As we all know, 2020 was probably the biggest emotional rollercoaster of a year since 2016.
From the celebrity deaths (REST IN PEACE KOBE AND GIGI), to the canceled events, to the global pandemic that continues to loom, it seems fair to say, 2020 was the worst year ever. And if it is not, it is certainly a year for the memory books!
So how do we try to stay productive in 2021 and work to be better and smarter? It may sound like a difficult thing in these tough times, but it is actually pretty simple.
Planning ahead always helps me feel less overwhelmed. I don’t know what the future is going to bring, but I know I will take it on without any fear. Even if 2021 is bound to bring some new challenges for all of us, I encourage everyone to continue to live your best life; even if it looks a little different than we thought it would. If we plan ahead, we can roll with the punches and make the best of every day. Planning and positivity is the recipe for success!
Be the person you see in the mirror. Flaws and all, there’s no denying who you are. We must learn to embrace all of the qualities that make us unique. There are who we are and what makes us special. If some people do not appreciate us for who we are, that is their loss. Don’t waste your energy trying to change for anyone who isn’t willing to see you for who you truly are. If somebody isn’t willing to dig deeper to get to know you, then they aren’t worth stressing over.
Look to Friends and Family
Cherish the real friendships you have in your life because you never know how valuable they are until you lose them. Your true friends and those who care about you will always be there to raise you up. Use their support to help you strive toward your goals in the new year. Allow them to help you grow into not a new you, but the best you. With a little help from our friends and family, we can all become better versions of ourselves.
Try to Make a Difference
Every individual in this world was born with a God given gift to give something they can contribute for the betterment of society. It doesn’t matter if you’re nonverbal, socially awkward, introvert, extrovert, a team leader or follower; we all have special gifts inside of us that we can share. I’m on a journey to figuring out my gifts, but I can still lift other people up in the process.
Pay It Forward
Yes, it is the title of a great movie, but it’s also a great idea for how to live a better life. I am all about positivity and helping others find their paths in life. Of course, I will continue to learn about myself and improve in my own ways, but if I can help just one person improve their life in the new year, I will be satisfied. I encourage all of you not only to focus on you, but also try to help someone else along the way. The more we come together and help one another, the better the world will be for future generations. The phrase “In This Together” that has been used throughout this pandemic does not have to end with a vaccine; it should be the start of a new way of life.