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2020 Check-In

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

I intended for the first blog post of the year to inspire readers to check-in with the intentions and resolutions they’ve set for themselves to be great in 2020. I know all too well how easy it is to lose 50% of the steam and energy one has around January 1st. I wanted to let everyone get their kicks in sharing all of the funny “new year, new me” memes, relating to the most poetic sounding mantras, and claiming every new intention that sounded great. Eventually, people will begin to realize there’s more work to do.

In the midst of my own personal check-in, I was forced to take a pause. It seemed like the world took a pause. Tragic news broke that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and seven other loved ones were killed in a helicopter crash in California, the morning of January 26, 2020. Immediately I felt overwhelmed with emotion; I questioned what was really happening; how was this happening? My heart broke for his family. Emotions ran rampant throughout the nation, with numerous outpours of grief and adoration, fans and non-fans alike sharing their favorite memories, and the ways in which their lives had been impacted by this one man.

Not being a huge basketball fan myself, I was a bit surprised at how this tragedy affected me. It was clear that there is something this man stood for, something he embodied, that was so powerful and so inspiring, that it caused many to re-evaluate their intentions for 2020, with many inspired to do and be greater.

Taking my own personal inventory of what I was bringing into this new year/new decade, I was forced to re-examine my 2020 vision, and make sure I focus on what’s really important.

Prioritizing What’s Important

One of the most endearing things people remembered was the bond between a father and his daughters. When you set your intentions for the new year, how mindful were you to set an intention to spend time and create moments with the people that you love the most? Sometimes, we can get so caught up in big picture goals, such as losing weight, getting healthy, getting better grades, etc., that we don’t remember to be mindful of taking care of the relationships we have with the people that we love.

Pursue Your Passion

For 2 decades, people worldwide were entertained and inspired by a man whose passion for what he did allowed him to achieve such a monumental level of greatness in his field. What are you passionate about? What are you doing to feed that passion? Think about what you do well that makes you feel good. What intentions did you set to lean more into that?

What will your legacy be?

Thinking about the year ahead, hopefully we’re all refocused, re-energized, and ready to do the work to become greater versions of ourselves. Going into a brand new decade is an opportune time to incorporate the ‘Mamba Mentality’ into our process: focus, dedication, hard work, and the confidence in your potential to be great.

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