How’s your year so far, and the importance of finishing strong!

Ok, don’t answer that! 2020 has been a shocker in many ways. No need to reiterate that here. But, the idea behind this post is something which sprang to mind on a cold and dark walk, through the streets of Derby.

It wasn’t very exciting (thankfully, as exciting in Derby often equates to trouble!) but I found myself thinking back over the year, picking out what I wish I’d done more of; what I was glad I did do more of, and what I wish to erase from my memory…

But why is this important? And why am I writing about it?

Well, seeing as we’re nearing the end of the year, I want to finish strong and move into 2021 on a good foot. I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. Motivation is fleeting, where momentum and consistency is everything. I wrote about the power of habits and outcomes once – you can read that here.

I also know the importance of finishing strong.

This time last year I was mid-way through a campervan road trip in Europe. I can clearly remember my thoughts on not ‘drifting’ to the finish line as I made my way home, but, instead, throwing myself into whatever came my way.

With hindsight, I’m glad I did. The last few weeks were some of the best of the whole adventure. (Except for getting stuck in the mud, less than an hour from home!)

All of this thinking reminds me I work better with a focus and a direction. And as a wise yoga teacher once said to me in India, effort without direction is just effort. But effort with direction is something more…

This led me to this post, and to getting clearer on what I want to focus on for December 2020, and into 2021.

Anyway, here’s a few of my ‘I wish I’d done more of…’

  1. Written more articles for magazines. Whilst I had two accepted this year, I’ve got more to write about and share.
  2. Kept up with my running. At the start of lockdown I got back up to 10km in 55 minutes. No excuses here – I just slacked it off.
  3. Been on more adventures – Ok, limiting factors at play for 2020, but nice to know that spirit is still burning inside!

And here’s a few ‘I’m glad I did do more of…’

  1. Took on new, interesting, and challenging, landscaping projects.
  2. Completed a 40-day coaching programme with James Boardman.
  3. Learnt to SUP.
  4. Made the effort to do local hiking.
  5. Discovered some more kick-ass yoga teachers and studio’s in Derby.
  6. Helped out people with their own projects.
  7. Quit drinking alcohol for October, and November, and will continue for December.

I’m not sharing this in any way to show off.

More to share how useful it can be to reflect back, recognise what’s worked for you (and what hasn’t), and make the call on where to focus (our limited) time and energy moving forward.

Because what’s the alternative?

I hope it helps!

PS. As to the things I wish to erase from my memory, you’ll just have to guess 🙂

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