Why 2022 Will Be Different
As we finally head toward the holidays, I have been talking to many people who feel like they are ‘crawling to the finish line’. There is no denying it’s been a tough year. The pandemic and the lockdowns this year had a different impact on people than in 2020 – and the joy that we all take from being social, and being together, was taken away for significant lengths of time.
Now that we are open and moving toward a world where we must live with COVID, I think it is time for us to start being hopeful again. Start planning for a world where we can deal with the unexpected and keep moving forward. Enjoy watching our kids be with their friends. Plan for things you always wanted to do and keep putting off.
Because if this pandemic has taught me anything, it is that shit happens. Yes, that seems obvious, but it is true. Things happen that are outside our control. The only thing we can control is our reaction to them. Which is why I encourage you this Christmas holidays to think about you. What makes you happy? What do you look forward to? What is on your bucket list? If you can take some time to really reflect on your life so far, and the things that have brought you joy, then you can start prioritising that joy in 2022 and beyond.
You deserve to pursue joy and happiness. No matter your responsibilities or who else you are looking after. Recognise how important your own happiness is and pursue it. This is not something that can be done by just taking a holiday then living as you normally do. It’s about really reflecting on joy. And, on the things that deplete your energy and take your joy away. How can this be changed?
Your energy levels are your life force. They allow you to make others happy and achieve all you want in life. And if you keep allowing the things that are sucking your energy to remain, without moving toward change, then you are losing your own life force, perhaps permanently.
Of course, your financial situation is very much a part of this life force. If money (or lack of it) is a constant negative energy in your life, then it is time to change. How can you relieve the pressure? There are a few levers you can pull in your financial life, but the two biggest to change your situation are this – Can you lower your overheads? Can you bring more money in?
There is not one answer to each of these questions – there are hundreds of answers. And they may involve you making decisions that are initially tough. They also might affect others in your family. But at the end of the day, you must make decisions that protect your life force, your energy and your joy. Because they are things that look after everyone else in turn.
So, enjoy your Christmas. Enjoy the spirit this time of year brings. Do random acts of kindness. Taste things you haven’t tried before. Tell people you love how much you care. Because while we don’t know what’s ahead, we do know that love, connection and caring are the force we all thrive on. I wish this for you, and for your families.
Thanks for being with me this year. I have had the greatest privilege of being able to focus on what I bring to everyday people, to make them see their money and their life opportunities differently. It’s my life purpose and I can’t wait to share our stories with you in 2022 and beyond.
Until next time,
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