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Check Your Rearview Mirror

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

We are in our last month of 2020. I have mixed feelings about that.

On one hand, I love this time of year. Beautiful Christmas decorations and lights are everywhere. I enjoy singing to the holiday music while baking all the special treats. The parties with friends and colleagues bring me joy! (No parties this year 😞)

On the other hand, I’m very melancholy that this year is almost finished, and it was NOTHING like any of us planned on or hoped for.

I’ve seen a meme that says, “I’m not adding this year to my age, I did not use it.” My first reaction was to laugh and totally agree. However, after thinking about it realistically, I hope we don’t think that we didn’t use this year.

Was 2020 wasted? No, I don’t believe it was, but I think it requires our intentional reflection and planning for the next year.

Look Back: Take some time to look in the rearview mirror and reflect on this year. It was a doozy, but I know your experiences helped you discover something new or you did things you never would have done otherwise. What did you learn? Where did you exceed your expectations?

Look Ahead: Now focus your attention out your windshield. What are your hopes and dreams for 2021? With the information that you know today, what would you like to see happen next year in your life, both professional and personal?

Look Up: Wherever you get your energy and purpose from, it’s still there. Do you need to reestablish your connection with it?

I have people in my life that I’ve shared my rearview mirror and windshield insights with. It’s been helpful for me to speak them out loud – it makes it more real for me. Find someone you trust to help you finish the year strong and energized.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” Michael Altshuler
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