Happy New Month!!! Happy February!!!

Almost everyone is in love with this month because it signifies love and I like to think so too. It also happens to be one of the coldest months of the year, depending on your geographical location. And of course, it’s about the shortest month in the year.

All the same, I love February because it brings hope especially since we all still have that new year feeling in the air.

How was January for you: work and personal life inclusive?

Honestly, January seemed so long and felt like it will never end. Somehow, I didn’t want the month to end either because I was working vigorously towards a goal; and hoping that I would meet my deadline before the month ended.

Sincerely, January taught me a lot of things that I will share with you. I wouldn’t go in-depth right away in today’s post but sooner or later I’d share more with you.

The reason is because I love to celebrate victories. To me, discussing your struggles tend to sound like complaints and that’s not a positive outlook towards life in general. On the other hand, having a purpose helps you celebrate your struggles because you know you have a target. It’s my personal way of life and how I have come to face challenges.

Read: How to Solve this Workplace Issue

Read: How to Stay Positive and Mean it

In this post, I’d be sharing what I have learned this past month, and how important it is for your work-life. This is especially because I have made it a habit of seeing the good in every situation. Also, this is a new month and it’ll be good to have a bit of inspiration.

Read: Thankful for the Year 2016

Read5 Habits that Lead to more Happiness (in life, at work, and Generally)

1. Patience

If this sounds cliché to you, I am not surprised. A few months ago I would have said the same. January felt so long and with each day came hope. The hope that I would reach my goal. Hope that I would get there. But I didn’t.

Sometimes, I can be so impatient and expect things to happen as planned. But I learned this month that good things come to those who wait. You have to have worked so hard (and smartly too) for something so that when you eventually achieve it, you know that you earned it and it was worth the wait.

Patience is a virtue. It’s a life skill as long as I’m concerned, and you should build it. Patience makes you feel at ease even when the worst may be going on. It gives you purpose.

2. Someone out there appreciates what you do

Last month I learned that someone out there appreciates what you do. No matter what you do and how little you think it is, someone is encouraged by it. Someone notices its worth. They may not tell it to your face at all times but they are proud of you. Keep doing what you love to do.

Keep changing lives as best you can. The little things matter a whole lot more.

3. Be open to change and willing to learn

January was one of my biggest learning months. I learned so many things I wouldn’t have thought of. It makes it easier that there is always Google to learn from and you could find free courses as well.

I learned to never be comfortable in any position. Learn the latest thing useful to your industry. Learn it even when it may not be necessary because it could become the accepted practice very soon. Don’t underestimate yourself. All you need is the willingness to learn a new thing and you would do just fine.

So get out of your comfort zone and learn something useful today! Try to become comfortable with accepting change because the world is so dynamic.

Go learn a new application or software. Learn a useful skill for your job and introduce it to the team. You would be valued greatly.

4. Take a risk

Towards the end of 2016, I made a big decision. I went through serious thought process before making up my mind. But at some point, I just had to take a stance. It was difficult and I had some people question my decision.

I took it in good faith, though. They were probably looking out for my best interest.

What you need to understand is this:

  • Whatever decision you are about to make should be convincing
  • You should be able to give valid reasons (to yourself) why you had to take such steps. Although this decision is to be made for you, and in your best interest; you may have to explain to others if necessary
  • It is your decision to make
  • You should be prepared for the consequences
  • Have a support system

I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made. January was an interesting month for me and I decided to share with you, all I learned because I hope you can take out something from my lessons. These are useful in various aspects of our lives and can be applied to work too.

I am gradually reaching my goals, I’ve really gone farther than I could have imagined, and I’m so positive for February and thankful for the lessons I learned.

What did you learn in January and what are your hopes for February? Please share in the comment section. Wishing you the very best in February.

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