The year has been unquiet for many. Some correlate this to a cycle in the history of humankind, some others to star misalignment or an encounter with the Holy, and the list goes on and on.
The Trump administration, BREXIT, the refugee crisis, the climate change, elections in various countries as well as several revolutions from Chile to Lebanon, Artificial Intelligence breakthroughs, and much more.
Also, keep it for yourself: Chinese do not like years ending in nine! China has been anxious in 2019 with remarkable political upheavals.
It has been as tormented for me: 88 trips, a breakup, health issues, professional challenges, financial instability, and plenty of disappointments.
2019 has been the kind of year that reminds you towards its end that what truly does not kill you makes you stronger. It has kept me out of breath!
Over many years, I have made a point to formulate two lists during the month of December as we get closer to year end: a to-do list and another to-be list.
I have typically broken down my to-do list into three primary buckets: health and well-being, wealth and work, and relationships (family, friends, and love). The other list focuses on the traits I want to enhance, on the competencies I wish to acquire, on bad habits I aim to give up on, and on good habits I look for ways to practice.
In the past couple of weeks, I have taken the time to reflect on the beautiful souls I have met, the breathtaking places I have been to, the mouthwatering foods I have tasted, the exquisite experiences I have enjoyed, and the books that I have read.
2020 will be different.
I will join a movement. A movement that puts the human being first. One that praises selfishness.
I am looking at questioning the value of work itself and the importance of time as a primary perk. As much as I am personally looking forward to further advancement related to flexible work and four-day workweek, I am also sincerely hoping that mental health in the workplace will be seriously placed on Board agendas.
In 2020, I will work on what I have realized are critical competencies to survive this century: Focus. Resilience. Adoption.
Read “Indistractable” a book by Nir Eyal that talks about how you can control your attention and how this helps in crafting the life you want. I recommend this book as a year end read if you are looking at ways to increase awareness related to planning and commitment.
 since the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.
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This book is an invitation to women who are oftentimes overly fearful of being seen as “too much” or “not enough”. The authors urge women from all walks of life not to back off prematurely and not to worry if they step over the line.
Women tend to tell themselves stories about their emotions and their bodies. Reading this book helps any women rewrite her story to her own advantage.
In her book Never Give Up, Joyce Meyer quotes this speech as an example of a winning state of mind. Her book is about how to create it.