It is June 1st and we are half way finished with 2020. This year has been significantly different than any other year. First the pandemic and now the response to the lifelong problem of police brutality, racism and oppression. If you promised yourself or resolved that you were going to make 2020 count… you still have six months to do it!
I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all of the essential workers that have kept our country and globe running during this global crisis. Like the veterans we celebrate and honor on Memorial Day; all of our essential workers gave some and some gave all. Some are still giving, serving and showing up for us. Have you been showing up for yourself? If you have been quarantined in the house since March, even if you are working from home, you probably had a lot more time on your hands than you’ve had in a long time. Of course, only you know if that’s true for you are not. But, my guess is that this quarantine actually set you up for an unexpected opportunity.
I think of two quotes when I think about the word “opportunity.” Whitney M. Young, Jr. reminds us; “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” Brendon Burchard cautions us; “When you knock on the door of opportunity, don’t be surprised that it’s Work who answers it.”
If the only thing you’ve done during this quarantine is to stretch and grow your waistline, you’ve missed a very valuable opportunity. This has been the perfect opportunity to stretch and grow your mindset or pertinent relationships during this pandemic. If you’ve squandered the opportunity away by complaining and slipping into melancholy thus far; no worries, you still have time. I challenge you to take some time out to make a plan of action for the remaining six months of 2020. Really use your 20/20 faith vision to come up with a specific action plan of intentionality, consistency and diligence.
Here are a few ideas for you to consider if you haven’t already done so:
Create a vision board
Plan / Set your Goals. Get a planner and earnestly schedule your plan for the next six months. First look at what you need to do each month and then break it down to each week. Then really hone in on your daily schedule so that you can “win the day.” There are many varieties of planners available. You’ll have to figure out what works best for you. Spend some time doing your homework and research to find the one that you prefer. I found an excellent one that works for me. It the High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard.
Get an accountability person. It is so much easier to do what you need to do if you can enlist a like-minded friend or loved one to hold you accountable to do what you need to do to add value to your life and to your journey.
Be intentional. Be consistent. Be disciplined. Be diligent. This is your life. Make it yours. Live life by design, not by default.
Feel free to reach out to me if you need some clarification. Remember, we’re all connected and we’re all in this together. I’m here for you. You matter and how you show up matters!!
Peace, love & blessings,