Maybe it’s because social media skews toward negative thinking, but it’s starting to weird me out that people attribute so much negativity to what year it is.
“This is so 2020.”
“I can’t wait until 2020 is over so I can finally be happy in 2021.”
“After my 7 day free trial of 2021 I’ve decided to cancel.”
This is the same mindset that many people have with money, specifically how much they make.
“Once I start making $60,000 I’ll be happy.”
“Did I say $60,000? I meant $80,000, forgot to adjust for inflation.”
“I mean I’m that close, why not get to six figures? Then I’ll really be happy.”
What each of these scenarios have in common is that they are stories we tell ourselves; stories that can be changed with simple changes in perspective.
“Look at all that I’ve accomplished in 2020 despite some seriously fucked up circumstances. I wonder what’s in store for me in 2021!”
“I’m so blessed to be able to have a job and get paid money to provide value to others. Where can I spend my money that will bring me the most happiness in return?”
Every year will suck when only the negative parts of the year are highlighted.
There will never be enough income in the world if we don’t understand where money is being spent and we are constantly keeping up the Joneses.
A negative mindset is like living in a prison with a wide open front door and refusing to walk out. The world will open up with a simple shift in mindset. “I want everything” changing to “I’ve got everything I need” is a huge mental shift. Similarly, changing from “2020: worst year ever” to “2020: the year I overcame adversity” takes the power back from our circumstances and puts it back in our hands. We are no longer the victims in that perspective. All we have to do is walk out the front door.
Cheers to 2021 and beyond: not because it isn’t 2020 anymore, but because we will never let what year it is bring us down any longer.
Every year from this point forward will be judged on how much we grow from adversity, not the adversity itself.