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Life Lessons Everyone Has to Learn

Here are some of the valuable life lessons I have learnt..

💙 Trust your gut instinct and inner voice. Have you ever been in a situation where you just ‘felt’ something was wrong or felt right? A strong feeling, an internal force and voice guiding you? Well that is your gut instinct or better referred to as gut feeling. Often coupled with our inner voice. Trust them both. Throughout my life I have found that my gut feeling or that ‘tiny’ inner voice is very rarely wrong.

💙 Don’t get caught up in perfection. I was once a perfectionist and it has stolen me of time and happiness. I have learnt perfect is not possible and can not be reached. Be good at what you do and get better at it. Rather, strive for continuous improvement and excellence. Your best is good enough.

“Have no fear of perfection-you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

💙 It’s okay to not be okay. I am human and just like everyone else some of my days are darker than others. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. I am a problem solver, a friend who you can speak to and often has the right answers to make everything okay – so sharing my my own problems, struggles and pain with others has always been difficult. But as I get older, I am learning to be kind to myself. I reach out if I feel I am struggling or need a shoulder to cry on. It’s okay to not be okay.

💙 Accept people are not always what they seem. This is one of the toughest lessons I have learnt. Accept that you will come across people in life that will let you down. Some will hurt or disrespect you and may try to use you to their own advantage. People will come and go in your life. Don’t let hate or pain consume you. The most important thing to remember is that each individual has a lesson to teach you. You will grow stronger and wiser from all the good, bad and ugly experiences. Lessons will be learnt. Let go of everything and everyone who steals your smiles and happiness.

💙 Switch off from technology and reconnect with life. Technology is great and I love it. However, in today’s fast pace digital life we can become ‘hooked’ ‘addicted’ to being online. Schedule time to ‘unplug’ and ‘detox from social media and being online. Enjoy quality time with friends and family. Sit and read a ‘real’ book (with pages) or get outside in nature. Take a walk, observe and enjoy your surroundings – or simply enjoy stillness and the beautiful sound of silence. Enjoy experiences offline and make memories that you can cherish.

💙 Time is precious so use it wisely. Time is the one thing you do not have control over. There is no way to wind it back or move it forward, so it is important you spend it wisely. Live in the now. Enjoy and cherish every second. It’s okay to be selfish with your time. Remember once it’s gone it’s gone!

“Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time” – Rich Warren

💙 Make time for laughter and fun. This is important one for me. If you have met me then you will know that I enjoy a good laugh. Humour and fun is important to me. So ask yourself this question; when was the last time you enjoyed a good laugh?….and I mean a real full belly laugh? Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. 🙂

💙 Forgive others. Life is short. Forgiveness is not always easy but it is important to learn how to forgive. Forgiving doesn’t mean you will no longer experience the pain of what happened. Often the pain will still be there. The most important thing to remember is that when you do not forgive others you are actually hurting yourself – you are giving them control over your joy, happiness and peace of mind. Forgiveness is NOT for the other person, forgiveness is for YOU!

“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die” – Marianne Williamson

💙 Tell your family you love them. There is not a single day that passes by without me telling my family I love them. A loving family is a blessing. Never take them for granted. Spend quality time with them and always be present in the moments you spend with them. Life is precious and each moment is a gift.

💙 Give gratitude daily. It is human nature to focus on what we don’t have in life rather than all we do have. Focus on giving gratitude everyday. Keep a journal and write down all the things you are grateful for. Start and end you day this way. This will change your outlook on life and give you a more positive state of mind. Be grateful for the small things in life because often these are the big things.

What are the most important life lessons you have learnt?

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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.