Lessons learned in life and leadership to guide you in 2018

Lessons learned in life and leadership to guide you in 2018

Happy 2018 to all. I’ve been reflecting on my lessons learned in life and leadership to carry through to the New Year. The top tips I have learned from the best Personal and Professional Development teachers, coaches and mentors around the globe. I have worked with, been mentored by, researched, followed and learned from all the greats and these are some of the common themes I share with you for 2018:

1…..Stop being General Manager of the Universe. Trying to control everything is not good self care or great leadership – it is actually the opposite.

2…..If it feels wrong, don’t do it. Listen to your gut or that little niggly feeling that is warning you. Trust your own intuition.

3…..Stop being a people pleaser. Say Yes to you first. You come from a full well when you say Yes to yourself.

4…..Learn to say No with grace and love. “No” is a complete sentence ….. use it.

5…..Remove toxins from your life where you can. That includes toxic mindsets.

6….Declutter and ‘let go’ of anything that doesn’t serve you by adding value to your life.

7….Avoid drama and negativity.

8…..Don’t Gossip. If someone is gossiping to you, they are usually gossiping about you too.

9…..Learn to pause so you can respond to a situation rather than react.

10…..Speak kindly to yourself. Treat yourself the way you would your best friend. Be your best friend.

11…..Be present. Be still. Stop and breathe.

12…..Learn to let stuff go. Deal with it so you don’t drag the past into your future.

13…..Have fun. Find the joy wherever you can

14……Energy is our most valuable currency (not time). Preserve and re-build your energy/chi/qi wherever possible. We all get 24 hours and its up to us to be selective and spend the minutes we have wisely – to serve us.

15……Start the day with a grateful heart. Find something to be grateful for. Have a gratitude diary. Gratitude and thankfulness attracts more of the same.

16…..Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is the thief of happiness. You never know the full story looking in at someone else’s life from the outside.

17……When you make a decision do it from your 3 centres – your head, your heart and your gut instinct. Ask: What do I think? What do I feel? What do I know? If all three centres align, go with that decision.

18…..Clarify your purpose and face your fears so you can drive your own success strategy that in turn inspires and empowers others to do the same.

I will have missed a lot so add your own to this list and tweak to suit your own blend for work/life harmony in 2018 and beyond.

With purpose and passion



Angela Derks is the Founder and CEO of the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy and the course developer of the Accredited Diploma of Wellness Leadership Program – The roadmap, tool kit and mentoring for leaders to create organisations that perform at their very best.

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Angela Derks, ND is the Founder and CEO of the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA) - the award winning accredited leader of wellness training and consulting services for organisations. Her life’s work is helping people achieve optimal health, wellbeing and business success through skills-based learning and healthy leadership strategies. She is the lead developer of the nationally recognised 10299NAT Diploma of Wellness Leadership qualification, delivering relevant skills to effectively integrate evidence-based wellness and management practices into organisations. The ASWA Wellness Solutions Team delivers an integrative approach for individuals, organisations and communities.

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