One of the things I like to do when December rolls around is to think back about where we’ve been the past year, where we are now, and where we’re going. I do this because research has shown that reflecting on your past and how you’ve successfully dealt with challenges helps you build resilience. Taking stock of where you are now helps you decrease anxiety and focus on the requirements of the moment. And looking ahead helps you set goals, complete projects, and turn your picture of the future into reality.
Where We’ve Been
In so many ways, 2021 has been a year of healing. We’re closer to being able to do the things we did before the pandemic hit. People began coming back to the office and we started having face-to-face meetings again. Officials in California just announced another indoor mask requirement to combat a 47% increase in COVID-19 case rates across the state since Thanksgiving, so we’re not out of the woods yet. The good news is that we’ve adapted to dealing with this pandemic.
So, how was your 2021? What did you get done this year that you feel good about and can praise yourself for?
Where We Are Now
Like so many organizations, 2020 sent our company into a financial tailspin. This year we’ve had a financial comeback and so have many of our clients. It’s still a tough time for many organizations, though, and the movement to digital work has led to some concerning trends: fatigue, weakened interpersonal connections, and dissatisfaction with virtual offerings. Our company is working with organizations to help them overcome these issues.
How about you? Where are you as 2021 comes to a close? Take a deep breath and appreciate this moment.
Where We’re Going
I’m personally excited about 2022, because I’ll be launching my new book with Randy Conley, Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust. The book will be out in February 2022, and you can pre-order your copy now.
I’m also excited about the release of “The Mulligan,” a film based on the book I wrote with PGA touring pro Wally Armstrong. It’s all about second chances in life—and who doesn’t need those?
What are you looking forward to in 2022? Whatever it is, I wish you a rewarding new year!