I had to take a step back and ask myself what happened to this past year. Seriously, I don’t know about you, but for me, this year absolutely flew by.
As we approach the end of the year, many of us are getting eager and excited to start setting goals for the things that we hope to achieve in 2020.
We look at the obstacles that we have endured over the past year. We look at the highlights that we have experienced. We look at the things that we are proud of ourselves for accomplishing, but also look at the things that we hope to do differently.
Maybe you had a down year and are excited for a fresh new start. Maybe you are like me and had the best year of your life and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you. Either way, it’s important to realize that everyone goes through challenges over the course of the year. Heck, everyone goes through challenges on a daily basis. But the only time any challenge will ever defeat you is when you allow it to.
I want you to get a jump start on the next year. Don’t prolong your goals and dreams any longer. The more that you procrastinate, the longer they take to achieve, and the less likely you are to even start pursuing them in the first place.
Here are 5 tips to end the year on a high note.
1. Start right now.
Don’t wait for the new year to create the new you. Start right now. Today is a new day. Use it as an opportunity to get ahead of the rest of the world. You still have a few weeks before you officially ring in the new year. Imagine being able to achieve your goals and dreams a few weeks earlier than it normally would have taken you. Does that sound worth it? It does to me!
It’s also a great way to separate yourself from others. Want to show that you mean business? Want to show that you are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals and your dreams? Want to show that you aren’t going to wait for any excuses? Then start right now. Whatever you are wanting to accomplish, just get a head start.
2. Let go of the past.
Maybe the last year wasn’t as nice to you as you would have liked or imagined it was going to be. Well, the good news is that the past is the past. Whatever has happened has happened. There is no going back and changing it. There is no redo. Your past is the past. Don’t let it steal your present.
Ask yourself what can you learn from the challenges that you have endured. What are some of the positives that you can take away from the negative experiences? What are some of the things that you would do differently next time? Great. Now it’s time to learn from your past, let go of what you can’t change, and move forward with a clear mind.
3. Reflect on your goals.
For me, I have a habit of setting lofty goals for myself. I set realistic goals, but I will admit that I also set goals that are more of a “hope.”
One thing that I am forcing myself to do, is to look at my goals and adjust my expectations. It’s not to say that I don’t think I have the strength to achieve these goals, but I’m not going to be able to paint Rome in a day.
What I am trying to say, is that you want to set both short and long-term goals. For the goals that you didn’t achieve over the past year, reflect on them and try to accomplish them over the next year. Just because the year is coming to an end doesn’t mean that you should give up on the goals and dreams that you didn’t achieve. There is no timeline for success, so refocus, adjust, and keep working hard.
4. Create a gameplan for the next year.
Again, write down the goals that you didn’t yet complete, and write down the new goals that you are wanting to complete over this next year. Come up with a gameplan for how you are going to achieve both your old and new goals.
Are you going to work on your old goals before starting your new goals? Are you going to try and find more time in your day to work on both old and new goals? Are you going to ask others for help?
These are all things that you should ask yourself. Create a gameplan for what you are going to do, and just do it. Remember, you still have a month left in this year. Quit wasting time fretting on the past and get focusing on the present so that you can shape your future.
5. Have fun and enjoy your life.
The end of the year is what I like to think of as the most wonderful time of the year. It doesn’t mean that you give up and just sit back and relax, but find balance in your life. Celebrate the holidays with your family, enjoy doing the activities that you like doing the most, and when it comes time to focus and get to work, prioritize the goals and dreams that are most meaningful to you before anything else.
If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing, then you aren’t going to achieve the success that you envision for yourself. It’s that plain and simple.
Life, your year, and everything that you do is only what you make of it. If you are somebody who wants to achieve your goals and your dreams sooner rather than later, then it’s time to get going and to end the year on a high note.
Leave your excuses behind, accept what you can’t change, refocus by creating a gameplan, and hold on tight for the ride that’s ahead. It’s time to start living the life you want right now. No more waiting! Take control of your life because only you can.