What a year 2021 has been!
As we prepare to ring in 2022, I think it is essential to look back and appreciate our achievements over the past 12 months.
This year saw an immense amount of negativity and chaos. At a personal level, many of us have achieved great things during 2021!
For me, this year has been one of my most successful years!
I started a new job that has been incredibly more fulfilling and rewarding than anything I have done before. While significantly more challenging, this new position has placed me on a team of inspiring professionals who want nothing more than to see the team succeed. What a change that has been!
My new job has also provided me with the chance to travel abroad, something I have always wanted to do but never had the opportunity or time to do. Over the past 12 months, I have had the opportunity to travel to Italy twice, Spain, and Portugal. This travel will continue into the new year with trips planned throughout Europe. I have found great pleasure in learning about new cultures and discovering a new passion for travel.
Outside of work, I completed my graduate studies at Boise State University, earning a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Leadership. Completing an MBA program had been a long-time dream. A blessing of COVID was that I now had the time to dedicate to studies and access to a reputable school through an online platform.
This year also provided an opportunity to spend more time with family. This summer, my son learned to swim and ride his bike without training wheels. He also played team sports for the first time, enjoying lacrosse and soccer. My daughter found a new passion in dance and gymnastics. Rounding out the year, we took a family trip to Disneyworld and experienced the Magic of childhood at its finest!
Looking ahead to 2022 now!
None of us know what the world will give us this year. All we can do is make the best of every situation. We must continue to find ways to thrive rather than merely survive.
Growing up, my dad coached my youth soccer team. He would tell us two things before every game. The value in these words didn’t hit me until much later in life. This is how I am approaching the new year, and I encourage everyone to follow suit.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”
What have you been putting off for later? What is preventing you from starting it now?
You will never succeed at something you haven’t started or tried. Make 2022 the year you take your shot!
“Give me 5 shots in the first 5 minutes!”
Momentum is tremendous in sports. Set your goals now, building up from small milestones to huge successes as the year goes on.
You don’t need to lose all that weight in January, but you can quickly meet a goal of doing one more workout, or running one more mile, each week. Small victories are still victories. Don’t set unreasonable expectations for the start of the year that you lose your drive and momentum before you see real progress.
My goals for January 2022:
- Write one post per week. As you may have noticed, 2021 was not a successful year for me on this front. I turned my focus towards other things, but 2022 is the year that I refocus on growing my skills as a writer and helping teams achieve their common goals.
- Read two fiction novels. Over the past several years I have focused my reading strictly on non-fiction and found myself dreading reading over the past several months.
- Stretch twice per week. For as long as I can remember, I have had terrible flexibility. This was never an issue in my younger years, but I now feel the impact. Getting older is no joke! This year I plan to increase my flexibility through stretching and yoga, but to start, I commit to stretching for 15 minutes twice per week.
Each of these feeds into larger goals for the year, but, as I said, none of those goals are achievable in the next four weeks, so we will save those for another time.
I would love to hear about your accomplishments over the past 12 months and your goals for January 2022. Please share with us in the comments or connect with us on LinkedIn or on twitter @AggregateProj!