2020 was a challenge.
I won't say it was tough. I think for me personally, living in the greatest country in the world with so much opportunity and so little direct impact from Covid, personally it was not tough.
But it was a challenge.
2020 taught me a few lessons but none more so than the two I want to share with you all today. I think we can all apply these two lessons to our lives for a greater chance of success in 2021 and beyond. Here they are and I hope they help.
Tip #1: You are now prepared
If 2020 was the prelim, then 2021 is the main event!!!
We have been through lockdowns, social distancing, wearing face masks, working from home and plenty of people in other parts of the world and right here in Australian have lost people to COVID.
But we are now prepared. We now know that we can get through this just fine if we all play our part and do the right thing. No one liked it and we all wish it didn't happen but it did and I think most of us proved that we are capable of handling life just fine when it gets a little challenging. Some of your greatest qualities as a human being are displayed when times are challenging.
What did you let slip in 2020??
You can still train via Zoom so it's no excuse. You can still plan and prepare your meals like you did before and you can still have that same vision of how you want to look, feel and perform. Nothing changes unless you let it. And now that you are prepared, do not let those areas of your life which truly matter slip by again...
Tip #2: Control what you can control
This is an old Navy Seal quote and I love it.
"Control the controllables."
Focus on what you can control in life, and when it comes to your health, you generally have complete control over the things that matter most:
These 4 key areas of your health are going to give you the most bang for your buck and help you look, feel and perform at your best. The key is building structure in your own life around these 4 key areas because I guarantee you if these areas of your life are on track it will generally lead to improvement in nearly every other area of your life. I think a large part of this will come down to your vision and your goals. If you want to look, feel and perform at your best then what do you need to do to achieve this?
I personally made a decision over 5 years ago that I was not going to drink alcohol anymore, and I have not looked back. I decided that it was not in congruence with the husband, father and person I wanted to be, and it certainly ain't going anywhere so if I do decide to have a drink again, I didn't miss out on a single thing but I certainly gained plenty from the choices I made by focusing on what I can control. This was only one piece of the puzzle for me personally but I am constantly searching for ways to improve physically, mentally and as a human being.
Make it a priority in your life to focus on what you can control in 2021 for your most successful year yet.