Remember how excited you were in January about the start of a new year and a new decade? You thought 2020 was going to be a year of new promises and new beginnings.
In January, I wrote a lot about how to set goals and make the best of a new year and new decade. And you used this advice to make new goals for yourself.
Then, everything stopped, causing you and me both to put some goals on hold. This gave us time to reflect on what’s most important, what we have to do differently, and what we want to do differently.
In fact, earlier this week I posted the question:
“There are now things we have to change, but also things we get to change. What’s one thing you’re excited about changing as a result of the current crisis?”
In other words, we’ve all been given the opportunity for a do-over!
As things start to re-open and slowly return to normal, I encourage you to ask yourself:
“How am I going to use my do-over for the better?”
Method to a successful do-over
In looking back over my previous posts at the beginning of 2020, the same advice for your goals then, also applies to your new post-quarantine goals. Here’s how to put your do-over goals into action.
1. Visualize it
Start by visualizing the success you want to have with your do-over. Close your eyes and picture yourself having already achieved this success.
What do you see?
Go back to your vision board I talked about in one of my previous posts and see what you might need to add to it. Look at it on a regular basis as a reminder of what you’re working toward.
Repeat this step again at least once every six months.
2. Prepare for it
Now, taking your vision, work backward to determine what steps must be taken to arrive at your do-over goals.
Do you need to learn something new through training or additional education?
Do you need to expand your network?
Or, do you need to just gather the courage to take a calculated risk?
Use a mind map like the example in my post “Are You Happy With What You Accomplished This Past Decade?” to help you plot your steps for success.
Then, consider if there’s anything you can begin now that will be required of you once you’ve achieved the success you seek. Map out those steps as well on your mind map.
Update your mind map at the beginning of each new year.
3. Trust in God
Like Amanda Foust said in “How To Find Peace About The Future,”
“We need to accept that the future is unpredictable in some ways, but what we do now does have an effect on where we will be later…Understanding our lack of control, continuing to work hard in the present, and letting God handle our future is the only sure way we will find peace.”
Once you’ve done the first two steps of visualizing your success and preparing for it, all you can do at this point is trust everything will work out the way it’s supposed to, as long as you’ve done your part.
It’s at this point you have to develop patience to see the fruits of your labor. And you must learn flexibility in case success might look different than you originally envisioned.
It may take a while to develop patience and flexibility, so allow yourself time to be molded in this way.
Believe in the success of your do-over
Success doesn’t just come from achieving your goals. It also comes from believing you can achieve them.
I encourage you to do what’s within your control. Recognize when you still have more to do. And know when you need to take a break and let God do the rest.
- Original post: How to Make This New Decade Your Most Successful One Yet
- Are You Happy With What You Accomplished This Past Decade?
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