Well, well, well, what a year 2020 is shaping up to be. It has not been the year anyone could have anticipated or planned for. But, we can still make the most of this year and finish it on a high. We’re reaching for cup half full kind of energy.
2020 has presented many’a challenges that forced everyone to re-frame our thinking and how we approach certain situations (albeit all situations?). As some might say ‘pivoting’, we like to say re-direction. Keep reading to hear out some ways to make this year one of your best yet.
Maddi’s approach to capitalising on all 2020 has to offer:
1. Learn something new
The other day I heard something quite interesting -
If you are consuming something, it could be an addiction. Whereas, if you are creating something it is a passion. What if things we do daily are making us feel worse rather then batter? I always knew my love for YouTube was occasionally not beneficial to my life, but, I continued regardless. To flip this idea on its head, let’s aim to discover new hobbies that make us feel bold, confident or even calm. These will be different for everybody. But, personally, since my life is quite busy, I really love putting down my phone, playing with my pups and allowing my body to simply relax.
Side note: Instead of completely quitting something, because that never works, slowly working new passions into our lives that can build us up, will be better long-term. Don’t forget Rome was not built in a day.
2. Reflect on what has happened (because we can’t change it)
2020 might be the last thing you want to think about. BUT, you gotta do it. If you want to get technical for a minute, actively thinking about how a situation made you feel, in other words, self-reflection, gives you an opportunity to progress, respond (not react) and even build your self-confidence.
Without it, we stay frustrated, tired and keep trying to push through. Time and energy might get in the way. But, we need to make more time for yourselves. Self-reflection mainly gives you an opportunity to challenge your way of thinking and progress forward with strengthened emotional intelligence and a newfound sense of self.
How do you self-reflect? If you’re anything like me, it can be very hard to take a minute and stop the brain from powering through anything and everything. What seems to work though is doing a calm activity like going for a walk or driving. There are some great questions on this website to ask yourself while doing these activities. Essentially, ponder your key values, passions in life and any potential subconscious hindrances.
3. Ask for feedback
Asking for help can make some feel weak. I really want to scrape that way of thinking and normalise the strength and value in asking people for feedback. If we’re constantly striving for bigger and better results, we’ll be unstoppable.
When you’re creating a project, new product or service, or even performing day to day menial tasks, feedback is one of the best tools to find pain points and discover usability issues. Now, I’m not saying think of yourself as a project. Buuuuuuuuuuut, if we constantly trying to seek feedback to make a fabulous product, why can’t we use that very thinking and apply it to us?
Not to get too motivational, but you don’t have to settle. Varying perspectives can often be the best way to progress and move forward better than ever. They can bring new ideas to the table or mention observations you may not have noticed. Thank them and genuinely think about what they said, why they said it and how to best move forward with it.
4. Be honest, how do you want to start in 2021?
2021 is less than 3 months away (TBH - absolutely terrifying). During your self-reflection, if you plan on putting these into action, ask yourself that very question, “How do I want to start 2021?”. I really love this quote I found when researching for this blog,
“In a single moment, a person can choose to change everything. Change doesn’t have to take a long time, it happens the instant we decide.” ― Benjamin P. Hardy
Change is never easy. But, you got this! Find what assists you in your journey to be who and where you want to be. Whether that is a person, activity or animal, these things are everywhere (we just usually don’t have time to stop and notice/think about it).
I think we can all safely say, 2020 has been (excuse my french) sh*t for a multitude of reasons and scenarios. But, that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a great time, learn some new techniques and progress into a better version of ourselves. We, well I, sometimes need guidance and support. And I’m hoping this blog showed you how and the little light at the end of the tunnel that is 2020. Improvement can happen in any area you desire from becoming more productive, being less reactive or just being an all-round sick (🤟🏼) person. Whatever it may be, these sentiments can still be applied. 2020 is not over and we can still make the most of it.
So there you have it. Another one (zero to hero blog) bites the dust.
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Till next time, keep it hero (ain’t nobody got time for zero) 💥