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December 9, 2020 – JOLT – Mindset Alternatives For 2021?

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Dec 09

“Turn your adversity into building blocks for the palace of your dreams.”
-Matshona Dhliwayo

This is the traditional time of year…

when we take steps to reflect on our past year and design our next one.

But, holy heck and whoaaaaa! 2020 looks pretty gnarly in the rear view mirror, and not necessarily a reflection we enjoy pondering!

Nonetheless, in the traditional sense of new beginnings, there is a future to be created for what lies ahead.

In two interviews last week, entitled “Taking a Back Forty Approach to a Radical 2021,” I shared how we might reflect in a constructive way on 2020 so as to help point us in the direction we want to go in the new year. View or hear those interviews HERE and HERE.

Here’s how you might implement this mindset of The Back Forty even now, in the midst of these very challenging, pandemic times, to point you in a new direction for 2021.

A. Rather than see yourself as a victim to this past year, what if you can shift your perspective? Crazy question, but what are the blessings that have come out of the last nine months of a pandemic-impacted world? Force yourself to write down 10 blessings. For example:

1. Got closer with my kids/husband/wife as we spent more time together vs our former running around crazy
2. Became even more in touch with family because we had more zoom connections vs relying on the face-to-face of the past
3. Took more time to really evaluate my life and do some great introspection that, in the regular run of life, would never have happened
4. Made some career and life decisions that, in the end, will likely prove smart
[Your Turn. . .]

B. If the whole Covid-19 experience of the last year was simply a wake-up call or one big “experiment,” what would it have been for? What might you have been exploring that had you go through this? What was the purpose behind this “experiment” for you? For example:

a. Slow down and refocus
b. Balancing my peace of mind with my peace of the pie
c. Gratitude for the simple things in life
[Your Turn. . .]

C. How can you now live your life in such a way that those blessings and purpose create a new direction or trajectory for your life in moving forward? How does this situation give you marching orders for how you’ll now live a fuller, richer and more purposeful life? For example:

* Relationships FIRST!
* Find Gratitude Every Day!
[Your Turn. . .]

The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life’s Radical Second Half proposes that, to the degree that you can own and not be a victim to the serious and significant events and influences of your life’s path, you are freed up to move forward with more power, purpose and self-expression. The courage to think differently, to take an alternative mindset to the natural feeling of victimhood in these times, can have you be more powerful as you create and move into your New Year ahead.

Check out the valuable pre-order bonus specials now — including a FREE 3-part masterclass, online programs, and one-on-one consultations with me — and let’s adopt a powerful, alternative mindset to designing life in the year to come. It won’t happen naturally. But it can happen with intent.

Radically yours,

CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got mindset alternatives?

“If you can change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Wayne Dyer

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.