Welcome to the end of 2020, which for most of us can not come soon enough.  You’re familiar with the challenges we’ve shared and those you’ve faced alone, so enough of that.  But what of 2021?  A date on a calendar does not bring a reset.  A vaccine administered in your arm doesn’t bring the pre-pandemic world back.  A declaration on social media of an intent to “do better” does not change things.  What are you doing to ensure that 2021 will be a better year?  Here are my suggestions:

  1. Reflect – Change comes when we truly understand where we are and what we want to change.  Start internally, then move to the sphere of relationships around you – both personal and professional.  What would you like to be different at the end of 2021?
  2. Top 3 Actions – Plans fail because of unrealistic expectations for change.  Few can ever give up dessert forever, and therefore a single defeat causes the change to be jettisoned.  Pick 3 things you want to do differently in 2021 and write them down.
  3. Calendarize – Here is a key trick I’ve learned: if it’s not in my calendar, it doesn’t happen.  Go to your calendar and for 2021, or at least the first quarter, add meetings with yourself (or with whomever the action involves).  Then don’t cancel or move them.
  4. Be grateful – This is my personal commitment for 2021.  To recognize that my life is more blessed than most, and yet far too often I focus on what’s missing than what is there.

That’s my thoughts.  How are you committed to making 2021 better?