January 5, 2021

3 Ways to Start The Year Strong

By Guy East

2020 was a year for the record books. It took a toll on all of us in varying degrees. Our organization felt the effects as we had ceased operations in March. Additionally, Athletes have been hit hard this year with the cancelation of so many competitions and the constant fear of catching the virus, the long-term health effects and the loss of income. If there is anything that 2020 taught us, it’s that nothing is certain. We came up with three things that you can start doing to start 2021 off right.

1. Incorporate an attitude of gratitude.

We all have things to be thankful for yet it’s easier to look at the negatives rather than the positives. An astonishing 94 percent of people who recount three good things that happened each day feel significant depression relief after fifteen days. Take time at the beginning or end of each day to think about things you’re grateful for. An amazing transformation will occur as you get into the habit of gratitude, you’ll start looking for the positives, instead of the negatives.

2. Be intentional about relationships.

Despite all the zoom meetings and conference calls we’ve had this year, it’s important to be intentional about relationships. Reach out to friends and family that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Find a mentor than can help you develop skills and talents in a field or discipline that you want to grow in. You don’t have to meet in person to build relationships, but you do need to be intentional. We need each other to get through trying times and there is no better time than now to get started. Call one person a day that you haven’t spoken with in awhile. Don’t text, call!

3. Don’t be hard on yourself.

Winning and accomplishment can give us the feeling of validation, but when things haven’t gone our way it’s easy to feel like a failure. The lack of competition, the inability to perform and/or the disappointment of poor performance can lead to destructive and unhealthy behaviors. Take it easy on yourself, your career is a process of continual growth and improvement. You’re learning and growing and you can take the experiences from this year, learn from them and use them in your favor next year. Don’t be hard on yourself, it only exacerbates the hard year and makes it all the more challenging.

These are 3 things that you can do to start 2021 off right. This will be a year of opportunity, seizing the new and letting go the old. We can’t wait to see what the world holds for you.

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