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  • Linda R. Taliaferro

3 Keys to Bouncing Back in 2021

Throughout 2020, we’ve all had to take a step back and pause. It seemed that at every corner, we were finding ourselves hurrying up and waiting.

Waiting to hear if our jobs were safe.

Waiting to hear if we were gonna get an interview.

Waiting to buy a home.

Waiting for a vaccine.

Waiting, waiting, waiting.

But in 2021, my advice is to stop hesitating.

I know that the pandemic situation is still unresolved, and we’re all still facing tremendous amounts of uncertainty in our lives. But even though we are not in total control of our lives, we can control what we put our energy into in the new year. We can control how we bounce back from the trauma and grief of the previous year, and we can decide to be whole-hearted in our efforts toward progress.

Re-frame your mindset

What have you had to let go of in the past year? What got pushed into a corner as you prioritized short term-survival? I’m not knocking you at all for making those decisions, that was what we all had to do to get by. However, to shift your mindset out of that fearful, scarcity-minded place, we have to identify what we’ve neglected and bring those back-burner priorities to the front.

Look in the mirror

While you’re re-assessing, your goals, I want you to take a look at yourself in the process.

Who are you, really?

What matters to you?

What is your big dream?

Maybe these questions didn’t feel important last year, or maybe you spent too much time in fear and shame to pause and examine them, but in 2021 I want you to do a little soul searching. If you’re resolving to make moves in your career, you need to have a clear direction for who you are and where you’re going, so take some time to journal and reflect on what matters before you leap back in.

Cultivate resilience

The final point I want to make is to use that energy and effort to build a sense of resilience in the new year. Going in strong is one thing, but 2021 is going to be the year of recovering and bouncing back from everything you went through last year. Handling setbacks with grace and aplomb is a muscle that takes practice to develop, and right now I’m guessing all of our resilience muscles are a little scrawny. After all, our survival muscle got all of our attention last year.

But everything I’m talking about—going forward with grace and walking in your own value— is living in resiliency. Identify your purpose, let go of what you can’t control, and keep going. Resilience is the name of the game, and I know you can do it.

Do you need a partner in your walk this year? Let’s connect. Click here to put a one-on-one with me on your calendar.

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