Lessons Learned: Part 1

For the past 6 months, I have been serving as a personal assistant. Although the job pays well and I am very lucky to say my bosses are very sweet, I have indeed learned a couple lessons along the way.

First off, I can’t freaking wait to work for myself. As a side hustle, I do photography along with dog grooming and oh boy do I love it! I enjoy perfecting my craft, analyzing my work, taking notes on how to become a better worker, making my own schedule and setting my own pay rate. Throughout the last couple months I can whole heartily say that I have seen both of my businesses grow exponentially and I’ve actually had to stop myself so that I could mentally catch up to what my body was trying to accomplish. Working for someone else as my “main job” has made me appreciate working for myself so much more! I don’t have to pretend to like what I do when I actually enjoy it! Don’t get me wrong, I very much appreciate the opportunity that I have been given, however there are shadows to every sunny day.

However, literally being responsible for someone else’s life, as in making sure they make it to their appointments on time, to scheduling reservations, to making phone calls on their behalf, has made me a much more responsible person. Yeah, if my mom were to get a chance to write something here she’d say I often forget to fold my laundry and spend way too much money on Starbucks, but in the grand scheme of things, I’ve improved a ton. I have learned to take into account the importance of watching the clock, finishing tasks I’ve started and having a good attitude.

Although I would much rather be working for myself and telling other people what to do, this is where I am in the present moment and I am going to get as much out of it as I possibly can.

Commitment Issues

New year, new me! That’s what they say, right? Except for in a recent study done, most people have been found to give up their new years resolution by the second week. The study done by the NY Post says that only about 8% of people succeed with their goal. That’s crazy! So you’re telling me that out of the 7 BILLION people in this world, only about 560 million can actually stick to the plan. Let’s talk about commitment issues, amiright?

The practice of challenging ourselves and setting goals at the beginning of the year have been around for thousands of years, so why can’t we get the hang of it?

What I believe to be the problem in our society is actually something that I heard not too long ago by really strong, tall guy with an unmistakeable accent. If you guessed Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’re right.

Not only is this guy one of the largest human being on the face of the earth, but if you ever take the time to listen to his life story, the struggles and obstacles he’s been through, he is a true inspiration. The most recent speech of his that I listened to talked about the art of goals and dedication. He talked about how by simply organizing your day and setting time for yourself (going to the gym, reading a book, or learning about something new), will help us waste much less time with useless tasks.

The one thing that he said in his speech that stuck with me the most is that the reason people don’t reach their goals is because they have a plan b. At first, that was really hard for me to understand, because I’ve been taught the saying “if plan A doesn’t work, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet.” However, when he went on to explain what he meant, it made complete sense. Instead of putting our entire time and energy into that one plan a, we are slowly contributing some of it to the plan b in the back of our minds. If we only have one goal to begin with, there won’t be any distractions or energy vampires veering us away from the end result. I know, right? Mind blown.

So as we go into this next year of 2019, I challenge you to find something that you 100% want to dedicate yourself to. Whether it’s a fitness, financial or spiritual goal, set your mind to what you want to do and stick with it. Give yourself enough credit, you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.

*Here is the speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger for y’all to watch!*