As the year comes to a close we are all too excited to welcome a new year. The changing seasons remind us that we have another opportunity to make the upcoming year better than the one before. We get to start those habits we said we would at the beginning of the year that somehow fell to the waist side a few weeks later. Sound familiar? If that’s you don’t worry because I’m going to tell you what you can do to achieve your goals. I even provide you an additional free resource with even more tips at the bottom of the post.
Let’s review the statistics shall we, according to statisticbrain.com less than half of us kept up with our goals beyond six months into the year.
Resolutions maintained through first week 72.6 %
Past two weeks 68.4 %
Past one month 58.4 %
Past six months 44.8 %
Courtesy of http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/
I can’t imagine what the numbers look like if we consider what they look like in October, ten months into the year. But before we get ahead of ourselves and dismiss this year as a flop, let’s see how far we have come and more importantly design a plan to crush those goals so we walk into the new year feeling like we rocked the year before and can only get better.
STEP 1: Assess where you are on the continuum
I just reviewed my five-year plan and searched my blog for a post outlining what I set out to do in 2017 and couldn’t find it. I never told you what I wanted to accomplish by the end of the year…Crazy girl! I had so many different goals, I think I was all over the place and I never narrowed my focus which made it hard to make significant gains in any one area. But fortunately for you and me, the year is not over, there is still time. The key is going to be your level of focus and ability to attack one goal with all of your might.
STEP 2: Which Goal Can You realistically make the most progress on in the next few weeks?
Take care of the low hanging fruit. What is one goal you set that you can actually attain in a few weeks?
While I may not be able to find a quality partner and move through all the relationship steps outlined in this blog post I can tackle my debt goals which I have more control over. Remember let’s be realistic (a word I despise) because we have less than two months.
So remember to be realistic when deciding on which goal. You may have to adjust your expectations from what they were at the beginning of the year when you have twelve months to work with. You got two, make the best of it. I’m focusing on paying off my car loan which at over $6,000 is a bit of a stretch for someone that can’t count on a steady income stream. So what, I think big * kicks the word realistic into oblivion.* LOL
Before this year is over I vow to pay off my car. Yup, my unemployed butt…oh excuse me the term is self-employed, will get her car paid off. All my extra money will go towards this so that it can be wiped off the budgeting sheet for good.
For you, it may be weight loss goals. Now weight loss is going to be difficult with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, so beware if you choose to tackle this. If you do, may the force be with you because I plan on pigging out. If you are just a little behind schedule on the weight loss plan and you want to go for it, then go for it and know you may have to lock yourself up in a closet during the holidays to ensure you don’t mess up. I’m praying for you.
Maybe it’s your career goals that need to be put front and center or your self-care plan that got pushed to side once work started getting hectic. Whatever it may be making sure it is a goal that is realistically attainable in only two months.
STEP 3: Decide on a plan of action
What will you commit to doing in order to make this goal a realization? Remember you only have about two months so what’s the one thing that will have the biggest impact?
What will you have to do? Do you have to spend a certain amount of hours searching for a new job, rewrite that resume, design a meal and workout plan, or invest in a trainer? What’s going to give you the biggest bang of your TIME? Remember time is running out to crush those goals and once the year is gone it is gone for good.
How badly do you want to feel like a winner this year?
STEP 4: Determine how you will track your progress
How will you determine if you are making progress towards achieving this goal?
I am conducting weekly account check-ins to see my progress. Wait this means I should be paying about $1000 a week to meet the goal. I guess it’s time to start stripping. GEEZE! JK Y’all, but seriously it is a lot, but I am going to make it happen.
The final and last resort, I have resolved to use my savings if I do not produce enough income to pay off the car by December 31st. I refuse to walk into 2018 without having that great win under my belt for this year. This is going to be a huge motivator to produce enough income since I realize that touching the 6 months savings while self-employed is such a bad idea.
Step 5: Decide on a great reward
Because what fun is it if you don’t have an excuse to reward yourself at the end.
I will reward myself by getting the car detailed so it feels like a new car lol. A much-needed cleaning and air freshener will do the trick. I feel like I am being cheap and should do something bigger. I mean, I just paid off $6,000! Can you tell I struggle with this?…Oh I know, I will allow myself to start preparations for my trip to Thailand. YES!! Now that’s a reward!
Regardless of what you choose, be sure it is a compelling reward worth working towards for the next few weeks. Because it will be an intense sprint to the finish line. However, I’m certain if you want that win badly enough you can still make it.
Moving Forward: Try to review where you are along the path of goal attainment for this year. Remember the year isn’t over yet so allow yourself to get re-energized about one and only one realistic goal that you will CRUSH in the next few weeks. Lastly, get excited because you are crossing it off the resolutions list and walking into the new year lighter- less stressed financially, physically with less weight, or mentally because you designed a self-care plan and stuck to it. Happy goal hunting!