Today can be the new beginning

How are you holding up? If you are still alive and healthy, that’s a lot to be thankful for this year. The pandemic is still ongoing and different places are adapting to it differently. Earlier in the year, you probably had to accept the painful reality that you are no longer on track to achieve your goals. No one was prepared for the pandemic. It was a lot to take in.

Not all people and industries adapted fast enough. Some were able to come up with ways to ensure they continued working. Many teams had to learn to work from home. The transition has not always been easy and some people do not have the luxury of being able to do that. If you have found a way to continue working remotely, that’s great.

A cat meowing at a man working on a laptop
Is this your new normal?

Regardless whether you are working or not, one thing remains constant. Time is still passing by. I have seen a few memes that make light of the fact that a lot of people feel they didn’t get to use this year at all. Looking back at it, I never thought I’d have to work completely from home this year yet here we are seven months and counting. I am one of those who have the pleasure of working with a team that was digitally literate and was able to make a seamless transition to working remotely.

The goals you set for 2020 might no longer be on track but one mistake you shouldn’t make is to abandon those goals hoping to try again in 2021. If you are serious about achieving your goals, New years resolutions are not the way to go especially not when so much is uncertain. A cure might be found before 2021 or it might not. If one is not, do you intend to sit and hope for one before 2022.

Focus on what you can do
Instead of waiting

If you have been ignoring the personal development plan you made for the year, now (not tomorrow) is the best time to review it. You might need to adjust expected due dates and revise your expectations but you shouldn’t stop trying to improve. One thing to focus on is the little thing you can do today that will compound over time. Read 15 pages a day, take an online course for 30 minutes a day, research funding opportunities for 30 minutes each day, practice a new skill for an hour a day.

It has been a tough year. A lot of businesses failed and a lot of people lost jobs. Yet within all that, some people still set up new businesses and acquired new skills. I am not saying it will be easy. The dynamics of working, running a business and acquiring a new skill have become more complex with the advent of the pandemic. It is the new normal we need to find a way to deal with. I hope you are able to chart a course where you keep moving forward one step at a time.

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