My Five Lessons of 2020
I’m sure that we won’t want to see a year like 2020 ever again. It’s been painful, heart-breaking, exhausting and chaotic. As most of the world is still reeling from the impact of COVID-19 and will be for some time, it feels like we have a long way to go before any kind of ‘normality’ returns. But it’s not been all bad.
I’ve spoken to friends, colleagues, clients and family about this year. We’ve learnt a lot- about ourselves, our work and what’s important to us. Here’s my top five.
The importance of a great team
I have been so lucky to work with some absolute superstars this year at Visa and in my coaching practice. Having good people around in your professional life is a true privilege and I couldn’t have done 2020 without them.
Time for what matters
Your family, reading, writing, pets, making that call to a friend, looking after yourself, going for a walk, exercise- making time for the things that matter to you, even at times when you have no time is critical. Your mental and physical health will suffer without them.
The little things are the big things
When you can’t go anywhere, go on holiday, go shopping or meet your friends and family, the little things become even more important. A cup of tea in bed listening to the rain, the change in the seasons, watching TV with your children. I appreciate the little things in a different way in 2020.
Your health = everything
Life is precious, so look after yourselves and each other. Try to get quality sleep. Wear a mask. Take a walk. Talk to someone if you’re feeling blue. Eat your greens. Little changes make a big difference.
It’s good to learn new things
Even in a pandemic, or especially in a pandemic, learning new things this year has been a lifeline for my mental health. Invest in development, reading and listening your future self will thank you for.
I’d love to hear about your 2020 lessons. If you’re feeling stuck in your professional life I have some space for 1-2-1 clients opening in January. Send me a message to find out more.