Top 3 lessons learned in 2017

Top 3 Lessons Learned in 2017

This past weekend, I stopped to listen to The Brendon Show, a podcast by Brendon Burchard. His latest podcast was 10 Lessons Learned in 2017 which really had me thinking.

Top 3 Lessons Learned in 2017

I know there were some significant lessons I learned in 2017 which will affect the way I move forward in 2018. 

Here are my top 3 lessons learned in 2017.

#1 – Take Time For Self-Care

How often do we get caught up in the daily hustle and grind failing to take care of ourselves? It doesn’t matter what your vocation is. We live in a VERY busy world. We must stop and take care of ourselves or we will not be able to help others.

One lesson I learned in 2017 is that the hustle often has a high price tag. Hustling in one area of life is often at the sacrifice of other very important parts of your life. For me, I had to stop in 2017 and regain focus on my health. In 2018, I am committed to sharing the changes I made during this journey with you.

A little background…When my twins were born, I continued to work full-time outside the home. I had many routines designed to help me get out the door each morning, keep my family fed with healthy meals, keep a clean home and even self-care time. 

In 2017, my health was reaching such a distressed level that I lost sight of routines that have always helped me to keep moving forward. Finally, I stopped about mid-year and focused on self-care and designing routines to stay focused. 

I changed my eating habits, started exercising regularly again, meditation became a regular habit and several other changes that we will discuss throughout 2018. 

I had to stop and refocus on what was most important to me so that I could start helping others again. Self-care is so important! If you fail to take care of yourself, it will be impossible to help those around you. 

If you don’t already have one, set a goal to start a self-care routine in 2018. 

#2 – Commitment Hurts But It Always Pays Off

This was Brendon’s #1 lesson. Here are my thoughts on this lesson…

Being truly committed is tough. 

Committing all takes us away from other things we enjoy more. We all would prefer to spend time with family, friends, watching our favorite movies or any other number of fun things to do. Wouldn’t we all prefer to be mindlessly entertained than learning new skills?

Commitment to taking specific actions in order to achieve your goals is not easy. Changing habits and self improvement will pay off it you commit to on-going action. 

This commitment does not always pay off on our timeline…it will happen though. It is one step at a time.

Commit and move forward a little each day.

#3 – Minimize Social Media, News and TV

Have you ever found yourself losing an entire day binge watching television? Maybe you opened a social media app only to look at and discovered you spent an hour scrolling the news feed? Do you get caught up in the tragic headlines covered in the news? I know I have.

Social media, news and TV has a tendency to clutter our minds and cause us to lose focus on what is most important. 

Lay your phone down, turn off the TV, put down the newspaper. Be present in the moment. Give those around you the quality time they deserve with your full attention.

I have limited my time with TV and news for a couple years now. This year, I am also committing to  leaving my mobile devices behind to be more present.

Decide how much time you will allow these activities in your day and set a timer to remind you when time is up. 

This will help stay more focused on the goals committed to achieve in 2018.

Maintaining Focus in 2018

Throughout 2018, I will be sharing more details of the new habits for self-care and business that I implemented based on some of these lessons learned in 2017. One new habit I want to share right now is my plan to help maintain more focus. 

I purchased Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner which is designed to help you plan your days and weeks around the goals set for the year. You can get more information about this planner at (This is not an affiliate link.) I feel this planner will help me in 2018 and I wanted to share that with you in case you are also needing more focus in 2018.


So there you have it…the top 3 lessons learned in 2017 and one way I plan to maintain focus on achieving goals in 2018. 

What lessons did you learn in 2017? Leave a commit below to share your lessons and plans for change in 2018.

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Ellen Kay Kirchdoerfer


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