Let’s get straight to it. This year has been like no other so going into a new year at the end of this week is also going to be like no other.
All the usual rules fly out of the window.
Now is not the time to concentrate on abundance when so many people are struggling. Now is not the time to hustle and grind when people are struggling to make ends meet and survive, quite literally. Now is probably not even the time to set new goals. Has anyone got the energy for that? I’m promising myself I’ll think about it, and that’s as far as I can go right now.
But it does feel like a pivotal point and one that shouldn’t go unnoticed. And so I have some thoughts and questions for you.
Question 1: Who was there for you this year?
It might not have been the people you expected. The ones you always assumed were in your corner but when you turned around they weren’t standing there and someone else showed up instead. It’s a humble lesson to learn. Who was it for you? Leave a comment in the comments box.
Question 2: What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?
Unless you’re an alien or a robot I guarantee that you would’ve been overwhelmed at some point this year. How did you react? What is your default behaviour? Again, it’s another interesting lesson to learn about yourself. I get anxious but I know enough about it to know that it’s another term for going into ‘survival mode’. It’s actually a natural state to be in to get through whatever it is you’re going through.
Baby steps and triggers are what get me through. I am aware of my triggers and avoid them if I can. I take baby steps every day to feel my way into or out of the situation, finding out a little more every day and taking whatever action I can. One of the things I did to get through the pandemic was make sure I was informed (by reputable sources) (this does not include the Daily Mail, podcasters, social media, or John on Twitter) and then cut my news intake until the next day.
Question 3: How do we plan for 2021?
Short answer: We don’t.
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t predict how a year will turn out. This doesn’t have to be a negative though. This year has taught you how resilient you can be and you’re still here, still trying to figure this out so there’s hope.
There’s a vaccine on the way and thank God for technology which has kept many of our businesses afloat. This is where we start to change. We draw a line in the sand and we move forwards from here. We know we can’t have all our eggs in one basket any more. It’s too risky, so what else could you do?
Who says you have to keep on doing what you’ve been doing? You can change and have six different jobs, offer new online and offline services, totally switch careers, some businesses are thriving and taking on more staff. So here’s a spin ball question for you: If money was no object what would you spend your days doing? Could you do that in 2021?
I’m changing things up massively in 2021.
I’ve got a couple of projects on the go, including my book. So watch this space, I’ll be revealing more as and when I can.
I’m easing into the New Year so no rush. It feels like the right thing to do this year. I’d usually be running a big old campaign about now but we’re all exhausted. Let’s take some time to heal, rest and recuperate and come back stronger than ever.
Share your thoughts below in the comments box.