Episode Summary of The Grow Through It Podcast with Phi Dang, 08: 20 Eye Opening Lessons Learnt in 2020 - A Year Like No Other

2020 has been a year like no other. In this episode I share 20 eye opening lessons I learnt in 2020 covering mindset, perspective, energy, self love and purpose.

What you'll learn from this episode

  • Insights from a life coach (myself) on what I’ve learnt in 2020, a year like no other dealing with the global pandemic: Coronavirus. 
  • An opportunity for meaningful reflection along side me
  • Discussing new perspectives and opportunities 2020 brought us
  • What is positivity

Key Quotes from this Episode

There are no guarantees in life so live each moment in the present. Enjoy it, savour it and appreciate it. You never know when something as simple as breathing outside without a mask on or toilet paper could be taken away from you.


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Change isn’t dependent on time, change is dependent on actions.

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Why are you so happy to spend money on others, on clothes, on cars, on houses, on vacations, on experiences yet you squirm at the thought of directly investing in yourself?

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Featured Resources on the episode

The Grow Through It Podcast with Phi Dang, 08: 20 Eye Opening Lessons Learnt in 2020 - A Year Like No Other - Show Transcript

You are listening to episode 8 of the Grow Through It Podcast with Phi Dang: 20 Eye Opening Lessons Learnt in 2020 – A Year Like No Other.

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Don’t just go through life, grow through it. Don’t just go through life, grow through it.

Hi and Welcome to the Grow Through It Podcast with Phi Dang.

My name is Phi and I am a Clarity and Confidence Life Coach known as the “The Positivity Queen.”

My passion is to help you go from stuck and self critical to courageous and empowered so you can conquer anything.

Join me, every Tuesday, as I discuss all things mindset, self love, energy and purpose.

This podcast won’t just inspire and motivate you, it will also provide practical tips and strategies you can implement in your daily life.

Ready to grow? Let’s grow!

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[Episode 08 – 20 Eye Opening Lessons Learnt in 2020 – A Year Like No Other]

Hello beautiful souls! 

In less than a few days, a year like no other 2020, will wrap up and tick over to 2021. A year that started off with bushfires and floods in Australia, to a global pandemic that is still on going. Can I first just say if you are listening, congratulations on how far you’ve made it through 2020 and how incredible you are doing? Give yourself a pat on the shoulder and celebrate. It has been a tough year!

When 2020 comes to mind, many will be quick to label it as horrible, the worst but as the Positivity Queen, I’m here to remind you that 2020 hasn’t been all bad. In fact so many beautiful things have happened. 



We’ve seen people and communities come together to support one another. 



We’ve seen people slow down and have time to realise what is truly important to them.

We’ve seen people connect in ways we haven’t seen before.



We’ve seen beautiful acts of generosity for one another through donations and volunteering.

We’ve seen the fight for equality and justice rise to the mainstream through the Black Lives Matter Movement.

We’ve seen Kamala Harris become the first female, first Black, first South Asian US Vice President-Elect.

We’ve seen incredible essential workers recognised for what they do and all they do.


We’ve seen greater flexibility than ever before with the working from home revolution.



We’ve seen carbon emissions fall by the largest amount ever recorded.

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For me personally, 2020 has been a rollercoaster like many.

The thing I am most grateful was is time! 

I had time to start an Instagram page on mental health which led me to become a Confidence and Clarity Life Coach. Words truly cannot describe the gratitude and love I have for my clients. 

Two recent testimonials I received truly touched my heart and soul.

“You have had the biggest impact on my life Phi. I would not be where I am mentally without you. I am starting to trust my own judgement and enjoy being in my own head again. I am so much more confident in so many ways and owe it all to you”

“In a time where my thoughts were cloudy and I wasn’t sure how to navigate the next chapter of my life, Phi was there to provide support and guidance. Thanks to Phi, I have achieved so much in the past two months, by following the advice Phi gave me I am thinking healthier thoughts and working wards being the best version of myself. I couldn’t recommend Phi enough for her honesty, mentorship, ways of coaching, she really has changed my life for the better”

Reflecting upon 2020, I have helped my clients ramp up their self love and realise their self worth, clients kickstart businesses from self care goods to coaching, forgive those who have hurt them whether it’s family, friends or even themselves, move on from exes and relationships which caused heartache and pain, find love and get into relationships that feel so damn good and nourishing, sleep easier at night, excel in their internships, move on from jobs that kept them feeling stuck and stale… truly a testament to the power that is life coaching. 

The power of life coaching

Life coaching is life changing. 

Life coaching is a powerful investment in you.

Your brain is truly your greatest asset, but it doesn’t come with a manual on how to use it. A life coach like myself can help you harness the power of this amazing tool that you already have. To learn practical tips and strategies so you can achieve your goals whilst feeling clear, confident and empowered. 

Coaching creates so much more in your life, for my clients that’s more self love, more self belief, more self trust, more money, more love, more happiness, more confidence, more clarity… it truly adds so much to your life.

If you are interested in upleveling your mind and your life, let’s chat. I would love to help and support you. Let’s make 2021 your greatest year yet!

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Now to the 20 Eye Opening Lessons Learnt in 2020 – A Year Like No Other. As I discuss the 20 lessons, I would love for you to actively reflect along.

What are your thoughts on what I’m saying, does it resonate with you?

Would you add anything else to what I’m saying? Use this time listening to this podcast to be purposeful with your reflection. 

Number 1: There is no good or bad, only circumstances. It’s your thoughts that make something good or bad.

One of the core pillars of mindset work is understanding the power of our thoughts, we have 60,000 a day! 

Most of the time we aren’t aware and conscious of them, we run on autopilot and let them do their thing. 

This is why I love coaching because I teach my clients to be conscious of their thoughts and the power of our thoughts. 

As earlier in the podcast – what do you think of 2020? Well it’s up to you. If you focus on the positive, guess what in your reflection 2020 was an amazing year! Conversely if you focus on the negative, 2020 was a horrible year.

Number 2: There are no guarantees in life yet we have many expectations. 


2020 truly showed us that anything can change and happen at any time. 

In life we expect so much. 

We expect to have a job. We expect to celebrate occasions such as birthdays and weddings with loved ones. We expect to wake up everyday. We expect we will be healthy always. We expect to be able to exercise outside anytime and anyway we want. We expect to be able to dine out in restaurants. We expect to have access to basics like food and toilet paper. 

2020 truly flipped this on its head. There are no guarantees in life so live each moment in the present. Enjoy it, savour it and appreciate it. You never know when something as simple as breathing outside without a mask on or toilet paper could be taken away from you.

Number 3: Instead of 2020 being the year we got everything we wanted, it turned out to be the year we appreciate everything we already had.

Gratitude truly is a magnet for more abundance in our lives. Further to that it takes absence to truly appreciate presence. 

Number 4: Planning is a privilege.

2020 saw so many plans shifted, sidelined or cancelled. Being able to plan ahead is a privilege because we expect most things to remain unchanged and that we are secure. 

The fact we can expect things to remain the same without major changes is a privilege. 2020 forced us to be flexible and adapt to ever-changing circumstances.

So many people in the world live this way that we never even think of: those who are chronically ill, disabled, in poverty = they cannot plan ahead like we do for they don’t know how much energy, time, money, resources they may have in a week yet alone a month or year.

Number 5: You don’t need a lot of time for change to occur.



Now this is a good or bad thing depending on how you see it. I want to offer you a perspective.

 In a matter of months, the pandemic changed everyone’s life globally. 

What can you do in a matter of  months? 

Change isn’t dependent on time, change is dependent on actions. In a matter of months my clients have left jobs and found new ones, let go of old relationships and start a new relationship, went from hating themselves to liking themselves – What can you do in months? Minutes? Seconds?

Number 6: You are stronger than you think.

Look back at all the days this year you thought you may not make it through, that it would break you but here you are. Still standing. Stronger than ever. Wiser than ever. More resilient than ever. You are living through a more often than not, once in a lifetime global pandemic.

Number 7: Health is Wealth. Your mental health matters just as much as your physical health. 


Your health isn’t a given, it’s a privilege. Just like you regularly work out at the gym or exercise, don’t forget to invest time, energy and money into your mental health. Without your mental health you can’t live life or even go to the gym if you wanted to. Build inner peace or fall to outer chaos.

Number 8: Focus on what is in your control… Learn to adjust your sails because you have no control over the wind. 


Whilst you couldn’t control the pandemic happening, what could you control? Your attitudes towards it. Your perspective on it. What you did with the time given through it. Did you see it as opportunity? Did you see it as abundance? 

Number 9: 2020 wasn’t about cancelling, 2020 was about awakening.



Weddings were cancelled, but love was not.
Gatherings were cancelled, but friendship was not.
Parties were cancelled, but celebrating was not. 
Gigs and festivals were cancelled, but music was not.
Gyms were cancelled but fitness was not. 
Cinemas were cancelled but movies were not.

Number 10: In life you are either the pilot or the passenger.

So who are you?

Is life happening for you or to you?

It’s a matter of perspective.

If something is in your control it means you can change it, you have the power. Apply this to your areas of life. 

Did the pandemic drive your life or did you thrive during a pandemic?

Number 11: You are the most valuable investment you will ever make.



Why are you so happy to spend money on others, on clothes, on cars, on houses, on vacations, on experiences yet you squirm at the thought of directly investing in yourself?

 Whether that’s self care through time of work or investing in life coaching to help you understand and reprogram your thoughts? 

 You are the most valuable investment you will ever make. 

Yes it can feel scary to do so but yes it is worth it. 

You are worthy. You are a priority. Don’t forget to make time, money, energy and effort for yourself too. 

Number 12: Your worth is not measured by your productivity.

It’s not what you do. It’s not what you accomplish. It’s not what you create.  It’s not what you produce. In fact you don’t have to do anything or be anything to be worthy. You are already worthy as you are right now.

Number 13: Love loudly.

The Coronavirus may have prevented us from hugging and embracing each other but that doesn’t mean we don’t love. You also never know when someone you love may pass so never miss a chance to tell and show someone you love them. Why are we so scared of feeling? To feel is to be human. 

Number 14: You need a lot less than you have.

In 2020, I thought I needed to go to travelling to Japan when really all I needed was to take time off work and spend time with my family.

In 2020, I thought I needed to eat at all the newest and trendiest restaurants when really all I needed was food to eat.

In 2020, I thought I needed to get promoted and paid more at work when really all I needed was a job and stable income.

In 2020, I thought I needed to new outfits to wear going out and get snapped in when really all I needed was clothes to wear at home (hello sweatpants and oversized tees!)

In 2020, I thought I needed to do more and achieve more when really all I need was rest and relax.

Number 15: Your house can be your oyster.

In 2020, our houses became more than our homes. We turned our homes into offices, makeshift gyms, art and yoga studios, cinemas, gourmet kitchens, trendy bars. We adapted our homes to meet our needs, we became more resourceful.

Number 16: Happiness isn’t complicated, it can be found in the simple things.


Fresh air outside. Sunshine. The ocean. Seeing someone you love in person. Breathing. Cuddling your pet. Hugging a loved one. Reading a book. Having a roof over your head. Reconnecting with old friends. Indoor dance parties. 

Number 17: There is always a silver lining.

Redundancies launched new businesses, created side hustles, turned side hustles into full time hustle.

Reduced work time meant more time for parents to spend time with kids, more time for your partner, more time for your family, more time to reconnect with old friends.

Less global movement meant more animals homes saved, a healthier and happier environment with less emissions. 

Not being able to dine out meant we appreciated simple things like eating outside of our homes. Supporting small, local businesses. 

Number 18: Struggling doesn’t mean you are failing.

In fact it means the opposite. Struggling means trying. Trying is not failure. 

When you try, it means you are putting in effort and energy. 

It means you are giving what you have, you are doing what you can. 

You could simply do nothing at all, that is failure, to not even try. 

Where there is struggle, there is growth. Where there is growth, there is also success. Keep going!

Number 19: Have multiple sources of income.


When we go to high school or even university, never does anyone outrightly talk about money and finances, not in my experience. 

If you subscribe to society’s timeline it’s have a good job and career. It doesn’t tell you what to do if a pandemic happens and you lose your job or your pay gets reduced. If you’ve been living pay check to pay check where is your money going to come from? 

2020 is truly the year I opened my eyes to my finances and realised this. Don’t just rely on your job for income, where else can you turn to whether it’s stocks, money from rentals, a side-hustle, savings etc.

Number 20: Happiness is a mood. Positivity is a choice, mindset and lifestyle.


It truly is that simple, it is up to you.

What are you choosing to focus on?
Are you choosing to be grateful?

Are you choosing to be thankful?
Are you seeing the good in everything?

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If it’s one thing 2020 reaffirmed, we never stop learning and growing from our experiences.

Thank you so much for listening beautiful soul.

I hope you enjoyed the last episode of Grow Through It with Phi Dang for 2020 and the rest of your year.

Before we part ways, I’m about to tell you the mantra and energy we are bringing into 2021.

Are you ready?

You don’t need to get ready for 2021 because 2021 has to get ready for you!

Speak to you in the new year beautiful soul, love and positivity. 

[Episode 08 – 20 Eye Opening Lessons Learnt in 2020 – A Year Like No Other: Ends]

Are you wanting to find out more about 1:1 Coaching or working with me? Maybe perhaps you want to know more about me. I’d love to connect with you. You can visit my website phidang.com or connect with me on Instagram @thephidang. Speak to you soon.

Phi Dang