Much can be said about 2020. There’s one thing I suggest you do. Remember the last 12 months because it was a year of revelations. I’m sure you discovered a lot about yourself and the people around you.
So, here are a few of the lessons I learned last year. I hope these will guide you as you chart your course for the years to come.
We’re more resilient than we thought we were.
Worldwide, millions of people sick with the virus struggled alone as their families could not be with them. Most survived, but many did not return home. Covid-19 continues to be with us and many are still sick with it. It’s part of our world now.
Businesses closed and millions lost their jobs. Work hours were shortened and wages were cut. Money became tight and in some parts of the world, people missed meals. I could go on further but, I know you get my point. Last year was hard for everyone.
I don’t know what challenges you faced in 2020. Maybe you even felt helpless and depressed. But, I bet you never knew you were more resilient than you thought you were. You’ve weathered the storm and came out stronger.
We got to focus on what’s important in our lives.
I knew what I had to do once the lockdown was over. I had my priorities straight. You’re mistaken if you think I went out and splurged on stuff or partied with friends. I bought what I only needed and opened a new investment account. Covid-19 also reminded me family is always important. As for friends, I now know who the real ones are.
Also, we got to appreciate the little things that we took for granted. If you haven’t, take an inventory. You’ll find out you have a lot to be thankful for.
We became more creative.
I believe that adversity is the mother of creativity. We discovered ways to liven up our homes while working remotely. Also, we found alternative uses of products to save money. Many who lost jobs became successful by starting small businesses. I don’t think they’ll return to their old jobs.
Companies thought outside of the box and pivoted to remain afloat. Check out Shine Distillery & Grill. Limited to take-out orders only, it turned its distillery into a hand-sanitizer manufacturing plant. It’s now one of their bestsellers.
It pays to have emotional intelligence.
People were angry everywhere because they felt helpless. With emotional intelligence, I was aware of my own frustrations. But, I didn’t let these control me. When I realized that most of what upset me was beyond my control, I was more at peace.
I could also sense what others were feeling. Instead of reacting, I strived to understand them. I took time to listen to them with my ears and eyes. Trust me, when you let people talk about their problems, it’s therapeutic.
So, what have you learned from 2020? I’m sure you can add more. Don’t forget those lessons. You’ll need these if you want to grow more in 2021.