2023 Review: The first thing you have to identify is whether you are in a preparation phase or an execution phase in your life.

There are many factors to consider when you start looking back at the year and what you have accomplished or in many cases... what you haven't accomplished!

One thing I've noticed over time is that most of us fail to understand what phase we are in on the journey of life and we often apply the wrong meaning and an unnatural level of pressure upon ourselves, because we haven't accepted the natural flow of life.

You have to be honest with yourself and develop the emotional intelligence to understand and accept what part of the journey you are on. In fact failure to do so, is what causes us so much of our stress, anxiety and frustration.

Your journey is unique, it can't be measured or compared to others. Everyone develops at their own pace, their spiritual tests and life lessons appear in different ways and at different stages on the journey through life.

Sometimes you have to just be patient and learn to accept that at this moment in time you are growing, developing and preparing yourself for what comes next. Most of the time you will be in this phase, because each new level demands more growth, wisdom and inner strength.

Sometimes, it's time to execute because you are ready, you are spiritually strong and prepared to go out there and shine brighter than ever before and the foundation within is rock solid.

The trick is not to confuse the two and often that takes a deep level of understanding and great courage to accept your place in the world at any moment in time. I have to admit, confusing the two many times in my life hurt me a lot and took away much of the joy in my life.

Your time will come, when you are ready and right now you might just have to do the inner work, study more, experience life on many levels and go through a few more tough days before you are ready for the next big opportunity.

I know for many of you 2023 was a year of learning and growing and that's OK! You can't put the pressure of execution on yourself when you're still trying to work things out and learn and fully develop.

If you learnt a few lessons of the soul this year, then have achieved far more than you can ever imagine.

You are on your way!

- Joe


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