2021 New Year, New Attitude

Now class, what did we learn from the year 2020? If nothing else, we had some serious time to reflect. Although we did not have as many choices as we would have liked, we could choose how we spent our downtime.

It is said that it is not what happens to us that counts, it is how we handle situations that matter. It is all about your attitude.

Attitudes can determine your outlook on life and how you can survive and even thrive. As we move into the new year, it may be the time to consider an attitude adjustment.

Many have lost lives, jobs, money, livelihood, family members, and friends due to COVID-19; yet you got the chance to not only evolve but to transform. So now, the ball is in your park.

Don’t spend too much time telling yourself that 2020 was a terrible year. Here are some tips that may help you have a different attitude about your new outlook. 

  1. Readjust your mindset. Keep in mind that we are what we think. Change your thought process as soon as you begin to feel sorry for yourself or engage in self-pity. Self-pity degrades you the more.
  2. Consider 2020 as a learning experience. Understand that you can only impact those things that you can change; you can only grow from other experiences…if you choose to.
  3. Think of 2020 as an opportunity for you to make some changes in your life and think about how you should prepare in case another disaster should come your way. Change takes changes and remember, you can only change if you are willing to execute whatever is necessary to initiate those changes.
  4. Spend some time dedicated to gratitude. Do you know how many people who have been through greater devastations wish they were where you are today? Positive thoughts can lead to positive actions. Be thankful, and know that things could always be worse.
  5. Set your goals for 2021, and use 2020 as a motivator for the reason why you should NOT put off the things you really want to do. Don’t dwell on the setbacks of last year, but use the experience as a motivation to inspire you to do better this year.

Take a deep breath and make a commitment that this year indeed will be different. Unlike the many years that we started in the past, we proclaimed, “New year, new me!” only to drop our commitment and dedication and return to the same bad habits and behavior that served us no right.

We can’t keep restarting our two chapters, but we can fine-tune our attitude and jumpstart a plan of action to ignite a real change of perspective.

If nothing else came out of the year 2020 that was unprecedented, it was your ability to say that you survived. 

Leave a comment and tell us how you plan to change your attitude in 2021, and you likely may win a 2021 YSW Style and Self-care Gift package.

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