2020 Vision [How To Plan For The Future Without Anxiety]
I’ve probably read a thousand blog posts about New Year’s resolutions and it’s only day two of 2021. Half of them were the same ole suggested goal setting articles. And the other half were “holy hades, you made it just breathe” posts.
It’s definitely safe to say 2020 was a doozie. I, for one, feel like if something could have been thrown at me; 2020 pitched it. And now...I have seen enough to know I have seen too much! (Thank you A League Of Their Own for that perfect quote!)
But now that it’s over, many of us are well...anxious. And can you blame us? We had all these plans for 2020 and it most of them went to pot. So pardon us if we’re all a wee bit anxious maybe even cynical about 2021 planning and resolutions.
That said, how can we plan for 2021 without anxiety?
The Most Well-Made Plans
Okay, so we all had lists. We all had plans. And for the majority of us maybe we accomplished 20%? 10%? 0%? That can be beyond disappointing to look back and see all that still remains undone. Not to mention it’s incredibly disheartening when we try to plan for the new year.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have some goals. For one thing, can we change our view of 2020 to something a little less devastating? Perhaps see how resilient we were? How well we pivoted when things went left? How we overcame unexpected challenges? How we are still here. Those are all major accomplishments
If we can find a way to see our strength through the past, that will help us to know we have the strength for our future. You were an unstoppable force in 2020. No matter what came your way, you pushed through. So what happens when an unstoppable force meets opportunity? Magic.
What Truly Matters
So now that you realize that your unstoppable inner goddess is ready to make some magic, let’s put her to work. 2020 did help all of us identify one thing: what is truly important. For you what was it? I’m sure family, health, furkids are somewhere on that list...but what else?
What else surfaced during 2020? What feels undone? What helped you cope? Did you discover a new hobby? A new friendship? A new morning routine? Whatever it is you learned to enjoy in 2020, carry it with you into 2021. Promise yourself you won’t give up on this newly-found facet of yours.
One way to avoid being anxious is to focus on something or someone else. So with that in mind, could you devote some time every day to that which gave you peace last year?
A Dream Without A Plan Is Just A Wish
While I love Jiminy Cricket as much as the next doll, I know my dreams and wishes cannot come true without some planning. But, those plans don’t need to be rigid.
2020 showed all of us the power of the pivot — leaving ourselves enough room to maneuver around the unexpected. So set a few of those 2021 goals for yourself. But just remember: be kind to yourself.
Speak to yourself the way you speak to your best friend. Be gracious. A few steps every day will still get you over the same mountain. So there’s no need to rush or be overly harsh on yourself.
You’ve made it through a lot, Babe. So cheers to you!