There is huge emphasis today on the symbolic and almost spiritual significance of certain numbers and their relationship to our daily lives. Many are captivated by the mystical connection between numbers or units of measurement, and various aspects of our lives in general.
My sense is that “12” is the number you need to know for 2019!
“12” is a number of unique significance in many religions, forms of spirituality, and in mythology all over the world. “12” is the number to know, understand, and embrace as we move forward into 2019!
“12” is the number of publishers that rejected J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript when she was living on social assistance in the early 1990’s. Eventually it was picked up by Bloomsbury, and today Rowling is worth an estimated $1.5 billion, and the Harry Potter brand is worth an estimated $25 billion. J.K. Rowling went on to sell over 500 million copies.
“12” teaches us the following lessons for 2019:
Be Tenacious In Engaging Your Strengths
Discover your strengths, your unique shape and “LIFEFIT” as a person and professional, and be undeterred as you lean into them! Fully embrace who and what you are and live in alignment with yourself. Don’t allow setbacks to hold you back. Learn from them, but don’t let discouragement limit you. Be tenacious in engaging your strengths. Be steadfast. Be resolute. And constantly feed and nourish yourself. Take time for you. In The Teaching Of The Buddhist Master, we read the following: “Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance.” Take time to breathe. To reflect. To self-nurture. Devote a tithe in 2019, or 10% of your waking hours to self-care, self-nourishment, paying attention to yourself and to developing your strengths. You are 100% worth it in 2019… and every year!
Be Relentless In Following Your Passions
Terri Guillemets said this: “Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night. Follow your passion, and success will follow you.” Resolve that 2019 will be a year of chasing your passions, rather than chasing success. When you chase success, disappointment and bitterness can result. When you chase your passions, success is often the result. Your personal story determines your whole life: what you think, feel, experience and do; what you create, grow, build and dream. You are thinking, feeling, experiencing and doing what your personal story shows. You are creating, growing, building and dreaming what your personal story permits. And all of this is tied into all of us following our passions with full engagement and relentless focus!
Be Unyielding When You Fall Down
We all fall down at times when we are seeking to walk, run and soar. If we are not falling, it is because we are not trying, not risking, and not stepping out. Henry Ford famously said that, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently”. Elon Musk said that, “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” When you fall down, don’t let it defeat you. Simply get back up, learn from the event, and begin again, this time with greater insight and intelligence. Don’t walk in pride and keep yourself constantly humble and needy. Keep your ego in check. Don’t have an inflexible agenda. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken. The power of humility is that it draws the support and help you need to thrive and be successful. Pride and ego repel people. It discourages them from offering the help you may need, because you project that you do not need anything. Be like the Greek word for “meekness”, a war horse that is trained and powerful, yet under control. Benjamin Franklin said that, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” The truth is that for many great leaders, humility can be the missing ingredient. Never is a lack of humility more evident than when we judge others…
“12” is our number for 2019! Be tenacious in engaging your strengths… relentless in following your passions, and undeterred when you fall down. Live your dreams and craft a life that gives back in 2019!