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This May Challenge You… 2020 Was A Brilliant Year!

As we all re-emerge to take our place in 2021 there is a lot of reflection going on about 2020 and what a year it has been. All the commentary I am seeing has a negative connotation that we should all be glad to see the back of it and hope that 2021 brings a better world with a better life.

What if we look back on 2020 in years to come and reflect that was the year where things changed for the better and if it wasn’t for the forced change we had to make, we wouldn’t be in this better position now.

I know that some people have been impacted dramatically. Here in Western Australia, we have little to complain about compared to what is happening around the world, and I’m not dismissing the seriousness of the health concerns for those that have been directly and indirectly affected. But that aside, if your only measure of the value and lessons from 2020 have brought us is an economic one and inconvenience to our way of life, then you may be missing the point of what growth really is.

When was the last time you got a chance to live through a global pandemic? As this is deemed a global pandemic we do not get to choose to participate or not. The truth is that we all have been affected even though only a few have been infected.

What are the lessons we can take forward from 2020 that will serve us well in the years to come?

Don’t take things for granted. It’s easy to get into a rhythm that things you always expect to be available to you will always be there. Like the freedom to move around the world, your country, your state, let alone your neighbourhood, as you please.

What 2020 has taught us is that becoming adaptable quickly is a great skill to have. You can’t be certain your quality of life will not be affected literally overnight. Both how you earn your income to pay your bills, or how you decide to spend your money and live your life can be disrupted in an instant. This should have taught us to be more resilient as things can change quickly to our way of life. We all find a way to work through it.

Innovation has been fast tracked, conventional and industrial thinking has us set in our ways of doing things and what is perceived as the only way to get it done. Human beings are very adaptable when forced to do so and what we have seen time and time again is innovation to get what we want done. From change comes opportunity and so inevitably there will be some winners and some losers, how you adapt to meet change will see you on either side of the winners and losers spectrum.

I suspect that history will look back on 2020 as the year with collective changes on how we go about our lives and prosper, creating lasting positive impacts. Its not until the storm clears, the rain stops, and the sun comes out do we see the benefit it has brought us. We can expect that on certain things it won’t make sense to go back to the way things were.

Here in Western Australia apart from some sectors, the business community has moved from a survive mode to a thrive mode in a truly short space of time. Its hard to imagine that only 6 months ago the country was officially in recession after generations of economic growth. Maybe the state border closure and keeping our population locked down within the state has changed the long term psyche of people and through serendipity will cause our economy to boom. Pure genius if a global pandemic was to create a thriving economy in Western Australia.

So why is the commentary about how bad it has been? Is it that we don’t really like change and the message that fear of losing is more powerful than the gain of something? There is no doubt our individual and collective psychology has a lot to do with how we see 2020 and how we view the future. If you are looking for the clouds, you will find them, if you are looking for the sunrise, be patience it will come.

Take control, adapt, and become more resilient is the message from 2020. Expect the unexpected, don’t take anything for granted and be grateful for what you got no matter how simple that is.

Finally, a note to self… try to value more the things that can’t be taken away from you, than the things that can be taken away from you and your life will become more content.

Torrin Minutillo
Perth’s Most Trusted Business Mentor on the Inner Game of Your Success                            

 

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