33 Life Lessons I've Learned in 33 Years

Today is my birthday! You've probably guessed how old I am right now. lol. I'm somewhere in Montreal braving the Canadian cold to spend the day's affair with my dear ones.

A little caution for you, this post is going to be a long read. Can't help it, many things happened in my 33 years of existence after all!

Without delay, I'm going to share with you the 33 life lessons learned in 33 years. Sit back, enjoy, and scroll down!

33 Life Lessons I've Learned in 33 Years
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1. Appreciate What You Have

While doing my beauty regimen one night, I remembered the message I've heard from this audible earlier. The point is to do a little mind-tweak on how you perceive things. 

Instead of saying to yourself 'I have to', replace it with 'I get to' instead. Here's a quick story...

I get lazy from time to time. I question why I have to put effort into myself when I'm a stay-at-home mom. But that night was different. 

The moment I applied what I've heard, a detonation of gratefulness burst from the inside. "How amazing it is that I get to enjoy the things I have right now when a few years back I used to be broke!" Thank you, Lord!"

2. If You Want More, Become More!

A favorite quote from Jim Rohn.

3. Continually Expand the Frontiers of Your Mind

The person who doesn’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read. ~ Stephen R. Covey

4. Love Finding Solutions to Problems

Observe the most successful people in the world or in your community. They're the solution seekers. And notice how they're rewarded handsomely for it!

5. Learn/Experience Something New Everyday

It doesn't have to be complicated. It can be learning a new word, insight, thought, going to a new restaurant you've never been before, trying out new cuisine, or taking a different route to work.

6. Value Relationships

Let love be genuine. ~ Romans‬ ‭12:9

7. Challenge Old Beliefs

Just because it has been that way doesn't mean it's the right way. Do your own investigation so you could come to your own conclusions. Doing this helps boosts your own self-respect too!

8. Your Body is Amazing, Feed it Right!

You only got one tent in this lifetime. Love it and it will love you back.

9. All Confidence is Acquired. Developed.

~ David Schwartz

10. Don't Find Yourself too Busy And Accomplishing Nothing

I’m busy—really busy. But sometimes I wonder if what I’m doing will make any difference in the long run. I’d really like to think there was meaning in my life, that somehow things were different because I was here. ~ excerpt from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

11. Take Risks You CAN Afford to Lose

There are no rewards in life without taking risks. ~ Scot Anderson

12. Write Your Worries on Paper and Throw It Away

They never happen most of the time anyway!

13. Invest in Quality

Let's do the math together. Say you bought a $20 dollar bag. After 20 - 50 uses its trash. How much did it cost you per use? How about a $300 bag with a shelf life of 2 years (could be longer)? How much did it cost you per use? 

14. Embrace Your Own Individuality

In this world, there's only one you. Don't die a copycat!

15. Excellence is Attractive

The question is, how much are you willing to pay to get there?

16. Action is the Solution to Fear

~ David Schwartz

17. You Attract People with the Same Mindset

A wise man once said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."

18. Consistency is Key

The one thing you can control in life is your own effort. ~Tom Rath

19. Discover your strengths, nurture it and use them to your best advantage

The key to human development is building on who you already are. ~ Tom Rath

20. Find Someone to Serve

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine

21. Anger hurts the one entertaining it the most!

Holding anger is corrosive. Stop it!

22. Become a student of life.

Learn from the experiences of others and you'll gain invaluable lessons you can apply to yours especially when dealing with life's enigmas.

23. Cease Stealing from Your Tomorrow

Stop buying things you don't need to impress people who don't care. Invest! Put Your Money to Work While You Sleep. Here's a book I'd highly recommend.

24. Happiness is in the Process

It's a present state. ~ excerpt from The Happy Mind

25. Make yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.

If you don't someone else will. In the end, you blame no one because it's the path you chose yourself, whether influenced or not. And...

26. Take Responsibility for Your Own Life

Because on one else will but YOU.

27. No Matter How You Plan, Sh*t Happens! I Mean, Things Will Not Always Go As Expected.

Very often hardships are part of the journey toward the fulfillment of purpose because they provide necessary experiences for the task ahead. ~ Myles Munroe

28. Jealousy is an Excuse for Failure or Mediocrity

~ Andrew Thomson

29. Think and Rethink Major Life Decisions Many Times Over Before Making Commitments

The choices you make today will be in your biography tomorrow. ~ James Altucher

30. Perfect the Art of Listening

It is in the things you can’t buy that creates true engagement. ~ Tom Rath

31. Kaizen

If there's one thing I've learned from my Lean Six Sigma Training from many years back. It is this, Kaizen which means to continuously improve.

32. Never Allow Time to Die Unused.

There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time but now. ~ Wallace Wattles

33. And In Everything, Glorify God!

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Thank you so much for the time spent with me on my birthday reading this post. I wish you a Wonderful New Year! Talk to you soon. ;)

33 Life Lessons I've Learned in 33 Years

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