As challenging as 2020 has been for everyone, this year's struggles have also brought about opportunities to explore new ways of doing business. As the year comes to a close, it would be best to focus on the learnings you gained which will help you continue to grow and improve in 2021.
It’s all a matter of perspective and you can always choose to see the silver lining even in an unbelievably year like this one. While it may be difficult to see the positives from a year like 2020, you have certainly gained much by simply making it this far. If you've made major changes to your business in order to adapt to the new normal and your business is still somehow running, then you are already a success story and you deserve congratulations.
If you're unsure about some of the good things you have gained from your efforts this year, here are some questions you can answer:
- Did you sell some of your products?
- Did you introduce new products?
- Did you change any of your processes?
- Did you retain some of your employees this year?
- Did you keep some of your clients?
- Did you gain any new clients?
- Did you make any new partners?
- Did you attend training sessions or webinars?
- Did you share your experiences with others?
If you are able to answer positively to any of these questions, then you will surely have gained some valuable insights from your experiences this year and you should be proud of yourself. If you can, it would be interesting to jot down some of the things you learned, not necessarily to share with others but just to keep track of your own personal progress. You might be surprised at what you will find.
When it comes to changes in your products or processes, even if these changes did not result in improvements or successes, the very act of changing is already a step above stagnation. Choosing to try something different indicates a willingness to adapt and to be more flexible and this is to be commended.
The year 2020 has been tough but if you choose to make the most of all that you have learned, then you are in a strong position to face the new year. Again, it’s all about perspective, and if you welcome 2021 with the right perspective, you are well on your way to success.