Well, this is it, folks – my last column with you of the decade!
It seems odd saying that, doesn’t it? An entire decade gone and another one about to begin.
However you’re feeling about 2020 and the next 10 years, please do remember that we sometimes put way too much emphasis on blocks of time which were, after all, made up by some dudes aeons ago to help us keep track of the days and remember to not to drop the kids off at school on the weekend.
Our calendar system – as lost as we might be without it – really is just a filing system. All this ‘new year, new you’ silliness is a pressure we don’t need and merely a marketing gimmick. You don’t need to wait for a specific date to make changes in your life OR judge your levels of success by an invented block of time.
Just embrace every moment. Live for the now. Say ‘yes’ to life and savour as much as you can. Though our time system might be, essentially, made up, we never really know how much time we have left!
Anyway, let’s get on with the show. Here are my top ten tips to help you enjoy an amazing 2020 – and beyond.
1) Don’t be an asshat.
2) Be kind to others (see point 1).
3) If there’s something you really want to see/get/do, take on responsibility to make it happen instead of complaining about it (see point 1).
4) Be interested in people and build relationships instead of just pushing hard sell messages (see point 1).
5) Value yourself, love yourself a bit more and learn to help others without being a doormat OR expecting something in return (see point 1).
6) Love what you do or do something else (see point 1).
7) Be grateful for all the goodness you DO have instead of complaining about all the stuff you don’t (see point 1).
8 ) Sometimes you’ll experience the odd day that feels shit. This is just part of life. Take the duvet day if you need it, then do something to change your mood. It’s up to you to do this. Blaming external factors won’t help (see point 1).
9) If you keep on calling your actual dream a pipe dream, that’s exactly what it will be. (See point 1). 😉
10) Stop saying you want to be the new Tony Robbins/Oprah Winfrey/Richard Branson/insert hero/guru here. Take INSPIRATION from them, sure, but stop wanting to BE them. Work on being the best version of yourself instead; you have your own unique skills and qualities to share with the world – and anyway, everyone else is already taken (see point 1).
That’s it. Have an amazing 2020. I’ll see you in January to get the new year rolling.
Until next time,