Let’s be honest, ringing in as big of a year as 2020 can be stressful. Closing out an entire decade is a lot to process. There’s pressure to make resolutions and reflect in a way that’s bigger than just any other new year. I’m sure you’ve seen the lengthy posts on social media with friends and family summarizing their epic 2010's. When looking back at your decade, it can be easy to feel that you didn’t do as much as you thought you did or that you're experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) when comparing yourself to others. Ask yourself these questions to make the start of 2020 a moment of reflection that celebrates you and all you’ve accomplished during this decade:
1.What are your wins of the 2010's? Take a moment to think of what you consider your wins of this decade, no matter how big or small. Did you graduate? Check an item off of your bucket list? Make a list of all of your wins to see just how much you accomplished.
2. What accomplishment are you most proud of? What’s that ONE moment you still glow with pride about? Did you ace the hardest class you’ve ever taken? Maybe you got that coveted promotion? Consider this moment one for the record books.
3. What did you learn in the 2010's? You don’t realize how much you learn on a yearly basis until you take a moment to think about it. Learning can be categorized as broad as a degree or as specific as your new favorite fun fact. As long as you’re learning, you’re growing.
4. What skill sets did you develop? Did you add any hard or soft skills to your toolbox? Maybe you learned a new programming language or you finally developed that elusive skill of managing up?
5. What was your biggest area of growth? While slightly less fun to think of, it’s also important to reflect on the work you did on your personal and professional areas of growth. When looking back, remember that even small and incremental growth still counts!
6. Who was the most influential person in your life? Who was your superhero of the 2010's? Maybe it’s your boss, a celebrity, or even your mom. But think of how that person helped shape you and the decade you just had (and consider sending them a thank you!).
7. What did you learn about your professional self? Did you realize what your dream company is? How you communicate best? Remember that learning what you don’t like is just as important as learning what you like as you progress further on your career path.
8. What was your greatest adventure of the 2010's? Time to think of the fun stuff! What crazy, unforgettable moment did you have? This is the story you’ll be telling your friends and family about for years to come.
9. What do you want to leave in the 2010's? You don’t have to take everything with you into this new decade. Are there toxic relationships worth assessing and leaving behind? A job that you should consider changing?
10. What do you want to bring into the 2020's? And just as importantly, what are some of the biggest things you want to continue cherishing this decade? Maybe there’s a skill set you just started growing that you want to double down on? Or a spark of a mentoring relationship you want to continue building?
Take a moment and look at all of the things worth celebrating about your decade! Happy New Year!