It is hard to believe that we are almost in the last quarter of this year. Where has this year gone!
Usually at this time of the year in the corporate world, numbers are being crunched to ensure targets set for the year are met. At the individual level, those who have made headway on the goals they set for this year are rejoicing over the fruits their hard work and discipline have brought in.
Like most goal setters, we all want to achieve our goals; however, sometimes life does happen and we fail to do so. Maybe your desire is this year you finally get out of debt or kick that nasty habit and get freedom from its bondage. Similarly, maybe like me you wanted to shed off all your excess weight and have correct numbers as recommended by your doctor. Whatever you may have set out to do, the good news is even if we are nearing the end of this year, we can purpose to finish strong by following these two steps.
Focus On The Progress You Have Made So Far.
After being introduced to Christine Kane’s Word Of The Year Tool, I decided to give it a try for our family this year. After seeking the Lord about the word he wanted us to have, I felt lead to go with the word growth. My love for quotes led me to look up the meaning of this word and come up with a definition that would resonate and work for our family. The meaning I came up with is “growth is gradual increase towards fullness or fulfillment”. The key words for us in this definition are ‘gradual and increase’.
At the beginning of this year I set a goal to reduce my weight. I went ahead and put images on my vision board that would inspire and motivate me. I even joined a group of ladies to push me towards achieving my goal. You guessed it right! I have not achieved my ideal weight yet.
When I was beginning to feel defeated I remembered our word for this year and I choose to focus on how far I have come. In the beginning I was not consistent with exercise. I had all sorts of excuses why it was not possible for me to exercise. Last week however, the Nike App sent me a badge congratulating me on being active for twelve months in a row.
In addition to the above, I had totally failed to run. I would jog for a little while and then feel exhausted. However, last month I decided to push myself and start jogging. Even if I am still a novice, my pace is improving and I will keep at going with my exercise regime.
Although I am yet to see substantial progress on the scale, physically and mentally I have experienced change and this is what I will continue to focus on so I can finish this year strong.
In the same way, even if you may not have fully accomplished what you set out to do, instead of allowing your inner critic to overcome you with self doubt and tunes of failure. Focus on the positive steps you have taken and let this spur you on.
Plan For Next Year Now
I think it was Christine Kane again who advised that “instead of waiting until January to set your goals for the year; set them in the last quarter of the preceding year”. Doing this gives you a head start as you begin to work on your goals early enough such that by the time January rolls around, you have set routines and have gotten into the discipline of changing your habits. Moreover, the actions you start now are what will be your foundation for achieving your goals for next year.
This is a good strategy and I can testify of the results. If you want to feel like a winner at the end of this year, then set your goals for next year now and begin to work towards them.
Psychologists tell us it takes anywhere between 21 – 30 days for us to form new habits. In our case, we have over 80 days before this year ends. If we start now we shall definitely finish strong because we shall know that although the goal is not fully accomplished, we are certainly not where we were when the year begun.
I would love to hear from you. Were you able to achieve some if not all the goals you set for this year? Please, let’s continue the discussion in the comments section.