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You know that feeling you have at the beginning of a new year, the same feeling that accompanies you as you enter a new season and a new month – the feeling of hope. The feeling that you can accomplish anything. That nothing can stand in your way from reaching the potential of the person you truly want to be. And then of course life happens. One snooze too many prevents us from doing what it takes to be that next best version of ourselves. Well, I am here to tell you today that the goals you started out the year hoping to achieve, the word that you hoped to live out in 2022, the mantra that you wanted to embody, that there is still time to be that person you envisioned being on January 1st 2022. In fact, there are eight weeks left of this beautiful year and that is more than enough time to work towards accomplishing the very thing that you hoped to accomplish. Yes, you can complete your goals by the end of the year!
The end of the year will be here before we know it. As November quickly moves on by, Thanksgiving will turn to Christmas and before we even know it we will be sitting down at the end of the year reflecting on the life just lived and looking ahead to 2023. As someone who loves to reflect on a new season, new month, new week even, this is all SO exciting. A time for reflection, a time for gearing up for the next big thing.
However, it can be so easy to not feel that level of excitement. Instead, one can focus on fear and overwhelm as you realize that the goals and the things you hoped to accomplish at the start of the year are no where near getting accomplished. But, that is exactly what we are going to do today. You can actually work towards your goal and accomplish. Yes, you can finish off the year, not only accomplishing your goals, but feeling SO ready and capable for the new year ahead.
Life moves so, so quickly. If we are not careful than we lose out on those moments of quiet, the moments of stillness. These moments where we can reflect and reassess how we are doing and where it is that we are going in the direction of who we truly hope to be. It is so much easier to focus on this at the micro scale. Let’s take the week for example. How many of us sit down on Sunday and feel so confident in the week ahead? We sit down with a purpose on Sunday to plan out our week and move ahead with a plan for accomplishing our weekly goals. Now, if you want to learn more about Sunday strategies to start your week off on the best foot forward than I strongly recommend you check out Sunday Strategies.
We start off the week feeling hopeful and ready. Eager to accomplish the things we hope to accomplish. Then, before we know it it is Wednesday, Thursday to Friday and our to-do list has barely even been dented. We can take this at the macro level and that is exactly what the year is. We start off with the year hopeful and ready to complete our goals by the end of the year, and then they quickly fall by the waste side. If we don’t have a plan and don’t put that plan into action it can be easy to just let our goals fall and feel less than because of it.
But you can! You can finish this year off feeling ENCOURAGED and CONFIDENT in who you are! You want to do this? Let’s do it. The three steps you need to be able to accomplish your goals by the end of the year. Now, before we dive in, the very first thing I want you to do is to think back on what your goal was. What goals did you have, what kind of person did you want to become? Is there a journal or planner you can look back through that allows you to see your new year goal planning? Once you look through or think through those things then you are ready for step one of completing your goal by the end of the year!
The very first step is to decide on the ONE thing you are wanting to accomplish by the end of the year. Just ONE! I get it, we have all these crazy ambitions and perfectionist tendencies to do ALL the things. Unless we have complete freedom in our days to devote all of our time towards accomplishing the very things we hope to accomplish. Instead, focus on ONE thing. Set yourself up for success by sticking to ONE thing. One goal. There are eight weeks left of the year. What is the ONE thing you are wanting to accomplish by the end of the year.
Now, once you have decided on what that goal is, you need to be able to define it! Specifically, what does that look like. How are you going to measure whether or not you achieved it! Once you know what your goal is; how to define it and how to measure it, then we can get down to business!
This brings us to step number two! Step number two requires you to work with your time management system. If you are a paper planner kind of girl, or Google calendar, or whatever your system of keeping track of all the things is. You need to open it up and look at it. Look ahead to the next eight weeks. Determine what moment you want this goal achieved by?
Are you thinking end of the year, December 31st? Or maybe before Christmas and you are going to unwind and rest the last week of the year. Think through when you want your goal accomplished. Again, it doesn’t matter when, it is just for you to decide based on your personal process of when you would like to accomplish this goal. Once you decide – mark it on your calendar. Make it big. Make it fun. Use your fun highlighters and fancy pens and go ahead and celebrate the end date in your planner (or Google calendar.) You are going to do this so mark it and be proud.
Now that you know exactly what your goal is, how to measure it, and when it will be completed by. Step three is where all the fun is. Step three – think through this goal and write down exactly everything that needs to happen in order to get this goal done. Think through it all.
For example, if you are wanting to take control of your fitness and you established a fitness related goal- what exactly will that look like. What are all the parts that you need to be able to get this done. Write it all down. For instance, maybe you are writing down things like cardio x times a week, drinking more water, eating less snacks at night, workout clothes are washed and prepped at the start of the new week. Literally jot down every single thing that needs to happen in order for your goal to be achieved.
Or, if you want less screen time at night, what does that look like. If you are working on a big project for business or personal, what is everything that you need to do to get that done, what are THOSE things. This can be messy, it just needs to be a download of all the things on your brain and put it somewhere else.
Now that you have that list. Work through the list. Are there certain things in the list that work together, are certain items supposed to happen before the other. Now that you have the groundwork for what needs to be done for your goal – put it on your calendar. Assign dates to it. Assign tasks for each week so you know that you can get it done. Personally, for me, I have used my task management software in Trello to organize my goal. I have everything organized based on tasks that need to be completed each week and find that is very helpful for me!
There you have it. The three steps needed to accomplish your goal by the end of the year. Step number one – define your goal. Step number two – determine when this goal will be accomplished by. Finally, step number three, complete a massive brain dump of all the things that need to be accomplished for that goal. Then, put it on a calendar so you know that these things are going to get done. Next, I have three important reminders for you as your work towards accomplishing your goals.
Sincerely wishing you the best and cheering you on as you work through and accomplish your goal in the last eight weeks of the year. You can absolutely do this! Have the BEST day friends!