How To Reflect And Prepare For 2020

Take the positive, identify improvements, make a plan and take action

Felix Cabrera
Jan 5 · 6 min read

The year 2020 has just started …

Every time a year is going to start, I see my friends and family motivated to lose weight and change aspects of their lives with a new perspective.

I have felt this way, as well. As January comes around, I feel motivated and energized to make changes in my life. Furthermore, I start writing resolutions.

However, through the years, I have seen that I start performing my resolutions, but after sometimes, I go back to my old ways.

Does this happen to you?

No worries, you are not alone.

Nonetheless, through the process of writing resolutions, I have learned some ways to set up my year for success, also, maintain pursuing these resolutions for a sustained period.

Thus, success and it.

So, today I want to share these lessons that have helped me so you can implement them in your life as well if you desire.

You never know, these might help you too.

Take The Positive

The first step to prepare for 2020 (or any other year) is to take the positive from the previous year. That is, sit down, reflect on all the good things, and lessons that have happened in your life.

Here are things I have done when taking the positive:

I know it may be hard to identify the positive aspects if you have had a hard year; however, try your best to find some good things that have happened in your life that year.

No matter how small these good things are. Try to , even if they were painful. I understand this is hard, but it sure has helped me when going through tough years.

So, if the year has been tough for you, if things did not go your way.

Try to transform the negative experiences into positive ones by from them. You can’t change the past, might as well use it to your favor.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

-Michael Jordan

Also, by taking the positive and learning from your experiences, it might help to make improvements in your life.

In my life, having a purpose for making the improvements is essential to achieving your goals and sustaining the rewards you receive.

Sometimes we might start on the right path, but after some time, we may stop pursuing these goals as the year progresses.

Thus, having a definite purpose behind the goal might be the gas you need to keep going, achieve your goal, and sustain it.

Identify Improvements

After that you have written down the lessons from the previous year, now its time to .

This is where having separated these lessons by different areas of your life comes in handy.

For instance, if one of your lessons was that you need to get earlier to work. Then an improvement can be to and get out of your house at an earlier time that you are used to.

“No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Another example can be is that you started to lose weight this year, but then gained some of it at the end of the year.

An improvement perhaps could be to or eat half of a serving at a restaurant when eating out to cut down calories.

These are just examples; you get the idea. Apply it to whatever you desire to improve in your life.

The key is to take the lesson and find solutions to any problems that you have had the previous year. These improvements may require investing in yourself, such as buying an online course or any other thing you need to improve your life.

On the other hand, these improvements may not require investing money at all, just and them in your life.

These improvements may be harder than others; however, by making these improvements, you will move closer to the life you desire.

Make A Plan and Take Action

Now that you have identified improvements you can make in different areas of your life, then its time to make a plan, commit to it and start doing it.

To make sure you follow through the plan, you can divide the project into smaller actions and incorporate them into your daily routine. Then, you start doing these actions repetitively until these become a habit.

The overall idea is to until they become automatic for you. That is until they become a part of your daily routine.

Doing actions until they become a habit has worked wonders for me. By incorporating habits that are based on the improvements I want to make in my life, I would move closer to achieve what I wanted in my life.

Also, it made it easier for me to stick to the plan as time went on. On the other hand, if I didn’t make these improvements part of my daily routine, it was harder for me to keep doing them consistently.

Hence, I would lose interest and not make any progress.

Here are some examples of how you can take the improvements and turn them into habits:

By leaving to work at the same time every day, you may train yourself to get to work on time. Make sure that the time you choose is earlier than before, and you have enough time to get to work.

The idea is to make getting to work on time a habit; this way, you will see the improvements manifest in your life. As you keep practicing this habit, then you can you have made in your life.

The same idea applies to cook healthy meals every Sunday and to drink eight glasses of water every day. Let’s say that the overall goal is to lose ___ amount of pounds (fill in the blank).

So making it a habit to prepare the week’s healthy meals may help you achieve that goal.

This way, it may be easier for you to maintain a diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goal.

Tip: Set reminders to take these actions.

One thing that has helped me a lot is to and other electronic devices to take these actions.

This way, I don’t forget to do these things and help me as part of my routine in the long run.


When preparing for 2020 or any other year, try to from the previous year. Write down the lessons from your experiences and obtain the wisdom from them.

After taking the positive aspects of your experiences, you can make in your life based on the lessons you learned after your reflection process.

Finally, take these improvements and try to as much as you can. Then, incorporate these habits into your daily routine.

By adding these habits to your daily routine, you may increase your chances of achieving success concerning your goals and sustain it.

I am not a mental health, fitness or counseling professional. These tips and advice are based on my experience and opinion as a student, tutor, teacher, and software developer. Everyone is different, so, the advice shared in this article may or may not work for you.

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Felix Cabrera

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A.k.a. Felix The Dev. Software Developer. Writer, programming teacher, tutor, and coach.

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