Every December, I am very intentional about vision casting for the new year. I set clear goals to manifest my dreams, and I create a vision board so I can physically see what I’m working towards each day. This is a sacred practice for me, one that I truly look forward to each year.
Back in December of 2019, I wrote in big bold letters on my vision board “2020 Best Year Ever.” At that point, I had huge goals for the year, and also concrete travel plans and business trips that I was greatly looking forward to. All over Facebook, people talked about 20/20 vision for the new year, and I was a big participant in that conversation. I could so clearly see what an amazing new year it would be.
What happened to that 20/20 vision? Well, it did alright in January, but it was quickly blindsided by Covid-19, and it continues to be clouded by building tensions in our country. Each time I think 2020 has shown its hand, it pulls out a new trick.
I feel caught between disbelief that we’re already five months into this year and how much has happened in that time. It was only a few months ago that I was saying “2020 will be the best year ever!” and now we’ve seen a pandemic, killing hornets, wildfires, and nationwide uprising turn into global protests. But as I continue working through this twilight zone, trying to figure out if a lot of time has passed or barely any at all, I’m realizing 2020 can still be whatever I want it to be. The story of the first five months of this year has been written, but we still have seven months to go.
When you’re crossing the finish line of 2020, what do you want to look back and see? Do you want to simply see all of the challenges this year presented? If you do, then allow yourself to stay stagnant right now. The events of 2020 certainly provide all the excuses you could possibly need. But I know you don’t really want that. You had goals for this year, you had vision for this year. And maybe you temporarily lost sight of your goals. I KNOW I did. But here we are, five months into the year, and we can decide to get clear on what we want moving forward and how to get it.
If up until this point you’ve been focused on fear, worry, doubt, anxiety, your feelings are valid. You are allowed to feel these ways. One of my biggest lessons through this time has been that I don’t need to be positive and optimistic 100% of the time. But if we get stuck in those emotions, we aren’t going to reach a place of joy, pleasure, and satisfaction.
So what do you want out of 2020? We have more than enough months to actually make this the best year ever, despite what you’ve felt about it up to this moment. We’ve faced more challenges than what anyone might have predicted, but the same could still be true for blessings.
Just as if we were about to start a new year, see your visions and plan your actions. Only you can decide how consistent you will be in striving towards your goals for this year. In the face of adversity, consistency is what will decide your success. Those who are consistent with their actions are the ones who will look back on 2020 and not just see the news headlines. They’ll see personal growth, evolution, and adaptability.
This consistency doesn’t happen alone. Consistency happens within supportive community. It happens by having the support of people who will hold you accountable, pick you up when you’re down, and help you re-frame your obstacles. If you are reading this, you are in my community and I am here to support you in reaching your goals for this year.
From times of great challenges come opportunities of massive growth. From times of great challenges come opportunities for powerful gratitude. From times of great challenges come opportunities to see clearly in all directions: past, present and future. With seven months left in 2020, you can create whatever you can imagine. You are strong, you are capable, you are supported.
I would love to hear from you!