Sure, it may be the last month of the year. Sure, it may be the holiday season. Sure, there are a million reasons we can find to put off the hard work and determination required to finish out the year strong. We can give up on our 2017 goals or push them into 2018, and so many of us do just that. But you have an entire month! And so much can be accomplished in just one month.
Here are 5 tips to finish out the year strong, even if you feel like giving up.
You’re not the same person you were in January when you first set those goals. You've learned. You may have failed a few times. You may have changed course. Acknowledge that. Take a look at your 2017 goals, New Years resolutions or intentions you had in January. Are they still a good fit? Were they goals that were set for you or someone else? It is okay to change course a bit. I even recommend it as we grow!
Eliminate the goals that don't reflect who you are today and who you want to be in the future. There is nothing wrong with saying "I changed my mind." That is our right.
2. Forgive yourself.
Once you acknowledge where you are, don't waste your time with regret or beat yourself up. So you didn't make the progress you had hoped? Well guess what? There is still an entire month to go. Don't create a bunch of drama for yourself by looking backwards. That isn't even the direction you are heading. Look to the future, forgive yourself and start December with intention.
3. Get Moving
“An object at rest tends to stay at rest, an object in motion tends to stay in motion.” This is especially true at the end of the year. As you reassess your goals, do not allow yourself to get hung up or frozen in a state of analysis paralysis. It’s much more productive to make a move ... in any direction (even if it isn't the right one) than it is to stay still.
Once you are moving and making forward progress, you can decide whether that is the right movement for you or not. Remember - you can change course. But the longer you sit still, the harder it is to get going again. That is just physics :)
Find a goal or target that means something to you and get going. Move toward it and build momentum.
4. Make a promise – to yourself.
We all make promises to those around us. We then bend over backward to make those promises happen and keep our word. But how often do we do that for ourselves? Rarely. We all too often unfortunately don't give ourselves the same consideration. That changes now. Make a promise to yourself and view that promise as a commitment and a vow to yourself that you will not break. Your word needs to be meaningful whether you give that to yourself or to someone else.
You have things you want to accomplish in your life this year, and the clock is ticking. It is time to make yourself a priority and put a laser focus on what you need.
5. Create powerful boundaries
Want some serious transformation in December? If you do nothing else for the year, creating personal boundaries can single handedly transform your life. It is often uncomfortable. It oftentimes means saying the "no" word we all hate. But it is important that we be clear with ourselves and others as to where our boundaries are and resist the temptation to defend or apologize for enforcing these guidelines in our lives. After all ... "no" is a complete sentence.
Drop the guilt you are feeling about putting yourself first. Guilt is not a good reason to give up on your goals.
We still have an entire month left in 2017. It is up to you how you decide to finish it.