We have less than 50 days until the end of 2020. For some, this will cause a sense of relief that the year of difficulties will fade away, while for some it will cause a sense of panic because of the goals they weren’t able to reach, or the fear of what will happen afterward.
As we wrap up the year in the next six weeks, I want to bring some ideas worth pondering to you, so we know how to forget the trials of this year, take its lessons, and prepare for a grand 2021.
If you want to finish 2020 strong and start 2021 even stronger, do these::
1. Reflect on your experience this year
I know we were all excited when this year began. We had hopes, goals, and plans we wanted to achieve until the Coronavirus broke out to change everything.
Now, think about it. How did you maneuver through the hazards that came your way this year? Some lost jobs, doing business was slow all around the world, and they locked us down for months. Obviously, 2020 was tough, yet it presented lessons and opportunities.
None of us saw it coming, but looking back, I want you to ask yourself, what worked this year for you and what didn’t? Answer these questions and use what you’ve learned to get your ducks in order. Ask yourself, what would you have done differently and what does the future hold?
These questions would help you understand what you should do more of, and what you should stop doing in the coming year.
2. Plan without assumptions
We probably all assumed 2020 would be our best year to date. Well, not that it is an entirely terrible year for everyone, but it at least shows assumptions are not always helpful. Instead of making assumptions, it is better to move forward with hope.
When we are hopeful, we are using the thinking style that forms the foundation of optimism. We need to be positive but must also be flexible in our mindset, so it becomes easy to adapt to change.
Again, a new year is around the corner and we must go into it, hoping it will be an exceptional year. The future is just a story we tell ourselves, so make up a good one. Have plans, set goals, and have a positive outlook but to remain flexible and willing to adapt to circumstances as they change.
3. Focus on things you can control.
In life, we are not always in control because of externalities like government policies, natural disasters, health issues, and so on. All these cause the need for us to learn how to let go of how things should be and instead focus on how things are.
This shift in mindset will ultimately help us put our best foot forward in varying situations, rather than mourn lost opportunities.
People spend a lot of time and energy worrying about things they cannot influence or change, but no one really knows. We don’t know when the lockdowns will end; we don’t know how long the virus will take before it completely fizzles out, nor do we know what will happen to the economy. So it makes it a much better idea to focus on the things you can control.
You could spend your time thinking about all the things that have gone wrong, or you could focus your attention on possibilities and opportunities. If you ask me, I think there are two areas that you will always have control over, and they are what you think and what you do.
4. Set and prioritize your goals.
No matter how good 2020 is to you, 2021 is a chapter and you must begin now to set and prioritize your goals for the coming year. Write the things you’d like to do, be, or have. And remember, the sky’s the limit, so don’t limit yourself.
However, even though all of your ideas and goals are important to you it is your job to figure out where to begin now. Which goals get you the most excited right now? Figure this out, focus on it, and get started.
As you’ve probably heard before, that the smarter you plan, the more successful you will become–and of course the more your life will flow, and the happier you will be!
5. Act on the plans.
It’s not enough to have plans, you must also act on your plans if you want to achieve outstanding success in anything.
Executing is important because it makes you realize your goal is truly realistic and that you can do what you once thought was only a dream. Is it hard to execute? Yes, but I can promise you once you get started and get in the motion of doing things, everything makes more sense.
If you want or need something and plan to achieve it, will you be more committed and motivated to work on tasks associated with the plan? I guess so, and that’s what you should do. Take action!
6. Learn something new.
In 2021, prioritize learning new skills in your plans because learning new skills is essential to advancing your career. It diversifies your job options and helps you develop new techniques to keep up with the fast-changing world.
Learning keeps your mind engaged and body active. It helps you get new and knowledge-based perspectives on the world around you. It helps you gain new experiences, trains your brain to handle a wide range of challenges, and keeps you active.
Whichever new skill you gain, a new door of opportunity will always open for you. It will increase your confidence and help you nurture a growth mindset. Plan to learn something new. Anyway, in case you are interested in learning Forex trading, or how to invest in properties, click here to book an appointment with me, and let’s talk about your needs.
7. Cultivate a mindset of ‘gratitude’
An attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, regularly, for both the big and small things alike.
By developing a gratitude mindset, you can improve your feelings of positivity and appreciation for everything you have in your life. Engaging in a regular gratitude practice can change your mindset, self-confidence and perspective for the better if you focus on being thankful and thinking positively.
It’s actually easier than you may think to develop a gratitude mindset and build daily habits that support a gratitude practice of being grateful and appreciative for what you have. When you feel grateful and appreciate the things you have, the things you appreciate grow, and no matter how things turn out, this mindset will bring sunshine to your path.
I know the year 2020 isn’t the same for everyone. Some had it terrible, some had it fair, and a few had it good. Wherever you fall on that radar, 2021 is going to be a glorious year, and it will bring relief and joy to us.
I hope that you have found some good ideas to adopt from the above. Please reach out to me here if you have questions about any of the things I mentor on; that is personal development, property investing, and forex trading.