As the decade of the twenty-tens comes to an end, it is time to welcome in a new decade.
May the twenty-twenties be your best decade yet.
happy new decade 2020
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Action Step: Create a vision and plan for the next decade of your life. You can search through my site for resources that can help you create a vision and plan you are excited about.
Question: What are you looking forward to most in 2020?
You can end your decade in a positive way with these free resources.
If you want to set yourself up for more success in this next decade, there are things you will need to do differently.
Step 1: Look back first so you can move forward
This includes completing a review of your year and decade. Here are resources that can help.
- How to Complete a Comprehensive Year Review and Plan Next Year
- How to Avoid the Mistakes You Made This Year Next Year
It’s that time of the year again where we get to take a break, relax and enjoy our time with those that matter most.
I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a joyful festive season.
Have fun and also remember to be safe and kind to others.
Question: What things have you planned for the holiday season?
If you can take advantage of the end of year, you will give yourself a better chance of starting the new year well.
The end of year is usually a time when most people slow down. You can get a head start and set yourself up for a better year if you are intentional about how you use the end of year.
Things You Can Gain if You Take Advantage of the End of Year
The benefits of taking advantage of the end of year include:
- End the year on a good note.
- Prepare yourself well for the new year.
- Identify things you want to do differently next year.
- Feel excited and have something to look forward to.
- Acknowledge and accept things that happened during the year.
How Not to End Your Year
Here are ways not to end your year because you will not set yourself up for better success in the new year.
- Not having an improvement plan.
- Feeling rushed or pressured to meet deadlines that could have been addressed earlier.
- Hoping to have a better year instead of being intentional about it.
- Not identifying what to do differently to achieve new results.
Your ability to take advantage of the end of year will improve your chances of better accomplishments in the new year.
Your ability to advance your mental strength will affect all areas of your life, which includes your mental, emotional and physical health.
With more importance and focus given to mental health now, having ways to improve it is an advantage.
What Does it Mean to Advance Your Mental Strength?
To advance your mental strength means to develop yourself so you are always improving how you deal with your everyday experiences.
If you make your mental development a priority, you will learn ways to improve it and become a better person.
Why is it Necessary to Advance Your Mental Strength?
The main reasons to advance your mental strength include:
- Cope with stress better.
- Increase your self-confidence.
- Have greater clarity on your priorities.
- Know when to say “yes” or “no” to demands placed on you.
- Feel good about who you are and what you are doing in life.
Why is it Challenging to Advance Your Mental Strength?
The reality is most people don’t focus on their mental strength. Common reasons why they find it challenging include:
- Don’t know how to do it or what to focus on.
- Have not learned about the importance of mental health.
- Don’t want to do it because it is uncomfortable.
- Believe it will be difficult to do.
- Don’t have the right support systems.
Developing yourself does not require a lot of time, but it will require sustained focus.
There are important questions you should ask if you want a new career and make a successful transition.
Chances are, if you don’t enjoy what you do or have been in the same career for many years, you may change to something new.
Knowing what to consider before changing careers can help:
- Avoid doing things without a plan.
- Ensure you consider potential risks.
- Clarify whether you are making the right decision.
- Prepare you to deal with mental and emotional challenges.
- Assure you enjoy the process of change.
Giving yourself time to do a thorough evaluation will help you successfully transition to a new career.
It’s not uncommon to find many employees or business operators living for the weekend because they don’t love what they do.
Most workers endure rather than enjoy what they do. That’s not surprising because studies have revealed almost 80% of the workforce either hate or dislike what they do for a living.
Living for the weekend is often a sign you are disconnected from what you love and what you want to do in life. If you’re in such a situation, it’s likely you’ll dread Mondays, which is the start of the week for most working people.
The Costs of Living for the Weekend
Not enjoying what you do will affect you and those you interact with daily. The costs of living for the weekend include:
- Low motivation and enthusiasm.
- Poor performance because of low work engagement.
- Lack of initiative or willingness to take risks or explore new ideas.
- Poor attitude because of a lack on interest in what you are doing.
- Setting a poor example by settling for something you are not passionate about.
The emotions you experience while working should be a good sign if you are living for the weekend. Pay attention to your inner voice and follow what you are guided to do.
Whenever we make a wrong decision, it can affect us in many ways and lead to unexpected problems.
Having the ability to make right decisions is an important skill to develop to avoid experiencing regret later.
Each day, we make many decisions, some which are simple or non-critical, such as what we wear, what to eat or how to use our time.
We also make difficult decisions, that if incorrect, can have significant repercussions. These can include how we perform, the way we communicate with others, our attitude and behaviour, and our ability to complete things on time.
If we avoid making bad decisions, it will make our lives a lot easier, without more stress.
Factors That Can Contribute to Wrong Decisions
To know if we are about to make a wrong decision, we first have to understand what influences our decisions. Contributing factors include:
- Lack of knowledge or awareness.
- Preconceived ideas, beliefs or mental biases.
- Overconfidence which can play out as, “I know best.”
- Not having defined criteria for making decisions.
- Feeling rushed or pressured to decide something.
Even though we will make mistakes in life, having things to refer back to, can prevent us from experiencing regret later.
To achieve better productivity, there are simple things you can do every day, that will not require a lot of effort or time.
With the number of distractions you have to deal with daily, knowing how to stay productive is a major advantage.
The Costs of Not Focusing on Better Productivity
Your ability to stay focused has a big impact on what and how much you accomplish. If you don’t focus on better productivity, costs include:
- Not meeting deadlines, which means things will be delayed.
- Generating additional stress because you will constantly be catching up.
- Not feeling good about yourself, especially if you let others down.
- Lower levels of confidence.
- Not setting new goals because of your inability to deal with what’s already on your plate.
- Poor quality work.
Having daily reminders can help you start your day well and focus on what will benefit you most.