1/1/2020 An excerpt from my journal “In 2020 my goal is to keep crushing it, bigger experiences. THINK HUGE. Believe in yourself and know that anything and everything is possible. Let’s GO! I want to support my family, love them more, and be present with them more. You got this”. I wrote this statement full of optimism, hope, and conviction. 2020 has clearly been one of the craziest, roller coaster years of most of our lives (based on casual conversations from 6 feet apart and Zoom). I know many who have struggled this year, closed businesses, have gotten really ill from Covid-19, lost a friend/family member. It has been trying to say the least. I have personally & professionally experienced challenges and faced adversity many times this year (really who hasn’t), but I have been continuously working to keep an optimistic perspective that things were happening for me and not to me, and it has helped keep me going. I constantly go back to this place deep within me that says “how do you want to show up as a husband, father, teacher, and leader”. I remind myself I am always in control of the way I react to a situation, and nobody can take that away from me.
Along with the holiday season comes the final furlong, the home stretch of the year. While this year feels quite different than others, there is still time to reflect back on your intentions from 1/1/2020 and finish how you started. Maybe you don’t even remember exactly what you wrote down for your goals and intentions, but I am sure you were hopeful, strong, and optimistic. Maybe your intentions have shifted, and your goals have changed as you’ve had to adapt and pivot time and time again throughout the course of this year in many different aspects of your life. But the true question comes down to how do you want to show up and finish? What kind of momentum do you want to take with you into your goals, visions, and dreams that you manifest for 2021.
I remember when I first came across the meme on Facebook that said “What if 2020 wasn’t a year to forget, but was actually the year that woke you up”, it hit me straight in the stomach. I needed to show up for my family more. I needed to show up for my community more. It was literally a gut check. For me, I knew it was finally the time to create my own global online yoga platform and serve as many people as I could. I had the vision 2 years ago, but was busy doing other projects and things. The time was now, all the signs pointed to GO FOR IT NOW. I didn’t know how to do it, I wanted to get it perfect, I wanted all the things to be easy, but that’s not how the process of learning and growing typically works. I dug deep, buckled my seatbelt, and literally just figured it out 1 thing at a time. You can’t know something until you know it, and once you know it you cannot unknow it (read that again). It is never too late to start something new, and to follow your dreams. What opportunities have been unlocked for you amidst all of this change? Is something calling for you to take action on? Maybe you have thought about it for some time now? Maybe NOW is the time to listen to that calling.
There is no going back to bed and hitting the reset button on the challenges of 2020. There isn’t a second chance at 2020 (phew). But what we can all do in this moment is reframe and shift our perspective on the challenges we’ve faced, the lessons we’ve learned, and how we strong we truly are. Like that saying goes: “grow through what you go through” -unknown. This is your invitation to finish 2020 strong. It’s easy to say I’ll just start again in 2021, but I hope this inspires you to take an action today that will make tomorrow better. Finish how you started. You got this.
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Pedro Luna is a south Florida based yoga instructor, lululemon ambassador, podcast host, event host, and international retreat leader. Pedro is on a mission to share the gift of yoga with the world, one person at a time.
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