2021: Gratitude is the way to thrive

Confidently embracing 2021

Is it too late to say Happy New Year? After all, we’re in March.  Yet I think it’s still the perfect time — rules seem so overrated now.  So Happy 2021 my beautiful Dahlings. My wish is that you experience success in all areas of your life.

2020 Continues into 2021

2020 was challenging and messy. I believe I speak for you and me when I say I don’t want a repeat of 2020.  Sadly, remnants of the struggles we experienced in 2020 will continue well into 2021, on a local, national and international level.  And in both our personal and professional lives.

In one way or another, we’re hopeful that our world will return to normal.  Sadly, that will NEVER happen.  And was our world ever normal to begin with?  

2021

Unfortunately, hoping for normalcy isn’t a strategy to live life.  This year began relatively slow.  I started this year unmotivated and without direction for my life.  As I’ve mentioned so many times before, I don’t believe New Year’s Resolutions are effective.  But I usually set an intention for the year and make goals for the key areas of my life. 

I started with Gratitude to gain clarity for 2021

As the clock struck midnight on January 1st, I was clueless about what 2021 would look like for me.  I laid awake way after 3 AM, feeling sad and hopeless.  Those feelings continued well into January.  But although I felt that way, a part of me felt stronger and grateful for having survived the madness. 

Like many of you, I may not feel like my old self, and nothing is the way they were before the pandemic, not my life or those of my friends, not my business, and indeed not many of the businesses in my community.  But there I was, alive and well. And for that, I was thankful.

As I contemplated how grateful I was, I still needed a strategy to thrive in 2021.  I had done enough surviving for the last few years and especially in 2020.   I needed to thrive this year, and wishful thinking was not a good plan.  Gratitude always seems to be an excellent starting point whenever I’m unsure. 

I started thinking with a good ole fashion pen and paper.  After a few days, I had a clear plan, but more clarity was needed to implement some kind of strategy.  And I decided I needed to use February to get that done.

Conclusion 

So here I am to wish you a Happy New Year while feeling excited about this new year. I will undoubtedly have a backup supply of toilet paper, canned items, etc. but having a plan gives me the comfort and confidence to know that it doesn’t matter what 2021 throws at me; I’m prepared.

What have you done to get you on the right track to boost your confidence and set you up for a thriving 2021? I’d love to hear from you.

As Always, Sending Love. Stay Safe.

Cheers

XXOO

Nat

 

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