New Year’s Day is a great time to sit back and think of new ideas for 2020.

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New ideas for 2020

New Year’s Day is a great time for dreaming up new ideas

New ideas, new standards

You have the chance to reflect with each new year.

This gives you the opportunity to create some new ideas – and standards – for the year ahead.

Let me share three that I’ve set for myself.

Encourage a growth mindset

Leading psychologist, Carol Dweck says:

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

I would add “openness” to that – being open to opportunities and learning new things.

As I get older, I find myself being less willing to be open and learn.

So, I will make an effort to do both and so cultivate my growth mindset this year.

Develop resilience

Something happened this year which called into question my resilience.

It caused me to take a step back and ask myself why I reacted in that way.

I recognise that resilience is a key skill to develop in order to achieve my goals.

I like what Ian Price describes as being “Resilience+” in Simon Mundie’s BBC Podcast “Don’t tell me the score“.

This year, I will spend time working on my resilience and grit.

Practice before doing

Ask any top sports person how they achieved their exalted position and they will say that practice is key.

This is fine in a repetitive activity constrained to a court or pitch.

But what about in real life and real relationships?

Well, there are lessons that we can transfer, one of the key ones being to work through different scenarios in our imagination.

Take a situation where you expect conflict next time you meet a certain person.

Imagine the different ways you could react.

Which gives the best outcome?

I plan to rehearse scenarios for challenging personal situations, so that when I am faced with that situation I am more likely to get outcome that I want this year.

The Bard got it right

Shakespeare had a deep understanding of people as well as a wonderful way with words, so let me start the New Year with one of his quotes:

“…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” (Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 239–251)

I think that this is a great mantra for life and the year ahead, because it gives the choice to decide whether something is good or bad.

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Happy New Year and all the best for 2020!

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