I struggled writing this for YOU.
That’s because I kept finding myself writing about the world and my year…
What it meant to me.
Why it was so transformational.
How it was one of my best.
Where they’re taking the world, etc.
There’s lots of stuff I’d like to share with you.
But this isn’t about any of that.
This is about one thing and one thing only—>
You, and getting the most from YOUR year.
Not about the world’s year
You’d have to be pretty narrowly focused to be looking back on “your” year without any reference to the year humanity had.
This was a hard and painful year for billions of people.
Many lost their lives and livelihoods.
Multiples more still have their backs up against it.
Freedom was surrendered by all.
You simply cannot tally the enormous cost of human suffering this year.
Yet you also can’t let that weigh down your year.
True compassion and empathy is so rare and crucial, yet that’s different to using the suffering of others to justify your own.
If you wanted to ruin your days counting human tragedy, before this year it was still everywhere there’s oxygen.
But if you’re focused on how you keep doing your best to serve yourself, family and humanity…
Well, you must focus on those things you control.
How did you do this year?
A buddy lost his restaurants and grandparents.
A religious man, at his worst times he falls back on God’s will.
“It’s not about what happens but how you respond,” he says.
Thinking this way gave him the mindset he needed to develop and launch an entirely new business this year.
A client said, “I’ve had one of my best years but I don’t feel like celebrating.”
It’s also been one of his busiest and toughest.
And who wants to be celebrating when so many others are suffering?
But, again, you must also be true to you and your year.
Honor the way you got through.
Reflect on things you did well and wish you’d done better.
That’s what we’re doing in the first half of this survey for reviewing your 2020.
Then we’re moving on to next year.
What can you take forward?
A client recalls the point this year where he chose to fight harder in his business.
“Flight wasn’t an option and fighting through we crushed the year.”
Not just in terms of the results he drove.
But in taking control of “trying” to keep his mind in the best place, he’s feeling weary but good finishing the year.
Apparently as this survey showed some 63% of Americans feel defeated this year.
Nobody I’m close to feels that way.
Stuck at home bludgeoning themselves with miserable media it’s zero surprise.
Little grit, lots of snowflakes
“Many people fell apart this year,” a friend said.
“For all our talk about grit and antifragile, you saw many adults more fragile than snowflakes.”
My perception is different.
Many people simply aren’t set up to deal well with threat and uncertainty.
And I saw people doing their best to get through.
Most are thanking this year gone, as though the turn of calendar will miraculous change something.
Yet, in some ways it does, doesn’t it?
Turning over a new leaf you can leave behind what you no longer need from 2020 and take the best forward with you.
What is this for you?
Are there things that will help you make the most of next year?
How do you want to be feeling looking back at the end?
That’s what we’re doing in the second part of this survey for your 2020 review.
That’s why you see it this way
We’re looking back to collect what you want to take forward.
You’ll see this is short and simple, but designed to be incredibly transformational.
Truth is, none of us need to review our year because we’re doing it all the time in our heads…
Over and over and over and over and over!
This is why it can be particularly helpful to get it out on the page.
So you can stop that brain cycling the same old redundant thoughts, and move to what’s next.
If you did this survey at the end of last year you’ll see most the questions are the same.
This way you can compare to what you wrote last year, and do again at the end of next year.
The new questions are designed to unlock some unique learnings from the nuances of this year.
Hopefully these questions won’t be repeated, and you’ll benefit a lot from taking what you learned into coming years.
5 simple topics to quickly learn a ton
You’ll see in your 2020 review a small number of potent questions.
Even blasting through these questions you’ll learn a ton, or you might take a lot of time organizing your thoughts.
Inside you’ll see the survey organized into these 5 categories—
A. How do you feel about YOUR 2020?
B. What can you learn from this unique year?
C. What did you learn about yourself?
D. How do you make 2021 even better?
E. How do you want to feel at the end of 2021?
Fill it in for YOU
Every top performer is maniacal about reviewing and improving every performance.
And this 2020 review is for you making the most of this and next year.
You’ll see you can fill it in anonymously.
It’s up to you whether you send it to me or not.
I’d love to see how you’re thinking about your year (and maybe I’ll share my version with you!)
But if you want to keep this for yourself, that’s the point.
This is about you and your year.
Learning what you can and turning it over.
For best roaring into next year!