Looking back at 2022

It’s almost the end of the year. People are winding up work before they go off on holidays, looking forward to meeting family and friends, taking a vacation or just enjoying some well-deserved time off. In these last few weeks, the focus has been on closing projects and putting a pin, until next year, on everything that is not necessary. Work is slowing down, allowing you to take a breath and relax.

Give yourself a pat on the back for making it through an entire year. This year like any other, was full of challenges and adventures. There were ups, and there were downs. There were highs, and there were lows. There were achievements to celebrate and mistakes to learn from.

Did you start 2022 with a set of goals?

Land your dream job, go to grad school, and buy a new car.

Did you achieve the goals you set out with?

If you didn’t land your dream job but could figure out the field you want to pursue, you win.

You win if you got into your dream school but couldn’t go for lack of funding.

If you couldn’t buy a new car but could save some percentage of the total amount, you win.

You win because you put in the effort. You win because you made the best of your circumstances. You win because you’re still standing even though you’re not exactly where you expected to be.

While it is important to set quantifiable and tangible goals, it is equally important to recognize, acknowledge and honour the hard work that goes into achieving those goals. Because that is the only thing under your control. The final outcome is dependent on many external variables, increasingly so in an ever-changing world. So when you sit and think about the year you have had, be kind to yourself. Try to focus on the learnings you have had.

Below are my top takeaways from this year. I hope these learnings inspire you to look at your year positively.

  • Learning to pivot is the best way to succeed in this world — we plan, and more often than not, things don’t go the way we expect them to. While a certain period is required to come to terms with this deviation, adapting and finding a new point of focus are the only things that keep us moving forward.

This blog contribution was made by Aleena Ahmad.

Aleena is a graduate of Electrical Engineering and currently working as a Market Analyst. She loves to read books, is obsessed with political non-fiction, finds baking therapeutic, and likes to start her day with yoga. Aleena believes writing is the best way to articulate one’s thoughts and start a conversation. She feels passionate about women empowerment initiatives and always looks for opportunities to contribute.

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