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Wow! Just like that, 2017 is almost over. As we are about to enter a new year, I would like to share with you the lessons I learned in 2017.    But before that, I have a gift for you! I wrote a guide on How to Set Goals for 2018. You can download it for free here.   So here we go.   Lesson 1: It’s okay to say no. I’m a people pleaser. When friends would ask me to meet them for lunch or snacks or movies, I’d always say yes even if I was already tired that day and all I wanted was to go home and recharge. I’d also say yes even if the venue would take me 2 hours to reach because of traffic. Result? I’d catch colds and I wouldn’t be able to function well on a given week. Lately, I realized it’s okay to say no sometimes so you can say yes to your health and to the more important things you have to do.    Lesson 2: Learn the art of “Dolce far niente” It’s an Italian phrase which mean “the sweetness of doing nothing.” I learned that from the movie Eat, Pray, Love.  One of the things I’m so grateful for is that I am doing what I love to do! My passion is my profession. For me, writing or speaking or teaching is as fun as traveling. I enjoy it so much, I don’t even consider it work. The downside was that, I was such a workaholic. After one project is done, I move on to the next project. I hustle.   One of the things I will consciously do in 2018 and in the years to come is to really stop and celebrate. To savour dolce far niente. This coming 2018, I will set a reward or a celebration for every goal I set and get. Why is this important? To savour the moment and to prevent burnout.     Lesson 3: Delegate and form a team. This was something new to me which I really loved and was very excited about. In 2017, I hired full-time staff to work with me in the business. I’ve always had a part-time virtual assistant (VA) but I never had a full-time staff. The act of hiring and delegating was so liberating. I was able to free up a lot of my time. I was able to breathe and work more on the business, not in the business. The act of hiring also gave me a different perspective. I wasn’t just working for myself. I had to make the business sustainable and profitable because I was now responsible for my team. I wanted to create more jobs. Thank God for my team!      Lesson 4: Support your friends and their advocacies.  As a seminar organizer, I’ve always wondered how it is like to get people and companies to sponsor my events. I haven’t figured out the answer yet.  So in the meantime, I found value in sponsoring other people’s events. My little company has been sponsoring Bo Sanchez’s Kerygma Conference (KCON) since 2015. It’s a privilege to be a part of an event that inspires thousands of people every year. In 2017, we levelled up as a sponsor — we went from a Minor Sponsor to a Silver Sponsor. It meant we doubled the amount of our support for KCON.  Then I also sponsored (Gold Sponsor) The Philippines HR Group Summit last Nov 23. In my experience as a speaker and trainer, I had the privilege of speaking with HR practitioners. I admire them for their dedication. They are the go-to guys and gals of the people in their organisation. So I wanted to do something special for them. Thus, the sponsorship. I was privileged to meet Darwin Rivers, the founder of The Philippines HR Group. He was so down-to-earth and he has a cheerful attitude. A few weeks after the conference, he met up with me and treated me to coffee (I had chocolate) just to express his thanks and appreciation for my support. Such a sweet gesture which I truly appreciated.  By the way, if you are an HR professional and you are reading this, I have a gift for you. I am launching The Philippines HR Newsletter on January 2018. The main idea behind this newsletter is to take care of the people who take care of their people. You may join for free here.    Lesson 5: Dreams do come true.  2017 was my banner year so far. Actually each year keeps getting better and better and I thank God for that.

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