Reflecting on 2012

Inspired by the many posts I’ve read today reflecting on 2012, I thought I’d take my inspiration from Robin Sharma who made a list of 50 Business + Life lessons 2012 taught me and make a list of my own.

  1. Empowering others to find their genius is what being a leader is all about
  2. Literally write down your goals if you want a greater chance of achieving them
  3. Treat people on social forums with the same amount of respect as you would to their face
  4. You’re never to old to learn something new, you can teach an old dog, new tricks
  5. Find inspiration in any form you like to motivate you, but get motivated
  6. It’s never too late to get into the best shape of your life
  7. Even if it all starts to sound the same and you fall out of love, keep listening, music is a universally understood language that’s good for the soul
  8. Eat cake!
  9. Cut out fizzy cold drinks, alcohol and processed fruit juices and drink lots of water
  10. Never, say never
  11. Unplug, you cannot spend all of your time connected to technology
  12. Be grateful, make a gratitude list
  13. A slice of ham on a sandwich is not protein, eat more protein
  14. You might grow old, but never grow up
  15. Wireless networking is about one-third the speed of a wired network
  16. You can change your tolerance for how somethings tastes, just give it a good try
  17. We can send a man to the moon, but over 40 years later, traffic lights are still not water proof
  18. We are all brilliant
  19. Always be kind to others
  20. Eat small meals, high in protein and complex carbohydrates, every 2 – 3 hours a day
  21. Believe in Karma, you’ll regret it if you don’t
  22. Don’t wait to be acknowledged by others, stand up, look them in the eye, smile, hold out your hand and say hello
  23. Travel
  24. Try not adapt a victim mentality
  25. Being fit is the new sexy, so do cardio, use weights, stretch and balance
  26. Age is just a number
  27. If you find yourself stuck doing what you do, focus your energy on empowering others to reach their dreams
  28. People move on. Friends move away, people stop talking, colleagues find other jobs. Don’t take it personally, just move on when it’s your time
  29. If you fail today, you can always try again tomorrow
  30. Choose your words wisely, for example, don’t have problems, have challenges
  31. Clean your devices often, there is a mountain of dirt that accumulates on your keyboards, mice and touch screens
  32. Be a wolf, not a sheep
  33. Politics, religion and cellphones have no place at a dinner table
  34. It can snow in Africa
  35. If ‘Gangnam style’ is the biggest sensation of 2012, here’s to better creativity in 2013
  36. Avoid fueling drama, try remain level-headed and so easily influenced by other people’s in-ability to deal with a challenge
  37. Next time you’re afraid of doing something, think of the man free-falling from outer space rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds
  38. Laugh at yourself, it’s okay to make an ass of yourself
  39. Most people work at least one-third of their day, you might as well enjoy what you do
  40. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you
  41. Look people in the eye when you say cheers
  42. Skateboarding was probably the last time you were truly happy, it’s never too late to start again
  43. Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently to you
  44. Listen to audio books for rapid reading
  45. Love yourself if you want others to love you
  46. Bicarbonate of soda is some handy powder
  47. You’re not alone
  48. Print out more photos
  49. ‘Banana hammock’ is the safe word
  50. Don’t be a dick!

I guess I’ll leave that to your imagination, yes we all have one. Let’s put this incredible year behind us and let’s have an awesome 2013

Happy New Year!