Don’t Touch the Hot Stove

If I knew then what I know now.

I believe it’s our duty to share our mistakes so others can learn from them.

I don’t want others to make the same mistakes I’ve made. I don’t want others to suffer.

History repeats itself.

Mistakes can be prevented if we’re willing to open up, be transparent, share our stories, and share our experiences. Others must be willing to listen.

Repeatedly making the same mistakes doesn’t make sense. Save others stress, pain, and headaches.

Teach others the valuable lessons we’ve learned. Share our wisdom.

With that being said, sometimes we must learn for ourselves – the hard way.

Build Your Empire

Imagine the empire we could build if we spent as much time working toward our goals and aspirations as we did working for somebody else’s?

Invest in yourself. Build yourself. Build your life. Work toward your dream and what you want. Focus your energy, effort, and attention on creating your ideal life. You can make it happen. It can become a reality.

Work in Progress

We are all a work in progress.

Work is in the phrase work in progress.

In order to make progress, we must do the work.

Give Thanks

We complain about the weather on rainy and snowy days, but do we take time to give thanks on beautiful, sunny days?

Brand and Reputation

I care about my personal brand and my reputation.

If we sacrifice our health and happiness for our brand and reputation, we may appear like we’re winning on the outside when in reality we may be losing inside.

Don’t get me wrong, our brand and reputation are important but not as important as our health and happiness.

Health and happiness trump money and business.

If we’re constantly sacrificing our health and happiness to look good, appear good, and impress others, we’re not being authentic and genuine. We’re not being true to ourselves.

Sometimes we have to do what’s best for ourselves and deal with the consequences.

Brands and reputations can be repaired. Our health and happiness are more important.

Having Enough Is Luxurious

Things we take for granted on a daily basis many would consider luxuries.

We may not think of food, water, shelter, clothing, and transportation as luxuries, but many don’t have these things.

If our basic needs are met, we’re blessed and fortunate.

Be content with what we have. Be grateful for the luxurious life we live.

We’re living a life of luxury and don’t even realize it because we’re so focused on the wrong things.

Having enough is luxurious.

Stay Patient, Stay Positive, Stay Persistent

If you’re not seeing results immediately, keep going. Keep your head up. Keep pushing forward.

Stay positive. Stay encouraged. Stay disciplined. Stay motivated. Stay consistent.

Results take time. It takes time to achieve our goals.

Remember, if it was easy, everybody would do it.

Staying the Same Is Scary

If we’re not growing, we’re dying.

We don’t just wake up and change overnight.

Change is a process. It takes time.

We can intentionally change, or it can happen naturally.

It’s only after we look back that we can see the gradual transition and transformation.

Change is a part of life. It’s natural. Accept it. Embrace it. Move forward.

Adapt to new circumstances. Evolve as we gain knowledge and experience. Use the wisdom we’ve learned to be a better person.

Don’t be afraid to outgrow your past. Change is not scary. Staying the same is.

Lessons Learned

In the middle of March when I was told I couldn’t go to gyms, cafes, and restaurants, I lost it.

I was frustrated, annoyed, angry, and depressed.

Two and a half months later, I don’t care if I ever step foot in a gym, cafe, and restaurant again.

I’m not saying I won’t. I will. I still enjoy the experience and social aspect.

But I learned I don’t need it. I learned not to rely on it. That’s empowering.

I can workout in my apartment and outside with minimal equipment. I can make my own coffee and food.

It doesn’t take long to change our behaviors, form new habits, and create new patterns.

In this case, I was forced to adapt. I had no choice.

Sometimes certain events can be a blessing in disguise.

This proves we can change. We can do it willingly on our own terms with whatever we choose.

Don’t rely on others and put your happiness in the hands of others. We need less than we think to survive. We can be content and happy with less.

Anything can be taken away from us at any given moment. Remember that.

‪Love Yourself

We can be self-confident while having insecurities.

Self-confidence is not about being perfect. We all have flaws, weaknesses, and insecurities.

Self-confidence is accepting ourselves the way we are. Self-confidence is embracing our flaws, weaknesses, and insecurities and loving ourselves anyway.