It’s that time of year where the days are becoming colder, the nights are creeping in faster and the goals that were set at the start of the year have become a distant memory. After all, didn’t it only just turn July? I’m afraid that was over three months ago. But even though the end of 2019 seems near, I’d like to remind you that there are still two months left. That’s plenty of time to buckle down and turn this year around.
But is there any point? Maybe I should just start again in 2020? Where do I even start? No, you shouldn’t wait for 2020, that’d be a terrible idea (2020? How crazy does that sound?). As for where do you start, don’t worry, I’ve got your back Jack.
First things first…
The first thing you’re going to want to do is set aside some time, or save this post and schedule out some time that you can come back to it. I want you to get a notebook, your phone, some scrap paper, anything, and write down all of your current goals. You don’t have to be too specific, save that for later. Just write them out in bullet form then move onto phase 2.
Draw a line through them
The next thing you’re going to do is cross some of those out, put a big thick line through them. If you only have one or two and you are absolutely certain that they are achievable by the end of the year, then move pass this step. But realistically speaking, and I am the same, you most likely have things on there that can wait until next year, or even the year after. My example is wanting to learn Italian. I mean I wasn’t expecting to be fluent by the end of the year, but I was hoping that I would’ve spent a lot more time trying to learn than I have. It’s okay if you haven’t achieved everything that you wanted to. Life gets in the way and time just slips through our fingers unnoticed, it’s okay. We’re all in the same boat here.
Look at your list of goals and be realistic, can you really do all of that in two months? Bearing in mind that a chunk of that time is going to be filled with festivities. Crossing them off doesn’t mean that your taking them off your list for good. Feel free to put it at the top of your list next year. Be brave, be realistic and cross something out; after all, you don’t want to get to the end of this year, not achieved everything you wrote down and then get disheartened about it because you weren’t being realistic with the time you have.
It’s okay if you aren’t even close to where you hoped you would be
One, you’ve still got time to buckle down and get to work. A lot can happen in two months. As long as you’re doing your best and aren’t spending all of your time procrastinating then you’re doing great! Two, that’s life. Life will never go the way we plan. So don’t take it out on yourself because it happens to the best of us. For me this was money. I wanted to save X amount by the end of the year and by the looks of things, I will only be at half of that. And as much as it was partly down to being my fault, and my car, there’s not a whole lot that I can do about it now. Beating myself up over it isn’t going to help in the slightest so what’s the point? It’s energy wasted that could be channelled into something much more productive, like your goals.
Set aside a couple of minutes to look back at how you have done so far this year. Congratulate yourself over the good parts, be proud of yourself. Then think about what went wrong and why, learn from it and then move on. Be kind to yourself and remember that when ‘bad’ things happen to us, it’s an opportunity to learn then grow.
It’s all in the details
Now that you have a realistic list of goals, it’s time to get precise. Get another piece of paper, or open up a new note on your phone, and write your goals out again; except this time, get specific. It’s no good to say ‘I want to get into shape’. What does getting into shape mean to you? Does that mean you want to lose a few inches from your stomach, you want to be able to run for 10 minutes without stopping, eating healthy, going to the gym, spending 10 minutes a day doing a yoga video or does it simply just mean that you want to just move your body in any way that you can sustain every day. Get precise with what you want, how you’re going to get there and write down mini goals that will act as stepping stones to that big goal.
Once you break it down into bite size chunks, it will become a lot less overwhelming and a lot more achievable. Plus if you’re anything like me, you’ll get a motivational buzz every time you tick off one of those smaller goals and know you’re closer to that big goal.
Put your money where your mouth is and just start
The hardest part of anything is getting started. Especially if you’re going from binge watching television shows all day everyday, to sitting at your desk or table to start that blog. Or if you’ve been spending your down time on the sofa with a share bag of crisps that, let’s be honest, no one else is getting their grubby hands in, to spending 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Going from comfortable to uncomfortable is never going to be easy, no matter how badly you want that goal. But once you get started, it will only get easier, especially when you can start ticking off those smaller goals or when you start seeing progress. Imagine, and I want you to really think about it, where you want to be when the clock chimes 12am on 1st January 2020 and use that as fuel to your fire. You’re capable of anything that you set your mind to, and so much more, you’re limitless. Start believing it!
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Leave any tips that you may have in the comments below, let’s help each other.
Remember, you still have two months of this year left, that’s plenty of time to achieve your new planned goals.
Have a wonderful day.
A hui hou, until we meet again.