At this very moment, people all around the are saying “Happy New Year.” The year 2019 has become the year 2020. People are reflecting on 2019 and planning great and wonderful things for 2020. Today, I am jumping on the bandwagon as well. Sit back and check out my thoughts on my 2019 and my plans for 2020.
I did not have a perfect 2019 when it comes to my business. There were several goals that did not reach. There are some areas where I came up short. There are things I should have accomplished, that I did not accomplish. Some of my dreams did not come true. If I am going to be honest, I know where the blame for the failures should be placed. It should be placed squarely at my own feet. When I did not work my plan, my plan did not work.
There are many ways I could react to how 2019 played out. I could make up excuses. There are a million excuses I could toss out. I could also hang my head in shame. But I won’t. I’m already carrying too much to pick up some shame. If your 2019 was like mine, don’t pick up shame. Take a moment and look at things very differently.
When you succeed, be happy. Hold your head up high. Enjoy the success that you have worked for and earned. On the other hand when you fail. When things do not go as you plan, remember all that you are carrying. When you do, realize that you are carrying too much to pick up some shame and go forward. Revamp where needed. Revise when needed. Do whatever you need to do to push forward. But, no matter what you do, do not pick up shame, that is a burden you do not have room to carry.
I am looking forward to 2020 and beyond. I am looking forward to all the wonderful things I will do. I will carry many things over the course of the next 12 months, but one of them will never be shame.
One thing I am bringing with me into 2020 is a playlist of two songs. Many people select words at the beginning of each year to guide their actions throughout the year. The words are selected with care concern and hope for the future. I do something a little different. I select songs to guide me each year. This year I have selected “Out My House” by CeCe Winans and “Formation” by Beyonce. The two songs I have selected to help guide me in 2020 have words that speak to my head and my heart.
In the song, “Out my House” are the following words:
Don’t want you on my porch no more
Stop looking through my window open
Cause you’re my enemy and not my friend,
I can see clearly and I don’t
Wanna hear you on my radio
Don’t wanna see you on my TV screen
Don’t wanna read you in my magazine . . .
Not in the mood to negotiate, I know
God is for me and I’m not afraid . . .
And when you go please stay away . . .
The reality is, that there are negative people, thoughts, and circumstances that come up every day. I do not want these things to bother me. I do not want the negative to rule my day or my life. I want those things gone. It is a non-negotiable matter. It is my strong and fervent belief that words have power. Therefore if I say the negative has to go, it will go.
In Beyonce’s Formation, I found the words:
I see it, I want it . . .
I dream it, I work hard
I grind ’til I own it . . .
Take what’s mine,
I’m a star . . .
A few weeks ago I took stock of my plans for the year and what I achieved on that list. In many ways, I succeeded. In many ways, I came up short. I sat down and took stock of things. I reviewed the key performance indicators. I discovered what the problem was in the areas where I came up short. The problem in every area was me. I didn’t do the work. I didn’t work smart and instead worked hard in the wrong places.
One thing I know about myself is that if I want something and work for it, I achieve it. Therefore the success I wanted and was not achieving was the fault of no one but myself. The lyrics in this song remind me that as Jesse Jackson once said, “if my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”
Be like Janus and look both backward and forward.
As I enter 2020, I am excited. There are great and wonderful things on the horizon for me. I have established lines of business that I expect to be profitable. I have brand new lines of business that I hope will be profitable. In all that I do I plan to keep away negative thoughts and ideas. When negative thoughts, ideas, and people come along, I will show them to the door – literally and figuratively.
At the same time, as I go into 2020 I will be ever mindful of my part in my success or failure. I will look carefully at what I want. There will be lots of hard work. I will grind it out each day until I own the success I dream of attaining. I am responsible for myself and my actions. Because I am the star of my show, I decide the outcome. That is a beautiful feeling.
Take a moment now to be like the Greek god Janus looking forward and backward. Evaluate 2019. Look back with reasoned, objective, and experienced eyes. What were your highs and lows? Can you identify the teachable moments you experienced? After you backward reflection, look forward to December 31, 2020. What do you want to see on December 31, 2020? Now figure out the steps you have to take to get to that ending point?
It is wonderful to wake up, say “Happy New Year” an realize that the world is your oyster and that you can make it what you want it to be. So grab a fork and eat it up!