If I have to write my 2020 story, my efforts were slow, progress was painful to watch, there were so many moments where like the turtle, I went in my shell, head down, but one thing I am proud of is, that I kept moving on. Mini actions were the mantra, every step mattered.

At some point, most of us have heard the old story of the tortoise and the hare. As the story goes, these two vastly different and uniquely gifted animals set off on a race. The hare, full of confidence and speed, was the expected winner. But as the story unfolds, we discover the determination of the tortoise, results in him becoming the ultimate champion. It’s where we get the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race.” As my story unfolded, I am happy that I remembered my unique gifts and kept walking or may be kept crawling and here I am in 2021, alive in every way and most important alive in my spirit which no one can take from me.

Change is a fact of life. All of us will experience regular changes at work and at home. Flexibility is about how free you feel to adapt your thoughts, attitudes and behaviour in times of change, seeing change as an opportunity for creating something new and better rather than resisting change and always trying to hold on to the way things used to be.

An essential quality needed to develop your emotional intelligence is reflective learning. This is the habit of looking back on experiences, and reflecting?

Are you ready to be the best you can be?

What lessons you would like to take along with you in 2021?

Which emotions you made friends with?

Which emotions were extremely uncomfortable but gave the biggest learning opportunities?

What kept you going?

What three emotions you will take in this suitcase which you never thought you will take.

Awareness is the first step to intentional living, take out some time to reflect and then move on….with this suitcase full of amazing lessons.

I will be happy to hear from you if you got any learnings from self-reflection. In the next blog, I will share if self-reflection is helpful, why we hesitate to do that.