Just like that, we’re in the final quarter of 2018! While you may be asking where the time went, now is the time to review what you accomplished in the first 3 quarters of the year. If you didn’t achieve all that you wanted to personally or professionally, the first thing to remember is that it’s not too late to finish the year off with a bang. The second thing to do is make a commitment to making next year more productive than this one!
From my personal experience, I know that if I don’t write my goals down (and review them regularly), they don’t get done. I also know that when I when I have a plan in place to make the goals happen, they actually do, even if they didn’t go exactly according to plan. Achieving your goals is about going beyond “wishful thinking”. Don’t hope your goals become a reality, create a plan and take action and make your goals a reality!
If this year wasn’t as successful as you had wanted it to be, now’s the time to review what worked and what didn’t. You may need to make some minor adjustments, or you may need a complete overhaul. Whatever it is that you need to do to get better results next year, setting the foundation now can only work to your benefit. When January comes around, you will not only be able to hit the ground running, but you’ll also have things in place that will allow you to maintain momentum and commitment through challenging times.
Reviewing what didn’t work and tweaking the plan isn’t meant to be a self-deprecating exercise. It doesn’t make sense to beat ourselves up about things that have already happened that can’t be undone. When we know better, we do better, and that’s the approach that we must take when it comes to our goals. There is a wealth of information out there that can help you to gain the clarity you need and access the resources required to achieve your goals. We just have to be willing to ask for help and remain open-minded about the possibilities that exist that can take us where we want to go in all areas of our life, business or pleasure.
Where do you want to be personally and professionally a year from today? Once you have clarity on this you can start to develop the plan to make it happen. Not everything is going to go according to plan, but you will have a guide that will help you to figure out whether you’re getting closer to or further away from your goals. Wishing you much success in the final quarter of 2018!