Are ready for the holiday office parties, awkward family gathering, and blowing your budget on hard to miss deals? Yeah, me either. I’m a self confessed workaholic. I love what I do to the point where the holidays just seem like an ordinary day.
If you are like me, you’re trying to maximize your potential in 2018 and jump start 2019 on a positive note. Sounds like a good idea if you are an ambitious person. Some things are easier said than done. Especially setting year end goals. I know what you’re thinking. Your favorite bloggers and influencers have made goal setting easy with cute planners, daily inspirational journals, Instagram feeds, and real life behind the scenes moments of how they are able to accomplish their goals. Sounds awesome and totally good for them. However, if you are apart of the 5 % club like me goal setting sounds good in theory. It doesn’t necessarily work out the way you intend. Before you know it, you’re ten days behind on your list of one hundred goals to accomplish before January. Yikes!
Before you hit the panic button and give up all together. Let’s put some things into perspective and breakdown the purpose of goal setting.
Here’s the thing no one is telling you about completing your goals :
1. Be realistic and not idealistic about what you can or cannot accomplish. Want to lose 20lbs by January 1st? Great! It’s a great goal. However, it’s not realistic if you still have the same poor eating habits. The transformation begins in the mind first. Start with 5-10lbs and include exercise. Hold yourself accountable for realistic goals.
2. You’re not a loser if you don’t complete everything. Go ahead read it again. I have so many ideas and goals I want to accomplish by December 31st. I probably want complete them all. I’m okay with that and you should be too. You’re human. Things come up unexpectedly. Just keep going until everything is set and done.
3. If you are trying your best, that’s good enough. : I always remind myself and my kids that your best is good enough. That goes for you too! If you network at an event and leave with two contacts instead of five, you gave it your best shot. Now, go maximize on those two contacts.
4. Comparison creates anxiety. : Want ten million followers? Want to look like so and so on Instagram? Yea, we all do. As much as I love some accounts on Instagram, I’m not losing sleep over comparing my life to a strangers. Instead of creating anxiety for myself I use it as motivation to stay focus on my goals.
5. January is a good reason to set new goals. : The holidays are all about spending time with family and reflecting on the year. Don’t get lost in trying to outdo yourself with completing thirty tasks a day. Just to feel a sense of accomplishment. Hate to tell you, but there’s no trophy for completing all of your goals. Pace yourself and keep a level head. January is a great place to keep up the momentum.
At the end of the day, ask yourself are you happy with your progress over the year. If not, sit down and strategize on how you can do things differently next year. It’s not a race. It’s about working towards the big picture in small impactful steps. Don’t ever allow someone else to belittle your accomplishments. Hard work is hard work and every now and then you deserve a pat on the back.
What are your goals for December?
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