Look back in order to look forward

Let’s play a little game. 

Think back to December of 2019. The year 2020 is coming up quickly, and we have no idea what’s in store. Maybe we were looking back on the year with some satisfaction, maybe also with some regrets. We started thinking about goals and habits to form in 2020 and things we wanted to achieve. 

Fast forward a few months. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, we’ve realized some Known Knowns, realized some Known Unknowns, but are now staring in the face of a monstrously large Unknown Unknown being realized in real time around the world. 

Our naivety from a few months prior seems almost laughable. 

Was the time spent in reflection in December of last year wasted? No, I don’t think so. 

Sure - 2020 didn’t go the way a lot of people envisioned it, but our own testimony from last week shows there were plenty of things we learned or were reminded of. 

I’d like to encourage you to join me in the busyness of the next few weeks to carve some time out and do some reflection. Reflect on what 2020 looked like. If you wrote out some goals or resolutions for the year, go examine how they turned out. 

What went well?
What surprised you?
What did you learn?
What were you wrong about? 

Use some of those thoughts to start queuing up 2021. Things aren’t going to go perfectly as designed or envisioned. If nothing else, 2020 is testimony to the futility of making exclusively outcome-oriented goals. 

Let’s not allow that lesson go to waste, and as we embark into a new calendar year, let’s use 2020 to help frame how we want to live out our lives in 2021. 

Interesting Resources

David Swanwick
"The information Age is over. The next age is about the Storytellers."

Finish 2021 Calendar
1 min read | Jon Acuff 
It's with a bit of irony that I include this calendar with my content from above - but even though I ended up erasing/rewriting a lot of my own 2020 Finish Calendar (I recommend the dry-erase option), it was still incredibly valuable. Seeing your year laid out all on one visual is powerful. I color coded mine to show areas of family, finance, faith, friends, and Fident and look at it on a daily basis in my office. I'm ordering another one for 2021. (No affiliate link.) 
I'm going to share some updates with Fident with Fident clients in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for that. Some exciting things happening that I'm really - well, excited for. 

One last note- I truly am grateful for each of you who take the time to read these thoughts. I don't take that attention and time as granted, as I realize we all have precious time and mental capacity. 

Thank you.

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