Lessons From 2020 and Transitioning to the New Year

For many, the holidays have seemed much different than traditional ones have been in the past. Family and friend gatherings are smaller than usual, and with the political turmoil, a health crisis, and an uncertain economy it likely has many of us feeling somewhat lost and fearful in a way we’ve never experienced before. While 2020 is ending in the same way it started and a time so strange that it is a first for many of our lives, it has also offered us an opportunity to be grateful as we look forward to 2021…even if this means we have to look a little harder to find the things for which we can be thankful for.

While I know challenges remain, and the road ahead is still uncertain, I believe that we can all look ahead with confidence. Thinking about and being thankful for the obstacles we have already overcome is both humbling and inspiring. We learned how adaptable we can be in the face of these obstacles. New ideas and approaches must be taken off the back burner and deployed to keep businesses thriving.

Adjusting to change is difficult, but it can seem next to impossible when you are not even sure what the change is going to involve. The uncertain nature of the virus meant that the rules are constantly evolving. It is more than tough to plan for a future that cannot be pinned down, yet in order to succeed we have to do so. This year we learned that we cannot expect things to happen or goals to be achieved if we do not have a plan that we are willing to stick with. This year we learned that the way we meet our challenges can often lie in the opportunity to help clients meet their challenges and finding new ways to connect. Being grateful for all the lessons learned in 2020 will lead to additional opportunities in 2021 and the excitement around meeting new challenges.

I want to share with everyone a quote from the movie New Year’s Eve, as I feel it resonates with this past year more than ever, “…because that’s what new year’s all about, getting another chance, a chance to forgive. To do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if… and start embracing what will be. So, when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.”

On behalf of the TUF team, we want to say thank you for all your endless support and love through 2020 and we want to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!