Without taking the time to think about all that’s happened in 2016, our shortcomings and accomplishments, we fail to integrate what new knowledge we’ve gained.
There have been ups. There have been downs. There will continue to be many more before midnight strikes at the end of December and we hit the collective reset button–pretending that we can move on unaffected by the events of the previous year.
That’s where we all go wrong, isn’t it? Indeed, we need to fight the urge to move on, and start critically examining how our history continues to live through us in the present moment so we can begin to make better choices moving forward.
Here are the 10 biggest life lessons learned in 2016.
1. Spending so much of our lives on our phones is decreasing our ability to be engaged in the present moment.
Why do you think mindfulness meditation and yoga are both billion dollar industries? People are feeling the effects of increased time spent in the digital world.
2. Virtual and augmented reality will continue changing the way we interact with the world.
One reason Pokemon Go was such a hit was because it satisfied our need to be digitally connected and engaged with the real world. Between that and Oculus Rift, HTV Vive, and Playstation VR–new worlds are just a headset away.
3. People crave authenticity–so you need to start taking self-development seriously.
The catalyst of authenticity is self development, so you need to start investing in your personal growth.
4. Digital assistants and artificial intelligence are (finally) becoming more helpful.
Between Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, our digital assistants are getting better at recognising our voices and providing helpful information–although they are still far from perfect.
5. Attention spans are increasingly short–which means you have to provide value if you want engagement.
Short videos are in. Consumers of digital content want valuable take-away messages without the fluff–so stop sugar coating content and start delivering the goods.
6. Many of us live in isolated bubbles and are surrounded by like-minded people.
Another lesson from the election is that most of us are entrenched within a digital and geographic comfort zone.
7. History repeats itself–so you need to start looking at the larger picture.
Many of the difficult and visible social issues of 2016, along with the rhetoric used to win the presidential election, are familiar to those with historical knowledge.
8. Flexibility and openness are now required for productivity and personal well being.
Remember to pause and breathe.
9. The difference between “real” and “fake” news is becoming increasingly blurry and you need to know the difference.
You need to develop critical thinking skills and apply them to everything you read.
10. Going viral on social media is more valuable than television ads and can win the presidential election.
The old school mentality of paying for cable advertising may not be as effective as free coverage on social media–especially when that content is viral.
Whether you’re a content blogger or a presidential candidate, the vast reach of social media will transform the way you approach spreading your message.
The article was originally posted on http://www.inc.com/
Taking true responsibility for yourself gives you back the power to create exactly what you want in your life.
This means that you must take responsibility for your thoughts, words, and actions.
Taking responsibility for yourself gives you true freedom. By taking responsibility for yourself, and only yourself, you become aware of the true connection between your inner and outer world. You are the one and only creator of your life. There is no one else to blame for what your life is. When we take responsibility, we take back control of our experience. Taking responsible control means that you understand the basic truths of the Universe, and use your understanding of your inner world to create consciously and respectfully through your actions.
The Gift of Responsibility gives you freedom, because it grants you true awareness of your power as a creator.
“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.”
~ James Allen
- Awareness is the first step to understanding that you create everything in your experience. Every part of your life, good or bad, has a root somewhere within your mind.
- The truth can hurt sometimes, but by taking charge of the fact that you are creating your own experience, you can finally take control of what you are inviting into your experience. Without the Gift of Responsibility, people do not realize that they are the creators of their own experience, and live their lives reacting to the things around them.
- To consciously create your life with responsibility, act, don’t react. You may have heard that one of the definitions of insanity is performing the same action over and over yet expecting different results. When someone reacts to what is happening around them without realizing that their attention to these things are just drawing more of the same to them, they see the same things, good or bad, repeat themselves over and over again in their lives.
- Using the Gift of Responsibility means that you may have to go through a period of change where you admit that you were causing negative or painful experiences to happen to you because of your thoughts and actions. This can be hard, because we do not want to take responsibility for our lives. We want to blame others for what is happening to us. But nothing “just happens” to us, we create our own lives through our thoughts, words, actions and beliefs.
- The fear inside of us has been in control for too long. Freedom is given to those who are aware of what the fear makes them do. Fear is like a parasite inside of you, and it feels very threatened by the idea of freedom and of living with conscious awareness. This internal parasite feeds off of drama, judgments, negative emotions and off of your fear of change. If it can’t get these things out of you, it will have you “attack” other people with your thoughts, words, body language, and even with your physical body to get the energy it needs to survive. Be aware of this fear parasite as you learn and grow in wisdom and experience.
- If you can become aware of how fear uses you to feed itself, you can overcome it by simply being aware. When you become aware of the choices that fear is trying to make for you, you have taken responsibility for yourself, and are one step closer to being completely free.
- The cause of our problems is not outside of us. We do not need to wait for anyone or anything to happen to change our lives. The beginning of change always lies within us. By taking full and complete responsibility for both the roots and the fruits in our lives, we will change our lives for the better. To change the fruits you must change the roots. If you want your life to change and if you want less to complain about, you are going to need to change how you think.
- Awareness is the first step to creating change.
When you allow others to be responsible for themselves, you free yourself to work on you. No need to worry about controlling others, their choices will always be theirs, no matter how much you try to scheme about how to make them do what you want. There is more than one way to be on this Earth, and who are you to tell other people how to live their lives?
They are responsible, so let them live their own adventure, and you will become more free to live yours.
“I will not surrender responsibility for my life and my actions.”
~ John Enoch Powell
It’s okay if you don’t like some people. It’s your right. But, don’t disturb them. It’s their rights.
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Loved around the world – American television host, producer and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has most certainly left her mark on the face of history. Once the world’s only black billionaire, arguably the single greatest black philanthropist in American history and often considered to be the most influential woman in the world – there is so much that Oprah’s life can teach us all.
Having overcome unspeakable hardships during her early life, Oprah went on to become the inspirational person that she is today, reaching out to millions from around the world with the generosity and transparency that she is famous for. Not surprisingly, many people look to Oprah for inspiration and guidance on how they too can become their very best and turn their lives around for the better.
Here, then, are some lessons from the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, as expressed by Oprah herself, in the hope that they may find you when you need them most and that you may share them with those who might need them as well.
1. We are each other’s best teachers.
“Something in me connected with each of you in a way that allowed me to see myself in you and you in me. I became your surrogate — to ask the questions, deliver the answers, learn, grow, expand my thinking, challenge my beliefs and the way I looked at the world. I listened and grew, and I know you grew along with me.”
2. Each of us has to find our own calling.
“Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing.”
3. Your calling will let you “live from the heart of yourself.”
“It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. And that is what I want for all of you and hope that you will take from this show. To live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living; I understand that. But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”
4. You are responsible for your life.
“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life. … You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.”
5. You alone are enough.
“… we often block our own blessings because we don’t feel inherently good enough or smart enough or pretty enough or worthy enough. … The show has taught me you’re worthy because you are born and because you are here. Your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.”
6. Everyone needs validation.
“I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show and all 30,000 had one thing in common: They all wanted validation. … They want to know: ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?’ ”
“Try it with your children, your husband, your wife, your boss, your friends. Validate them. ‘I see you. I hear you. And what you say matters to me.’ ”
7. Practice Gratitude.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Our reality is what we make it; Oprah knows this and it is with this knowledge that she has been able to take the negatives from her earlier life and transform them into such dazzling positives.
Oprah knows that what we give most of our attention and thoughts to, is what we attract the most of in our life. So, use gratitude to focus your thoughts on the positives that are already in your life. Do this and they should continue to multiply and multiply, until there is no longer room in your life for the negatives.
8. “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
Have you ever considered the saying – ‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs’? Well, the same can be said of life and happiness. Without change you can never grow any greater than what you are now, so what small changes can you begin to make to become the person that you want to be?
You cannot expect to change your life by continuing on the same path that you are on now; your life can only change to the extent of the changes that you make in yourself.
9. We can all be someone’s safe place to fall.
“And what I hope is that you all will be that safe harbor for somebody else — their safe place to fall. Do for them what you all are telling me the show has done for you. Connect. Embrace. Liberate. Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You’ll see the difference it makes.”
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In this hectic pace of life, we desperately seek some great thought that can overcome the roadblocks of our lives. Here are ten greatest quotes about life that can be conceived as a recommendation as well as an advice to initiate a positive start for your day.
10. Mae West:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
9. Earl Nightingale:
“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
8. William Wallace:
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
7. John F. Kennedy:
“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”
6. Friedrich Nietzsche:
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
5. Jose Ortega y Gasset:
“Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.”
4. John Lennon:
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
3. Albert Einstein:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
2. George Bernard Shaw:
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
2. Robert Frost:
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
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