2020 was tough, but maybe in all this madness, we got a taste of 20/20 vision after all?
As I sit here wrapping stuff up, in both senses (!), and having done my last speaking gig this year, I’ve been trying to find the right words to bring some meaning and understanding to 2020. Then I started to see some great Christmas decorations on Facebook, and they cheekily made me laugh.
Firstly, the more measured approach:
Then, the (ah-hem) more direct approach!
These and similar are still for sale on Etsy by the way.
Ok, deep breath…..2020….
This time last year people were blogging and posting stuff about ‘2020 (or 20/20) vision’ in the year 2020 ?. I’ll be honest I thought it was a bit too easy and dull. Bloggers just trying to get better ratings on Google. There was so much of that talk around it became like noise and most people I know just rolled their eyes and didn’t read that stuff. There is always is a bit of jumping on the bandwagon from bloggers, journalists and speakers and yes, 2020 was a date that related to a phrase about clarity.
Geeky bit: It actually is a measurement used by opticians to state that you can see the bottom row of the eye chart from 20 yards away without specs. So you have ’20 yard’ vision – well that’s the simplified version. And over time through slang from Jazz musicians, it became a phrase that means – ‘I can see clearly’ or ‘the fog had lifted’ – ‘we can see the future now’. Perfect for business consultants and motivational speakers like me of course.
So at the beginning of March 2020 we were all ticking along, I was in New York celebrating my big 5-0 and then we started hearing about a virus, people were texting us, and in those few days in March – it got serious and by the time we had left New York the shops were emptying and Times Square was nearly deserted, except for me grabbing the last New York Knicks basketball bargains that I could find. When we landed back home, we were locked down. At that point, everything changed.
It has been a tough year for most, really tough for many, devastating for some.
But as we approach the end of 2020, for me personally through all the trials, worry and upheaval I feel like, in part, that 2020 has weirdly given me better vision and has helped me focus, at work and personally.
I have simplified my business, I am now offering a much more focused offering to my clients, I have focused my attention on what I do well and what solves peoples problems (the heart of any good speaking or training business).
Plus, even though I haven’t been able to see as many of my friends and family as I’d have liked in 2020, I have certainly realised how grateful I am for them, have kept in touch, and have already thought of ways to enjoy hanging out with them in 2021.
All that has happened in a strange sort of way, through tough times and frustration, but I do feel that I have gained some new vision and focus, for my business and for other things too. It’s been uncomfortable, boring and challenging at times but also a kind of a refining process.
Anyway, that’s just me thinking aloud. What about you?
We all want to leave 2020 behind asap. But what did you learn from it?
Where have you been better focused, or refined even?
Press pause for five minutes – have a think, write down some thoughts.
Don’t rush into 2021 without taking stock of 2020.
Then let’s move on into a year of recovery.