About this time each year we get a little walk down memory lane with “year in review” lists to remind us of the important, and sometimes not so important, events of the past 12 months.
In typical years we tend to forget a lot of what happened.
This year it was all COVID19 all the time.
Nobody is forgetting that.
And that US election.
In addition to that, there were a lot of other things that just piled on to making 2020 the year everyone said “Enough already”:
Australia was on fire, as was much of the west coast.
There were widespread protests about racial injustice following the seemingly never-ending deaths of unarmed black people.
A global recession tanked economies.
And something called murder hornets showed up.
Global warming reached a new milestone with the Arctic Circle hitting its highest temperature ever – 38 degrees Celsius.
Oh ya and the Olympics were postponed.
And everyone learned who the Tiger King was.
As in every year we mark the passing of notable people like Kobe Bryant, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eddie Van Halen, Helen Reddy, Regis Philbin and Alex Trebek to name a few.
But this was also the year that the Black Panther AND James Bond died.
After everything else did both Chadwick Boseman and Sean Connery have to go?
Not to mention all the people who were taken down by a novel coronavirus.
There were some highlights.
We probably just missed them being distracted by the pandemic news cycle.
The planet actually began to heal itself while the world was in lockdown.
Yup the murky water in the Venice canals became clear.
The smog lifted in big cities and the air quality improved.
Noise levels dropped.
After 13 years a pair of giant pandas at the Ocean Park Zoo in Hong Kong decided to get it on.
Seems the lockdown provided some much needed privacy for the panda’s love life.
Do Your Own Year in Review
With that quick spin back through 2020, now is a great time for you to do your own year in review.
Especially after the year we have had, it’s good to take inventory so you can pivot to the new year.
Guaranteed that there are things that did not go the way you wanted this year.
But that simply means that there are lessons to be gleaned from whatever happened.
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The truth is some people just let one year roll into another.
In doing so they are less likely to achieve their greatest hopes and desires.
People who make conscious and intentional choices in their lives experience a greater sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
They have more clarity about what they want and they plan to make it happen.
So set aside some time in the next couple of weeks to do your own personal year in review.
Take a look back at your life in 2020.
Year in Review: Acknowledge the successes
First acknowledge the successes and celebrations of the year.
Yes there actually were some if you stop to reflect on it.
Too often we skip over this part and only focus on what didn’t work.
In reviewing your achievements, there’s an abundance of good information for you to tap into.
- What went well this year?
- What contributed to your success?
- How can that help you with your goals for the coming year?
- What important things did you learn about yourself this year?
Year in Review: Look at what didn’t work
Next review what didn’t work.
- What goals or dreams did you have for 2020 that weren’t realized?
- What got in the way besides the pandemic?
- How can this information help you with your goals for the coming year?
Then decide what you want to create in 2021.
Make a plan.
Do this and your year in review next December will be outstanding.