Lessons Learned Living Life

155520_10150344782530612_423314_nI’d spent the last 15 years planning what I wanted my life to be like and writing bucket lists of all the things I wanted to achieve one day then I realised that had actually been my life and I needed to start living my dreams not just thinking about them. My search for happiness took me around the world only to arrive back where I started to find it had been with me all along.After 15 years as a Human Resources professional climbing the corporate ladder I had enough, I felt empty and anything but the ‘success’ my life looked like from the outside. This lead to a change for me, I took 12 months out to write a book, travel the world, volunteer and became a yoga teacher. I learned more about life during this time that any number of years at school or hours in leadership courses has taught me, here are 50 lessons I have learned from living life;

    1. Before you love anyone else, first you must love yourself
    2. Nothing is out of your reach, unless you put it there
    3. Know which direction you want to go before you set off
    4. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food (Socrates)
    5. If you let go of excess baggage that you no longer need you’ll make room for what you really want
    6. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one
    7. It’s not what you’re walking away from, it’s what you’re walking towards
    8. Stretch yourself and grow, learn new things
    9. Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create
    10. Laugh everyday, even at yourself
    11. You are not defined by your bank account, street address, job title
    12. You make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give
    13. You don’t always have to have all of the answers
    14. You do not need to have valuable stuff to feel valued
    15. Don’t try so hard to fit in if you were born to stand out
    16. You define your own success
    17. The time is now be in the present moment
    18. Sometimes you have to disconnect to reconnect
    19. By slowing down you’ll find you have more time
    20. The quieter you become the more you can hear
    21. You can’t always control what happens to you but you can control how you react to it
    22. Instead of wondering when our next vacation is we should set up a life we don’t need to escape from (Seth Goldin)
    23. You can’t learn to surf without getting wet (John Kabat Zinn)
    24. Live simply so that others can simply live
    25. There’s always enough time if you spend it doing the things that matter
    26. Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life
    27. We are what we think, our thoughts make our world
    28. There are no mistakes only lessons
    29. Happiness isn’t about getting what you want it’s about loving what you have
    30. I can be wealthy even when my purse is empty
    31. Don’t chase your dreams, live them
    32. Don’t change so people will like you, be yourself so the right people will love you
    33. Everyone is fighting their own battles, always be kind
    34. Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results (Einstein)
    35. We should measure in value not in price
    36. You can do anything you want but you can’t do everything you want
    37. Do what you love and love what you do and you will be successful
    38. That man is poor, not who has little but who hankers after more (Seneca)
    39. You can’t change anyone but yourself
    40. Not all those who wander are lost
    41. You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step
    42. Security is not having things it’s handling things
    43. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult (Seneca)
    44. A journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step (Lao Tzu)
    45. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. (Benjamin Disraeli)
    46. Everyone who got where they are started from where they were.
    47. Live as though you’ll die tomorrow, but dream as though you’ll live forever
    48. Some pursue happiness, others create it
    49. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. (Robert Brault)
    50. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be, (Ralph Waldo Emerson)