Going out on a limb here: There’s probably a good chance 2020 hasn’t gone exactly as you’d
had in mind. We jumped into January 1 excited by the promise of a shiny new decade. And then...well, you know.
We collectively were forced to put the pause button on almost everything. In the face of so much uncertainty, what other options were there? For many of us, we’re still unsure what exactly the new “normal” will look like, and we’re still in processing mode.
But that doesn’t mean your goals have to remain paused. You can still rock 2020, even in the face of uncertainty. And ya know what? You’ll end up stronger and more resilient for it.
Dental pros, here are some steps you can take to recalibrate what you want to accomplish this
year and snag yourself a few Ws.
Reassess what you actually want
There’s no experience like a crisis to shake up our personal worldviews and take a hard look at
what truly matters to us. Especially when that crisis keeps us self-quarantined for an extended
time and there’s not much to focus on outside of our own thoughts, habits, underlying
Did you discover anything new about yourself during quarantine? Did something about the
pandemic light a fire in you to finally go after that degree or career you always wanted?
Check in with yourself. Even if you think you’ve been doing it all along, do yourself this favor.:
Pause, grab a glass of wine, a notebook, and pen, and answer a few questions:
●What do I value more than anything else in the world?
●What brings me more joy than anything else in the world?
●What habits have I noticed about myself that serve me really well?
●What habits should I consider changing?
●What inspires me?
●What do I want to do more of?
●What do I want to do less of?
●If I could only share one skill or trait of mine with the world, what would it be?
Maybe your answers don’t surprise — and that’s okay. If after doing a check-in with yourself,
you feel more confidently than ever that you’ve been on the right path, keep going.
Or maybe, your answers feel totally different from what they would’ve been three months ago.
Ifso, it’s time to reevaluate your 2020 aim.
Taking a step back to reassess has some powerful results which might also inspire you to think about your career. Which is why this might also be a great time to reassess your personal statement. The clearer you can articulate who you are, what you want, what your strengths and
skills are, you attract different opportunities.
While you’re at it, this might also be the perfect time to start that Biteline profile. (Hint, hint.)
Get creative about new ways you can achieve your goals
So you know what it is you want to accomplish. The problem is, it might seem like you’re
prevented from taking the steps you need given the current state of the world.
But the keyword here is “seem.” There are so many productive ways to get after it with just your
computer and a little inspiration:
●Spend some quality time with your resume, LinkedIn, and professional bio
●Create an online portfolio and professional website with a user-friendly tool like Squarespace
●Learn a new skill through online classes or workshops through a company like Skillpop
●Complete a virtual 5K or Spartan Race
●Start a daily journaling practice to keep track of thoughts, ideas, and habits
Be willing to adapt
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
If we’ve learned nothing else this year, we’ve at least learned how drastically things can change
in a moment’s notice.
While it’s important to have underlying motivators and milestones you want to check off, your
ability to be flexible and adaptable could be your biggest asset in this new world. Because when
things change — and they absolutely will — those who are willing to still swing even after the
trickiest of life’s curveballs are the ones who will persevere, and make change happen.
Your core principles and goals? Rock ‘em. Remain steadfast in them. But the journey to how
you get there? Embrace that it’s going to look different than you pictured.
There’s still plenty of time to dream big and take big action in 2020. Are you ready?