There are 122 days left in 2021.
If you’re like me, you expected Fall 2021 to be very different than Fall 2020. I thought that covid would be in the rear view mirror and life would be back to (new) normal.
I was wrong. Instead of life returning to normal, we are on a scary, downward path. There are currently more than 100,000 people in the United States hospitalized for the coronavirus. This is the highest number of hospitalizations since January (before the vaccine was widely available to the public). Only 51.7 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated and 61 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine. (Source)
Personally I find these statistics to be frustrating and depressing. While it is tempting to wallow in depression and write off the remainder of 2021, I urge you to think again. We still have 122 days left in 2020. If you want to do some math, one-third of the year is still ahead of us. There is no reason to give up on 2021.
Positive Actions for the Remainder of 2021
Instead, take a few moments and figure out what you can do for the remainder of 2021. What is within your control that will make you feel successful? Maybe you can:
- Write a book.
- Update your website.
- Start blogging every week.
- Learn Facebook advertising.
- Attend a virtual conference that was previously unaffordable.
- Gather a group of like-minded business owners for weekly Zoom calls.
- Take steps to improve your health and fitness.
- Start a podcast or YouTube channel.
- Create a new product or service.
- Clean out your paper or digital files.
- Complete a DIY project within your home or apartment.
Now is the time to plant your tree
There’s a Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” In other words, you do not have to wait for a new day, week or year to make progress on your goals.
Think for a moment about where you want to be on January 1, 2022. It is doubtful that covid will have disappeared, that all governors will enforce mask mandates, or that the United States will have achieved herd immunity. Most likely that lives will be very similar to what they are like now. If this is true, there’s no benefit in waiting for the calendar to flip until you take action in your business.