinking about what might happen in the future rather than what is actually happening now. I know I’ve wasted a lot of energy thinking about what may be versus what is.
  5. Be true to yourself. If something is out of alignment or doesn’t sit right with me, I need to be a stand for what I want rather than tolerating it.
  6. Trust my intuition. This year I’ve really tapped into my intuition to guide me. When I listened to my head instead of my heart, things did not go as well as I had planned.
  7. Things happen for a reason. I see it over and over again with myself and my clients. When something that I perceive as bad happens, there really is some good behind it.
  8. Embrace your allies. I have found the people in my life that support me and want me to win. These are the people I want to be with rather than the naysayers.
  9. Respond, do not react. When I become reactive to a situation, I’m acting out of fear and not faith. I can choose my ability to respond and trust that the right outcome will occur.
  10. Let go of fear and walk in faith. Fear will always be there. It is how we are programmed. But in order to truly have what I want and to create success for others, I get to let go of the fear

I hope some of my life lessons from this year have inspired you.  What are your takeaways from 2018?  I would love to read them in the comments below.

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