Since the year has come to an end and I did a review of it for my self, I wanted to write about my conclusions.
When I started the review session, I thought about writing down my biggest mistakes. But that sounded so negative! “Learnings” or “lessons” sounded more like it, since it’s not the mistakes that are important, but what I learned from them.
So, here we go:
I started the year battling Repetitive strain injury (RSI), a common problem within jobs that require a lot of typing. And since I started the year with a marathon for my bachelor’s thesis, 15 hours a day of typing, 15 days in a row (read more about it in this blog post), my right index finger had swollen twice its size.
I had to deal with this throughout the entire 2017 already, but it had reached a new level of severity. Such a potentially job-threatening health issue is a heavy load on the mind, especially if you love work over everything. Thanks to especially Karoline Renner, who treats this kind of problems for musicians, I got through all of this and actually got rid of it this year. 1
Out of all of this arose my principle “Health first”. Even first before work. And even if it means “sacrificing” apparent short-term fun like alcohol or sugar. In the long term, it pays off. Nothing is worth risking your health, because losing that will make everything very unfun.
Fireworks are amazing, the air crackles with energy and if you love fireworks, too, the energy will sap into your chest. Which can be an amazingly euphoric moment that you can use to affirm/emotionally anchor your decision to make the coming year the best of your life up to date.
I litterally did this for 2018 and boy did I make it true! You are in control, law of attraction-wise, you can make this happen, too, with or without fireworks.
Taking cold showers helped me freeze less. Approaching and talking to girls at Salsa dancing parties and dancing in general helped me be more relaxed around the other sex. Doing 50 pull ups one day helped me feel comfortable doing ten another day… and doing other excersise helped me sit up straight. Yes you read that correctly. Which in turn removed my neck tensions, which were also one of the causes of my RSI.
And so on.
The body and mind adapt. Especially—if not only—in uncomfortable situations.
Here are some smaller learnings, I found to be true. Don’t take them as advice, I don’t know anything and I will not take responsibility for your actions. Instead take them as hints where to dig deeper, if you like.
- Don’t invest in single stocks, properly diversify, e.g. in index funds. I suggest you read or listen to Tony Robins book “MONEY - master the game” 2
- Everyone appears to everyone as if they’ve made it.
- Travelling is not actually hard.
- Belief dictates your abilities (I decided to have a good memory for names, so I did.)
- I will write a blog post about the details to potentially help others who are struggling with this.
- Here’s an amazon affiliate link to the audiobook: MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom