Problems and Opportunities will always co-exist.
Indeed, 2020 has been a bizarre year, but isn't every year a little bizarre, weird, or even difficult?
Today, you live in this world where information flows and your life is impacted at a far greater pace that at any point in history. Your visibility to what is going on around the world has never been more transparent and your feelings, thoughts, and emotions have never been more tested. This is why we started Project OTY and recently launched the "Build YOUR Roadmap" course online to help you grow and succeed in today's world with confidence.
The fact is there are 7.5 billion people on this planet and no two people are the same. No two people will ever experience all the same moments, influences, and experiences in life. Everyone will face Transformative Moments in their life and difficult years along with opportunities to pursue. Some moments will affect all of us, as in the case of the Coronavirus.
This is the game of life.
7 Questions to ask yourself when faced with a "most difficult year ever":
Here are seven questions to consider when thinking about how to get through hard times in life.
1. Why is this year any more difficult or challenging than any other year?
This may be a quick answer for you when you focus on one or a few events that occured this last year. Pause, and write down all of the challenging moments you experienced this last year. Read it once and then throw that list away. All you can do is control what you can control going forward.
2. What am I doing right now to make sure next year isn’t more difficult?
Once you have thrown that list of $#!+ away, pull out another piece of paper. Write down 10 things you would like to accomplish in the year to come. These should be 10 things that you feel passionate about. Next to each item on your list, write down "what YOUR next step is". A step is something you can do in the next 30 days to get moving forward on each item on your list.
3. What did I learn this year that I can leverage going forward and what do I still need to learn?
Take inventory of the lessons you learned this last year. Write these down and reflect on them. Consider the details that led you to be where you are at today. Examine the choices and decisions you could have made differently. Consider how you might make different choices going forward. When you are ready, write down a lesson you'll need to learn for each of the 10 things you would like to accomplish in the year to come.
4. Do I have a plan for myself that I believe will make next year better?
Without a plan for where you want to go and how you are going to get there, it will simply be more difficult to reach your destination. For each of the 10 things you would like to accomplish in the year to come, write down some habits and routines you can choose to change that will help you find your rhythm and stay focused.
5. Have I defined my “game of life” and how I really want to play it?
Once you have defined what success looks like for you in the coming year, pause and consider how you really want to play your game of life. There are two choices. You can either play this game like you are the leader in your life, or you can play this game like someone else is the leader in your life. It’s your choice. Write down 4-5 values that are important to you in terms of how you go about playing your game of life. (ie. with integrity, honesty, transparency, gratitude, kindness, etc...)
6. Do I know my unique strengths and how I can leverage them?
To move from the most difficult year to possibly the best year ever, you need to start from a spot of confidence. Consider, what is your unique strength? These are the strengths that you can leverage for yourself going forward. The quickest path to discovering your unique strength is to ask the people you trust the most (who will be honest with you) to describe what they believe your unique strengths are. Once you understand how you are perceived by others, you will be in a position to now leverage those strengths going forward and surround yourself with others who have a unique strength that may be able to help you.
7. How do I find some peace and something to be thankful for every day? How do I find the wins to celebrate?
When you have defined the game your are playing and what success looks like for you in a year, you will be in a better position to find peace and gratitude every day. You will be in a stronger position to recognize the lessons you are learning every day (in every moment) that can either help you or hinder you in the pursuit of your success. At the end of each day, make it a habit to write down a lesson you learned that day. Say "thank you" to yourself for learning that lesson. The more you position yourself to say “thank you”, the more it will feel like you are progressing and winning on a daily basis.
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Give the questions above some considerable thought. When you are ready to move from feeling like this has been the most difficult year to feeling like you are building a successful future for yourself, get active. If you need help organizing your game plan or figuring out where to start, we can help you.
We invite you to "Build YOUR Roadmap". This is our signature, self-driven course that will introduce you to a process for organizing your thoughts and taking action on your plan to build a future for yourself that you are passionate and excited about. You'll walk away from this course confident and excited to smash your goals.
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The choice to get started on Building YOUR Future is yours. We look forward to helping when the time is right. In the meantime, we wish you the best in your continued efforts to be the best you that you can be!
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