Can you believe that it’s almost the end of the year. It feels like we were smack-dab in the middle of summer just yesterday. The fact of the matter is that we are in the last quarter of 2016 and headed for a new year that brings with it new goals. But, before you throw yourself into tackling your 2017 goals, let’s focus on finishing your 2016 ones. It’s not too late. Although you have the finish line of December 31, 2016 in sight, there are still a little over two months to get some things done. Here are some tips to make it happen.
1. Define your goals.
At this stage, don’t overwhelm yourself with the big lofty goals. Choose your top two or three goals, that you KNOW are actually achievable. Then drill them down to the actionable parts that are only dependent on you, not other people. For example, instead of saying your goal is to make more money in your business or getting a new job, consider making it something like getting 5 new clients per month or applying to three jobs per week until the end of the year.
2. Put yourself on blast.
Sharing your goals with people is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable. Now don’t just go just blast your goals on social media, especially if it’s about looking for a new job because you don’t want your current boss to help you get ready for that goal sooner than you’re ready. Instead of telling everyone on social media, think of three specific people: a mentor who gives great advice, your personal cheerleading squad or BFF, and then pick a family member who believes in and has supported you in the past and who is not afraid to call you on the carpet.
3. Write them down.
You have more than enough time to make really good progress, but it’s also just enough time to lose motivation. To keep yourself on track, write down one achievement you should reach every week. Make sure it’s something that is reachable. Whether it’s setting up an informational interview, joining a new networking group, attending a conference or reaching out to a potential client. Your chances of reaching a goal increases drastically when you write them down. But don’t just write them down, make sure you look at the every single day.
4. Get rid of distractions.
What has been distracting you all year that has caused you to be in the last quarter not meeting your goals? Figure out what’s been unproductive for you. Have you spent too much time watching TV? Too much unproductive time on social media? While leisure time is important, too much downtime will hurt your goals when it’s crunch time. Try cutting out one time-waster each day, and instead use that time toward working on your goal.
5. Amp up your energy level.
Working toward your goals in this last quarter is going to take a lot of energy. What helps you have more energy? Whether it’s working out, eating healthier, meditation or whatever works for you, be sure to be intentional about including that in your schedule. This will help you get up early or stay up late to make sure your goals happen.
You can do this. Don’t give up on this year’s goals you set because we’re in the last quarter. Figure out which ones you can still make happen and get to work. I believe in you.
YOU CAN DO THIS!