Updated: Oct 1
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year that no one could have predicted (well, ok, Bill Gates might have done but besides him!)…. The global pandemic this year has left very few lives untouched, in either a big or a small way. For many of us, the plans we had at the start of the year have been altered, postponed or cancelled and this, alongside the resulting increased levels of stress and anxiety, has meant that 2020 is probably going to be a year many will be pleased to see end, rather forget and just write off as,
“The Year of Covid”.
However, we still have three whole months left of 2020 and the pandemic is not going anywhere but does that have to mean that we, as individuals, cannot still dream, transform and even thrive despite Covid?
What if you could end 2020 being able to say that this was the year that you did achieve and transform yourself (even in a small way), leading you further towards a future self who is stronger, feels more alive and lives with more purpose, happiness and intent!
Don’t write off 2020 yet.
We still have quarter of the year left (perhaps less, depending on when you are reading this) but that is still a good amount of time to focus on something that you want from your life, to transform yourself, in even a tiny way, so that you feel more inspired and energised again and when we do start 2021, you know that no matter what else the world throws at us, you have purpose and value in your days.
I want to be clear though, that this article is not to add pressure to you in any way. We all have enough stress and daily demands already. I am not suggesting that you do anything that you don’t want to do or even that the changes you make between now and the end of year have to be focused on work or productivity…
In fact, I would love it if your aim might be to learn to be productively unproductive and develop habits in terms of relaxation or self-awareness.
To repeat the above, adding pressure or stress to your life is NOT the aim of this article!
But I do think that you can still create a vision of how you would love to end the year, with a few small shifts towards this in the next three months in ways that are really important to you, deep down.
With that said, what vision then do you have for your future and what could you still achieve in the next three months (or less)?
How could you end 2020 and be able to reflect back on the year and say, “Despite a global pandemic, I did this?”
A few ideas to get your brain juices flowing might be:
Became a person with better relationships to the people who are important in your life.
Learnt key skills in being able to relax more.
Developed powerful coping strategies or mindset practices and formed them into new habits
Started or completed a project – at work or at home.
Developed a new hobby or picked up an old one.
Started to journal about the future you want and reflect on where you are now.
Became a person who practices gratitude, uses affirmations or positive intentions.
Developed a habit of spending more time in nature.
Started to read more real books.
Prioritised ‘frivolous fun time’ into every one of your days!
Hired a coach to work with who gave you a judgement free space to talk and be heard, ensuring that the life transformations you want are realised and to serve as an accountability partner.
These are just a few suggestions.
I know you are an intelligent person and can come up with your own ideas of who you want to become, the things you want to achieve and the steps you could still put in place before this year is up.
Dreams, a future vision, goals and focus are important to have to feel motivated and inspired to get up each day and to know that your days have purpose and will contain elements of the things that really matter to you.
It would be very easy to drift through the next three months on auto-pilot, absorbed by the not so happy news in the media, getting caught up in the pre-Christmas build up with the extra pressures that can bring and then find we are at the new year and little has changed in your life.
By setting a vision and focus now for the final months of the year, it will make it much more likely that you will start to take steps towards that vision and feel motivated to get up each day. Once you start on the path towards the future you envision and start to make small changes, the positive impact of this is then likely to hold your focus and build momentum so that you keep going and eventually become a master at whatever it was you intended to achieve!
Just imagine then how it would feel to end the year on a high, being able to look back over the last months and know that you did make a real change in your life in 2020 and those changes will carry with you into the new year.
What a high you might end the year on… more motivated, empowered, resilient and energised for whatever 2021 brings!
If you do want some support to create your vision, someone to partner with you, help you overcome obstacles, stay accountable and celebrate wins with, then using a coach is a powerful way to transform your life.
I work with people experiencing stress and anxiety, supporting them to make life changes that matter to them, developing greater resilience and improved mindset. If you do think I could be of service to you then please do book a free introductory call with me by clicking here.
Either way, I would love to hear what changes (no matter how fun-sized) you plan to make in your life between now and the end of “The Year of Covid!”.