I could say something funny here, like how I wish I’d known to travel more.
Or stock up on toilet paper.
I could say something shallow – there are plenty of business skills I could have used then.
But forget all of that, because there’s something else I really wished I knew.
I hate judging years – saying this one was ‘good’ and that one was ‘bad’. It’s sloppy thinking that hides nuances at the cost of your own sanity. If time feels like it’s rushing by, that might be because you’re abstracting huge amounts of it into simple, forgettable blocks.
Even so, if I suspend that preference for a moment…
For me, 2020 was better than 2019 – and not because it was great.
Both years contained, shall we say, many points of frustration. Things could have been worse… and things were worse than they’d been for ten years.
It doesn’t matter.
The point is I let them get to me.
Rather than process, plan and move forward, I let them grind me down.
Well, that was a mistake – especially since I knew better. I had all the skills I needed to manage things, but it all just seemed so…
You know, big. Too big to wrap my head around.
I got there in the end though.
It took me longer than it could have, maybe, but I finally got my stuff together. It only took losing a lot, even parts of myself, before I did.
Process, plan, move on.
Losing myself like that might be my biggest fear, now that I think about it.
If you strive for mastery or yearn to support other people, this might be your fear too. When things are going well, it’s easy to be your best for others.
When they don’t, it gets a lot tougher.
Well, I don’t plan on going through that again. I know what I need to do – and I wish I knew it two years ago. The only better time than then is now – that’s why I’m cooking up an insurance plan – something to stop me from slipping like that again.
Why should you care?
Because it can be your insurance plan, too.
I’m not long off announcing specific details about it. Just know that if you want to be your best and be there for the people you care about – no matter what the world around you does – then focus and pay attention.
This could be exactly what you need.
I’ve been working harder over the last month than I’ve ever worked on anything. Whenever I worry about running out of ideas, my brain burns with new possibilities.
I can’t wait to share it with you all.
But, lo, I must wait.
In the meantime?
This will help you prepare for it.
It’s not a prerequisite. Consider it a handy supplemental:
P.S. Things are going to look different in 2021. Even my casual readers are about to get a lot more value from me.
The dedicated folks?
You’re in for a journey…