Let me thank you first in anticipation that you would have invested time to go through my last blog titled H2O dated December 22, 2019.
And, I would also like to wish you for an Enriching and Enabling 366 days in the year 2020. I know this new year wish looks different than what you must be receiving and/or sending to others. I did it deliberately – I am not keen to wish people only for the initial few days of the year 2020. And, I want to wish differently as many others would have anyway wished you for them to be prosperous and happy. So, let me be different – have an Enriching and Enabling 366 days in 2020 12.
“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Denis Waitley
As we have just began to chart-out our individual wishes, dreams and resolutions for 2020, let us ‘pause’ for a while and look-back what 2019 has gifted to us. Denis has beautifully captured it in his quote above; let us invest some time individually to reflect and recollect as to what made our life ‘good or great’ in the year 2019.
While you can do self-introspection individually for yourself, let me quickly share few things here from my end. I don’t mind doing it because I value this quote from Jane Porter: “Happiness is not perfected until it is shared”
- On a personal space, 2019 has been a most significant year for me and few of my family members. Almighty blessed us to perform a life-time duty called ‘hajj’ (pilgrimage) and this was ‘very satisfying & fulfilling’ experience for us.
- I have had fantastic 2019 meeting all the deliverables met including few successful job transition from North America
- At work, I continue to lead and mentor a CSR project and this has been fulfilling for me, as always.
- Last but not the least, I have personally invested three days of learning on this topics. 1) Coaching-in-depth and 2) On Becoming & Being a Reflective Practitioner
Let me stop here though there are few more that can get added. And, I have had few difficult and challenging times as well both in personal and work space. I have been able to resolve some of them & some of them are still ‘continued’ and I trust I can handle them as it goes.
If I have to step back and ask the question to myself ‘Did I plan to experience the year 2019 the way I mentioned above?’ The possible response could be YES or NO or PARTIALLY YES or I DON’T REALLY KNOW. I am not going to tell you my response here instead I would like each one of you to ask this question to yourself by reliving / re-experiencing your 2019. Don’t worry about the response – there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ response. But, it is important for us to know the ‘response’.
Let me tell you rather ask you one more question – ‘How would you like to experience your life in the year 2020 in aspects such as personal, profession, social etc.?’ If you notice, I am consciously asking this question as a ‘open ended question’ as compared to the previous one which was ‘close ended’. This is based on the learning I had from the two days workshop titled On Becoming & Being a Reflective Practitioner. In a way, I am making you to ‘reflect’ on your past i.e. 2019 and ‘plan or prepare’ for your ‘present’, i.e. 2020.
In a way, I did ‘reflect’ not just for 2019 but as a whole of my life as part of the workshop and it helped me a lot. Really, a lot! This also helped me to ‘prepare & plan’ for my future including the year 2020.
I would love to experience the year 2020 as ‘enriching’ and ‘enabling’ for me!
If you take the dictionary meaning of ‘enrich’, it goes like this: ‘improve or enhance the quality or value of’ – Given the current demand @ both work and personal space, I choose to take conscious steps to ‘enrich’ myself. It could be as simple as learning something new that I did not know before, strengthening / upgrading my current skills including soft-skills, being innovative etc.
When it comes the word ‘enable’, it goes like this: ‘give means to do something’. For a layman understanding, I would put it this way – whatever the ‘enrichment’ I acquire or gain, I would make them as ‘enablers’ for me to make my 2020 more happier and meaningful. In other words, it is not just enough to keep ‘enriching’ myself. I must know how I can use them as ‘enabler’ to meet my goals / objectives.
Based on my observation from the workshop I referred, almost all the participants were thinking on same lines and it makes lots of sense & it should be applicable to larger population out there. This is why I wished you for Enriching and Enabling 366 days in the year 2020. And, it is not just going to happen in a day or week or month. It has to be consistent and conscious efforts from each one of you, in all 366 days of 2020.
- Write down your quick reflection from the year 2019 (only high points both in personal & professional space)
- Respond for this question – How would you like to experience your life in the year 2020 in aspects such as personal, profession, social etc.?
- Do have an intention to ‘enrich’ and ‘enable’ yourself to make the answer for # 2 into reality
I would continue to share more tips & tools through blogs. If you wish, please reach out to me directly. I will be glad to take it forward.
I trust that you will Help Me To Help You! In this way, let us Help Together for the Optimum.