2020 has been a year and a half already. And it’s only July. There’s no doubt that every person on this planet has been affected by the events of 2020 to date and the challenges are not over yet.
But maybe instead of classing 2020 as a ride-off, instead of hiding under our donnas and waiting for 2021 to roll around, we can step up, take some more responsibility for ourselves and finish 2020 thriving, not just surviving.
Looking back on the past six months, we have all been challenged unprecedently. We’ve experienced an ongoing global pandemic, catastrophic Australian bushfires, global recession, the BLM movement, turmoil in the Middle East and so many other huge events almost daily. Basically, we all have plenty to complain about and so many reasons to feel defeated by 2020 so far.
But what if this year, or just this past six months, is the catalyst for something better. Surely we can find some light in this darkness, some lessons to learn and some positive change to bring into our future. Being halfway through the year, what better time to turn 2020 upside down and finish the year even stronger than where we started?
“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” Harry Golden
On New Year’s Eve 2019, I, like billions of others around the world, set myself a new year’s resolution. 2020 was to be the year of the career. I, like everyone else, had no idea what was about to happen.
Despite the setbacks, the lockdowns, the cancellation of oh so many travel plans, I have (actually) achieved many of my goals. I am proud of what I have accomplished in this year so far. And in five years, I hope to look back on 2020 and think, oh yeah, that was the year I launched my career, that was the year I gave everything I had and built the foundation for where I am now. Rather than, oh yeah, that was a waste of my time.
And in five years, I hope to look back on 2020 and think, oh yeah, that was the year I launched my career, that was the year I gave everything I had and built the foundation for where I am now.
So, I invite you too to take a moment to reflect on your year so far. What were your goals for 2020 back on January 1? What have you achieved? How have you stepped out of your comfort zone and what are the biggest lessons you’ve learnt? What are you proud of? Research by the Havard Business School found that employees in call centres performed 23% better than other colleagues, after a period of 10 days, when asked to spend 15 minutes at the end of each day reflecting on their performance and any lessons learnt. How can we learn from our mistakes if we ignore them? How can we finesse our success, if we don’t take a moment to see how far we’ve come? How can we make tomorrow even better than yesterday? 2020 I’m looking at you.
Now I want you to take a moment to think about your WHY? Why did you set your resolutions and goals? Why do they motivate you? Why do you want to see this change in your life? Why did you click on this article?
When we have a vision of a specific goal, it becomes so much easier to motivate ourselves. By matching our thoughts with emotions, we tell our brain to kickstart our body into taking physical action. Then, we take the necessary steps to knuckle down and do the work. We challenge ourselves to move beyond our comfort zone and to find purpose in all that we do. We align our energy with our goals and prepare ourselves for success.
Once you’ve got that image clear in your head, it’s time to think about how you can enact change moving forward. There are six more months left in 2020. Six months to make change, set goals, achieve goals, make progress and reclaim your life. No more excuses. So what do you want to experience more of in the next six months? What are you going to achieve and how are you going to do it? What story are you going to tell yourself to feel motivated and excited about what’s to come? What little things are you going to do every single day to ensure you are in the best possible position come December 31? How are you going to remember the year 2020 in five years?
“Sucess is not an accident, success is a choice.” Stephen Curry
And the choice is yours.
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