They say that “Hindsight is 20/20″… and that saying is more applicable as we end 2020 than any other year.
As you look back on this year, what do you see? How do you plan for 2021? I share my perspective in this short video (3 min). Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Hi there. You know, they say that hindsight is 20/20. And I don’t think that that is more applicable in any year, other than this year being 2020. And with everything that has happened this year… We’ve had the pandemic, which has caused so much pain and struggle in both of our personal lives and our business lives. We’ve had political unrest… We’ve had everything surrounding Black Lives Matter… We’ve had all of these different things that just seem to keep piling on and piling on. And if you’re like most people at the end of the year, you kind of take a look back and you look at your business and how things have worked out during the year.
This year, I think we need to take a closer look. So as you’re coming up on this new year, that we’re all anticipating, probably with bated breath, really take a look at what happened in 2020 and not from the standpoint of “Oh my gosh, you know, everything went wrong. It should have been better… there was nothing I could have done, right?” Because so many times there are things that we can do.
Sometimes we just don’t think of them in the heart of the moment. So as you’re taking a look back, look at those things that maybe were difficult, maybe those things that you look at and you consider them a failure, maybe things that you look at and you go, “Wow, that piece actually really worked.” Some businesses did a great job of really being able to turn their business around, maybe take a new approach, find a new focus and really grow their business. Other businesses really struggled. You know, there were businesses that were shut down by the different States and municipalities in order to be able to do business, they had to follow these new rules and some of them had to close.
So as you’re looking back at it, take a look at everything, you know, failures… I don’t know if you can see the sign on my back wall because it’s my daily reminder, but failures actually teach us something. Failures are good. They give us a new perspective. They give us a new way to look at things. And we learn from them. And my sign back there says that doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. So as you’re looking at 2020, look at those things that you succeeded in, celebrate your accomplishments. That could be anything from, I was able to pay my employees to I was able to really grow my business. And then even with those things that might fall into that quote unquote failure bucket, take a look at those and see what you can learn from them. Because even if you weren’t able to transition your business in 2020 into something that was thriving and growing, you have that opportunity in 2021 moving forward.
We always have that opportunity to continue to grow. So hindsight is 20/20, probably never so much as this year. And I hope, and I pray that as 2021 comes and greets us all that you continue to succeed in your business and you continue to grow. Happy Holidays everybody!