Another year is upon us.
And, 2020 is bound to be a big one (read on to find out why).
As with any other year, there will be challenges.
But if you’ve been making steady progress in your career, staying consistent even when you haven’t felt like it, you will reap what you’ve been sowing.
So, let’s dive into some thoughts, reflections and predictions for 2020.
Sharing & Predictions from Previous Years
Every year, we produce a series of New Year Content.
Not that it drives huge business results, but it’s become a bit of a habit, and we’ve found value in celebrating our victories, learning from our failures and successes, thinking about what’s ahead and more.
If you’d like to see what I shared about previous years, you can check out these posts:
Also keep an eye open for these posts:
- Closing the Chapter on 2019
- Reflecting on My 3 Theme Words from 2019
- 3 Impacting Books I Read in 2019
- Top 10 Music Entrepreneur HQ Posts of 2019
Were My 2019 Predictions Validated or Proven Otherwise?
Though I basically made some general predictions about 2019, overall, I would say my intuitive read was spot on.
Let’s review what I predicted for the year:
- 2019 will be a year revolving around decisions, specifically decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. Determining what’s important and what isn’t.
- In 2019, critical life events will come to their peak or climax. This could represent fulfillment of desires or transition. It could mean the end of a specific season.
I will be the first to point out that I was somewhat shortsighted about the fact that 2020 was just around the corner, meaning 2019 would be the moment when life events came to a climax, but not the moment one would reach fulfillment and completion.
Fulfillment and completion will manifest in 2020 – that’s what I see now.
Okay, so now let’s move from general to specific.
Here are some of the events in my life that correspond to the predictions I made:
I Endured Breakup
I now understand, more than ever, that dating, and relationships are difficult.
People tend to experience a lot of dissatisfaction and disappointment in this area, though some do end up marrying their high school sweetheart.
I also understand now that this can easily create the context for “something’s wrong” in our lives.
But it doesn’t need to.
There’s something we can learn from every relationship that doesn’t go how we mean it to.
And, understanding that not every relationship works out helps us create a new context for exploration, adventure, experimentation and fun in our lives.
It would be easy to throw around a lot of clichés to explain why certain relationships work and others don’t, but I honestly don’t know.
I guess it might have something to do with right place, right time, right person.
I admit that’s a cliché all its own, so I’m not sure it’s worth exploring any further.
I don’t want to waste any space griping about relationships here, but here are a couple of my Medium articles you can read if you feel like you want to hear me gripe and vent:
- Am I just sensitive to heartbreak?
- Dating apps: here’s what you’re doing wrong and why you need to change it immediately
Overall, this is the perfect example of something “coming to an end.”
This year, I achieved location independence and decided to become a digital nomad.
As my first step, I moved from Calgary, Alberta, to Abbotsford, BC, roughly 10 hours west.
My original plan was simply to stay in Abbotsford for six months before heading over to UK and starting the European leg of my journeys.
Now it’s beginning to look like I’ll be staying in Abbotsford for closer to 11 months (pending the permission of the landlord).
After moving, it took two full months just to process everything I’d been through earlier in the year, never mind getting into a routine or catching up on past-due projects (of which I’ve still got several).
And, I’m beginning to realize that six months is short.
It’s almost been three months since I got here, but it has gone by in a hurry.
I’m planning to go to Austin in late August anyway, and maybe even stay there for a month, so I’m thinking I might begin my journeys in full force then.
In the meantime, I’m still planning to visit (probably in this order):
- Harrison Hot Springs, BC
- Seattle, WA (it’s only a few hours away by car)
- Calgary, AB (in March, I plan to return to Calgary to do my taxes, spend time with my friends and family and plan for my travels)
- Mexico (I will be going on vacation in April)
- Vancouver Island (maybe in May?)
- TBC (in June, my mastermind group will be going on another retreat)
So, all these changes are certainly representative of “transition.”
I’ve Changed My Mindset
I’ve been known as a man of many projects up until this point.
I’ve said “yes” to a lot of things that helped me further my career, earn a better living and fulfill on my passion to serve and help others who are on a similar path to me.
This strategy served me well up until 2017.
I didn’t realize it right away, but after that point, it started becoming a burden.
I started burning out and lost enthusiasm for my work.
Had I just focused on what I knew to do, 2018 could have been a better year but again I succumbed to burnout.
I also ended up going down some paths I didn’t even know I would be going down.
I don’t regret those decisions, but at that point, I didn’t have absolute clarity around my next steps.
Before leaving Calgary, one of my friends even said to me:
Working hard and taking on a lot of projects may have served you to this point. But it sounds like it’s time to change your strategy.
And, as it turns out, he was right.
Since going to the mastermind retreat in Colorado (early December 2019), I’ve achieved far more clarity around my goals for 2020.
From here on out, in my work life, I would like to focus on three projects max, preferably two.
That’s more than enough for most people, so why should it be any different for me?
So, again, this lines up with my predictions for 2019.
I’m saying “so long” to things that no longer serve me.
What’s in Store for 2020?
So, what’s in a number?
If you read my predictions for 2019, then you already know that I analyzed the numbers 1 and 9 and shared what they mean.
I’m going to do the same for 2020.
First, we have the number 2, which represents harmony and togetherness.
Then, we have the number 0, which represents new beginnings and new chapters.
Together, we have 20, which is a combination of harmony and new beginnings.
So, it’s fair to say there will be harmony in new beginnings.
And, we can’t forget the fact that 20 repeats twice in 2020, which means the energy is doubled.
This would suggest that whatever new beginnings you’re embarking on in 2020 will be joyful.
The challenges you’ve experienced leading up to this point will likely fade in the rearview mirror and may even become a distant memory, how ever recent they may have been.
It is our responsibility to embrace these new beginnings, as not doing so is working against the 2020 energy, which could lead to massive disappointment and disillusionment.
Take joy in the memories you’ve made and relish in the blessings about to come.
As I’ve learned from last year’s example, we can’t talk about what’s going to happen this year without also looking at the year ahead – 2021.
As I shared last year, 1 is the number of manifesting.
So, with 2 and 1 together, you get a combination of harmony in manifestation.
This suggests that 2021 will also be a good year.
Something to remain mindful of, however, is that if your new beginnings don’t fully manifest in 2020, they likely will in 2021.
Don’t wait for things to happen but don’t get impatient either.
What’s in Store for Music Entrepreneur HQ in 2020?
Although I’ve got a few blog posts and videos in store for Music Entrepreneur HQ, in terms of content, I’m going to be focused almost entirely on the podcast.
There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the fact that podcast engagement is up while organic traffic is down.
Apparently, I’m not the only one that has witnessed the same trends.
And, while I do feel video will only gain more momentum in 2020, audio is also going to be skyrocketing.
At Music Entrepreneur HQ, we’ve already established ourselves in the podcasting arena, and although we have a YouTube channel, we haven’t exactly been active with it.
So, it doesn’t make sense for me to become a YouTuber at this point, and frankly I don’t like where YouTube is going with all their restrictions and terms.
Comparatively speaking, we’re much freer to express and create the type of content we want to create in the podcast realm.
Although I may have someone create videos out of our top performing blog posts, beyond that, we probably won’t be creating a ton of content that hasn’t been repurposed in some way, shape or form.
My other focus will be creating more products.
Without getting into exact specifics, it’s fair to say there will be more book and course launches in 2020.
The Music Entrepreneur Code is first on the docket.
What’s in Store for Me in 2020?
My life is fluid and I like it that way.
So, although I’m a bit of a futurist, and I like to plan for what’s ahead, I honestly don’t know for sure what’s coming for me in 2020.
But there are certain things I plan to focus on, which are as follows:
- I’m going to continue to experiment with routines. Although I shared about a routine that was working for me in episode 163 of the podcast, it didn’t stick. And, there’s always a reason why something doesn’t stick. But I’m not loyal to any one routine – only the one that serves me now. So, I will keep experimenting until I find something that makes sense.
- I’m going to be working. “Working” isn’t the right word, but it’s better understood. This is mostly just me doing what I want to do, putting time into things I want to put time into.
- I’m going to be traveling. I’ve already shared about my plans earlier in this post. I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing in the last quarter of the year yet, but I might visit my friends in Japan again.
- I’m going to be simplifying. I’ve been reviewing James Schramko’s Profit Leverage Course and am gradually implementing all the suggestions in it. I intend to simplify my life, work and routine, especially as I begin traveling more. I’m going to be merciless about finishing or discarding things that no longer serve me.
Take Massive Action in 2020
Are you excited for 2020?
But excitement is not a strategy.
Neither is hope.
If you want to build the career of your dreams, it’s not just going to happen by default.
So, I suggest picking up a copy of the Start Your Year the Right Way workbook, so you can determine your exact focus for 2020 and take massive action towards its achievement.
Will you be buying a copy?
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What Are You Looking to Achieve in 2020?
Have you set goals for 2020?
Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
Please leave a comment below and let us know.