Guest Post: Five Ways to Finish 2020 Stronger Than You Started

November 6, 2020 by
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This year has been a wild ride and lots of people are talking about wanting to move beyond 2020 and never look back, but we can use all of these challenges to make us stronger and go into 2021 better than ever

But what if we took the last few months and committed to using what we’ve experienced to lead to personal growth? 

Here are five ways to help you leave 2020 stronger than how you came in:

  • Control Your Mindset: With different challenges coming at us from every direction it’s easy to get bogged down in negativity, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Remember when it comes to your mindset that you have the ability to override your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. 
    • The next time you think something negative, immediately replace it with a more positive thought. I’m not advocating for false optimism, but rather being mindful of your thoughts and not always jumping to worst-case scenarios. 
    • What you think dictates how you feel — so take control of your thoughts and make sure you’re focusing on the positive and what you can control. 
  • Take Care of Your Body: We need to move our bodies! Do what works for you, what excites you, and what you’ll actually do. The modality doesn’t matter, the movement does.
    • Commit to making daily movement a habit and making smarter decisions to fuel your body better. Eating well and moving more will help you not only physically, but also improve your mental health. You need to take care of yourself — make it a priority and it’ll improve all aspects of your life.
  • Seek Opportunities for Growth: So many people have talked about wanting to just get through 2020 and deem it a wash. That’s ridiculous. Yes, this has been a hard year for everyone — we’ve all had our own challenges and we shouldn’t downplay them. 
    • As a small business owner, I can say it’s been the hardest year of my life — I own a gym in a global pandemic for heaven’s sake. But instead of using that as an excuse, in March, I committed to somehow coming out of this personally and professionally stronger than before. Yes, this is hard — but doing hard and uncomfortable things is what leads to growth. 
    • It’s been said before “never let a crisis go to waste” and I never really understood what that meant until this year. For me and my business, it has forced me to take a serious look at what we do well but even more what we could be doing better and how we can serve our community more. 
    • Before you wish away 2020, look for areas where you can actually grow in your professional, personal, and physical life. We don’t get better by going along with the status quo, we get better when we are challenged- and this year has presented plenty of challenges that can act as opportunities to grow, get better, and level up. 
  • Prioritize Relationships and Have Empathy for Others: This year has turned our lives inside out. Whatever it is — everyone’s lives have been changed in some way. For many what once seemed so important has been taken away from us or drastically altered and it’s forced us to look at what’s really important to us. 
    • Others have had a renewed realization of how important relationships with family and friends are. As life keeps marching on, my hope is a positive that comes from this is that we all take more time to value our relationships and spend more time with the people we love and care about. It’s become so evident how important it is to have a support system around you of people who care — life is relational, and spending more time and focus on these relationships is probably the healthiest thing we can do moving forward.
    • In addition to taking the time to support those in your inner circle, it’s also important that we cultivate a true sense of empathy for everyone right now, realizing that we’re all going through our own challenges. Be less quick to make snap judgments and more willing to give people the benefit of the doubt- dude, we’re all trying the best we can right now! Be kind and realize that a lot of people are really overwhelmed right now and doing the best they can with what they’ve got. We’ve never been here before- be patient with the world and those in it as we try to figure it all out and navigate the challenging waters the best we can.
  • Commit to Coming Out Stronger: At the end of the day, we get to decide how we react to things. 
    • It’s on you to decide how you will respond to all of the unknowns and change in the world. Whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to be a victim. Seek the good, look for opportunities to grow and level up, have empathy towards those around you, double down on your health and your relationships, and commit to coming out of 2020 stronger than how you came in.

Remember that you’re not alone, that you have more control than you realize, and that you are strong. 

You’ve got this!

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