As human beings, we crave purpose. Purpose is what drives us and pushes us forward to achieving new goals. Get a high-paying job, own a new house, have a family or become the best at what you do. Purpose is what gets us up in the morning.
But along with achieving certain things in life, we should also look at how we can grow within ourselves. Grow smarter, grow kinder, grow wiser.
In my opinion, a big part of growth stems from reflection. Stepping back from the moment and taking the time to reflect, whether it’s on something that just happened to you, on a topic that you’ve been hearing about lately or maybe even how life has been going.
For now, let’s think about our lives - here’s your chance to reflect on 2020.
A lot of people have struggled and I’m sure you’re one of them. I don’t know anybody that hasn’t been negatively affected in some way during 2020. And while we can acknowledge that this past year has been difficult, I’d ask that just for today, you put those thoughts to the side and focus on this instead …
What was good about this last year, and if you can stretch to it, what was great?
It’s easy to reel off a list of the bad things that happen, it’s what we’re good at. The bad things tend to linger in our minds for us to replay again and again.
Today though, I want you to put in the effort and push yourself to come up with three good (or great!) things that happened for you in 2020.
You don’t have to write them down or share, but if you want to put them ‘in ink’ to make it feel a bit more real, please do share below.
I’ll go first:
- I joined a business-mentoring program. I took the leap at the beginning of May, signed-up to the program and was paired with a cracking fella called Colm (pronounced column) from Ireland. With a lot of valuable information and resources provided by the program, and with Colm’s advice during our monthly calls, the business has progressed leaps and bounds. The business is surviving through the pandemic and is set to thrive when things return to normal. Expensive? Very. Worth it? Absolutely.
- I started a year-long Nutrition Coaching Course. One of the new strings we’re adding to the bow at HIT35 is Nutrition Coaching. I won’t be nor ever planned to be the coach, but I wanted a better understanding of this side of fitness, so that I could have a stronger ability to guide the program to where I thought it needed to be. I deliberately chose the course that focuses on HOW to coach, rather than the science of nutrition (gut health, nutrient types etc.). To my delight, the crossover from coaching nutrition to coaching fitness is exactly the same in many ways. Expensive? Yes (although not as much as the mentoring program). Worth it? Absolutely.
- Knowing where I want my life to go and discovering my new purpose. Before HIT35, my life was hockey, and pretty much just hockey. Playing, coaching, watching. At the time of writing, I probably haven’t played any hockey for about a year. Do I miss it? Sure but I stopped for a reason, and I’ll probably start playing a bit again sometime in the future. This time away has given me a whole year to think on what I want to do, to find my new purpose. There are two. I’ll share one now - it's this. Talking to you, building the business, helping my clients achieve their goals, helping my staff make more money and love working in their chosen industry, building something that can one day sustain itself without me, letting me move onto creating something else.
There you have it, that’s my year for 2020. Were there hard times? Sure, but we’re not thinking about those today. Today, we think about the good things.