Reflecting Upon 2020 and Creating New Habits for the New Year
While many people are wishing away the last few days of 2020 (understandably so, as there was no shortage of challenges and hardships), Justin Thorstad encourages people not to wish time away and also offers some reflections of 2020 before moving into the New Year.
Don’t Wish Time Away — Remember that time is not promised, so Justin advises people not to “rush” out of 2020 and into the New Year. “Time itself is not bad,” he reminds. “Time is the most precious commodity so instead of wishing it to pass, use that time to love and create and connect.”
Take Inventory — The end of a year, or any significant milestone in life, is a good time to “take inventory.” Take a step back to look at this very interesting year, reflect upon it and take some time to create awareness and move forward with that awareness of the habits or patterns that could be created or changed in the New Year as people work toward becoming the best versions of themselves.
Reflect Upon Old Habits to Create New Ones — Justin notes that habit is simply a redundant set of automatic and unconscious sets of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. For those that want to start off the New Year working towards betterment of themselves and their lives, looking back and reflecting upon their current habits is a good place to start. He suggests asking the following questions and using the answers to create a more purposeful life in the New Year:
“What habit(s) do I have that I desire to change?”
“What would the new habit look like and feel like?”
“What books did I read this year?”
“What were my biggest moments of awareness?”
“What am I doing that is working in creating desired results?”
“What can I start doing to serve and support myself?”
“What can I stop doing that is not supporting myself and who I wish to become?”
He encourages people to look ahead to 2021 with awareness and the commitment to themselves in the New Year. He adds that people can catch the “old program” — and stop it. He says, “What will you switch to in that moment?” He advises people to first create a vision of who they desire to be as the chief aim and then practice this state of being on a regular basis (every morning, for example). Doing so will increase one’s ability to become aware of their old patterns and more easily shift in the moment.