Make 2020 your year
It’s amazing how quickly this year went by. Living in warmer climates, we missed the different seasons and it always felt like June. It’s only now, back at home, that we see frost on the cars and when talking to friends, realise how much actually happened for all in 2019. Have you spend some time to reflect on your year yet?
For a few years now, we review the past year and go through our advances and achievements. All too often, we don’t recognise our personal success stories. A personal year end review can highlight how far you’ve come. You can still reflect on your 2019 by asking yourself these questions.
We want you to make 2020 your best year.
Express your love
Why is it so hard to say “I love you”? Is it the fear of rejection? Because we don’t know how much the other person means to us? Or do we believe they’ll always be with us?
If you have aging parents, like we do, you know that they’ll be gone one day (hopefully not soon!!). It hurts thinking about it, no matter what.
The good news is you can still express your love in 2020 and hopefully for many years thereafter. You don’t always need to say the three magical words to show how much someone means to you. Give them your time, cook their favourite meal or show your appreciation for little things. If you don’t want to appear vulnerable, doing something for the other person may be easier for you.
Recognise your dreams
No, we’re not talking about the dreams you have when you sleep. We are looking at the ones you have for yourself.
Do you want to go on a safari and see your favourite animal in its natural habitat? Are you dreaming of changing careers and working in a different field? Do you wish to build a home for you and your family?
These questions reveal the what you want. Do you know your why? The why is the ultimate motivator, your reason for starting or doing something. As you are reflecting on your dreams, challenge yourself and find out why it’s important for you. For example, is the home for you and family giving you stability you so long for? What’s the significance for you having this stability?
Lay the foundation to live your life in 2020
Bronnie Ware, an Australian palliative nurse, studied the regrets of her patients. The most common regret of people who are coming to the end of their life. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Be brave and lay the foundation for the life you love
It’s hard with societal norms dominating our lives. Family expectations aren’t often that much easier. Knowing why you want to change or openly live your life gives you the strength to break away from traditions and other’s expectations.
Take specific actions
We often overestimate what we can complete in one day while we underestimate what we achieve in a year. Where are you now and where would you like to be in 2021?
Chart your progress
As you’re moving through 2020, take stock of your development, growth and achievements. You may wish to do this weekly, monthly or quarterly, depending on the activity. Working with an accountability buddy can help you stay motivated and focused.
We’re working with an accountability partner for our business and he’s been a true blessing. Mr. J has helped us stay on track, while questioning where some of our energy went. Trust us, some questions were hard and unwanted, yet, they took us to a whole new level. Thank you, Mr. J!!
What are your plans to make 2021 your best year yet?
Until next time,