08 Feb VERITY’S LESSONS FROM 2020
There is no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year, but I think it taught us all some very valuable lessons that we can take with us moving into 2021 (every cloud has a silver lining!).
Here are the top 5 things that 2020 has taught me;
- Slow down– more than ever I was feeling like I was in the ‘rat race’ constantly working with not much time for anything else. It’s no way to live, not good for your health and wellbeing and in most cases you just end up going backwards because you are so burnt out! 2020 forced us to slow down and appreciate the little things in life – which are really the most important.
- Take more time for yourself– learn to say no more. I think we are all a bit guilty of saying ‘yes’ to things when we really want to say ‘no’. I read a great quote recently that really resonated with me ‘your service to others, shouldn’t be a disservice to yourself.’ You can’t pour from an empty cup – which is exactly why time to yourself is not just a luxury, it’s completely essential.
- Always have reserves– an emergency bank account that you can access when times get tough. As we saw in 2020, you never know what is around the corner and you need to be prepared! I know sometimes it’s easier said than done as cash flow in a trade business is generally less than ideal, but they say you should try and have aside 3-6 months worth of expenses for a rainy day…or, a global pandemic!
- Be flexible– I always laugh when I say this because it reminds me of the Friends episode where Ross tries to get his new lounge up the staircase, but you need to have the ability to ‘pivot’ (the 2020 buzzword). I am a huge control freak and when I can’t control a situation I get very anxious. Last year definitely taught me that you can’t control everything and you need to have the ability to go with the flow. Like Charles Darwin once said ‘ It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.’
- Have more fun– I personally experienced a lot of loss last year and something that I have taken from that is that life is so short. I know we hear that all the time but it really is. I don’t want to get to the end of my life wishing that I had lived it differently. You never know when it is going to be your last hour, so make sure you do something every single day that makes you happy.
I hope that some of these resonate with you too and help set you up for and bigger and better year ahead – whatever it may bring!