Updated: Dec 1, 2021
With 2019 and the decade coming to a close, many of us will reflect on what we've learned and what we want to accomplish moving into 2020. The last ten years have been full of change and growth. Here are four things that I've learned and will continue to value in the next decade. 1. Being Grateful “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” –Zig Ziglar
It's vital to be grateful for what you have and can do. Life is short, and each day is a reminder that you are breathing, feeling, thinking, exploring, and creating. From traveling abroad, graduating from high school and college, getting married, and everything in between. For 2020, I will write one thing I'm grateful for each day and sum it up at the end of the year. We can take this challenge together!
2. Trying New Things “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney
Life will open many doors and present numerous opportunities. If you say no, you will never know how your days will turn out. Say yes to new experiences like going to see a new band (to meet your future husband). Find fun and leisure. Make time to care for your health and well-being. To do the things you love, you need to first take care of yourself. Travel and explore more often. For 2020, I will explore one new city or town each month. Follow my journey on Instagram.
3. Giving and Receiving Feedback "I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” –Elon Musk
I've learned having an open-mindset when giving and receiving feedback is crucial, both in work and life. Express your feelings and constructively voice your thoughts. Listen intently and know you can't satisfy everyone. Don't be afraid to speak up and challenge others while staying true to who you are. Determine what feedback helps you improve. For 2020, I would love to hear your stories and give you feedback. Visit my contact page.
4. Setting and Accomplishing Goals “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie Setting small and attainable goals help drive motivation. Life is short, and we must take our time seriously. Enjoy as much as you can, and know that you have the power to choose. Inspire and motivate others to accomplish their goals (buying a house, getting married, starting a new job, traveling, and more). With hard work and determination, go further than you can imagine. For 2020, I will keep setting and reaching my goals. The last decade has presented it's successes and obstacles. I've had plenty of laughs, cries, and anger. Life is far from perfect, but the key for me is to be grateful, try new things, give and receive feedback, and set and accomplish goals. 2020 and the next decade won't stop me, and I'm looking forward to what's next.
What are your reflections from 2019 and the last decade? What do you want to accomplish in 2020 and the next ten years?