Well that was quite the interesting year we just had! We learned some new terminology (that I could have done without), figured out how to Zoom, reconnected with loved ones, and navigated an entire obstacle course with highs and lows.
In years past, you have no doubt seen advertising messaging touting the "New Year, New You!" mantra. In light of the year we just had, I would like to propose a different message: "New Year, New Opportunities." We may have had some of the last year's challenges thrown at us faster than a wrecking ball or we may have handled every curve ball with dexterity and sure-footedness. We may still be picking up some of the pieces from last year or reshuffling where they landed - and that is OK. I encourage you to take this time to sift through the rubbles of missed opportunities: special occasions that were downsized or cancelled, job prospects that came or went, a friendship that strengthened or struggled, self-care that flourished at home or fell by the wayside. Even if the outcome was not ideal at the time, can you look at the situation now and see what opportunities can arise from it?
In business school, they teach the SWOT matrix which stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. I think we have had enough of the weaknesses and threats to last for a while. Instead, I encourage you to look for the opportunities and reclaim your strengths. I wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year and I'll be here to help however I can.