You have two months to complete your goals before New Year’s Eve rolls around again. Then this year is over, finished, kaput, gone!
And here’s the big question you must answer (drum roll, please…): Have you achieved last year’s goals?
Remember those goals you set back in December or January last year?
Like most people, you probably haven’t achieved them—or not all of them. To be honest, I haven’t achieved all of my goals either.
Here’s the good news… You have two months left to accomplish your goals and feel better about yourself.
Maybe you can’t achieve all your goals, but you can pick a few and knock them off your to-do list. As you do, you will find yourself more able to move into the New Year feeling positive, successful and confident, which, in turn, will help you achieve more success in the coming 12 months.
If you want to create inspired results before the end of the year and then move into the year to create more desirable results. To do that, try the following six suggestions.
1. SET NEW GOALS.
Only two months left to go, and I’m telling you to set new goals—when you haven’t accomplished the ones you set ten months ago. You think I’m crazy… I’m not.
Look back over the goals you wrote down in December or January. Review them.
Next, determine which ones are still doable and which ones are impossible at this point. Put the goals that won’t happen before the end of the year on a list for next year (if you still want to accomplish them). Put the ones that are doable on a new list.
2. REWRITE OLD GOALS TO MAKE THEM NEW.
Now rewrite those old goals. Make them fresh and new, but be realistic in your timeline for completion. Choose two or three you know you can accomplish by December 31.
If there’s one goal you think is a stretch, but you’d like to put that on there, too, do so. Just know it’s a stretch.
What do you have to do to achieve these goals before the end of the year? To find out, chunk each large goal into smaller, actionable items. Make a to-do list of action items you know you can complete in the next two months.
Prioritize your last-minute goals. Which ones are most important or must get done before year end?
Prepare to focus on the goals you know you can or must accomplish.
You could pick one goal and only work on that one goal for 60 days.
4. PLACE THE GOALS ON YOUR CALENDAR.
Create a timeline for your goals. Put them on your calendar and schedule time to complete them.
What do you need to do by what date to achieve the goal?
Make sure you’ve scheduled enough time to achieve the goal in the time you have left.
5. FOCUS ON ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOAL(S).
You can do and achieve goals in a short amount of time if you focus your attention in the available time on doing so.
Don’t get distracted by holiday shopping or Thanksgiving.
Put your attention—your focus on knocking off the action items that get you to “done.”
6. REWRITE AND PRIORITIZE THE OTHER GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR.
As you work on your end-of-year goals, take that energy with you into the New Year…now. Review the goals you determined weren’t doable for this year, but that are doable for next year. Rewrite them, schedule them, and plan to focus on them.
Make sure you go through the same process above as you create new goals.
No Stretching Until the New Year
I’m a big fan of stretch goals—ones that push you to grow and level up. But I don’t want you to take on a stretch goal now.
Instead, take on goals you know you can accomplish by the end of December. Why? I want you to enter the New Year feeling prepared to achieve your goals and confident you can do so.
If you stretch now, you may fail because you have too little time. That will leave you feeling bad about yourself, which is not a good way to enter the next year.
If you feel the stretch goal is doable, albeit challenging, then go for it. But only if you feel pretty confident you can get it done.