Embracing The Change You Want To See in 2021

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For many of us, 2020 has been a year of continuous reflection, hard moments, and continuous challenge. As I approach this new year, I am excited to hear more people talking about what they want to carry into this new year, and less about the typical New Years Resolutions. If 2020 was the wake-up call, then 2021 is where we all need to embrace our new habits to enable the change we want to see in the world.

Standing up against racism, misogyny, inequality, oppression, are not easy changes to implement. It is easy to get upset and pay lip service but in the end feel too daunted by the enormity of the problem to take real action. Change requires thoughtful action, listening, and collaborating. It requires us to confront ourselves and the things we need to change personally as well as systemically. This type of change work is hard work and making it stick, requires skills that foster and build new habits within yourself and others.

To be successful you are going to need to tap into and embrace:

  • Quality Goal Setting – It’s not enough to state a goal, you need to be clear in what you want to achieve, why it matters and how you will use your resources to get there.
  • Mindfulness – How will you improve your awareness to know when you are hitting the mark and when you are falling short?
  • Resilience – How will you pick yourself up during set backs so that you can get back on track to reach your goals?
  • Growth Mindset – The belief that talent can be developed and that failure is a learning opportunity that enables incredible growth.

As I think about going into 2021 here are 2 podcast resources that can help you in your efforts:

  • DE&I: The Big Discoveries and Pathways to Real Change |”In this episode of Your Brain at Work, we look back at tectonic shifts that took place in 2020, and how, armed with that knowledge, organizations can follow the pathways to real change.”
  • Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy |From the folks at Hidden Brain “we talk with philosopher William Irvine about ancient ideas — backed by modern psychology — that can help us manage disappointment and misfortune.”

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