Well friends, 2020 is now dry cement. Yeah!!!!!!!
However before we embark on our plans for 2021 I’d like to share the ups and downs, successes and failures of the 2020 that was.
The past maybe dry cement, but I believe it’s also important to also celebrate how far we’ve come, reflect on where we could have done better and put myself out there publicly as a form of motivation to do the work I need to do in making my plans a reality.
I hope that you find my wins, stumbles, and insights help you on your own journey to getting the most out of your life.
Each year I ask and I answer three basic questions.
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well?
- What to do better?
Feel free to apply a similar format and use for your own journal.
What went well in 2020?
As I like to begin on a positive let’s cover the wins of 2020. Here’s what went well in the year that was.
Business: 2020 was a standout year for our business.
2020 was always going to be a difficult year for every financial planning business in Australia.
New regulations, additional education standards, and essential changes to our client base being just a few of the challenges that we would have ahead of us.
Back in 2015 I was fortunate enough to see Alisa Camplin present an inspirational message of her rise to being Australia’s 2nd Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in 2002.
Our 1st Winter Olympics Gold Medal was won by Steven Bradbury in the short track speed skating event just days earlier. I was also fortunate enough to meet Steve a few years ago and hear him share his equally inspiring message of hard work, sacrifice, smarts, commitment and luck.
What I’ve learnt from every sporting, business and everyday mortals with regard to their success stories, is that they have a goal, backed up by a plan and beyond that they stay patient and simply do the work.
Since Alisa’s inspiring message our team has integrated this same philosophy. Believing that the work itself ultimately yields our results and regardless of external events. By simply doing the work we give ourselves a higher chance to achieve our goals than turning up and winging it. Rather than most businesses and people do i.e. they simply react.
So looking back, while 2020 was a year of massive challenges, the foundation we’d built over the previous 4 years not only carried us through, it helped us to remain on track and ultimately grow our business 20% and position us for continued growth in 2021.
Lifestyle: I continue to believe Cairns is the lifestyle capital city of Australia.
Covid-19 has had a significant impact on all our lives. Fortunately living in Cairns (so far) we escaped the severe lockdowns we’ve witnessed across the world and in countries capital cities.