There are many lessons learned from dealing with the pandemic, as well as all the other issues we’ve faced in 2020. Many people have also experienced a range of emotions – some they may have never faced before. However, during this time we had to believe (and continue to believe) that we will overcome all this and that life will get better.
All of this made me wonder what we’ll be thinking about in a year. What do we hope to achieve? What do we want to experience? What do we want to learn? How do we want to feel fulfilled – professionally and personally?
I’m not talking about making New Year’s resolutions that most people either don’t make or fail to make until February. I’m talking about a higher level of thinking. An inspiration, a strong desire, etc. that drives us forward to a higher level of satisfaction within ourselves that hopefully manifests in others.
This requires spending a lot of time thinking about who we were in the past, who we are now, and who we want to be. It also involves having thought-provoking conversations with others close to us about how they perceive us and what they want from us. It’s reading books and articles, watching videos and movies, listening to podcasts and radio shows, and attending lectures and events that challenge us to think differently about how we see ourselves and wonder why others see us differently.
It takes dedication and persistence to do this year-round, so what do you have to lose? Would it be better to do nothing and regret? Or do you decide that 365 days of this “deep dive” into figuring out who you really are is worth it? You might also consider… Maybe there’s more you can do, but you’re blind to it. There may be limiting beliefs holding you back. Maybe you feel that “life is OK for now” so you just want to “chill” for a while.
Regardless of what you decide to do or not do, immediately write yourself a letter about how you feel. Stick it under the mattress or put it in an inaccessible place. In a year, read the letter and ask yourself “did I win in 2021?”